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03.28.2014by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Arnold Schwarzenegger Movies of All Time

The return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to the big screen has been a welcome one for fans of the action star. We have had some enjoyable moments in ESCAPE PLAN and THE LAST STAND, but this weekend heralds the opening of SABOTAGE which looks like it could rank up there with the former Governor's best movies. So, what better time than now to go back and compile the best Arnold Schwarzenegger movies of all time. Here is our ranking of his ten best, but if yours didn't make the cut, let us know in the talk backs below.

#10 - TWINS

Arnold's comedy films have not always been his better movies, but TWINS somehow works when it really shouldn't. Maybe it is because it is genuinely funny or maybe it is because of the complete polar opposite of Schwarzenegger versus Danny Devito. I believe it is because TWINS actually has a heart to it that transcends being a dumb comedy and makes it one of those lasting movies you want to watch decades later.

#9 - END OF DAYS

In the latter half of Arnold's career before becoming Governor, his films seemed to all be rehashes of his prior projects: ERASER, The 6TH DAY, and COLLATERAL DAMAGE just felt redundant. But, in the middle of those, he made END OF DAYS. The rare horror film for Schwarzenegger boasted some crazy visuals and a scenery chewing performance from Gabriel Byrne. Arnold played one of his most flawed characters as he combated the Devil himself for the soul of a young girl. Maybe not his best movie, but a damn fun ride.

#8 - RAW DEAL

Do you hear it? That beat? That pulsating guitar? Ooh, some keyboards? Wait for it....a f*cking saxophone! That's right, this is the 1980s and what better testament to the excess of that decade's action movies than Arnold equipping himself with enough firepower to arm a third world nation. Yeah, all the while he is wearing a white undershirt and dress pants. Only Arnold could make this scene look cool.

#7 - KINDERGARTEN COP

It's not a tumor! Whether you are a Schwarzenegger fan or not, you probably quote a few lines from KINDERGARTEN COP. Going in, the movie seemed like it would be a standard Arnie action flick, but then it becomes a hilarious straight comedy. The opening and ending of the film are purely in the action category while the middle of the film is as funny as you can get.

#6 - TOTAL RECALL

Paul Verhoeven's science fiction movie was remade in 2012 and was missing the pulpy, over-the-top goodness that made the original so good. Right on the line between the 80s and 90s, TOTAL RECALL is very dated in terms of visual effects and fashion, but it still packs a mean kick to the Kuato. You could dedicate a top 10 list to just moments from this movie from memorable quotes, memorable kills, to even reasons to love the three-breasted hooker.

#5 - COMMANDO

Quite possibly one of Arnold's most ridiculous and awful movies, but yet at the same time so perfect and so good. Everything about COMMANDO is poorly written and executed, but it comes together to represent the movies that hit theaters in the 1980s that would today be relegated to premiering on Redbox. COMMANDO is a perfect example of "turn of your brain" cinema and just watch the heads explode.

#4 - CONAN THE BARBARIAN

It is amazing to know that Arnold is coming back for another CONAN movie. While I still like CONAN THE DESTROYER, it is the original movie that sits in a class by itself. For years we never got a fantasy epic as enjoyable as John Milius' amazing adventure. No matter what happens, we need the next movie to evoke the scope and ferocity of this movie, something sorely lacking in the 2011 version. Milius and Oliver Stone made a great movie here. Maybe they could do it again.

#3 - PREDATOR

Could you imagine how awesome it would have been if we had gotten a whole series of PREDATOR movies with Arnold? What if he came back for the next one? While we can hope and dream that Schwarzenegger could go toe to toe with that ugly motherf*cker one more time, we at least can watch this kick ass action movie full of muscles, blood, and heat vision. What an awesome movie.

#2 - TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY

TERMINATOR 2 easily ranks at the very top of any number of lists because it is an achievement on numerous levels. From groundbreaking special effects, a powerful screenplay, amazing action sequences, and brilliant performances from the cast as a whole, TERMINATOR 2 will forever rank as the signature role from Schwarzenegger's career as well as one of the best movies of all time. However, if I were to truly look at all of Arnold's films, there is one I think is better...

#1 - TRUE LIES

The absolute perfect blend of every Arnold Schwarzenegger movie comes together in TRUE LIES. You have violent deaths, witty one-liners, a sexy female, a goofy sidekick, brilliant action sequences, great comedy bits, an epic closing aequence, the villain is dispatched in a creatively violent way, a great cast, and James Cameron is directing. What else could you ask for? How about a damn sequel!

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9:07PM on 03/29/2014
No Last Action Hero?
No Running Man?
No Jingle All the Way?
No Last Action Hero?
No Running Man?
No Jingle All the Way?
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1:09PM on 03/29/2014

My List

1. The Terminator
2. Predator
3. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
4. Kindergarten Cop
5. Total Recall
6. Last Action Hero
7. True Lies
8. Twins
9. Commando
10. The Running Man
Honorable Mention:
Conan The Barbarian
Red Heat
1. The Terminator
2. Predator
3. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
4. Kindergarten Cop
5. Total Recall
6. Last Action Hero
7. True Lies
8. Twins
9. Commando
10. The Running Man
Honorable Mention:
Conan The Barbarian
Red Heat
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12:31PM on 03/29/2014
Total Recall will always be my number one (just love that movie!), followed by the Terminator trilogy (since I like them all about the same), and True Lies also easily being in the top 3. Not a huge Predator fan but It is cool in that the beginning is like the Expendables before the Expendables (and superior to that movie as well). Not really crazy about anything he's done lately (they just all seem so mediocre in terms of action but there's hope for Sabatoge). I just don't know why filmmakers
Total Recall will always be my number one (just love that movie!), followed by the Terminator trilogy (since I like them all about the same), and True Lies also easily being in the top 3. Not a huge Predator fan but It is cool in that the beginning is like the Expendables before the Expendables (and superior to that movie as well). Not really crazy about anything he's done lately (they just all seem so mediocre in terms of action but there's hope for Sabatoge). I just don't know why filmmakers can't seem to capture that same blend of action, humor, and creativity that made classic Arnold movies so consistently entertaining.
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12:24PM on 03/29/2014

To andymc96, Saunderizer, Kill Billionair

For some reason I couldn't reply to myself down below so I'm doing it here:

Thank you guys. I thought I was one of few. The film got alot of hate at the time because of the budget, content, scope, and because it was going up against JURASSIC PARK. People started hating on it because it was the cool thing to do. Glad to see other Blo's admitting they love the film. Maybe JoBlo can put TRUE LIES as the next film in their UNPOPULAR OPINION column.
For some reason I couldn't reply to myself down below so I'm doing it here:

Thank you guys. I thought I was one of few. The film got alot of hate at the time because of the budget, content, scope, and because it was going up against JURASSIC PARK. People started hating on it because it was the cool thing to do. Glad to see other Blo's admitting they love the film. Maybe JoBlo can put TRUE LIES as the next film in their UNPOPULAR OPINION column.
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8:59PM on 03/28/2014
I'm actually pretty glad True Lies is in the top spot, but I'm also of the conviction that Eraser is pretty underrated.
I'm actually pretty glad True Lies is in the top spot, but I'm also of the conviction that Eraser is pretty underrated.
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4:52PM on 03/28/2014

Joblo doesn't allow personal attacks...

But I believe a legitimate argument could be made for an exception due to this list...

NO TERMINATOR?!?
No Running Man ?!?
True Lies over Predator?!?

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!!
But I believe a legitimate argument could be made for an exception due to this list...

NO TERMINATOR?!?
No Running Man ?!?
True Lies over Predator?!?

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!!
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3:48PM on 03/28/2014

Predator

It's might not be the most Swarzeneggeresque film, but it's easily the best movie he's ever been in. It's like the Citizen Kane of 80's action movies. There is literally not one wasted frame.
It's might not be the most Swarzeneggeresque film, but it's easily the best movie he's ever been in. It's like the Citizen Kane of 80's action movies. There is literally not one wasted frame.
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3:13PM on 03/28/2014
T2 is number 1, but shouldn't count because it's one of the best movie ever made so it's just a given. Glad to see End Of Days on the list, but no Action Hero? Also, am I the only one who is diggin' new Arnold movies? It's nice to see some classic action. Not everything has to be about the world ending.
T2 is number 1, but shouldn't count because it's one of the best movie ever made so it's just a given. Glad to see End Of Days on the list, but no Action Hero? Also, am I the only one who is diggin' new Arnold movies? It's nice to see some classic action. Not everything has to be about the world ending.
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2:44PM on 03/28/2014
1. Terminator
2. Terminator 2
3. Total Recall
4. True Lies
5. Conan the Barbarian
6. True Lies

And after that I'm not really sure. But I definitely think Terminator is even better than Terminator 2!
1. Terminator
2. Terminator 2
3. Total Recall
4. True Lies
5. Conan the Barbarian
6. True Lies

And after that I'm not really sure. But I definitely think Terminator is even better than Terminator 2!
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1:09PM on 03/28/2014
I would have traded End of Days, Raw Deal or Twins for the original The Terminator in a hear beat! Good list otherwise!
I would have traded End of Days, Raw Deal or Twins for the original The Terminator in a hear beat! Good list otherwise!
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12:23PM on 03/28/2014

you forgot

you forgot The Terminator 1 or even last stand it was a really mature role for arnold, playing a retired cop that has to clean up the mess of the current generation
you forgot The Terminator 1 or even last stand it was a really mature role for arnold, playing a retired cop that has to clean up the mess of the current generation
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11:46AM on 03/28/2014

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11:04AM on 03/28/2014
1- T2
2- TRUE LIES
3- T1
4- LAST ACTION HERO (I don''t care, I love it)
5- TOTAL RECALL
6- END OF DAYS
7- JNGLE ALL THE WAY (Unapologetic)
8- PREDATOR
9- ERASER
10- COMMANDO
1- T2
2- TRUE LIES
3- T1
4- LAST ACTION HERO (I don''t care, I love it)
5- TOTAL RECALL
6- END OF DAYS
7- JNGLE ALL THE WAY (Unapologetic)
8- PREDATOR
9- ERASER
10- COMMANDO
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10:13AM on 03/29/2014
last action hero is so under rated, it's a great film
last action hero is so under rated, it's a great film
8:01PM on 03/28/2014
Thank you; Last Action Hero is criminally underrated. People just wanted to hate on it at the time, and sadly it's suffered since, but it's almost got cult status.
Thank you; Last Action Hero is criminally underrated. People just wanted to hate on it at the time, and sadly it's suffered since, but it's almost got cult status.
1:29PM on 03/28/2014
Thank you! Last Action Hero gets so much hate while it's actually a very funny and solid flick.
Thank you! Last Action Hero gets so much hate while it's actually a very funny and solid flick.
10:43AM on 03/28/2014

Wow. That was an absolute shit top 10!!!!

Kindergarten Cop? Raw Deal? End of Days? True Lies at #1? You liked Conan the Destroyer?
Eraser, Terminator, and Running Man should have easily made the cut. IMO Twins and Raw Deal really haven't aged all that well but are still just average Arnold movies.
My top 5:
1) Conan the Barbarian
2) Total Recall
3) Predator
4) Terminator
5) True Lies
Kindergarten Cop? Raw Deal? End of Days? True Lies at #1? You liked Conan the Destroyer?
Eraser, Terminator, and Running Man should have easily made the cut. IMO Twins and Raw Deal really haven't aged all that well but are still just average Arnold movies.
My top 5:
1) Conan the Barbarian
2) Total Recall
3) Predator
4) Terminator
5) True Lies
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10:35AM on 03/28/2014

Dude, agree with Scarp

T1 deserves the #1 spot, that's pretty silly that it wasn't even on the list, even more ridiculous when you figure in some of the movies that did make the cut. And did I just miss it or was Predator not on this list either?

1. The Terminator
2. Terminator 2
3. True Lies
4. Predator
5. Total Recall
6. Conan the Barbarian
7. Commando
8. Pumping Iron (actually really cool, for those who haven't seen it)
9. The Running Man
10. Red Heat
T1 deserves the #1 spot, that's pretty silly that it wasn't even on the list, even more ridiculous when you figure in some of the movies that did make the cut. And did I just miss it or was Predator not on this list either?

1. The Terminator
2. Terminator 2
3. True Lies
4. Predator
5. Total Recall
6. Conan the Barbarian
7. Commando
8. Pumping Iron (actually really cool, for those who haven't seen it)
9. The Running Man
10. Red Heat
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10:34AM on 03/28/2014
A wild ride from start to finish. Actually don't hate the remake but this has more than a hundred times the personality.
A wild ride from start to finish. Actually don't hate the remake but this has more than a hundred times the personality.
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10:34AM on 03/28/2014
The stunning truth behind the Penguin and Mr. Freeze.
The stunning truth behind the Penguin and Mr. Freeze.
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10:14AM on 03/28/2014
I would've taken out Raw Deal and End of Days as I think they're at the mid-range, quality-wise. Terminator, Running Man, Eraser, Escape Plan, even Red Heat would all rate higher for me.
I would've taken out Raw Deal and End of Days as I think they're at the mid-range, quality-wise. Terminator, Running Man, Eraser, Escape Plan, even Red Heat would all rate higher for me.
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9:51AM on 03/28/2014
I would agree True Lies is probably his best if you factor in comedic timing, action and Cameron able to get everything out of Arnie. Can't figure out why Terminator 1 was left off, and Eraser should be an honorable mention.
I would agree True Lies is probably his best if you factor in comedic timing, action and Cameron able to get everything out of Arnie. Can't figure out why Terminator 1 was left off, and Eraser should be an honorable mention.
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9:09AM on 03/28/2014
This is his best movie for sure, but his individual performance in the #1 movie is probably better than this.
This is his best movie for sure, but his individual performance in the #1 movie is probably better than this.
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9:08AM on 03/28/2014
I especially like True Lies for Arnold actually getting to do some real acting and being good at it. His comedic timing had never been better, plus he had ACTUAL chemistry rather than screen presence. Also, Tom Arnold has never been better than this either.
I especially like True Lies for Arnold actually getting to do some real acting and being good at it. His comedic timing had never been better, plus he had ACTUAL chemistry rather than screen presence. Also, Tom Arnold has never been better than this either.
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9:06AM on 03/28/2014
I'm a big fan of this. Besides being a badass, I think Arnold actually gets to do some real genuine acting.
I'm a big fan of this. Besides being a badass, I think Arnold actually gets to do some real genuine acting.
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8:49AM on 03/28/2014
Awful top 10!!! Twins, end of days, kindergarten cop don't belong on the list! Conan is ranked way to high! No terminator 1? Running man? Or fucking red heat??? Bull shit!
Awful top 10!!! Twins, end of days, kindergarten cop don't belong on the list! Conan is ranked way to high! No terminator 1? Running man? Or fucking red heat??? Bull shit!
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8:49AM on 03/28/2014
Thought T1, T2 and Predators would take the top three spots. My top 5:
1. Terminator 1
2. Terminator 2
3. Predators
4. Total recall
5. True Lies
Thought T1, T2 and Predators would take the top three spots. My top 5:
1. Terminator 1
2. Terminator 2
3. Predators
4. Total recall
5. True Lies
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8:45AM on 03/28/2014

Regardless

In the mold of 80's gratuitous to a tee and a childhood favorite of mine...
In the mold of 80's gratuitous to a tee and a childhood favorite of mine...
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8:42AM on 03/28/2014

Why everybody forgets RUNNING MAN ????

Good list, but :
- would have put TOTAL RECALL higher (n 3 after T and True Lies)
- ERASER instead of THE END OF DAYS
- and RUNNING MAN instead of TWINS...
- HONORABLE MENTION : THE 6TH DAY
Good list, but :
- would have put TOTAL RECALL higher (n 3 after T and True Lies)
- ERASER instead of THE END OF DAYS
- and RUNNING MAN instead of TWINS...
- HONORABLE MENTION : THE 6TH DAY
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8:41AM on 03/28/2014

Physical Peak

I know Arnold was in larger shape when he won his Mr. Olympia titles and even in Conan, but in terms of character portrayal, I think Arnold in Predator had the perfect shape. His back and biceps were huge and perfectly defined. Among such other big actors such as Carl Weathers, Jesse the Body, and the guy that plays Billy, Arnold makes them look small.
I know Arnold was in larger shape when he won his Mr. Olympia titles and even in Conan, but in terms of character portrayal, I think Arnold in Predator had the perfect shape. His back and biceps were huge and perfectly defined. Among such other big actors such as Carl Weathers, Jesse the Body, and the guy that plays Billy, Arnold makes them look small.
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8:38AM on 03/28/2014
Don't agree with the number one spot either but True Lies, Predator, and T2 can all justifiably be switched up in those top 3 spots. I personally feel Predator is the best with T2 being a close second but its how great those movies are that make it so difficult to choose. These made him a legend.
Don't agree with the number one spot either but True Lies, Predator, and T2 can all justifiably be switched up in those top 3 spots. I personally feel Predator is the best with T2 being a close second but its how great those movies are that make it so difficult to choose. These made him a legend.
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8:35AM on 03/28/2014

Good list but...

Someone tell me how the original terminator isn't on this list?? It's top 5 material AT LEAST! I hope it's just an oversight (a big one at that)
Someone tell me how the original terminator isn't on this list?? It's top 5 material AT LEAST! I hope it's just an oversight (a big one at that)
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8:35AM on 03/28/2014
Dont agree with the number one spot. Think it should have either been Predator or Terminator as these were the films that I believe projected Schwarznegger as an action star.
Dont agree with the number one spot. Think it should have either been Predator or Terminator as these were the films that I believe projected Schwarznegger as an action star.
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8:28AM on 03/28/2014
"The absolute perfect blend of every Arnold Schwarzenegger movie comes together" - that's pretty much sums up True Lies. You're right. This one deserves number one spot. Great movie too.
"The absolute perfect blend of every Arnold Schwarzenegger movie comes together" - that's pretty much sums up True Lies. You're right. This one deserves number one spot. Great movie too.
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8:26AM on 03/28/2014
I would have thought T2 would be at number one spot. Still, this is my favorite Arnold movie. It's got action, sci-fi, drama, suspense. Everything you can possibly ask for.
I would have thought T2 would be at number one spot. Still, this is my favorite Arnold movie. It's got action, sci-fi, drama, suspense. Everything you can possibly ask for.
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8:25AM on 03/28/2014
Sometimes I wonder where Predator would be if it didn't star Arnold. That's how much Arnold owns the role.
Sometimes I wonder where Predator would be if it didn't star Arnold. That's how much Arnold owns the role.
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8:24AM on 03/28/2014
Arnold is the perfect Conan. Nobody even comes close.
Arnold is the perfect Conan. Nobody even comes close.
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8:23AM on 03/28/2014
Pure 80s cheese starring Arnold and I love every minute of it.
Pure 80s cheese starring Arnold and I love every minute of it.
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8:22AM on 03/28/2014
An unlikely duo that really paid off.
An unlikely duo that really paid off.
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