Arnold Schwarzenegger is synonymous with non-stop action, captivating sci-fi, and surprising comedy. This Austrian-American actor’s career has spanned decades, with a filmography so diverse it’s become a treasure trove for action cinema enthusiasts.
Here, we dive head first into the top 10 Arnold Schwarzenegger movies as voted by our office.
1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Arguably one of the best sequels in cinematic history, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” sees Arnold Schwarzenegger return as a cyborg, but with a twist. This time, he is reprogrammed to protect Sarah Connor’s son, John, from an even more advanced and powerful cyborg.
2. The Terminator (1984)
The film that started it all.
In “The Terminator,” Schwarzenegger plays a relentless cyborg assassin sent from the future with one mission: to kill Sarah Connor.
3. Predator (1987)
In “Predator,” Schwarzenegger trades future dystopia for a Central American jungle. As the leader of a commando team, he matches wits and weaponry with a seemingly indestructible extraterrestrial warrior.
4. Total Recall (1990)
Arnie takes us on a mind-bending journey in “Total Recall.” His character undergoes a procedure to implant vacation memories into his brain, but things take an unexpected turn.
5. True Lies (1994)
“True Lies” sees Schwarzenegger in a unique role as a secret agent juggling his duty of stopping terrorists and maintaining his personal life.
6. Conan the Barbarian (1982)
In “Conan the Barbarian,” Schwarzenegger delivers a raw and powerful performance as Conan, a warrior seeking revenge against the warlord who destroyed his tribe.
7. Commando (1985)
Schwarzenegger shines as a retired Special Forces colonel in “Commando.” His mission: to save his daughter from his former subordinate.
8. Escape Plan (2013)
Of course a movie with Stallone and Schwarzenegger has to make the top 10.
In “Escape Plan” Schwarzenegger plays a security expert who must escape from a high-tech prison after being framed.
9. The Running Man (1987)
Schwarzenegger explores a dystopian future in “The Running Man.” He plays a falsely convicted man forced to participate in a deadly TV game show.
10. Kindergarten Cop (1990)
Rounding out the top 10 is a showcase of Schwarzenegger’s comedic chops. In “Kindergarten Cop,” Schwarzenegger plays a tough-as-nails cop who goes undercover as a kindergarten teacher.
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