The 40 Best Arnold Schwarzenegger-movies!by KnatLouie | created - 18 Jul 2013 | updated - 07 Jun 2018 | Public
The best of Arnie! Recently updated to include every single one of his films, as he's only made 41 of them so far (not counting the "in production"-titles or the TV-movies).
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1. The Terminator (1984)
R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi
In 1984, a human soldier is tasked to stop an indestructible cyborg killing machine, both sent from 2029, from executing a young woman, whose unborn son is the key to humanity's future salvation.
Votes: 779,158 | Gross: $38.40M
"Phazed plasma-rifle in the 40 watt range" - One of the best movies of all-time. It has action, horror, mind-boggling sci-fi, and loads of terrific one-liners. "You're dead, honey!"
2. Predator (1987)
R | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.
Votes: 362,511 | Gross: $59.74M
"Dillon! You son of a bitch!" - A tense, exciting cat-and-mouse jungle-warfare alien-battling horror-film, full of cool characters and action! "GET TO THE CHOPPER!"
3. Total Recall (1990)
R | 113 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or is he?
Votes: 292,810 | Gross: $119.39M
"Giv' dese peepol AIHR!" - A highly imaginative, ultra-violent adaptation of one of the best sci-fi author's best novels. The one-liners are all over the place, and the action is off the charts! "Hope you enjoyed the ride!"
4. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
R | 137 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her teenage son, John Connor, from a more advanced and powerful cyborg.
Votes: 968,654 | Gross: $204.84M
"Hasta la vista.... baby!" - One of the best sequels of all-time. Doesn't have quite the same amount of pure terror of the first one, but makes up for it with tons of thrilling action-sequences and amazing effects. "Get. Out."
5. Commando (1985)
R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A retired Special Forces colonel tries to save his daughter, who was abducted by his former subordinate.
Votes: 142,314 | Gross: $35.10M
"Remember when I said I was gonna kill you last? ....I lied!" - The most masculine movie you'll ever see. It's just pure testosterone from start to finish, with weird characters and great one-liners scattered all over the place. "Don't wake up my friend, he's dead tired."
6. Last Action Hero (1993)
PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
With the help of a magic ticket, a young movie fan is transported into the fictional world of his favorite action movie character.
Votes: 133,057 | Gross: $50.02M
"Hi, I'm Arnold Braunschweiger, nice to meet you!" - One of the best and most underrated meta-films ever, showing us the difference between real life and movies, of course with lots of silly twists and a bunch of car-chases. "Take his...shoes?!"
7. True Lies (1994)
R | 141 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller
A fearless, globe-trotting, terrorist-battling secret agent has his life turned upside down when he discovers his wife might be having an affair with a used-car salesman while terrorists smuggle nuclear war heads into the United States.
Votes: 231,348 | Gross: $146.28M
"Here's my invitation!" - A fun, action-packed thrill-ride with lots of humour and generally has a great feel to it. "Battery, Aziz!"
8. Conan the Barbarian (1982)
R | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A young boy, Conan, becomes a slave after his parents are killed and tribe destroyed by a savage warlord and sorcerer, Thulsa Doom. When he grows up he becomes a fearless, invincible fighter. Set free, he plots revenge against Thulsa Doom.
Votes: 134,355 | Gross: $39.57M
"To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women."
9. The Running Man (1987)
R | 101 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In a dystopian America, a falsely convicted policeman gets his shot at freedom when he must forcibly participate in a TV game show where convicts, runners, must battle killers for their freedom.
Votes: 137,780 | Gross: $38.12M
"Here's Zub-Zero.. now Plain Zero!"
10. Kindergarten Cop (1990)
PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Crime
A tough cop must pose as a kindergarten teacher in order to locate a dangerous criminal's ex-wife, who may hold the key to putting him behind bars.
Votes: 132,460 | Gross: $91.46M
"I'm a COP, you IDIOT!"
11. T2 3-D: Battle Across Time (1996 Video)
Not Rated | 21 min | Short, Action, Sci-Fi
Three freedom fighters attack a large corporation to prevent a future apocalypse.
Pretty cool short film. I just wish it had been longer!
12. Red Heat (1988)
R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A tough Russian policeman is forced to partner up with a cocky Chicago police detective when he is sent to Chicago to apprehend a Georgian drug lord who killed his partner and fled the country.
Votes: 62,668 | Gross: $34.99M
"Time to feed parakeet."
13. Raw Deal (1986)
R | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A former FBI agent turned small-town sheriff agrees to help the FBI chief infiltrate the Chicago mafia when the FBI chief's son is killed by them.
Votes: 29,808 | Gross: $16.21M
"Don't drink and bake!"
14. Hercules in New York (1970)
G | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Hercules is sent to Earth where he finds true love and starts a promising career in the bodybuilder business.
"Nice chariot... but where are zhe horses?"
15. Escape Plan (2013)
R | 115 min | Action, Thriller
When a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world's most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside.
Votes: 222,522 | Gross: $25.13M
"You hit like a vegetarian!"
16. Twins (1988)
PG | 107 min | Comedy, Crime
A physically perfect but innocent man goes in search of his long-lost twin brother, who is short, a womanizer, and small-time crook.
Votes: 110,142 | Gross: $111.94M
"How can bullsh*t walk?"
17. Sabotage (2014)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.
Votes: 57,859 | Gross: $10.51M
Look at you, with your 48 percent body fat!
18. Stay Hungry (1976)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama
So-called 'special agent' infiltrates into the gym, which is targeted by a dirty business fraud.
Can't remember any quotes, but Arnie won a Golden Globe for this one!
19. The 6th Day (2000)
PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Futuristic action film about a man who meets a clone of himself and stumbles into a grand conspiracy about clones taking over the world.
Votes: 114,522 | Gross: $34.60M
"When I told you fu*k yourself, I didn't mean for you to take it literally."
20. Pumping Iron (1977)
PG | 86 min | Documentary, Sport
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno face off in a no-holds-barred competition for the title of Mr. Olympia in this critically-acclaimed film that made Schwarzenegger a household name.
"Milk is for babies. When you grow up you have to drink beer."
21. The Last Stand (2013)
R | 107 min | Action, Thriller
The leader of a drug cartel busts out of a courthouse and speeds to the Mexican border, where the only thing in his path is a sheriff and his inexperienced staff.
Votes: 131,103 | Gross: $12.05M
"You make us immigrants look bad."
22. End of Days (1999)
R | 122 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
At the end of the century, Satan visits New York in search of a bride. It's up to an ex-cop who now runs an elite security outfit to stop him.
Votes: 103,841 | Gross: $66.89M
"Oh, you think you're bad, huh? You're a *beep* choir boy compared to me! A CHOIR BOY!"
23. Eraser (1996)
R | 115 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A Witness Protection specialist becomes suspicious of his co-workers when dealing with a case involving high-tech weapons.
Votes: 101,396 | Gross: $101.30M
24. Jingle All the Way (1996)
PG | 89 min | Comedy, Family
A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas. However, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one.
Votes: 88,990 | Gross: $60.57M
"Put that cookie down. NOW!"
25. Junior (1994)
PG-13 | 109 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
As part of a fertility research project, a male scientist agrees to carry a pregnancy in his own body.
Votes: 63,653 | Gross: $36.76M
"Oh I feel the baby, the baby!.... OH sh*t!"
26. Terminator Genisys (2015)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When John Connor, leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline.
Votes: 253,197 | Gross: $89.76M
Some good action-scenes saves this from being a complete turkey. Barely.
27. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
R | 109 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A machine from a post-apocalyptic future travels back in time to protect a man and a woman from an advanced robotic assassin to ensure they both survive a nuclear attack.
Votes: 369,985 | Gross: $150.37M
"I am...a machine!"
28. The Villain (1979)
PG | 89 min | Comedy, Western
Facing hanging, a bank robber makes a deal with the corrupt banker to avoid execution in exchange for a dirty assignment.
"This is a seven-shot six-shooter, and I had it especially made."
29. Conan the Destroyer (1984)
PG | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Conan leads a ragtag group of adventurers on a quest for a princess.
Votes: 74,702 | Gross: $31.04M
30. The Expendables 2 (2012)
R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.
Votes: 287,274 | Gross: $85.02M
"My shoe is bigger than this car." - The only Expendable-movie where Arnie gets some decent screen-time, and he delivers the usual goods. Nothing special here though, as all the "tough-guy" jokes quickly gets boring.
31. Red Sonja (1985)
PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The fearless warrior Red Sonja sets out to avenge her family's murder and rid her kingdom from the tyrannical rule of evil Queen Gedren.
Votes: 37,785 | Gross: $6.95M
"I'm not a mercenary. No body pays me. And if I feel someone one owes me, I take it."
32. Collateral Damage (2002)
R | 108 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
After his family is killed by a terrorist act, a firefighter goes in search of the one responsible.
Votes: 70,796 | Gross: $40.08M
"I'll show you collateral damage!"
33. Batman & Robin (1997)
PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Sci-Fi
Batman and Robin try to keep their relationship together even as they must stop Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing Gotham City.
Votes: 229,132 | Gross: $107.33M
Terrible film that almost put Batman in the grave for good. Arnie is relatively amusing though.
34. Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
PG | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
To win a bet, an eccentric British inventor, beside his Chinese valet and an aspiring French artist, embarks on a trip full of adventures and dangers around the world in exactly eighty days.
Votes: 82,867 | Gross: $24.01M
Prince Hapi is hilarious, but is sadly only there for a few minutes.
35. The Long Goodbye (1973)
R | 112 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Private investigator Philip Marlowe helps a friend out of a jam, but in doing so gets implicated in his wife's murder.
Votes: 24,865 | Gross: $0.96M
It's just a small non-speaking cameo, but he's hilarious none the less!
36. The Expendables 3 (2014)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Barney augments his team with new blood for a personal battle: to take down Conrad Stonebanks, the Expendables co-founder and notorious arms trader who is hell bent on wiping out Barney and every single one of his associates.
Votes: 164,972 | Gross: $39.32M
Not a big role, and only has a few good moments.
37. Scavenger Hunt (1979)
PG | 116 min | Comedy
To inherit a fortune, various addressees of a will must compete in a wild scavenger hunt to collect selected items, but cannot be simply bought.
A minor cameo as a gym instructor, relatively funny, but very short.
38. Aftermath (IV) (2017)
R | 94 min | Drama, Thriller
Two strangers' lives become inextricably bound together after a devastating plane crash.
Arnold gives a good performance, but the movie is just dull as heck.
39. Maggie (I) (2015)
PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Horror
A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side.
Votes: 41,085 | Gross: $0.19M
The dullest, least gory, and least entertaining zombie-movie I've ever seen in my entire life. Arnold actually does a good job of delivering his lines etc, but it's just a complete snoozefest from start to finish. The color-grading is also terribly annoying, to say the least.
40. The Expendables (2010)
R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A CIA operative hires a team of mercenaries to eliminate a Latin dictator and a renegade CIA agent.
Votes: 319,758 | Gross: $103.07M
It's just a small cameo, not really worth mentioning.
41. The Rundown (2003)
PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A tough aspiring chef is hired to bring home a mobster's son from the Amazon but becomes involved in the fight against an oppressive town operator and the search for a legendary treasure.
Votes: 99,345 | Gross: $47.73M
It's just a tiny cameo, where he walks past The Rock and says "Have fun".
42. Dave (1993)
PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Romance
To avoid a potentially explosive scandal when the U.S. President goes into a coma, an affable temp agency owner with an uncanny resemblance is put in his place.
Votes: 47,837 | Gross: $63.27M
It's just a small dull cameo, as a guy who tells the president to take care of his body.