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September 17, 2015

The 10 Best Arnold Schwarzenegger Movies


So the time has come; the votes have been calculated and you’ve had several weeks to choose your favourite movie from Arnold Schwarzenegger.

I must say I’m surprised by some of the entries and the lack of love for Conan makes me wonder if Legend of Conan is a good idea.

Either way I do agree with the majority of entries so kudos for your excellent taste.

Without further ado here are the 10 best Arnold Schwarzenegger movies as voted for by you.




10. Eraser


PLOT: John “The Eraser” Kruger is the top gun in the US Marshall Witness Protection scheme; he erases their past and deals with their future. His latest assignment is whistle-blower Dr. Lee Cullen, who has evidence against a major arms corporation that’s selling weapons to terrorists with the collusion of rogue enemy agents within, but there is danger nearer home for Kruger, from within his own department.

Arnie gets to work with acting royalty James Caan and James Coburn with a side order of Patrick Kilpatrick for good measure in the underrated Eraser. Great score by Alan Silvestri, who really is the action music master. Eraser has a satisfying payoff and the jumping out of the plane scene is superbly realised.

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9. Raw Deal

PLOT: When efforts to prosecute mob boss Luigi Patrovita (Sam Wanamaker) are repeatedly derailed thanks to a mole in the FBI, the only choice is to bring in an outsider — specifically, Mark Kaminsky (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a disgraced agent who leaps at a chance for reinstatement. After FBI chief Shannon (Darren McGavin) gives him his orders, Kaminsky fakes his death and reemerges as an ex-con named Brenner. Undercover and accountable to no one, the former Fed tears up the mob from the inside.

Admittedly the film is a little slow in places and could have been better but it does have the “preparing for war” scene where, after he has filled his bag up with weapons Arnie has to check his hair to make sure he is no puny, girly man. Job done!


8. Kindergarten Cop

PLOT: In this action-comedy, unusual circumstances find big, brawny cop John Kimble (Arnold Schwarzenegger) posing as a kindergarten teacher in order to apprehend major drug lord Cullen Crisp (Richard Tyson), as wellas his ruthless accomplice and mother, Eleanor (Carroll Baker). While pretending to be a kid-friendly instructor, Kimble falls for pretty fellow teacher Joyce Palmieri (Penelope Ann Miller) as he battles both unruly children and dangerous bad guys.

Really? Well ok, I would have had End of Days or The Last Stand here but I’ll admit it is a fun movie and once again has so many quotable lines.


7. The Running Man  

PLOT: In the year 2019, America is a totalitarian state where the favorite television program is “The Running Man” — a game show in which prisoners must run to freedom to avoid a brutal death. Having been made a scapegoat by the government, an imprisoned Ben Richards (Arnold Schwarzenegger) has the opportunity to make it back to the outside again by being a contestant on the deadly show, although the twisted host, Damon Killian (Richard Dawson), has no intention of letting him escape.

The original (and best) Hunger Games has Arnie taking part in a sadistic game show in a post-apocalyptic future. Filled with tongue in cheek humour and fabulous one-liners, this remains one of Arnold’s more underrated movies but it’s still a classic of the genre.


6. The Terminator

PLOT: Disguised as a human, a cyborg assassin known as a Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) travels from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). Sent to protect Sarah is Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), who divulges the coming of Skynet, an artificial intelligence system that will spark a nuclear holocaust. Sarah is targeted because Skynet knows that her unborn son will lead the fight against them. With the virtually unstoppable Terminator in hot pursuit, she and Kyle attempt to escape.

This was the movie that really put Arnie on the map and made him the biggest action star of the 80’s. A special mention needs to be given to Michael Biehn though who really embodies the character of Kyle Reese perfectly. The wild eyes and his utter desperation to protect Sarah Connor are believable to the very end.


5. True Lies

PLOT: Secretly a spy but thought by his family to be a dull salesman, Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is tracking down nuclear missiles in the possession of Islamic jihadist Aziz (Art Malik). Harry’s mission is complicated when he realizes his neglected wife, Helen (Jamie Lee Curtis), is contemplating an affair with Simon (Bill Paxton), a used-car salesman who claims he’s a spy. When Aziz kidnaps Harry and Helen, the secret agent must save the world and patch up his marriage at the same time.

I have to admit that I’ve never been a huge fan of this movie but this was your vote and got a lot of love from fans. Jamie Lee Curtis is fantastic and it does have the classic “you’re fire” moment at the end.


4. Total Recall

PLOT: Douglas Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a bored construction worker in the year 2084 who dreams of visiting the colonized Mars. He visits “Rekall,” a company that plants false memories into people’s brains, inorder to experience the thrill of Mars without having to travel there. But something goes wrong during the procedure; Quaid discovers that his entire life is actually a false memory and that the people who implanted it in his head now want him dead.

Mostly great effects, mind-bending story, Jerry Goldmith’s amazing score and more one-liners than arguably any other Arnie movie. It also has a 3 breasted mutant; what’s not to love?


3. Commando

PLOT: Retired Special Forces soldier John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) lives with daughter Jenny (Alyssa Milano) in isolation, but his privacy is disturbed by former commander Franklin Kirby (James Olson), who warns him that his fellow soldiers are getting killed one by one. After Kirby leaves, Jenny is kidnapped by former Latin American dictator Arius (Dan Hedaya), who wants Matrix to restore him to power. Instead, Matrix sets out to take down the rogue leader and rescue his daughter.

Arnie’s one man army movie is tough to beat in terms of sheer body counts; exploding heads galore, inept henchmen and Freddy Mercury as the villain. If this isn’t in your DVD collection, then hang your head in shame.


2. Predator

PLOT: Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a soldier of fortune, is hired by the U.S. government to secretly rescue a group of politicians trapped in Guatemala. But when Dutch and his team, which includes weapons expert Blain (Jesse Ventura) and CIA agent George (Carl Weathers), land in Central America, something is gravely wrong. After finding a string of dead bodies, the crew discovers they are being hunted by a brutal creature with superhuman strength and the ability to disappear into its surroundings.

John McTiernan directed this classic sci-fi actioner with Arnie up against a hunter that sure ain’t no man. Alan Silvestri’s score is legendary and the film oozes tension and excitement. When Arnie lets out his battle cry at the end, you just know shit’s about to go down!

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1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

PLOT: In this sequel set eleven years after “The Terminator,” young John Connor (Edward Furlong), the key to civilization’s victory over a future robot uprising, is the target of the shape-shifting T-1000 (Robert Patrick), a Terminator sent from the future to kill him. Another Terminator, the revamped T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger), has been sent back to protect the boy. As John and his mother (Linda Hamilton) go on the run with the T-800, the boy forms an unexpected bond with the robot.

I’m delighted that you voted this number one and rightly so; to this day it remains a masterpiece and is arguably my favourite movie of all time. Great story, fabulous music and the best opening scene ever.

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Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone. We also want to help promote new talent whether you're making blockbusters, low-budget Indie movies or fan films; if it's action, it's awesome.



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