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TOP 10 Arnold Schwarzenegger Films


With the new Terminator film hitting cinemas this week and a welcome return of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the iconic T-800, I thought we could take a look at the highest rated feature films starring the man himself. All ratings come from the general public as voted on the Letterboxd website. Let's get into it!



NUMBER 10 | The Running Man

1987 - Directed by Paul Michael Glaser - 3.2/5

2019. A GAME NOBODY SURVIVES. THIS YEAR MIGHT BE THE EXCEPTION.


By 2017, the global economy has collapsed and American society has become a totalitarian police state, censoring all cultural activity. The government pacifies the populace by broadcasting a number of game shows in which convicted criminals fight for their lives, including the gladiator-style The Running Man, hosted by the ruthless Damon Killian, where “runners” attempt to evade “stalkers” and certain death for a chance to be pardoned and set free.



NUMBER 9 | Dave

1993 - Directed by Ivan Reitman - 3.3/5

IN A COUNTRY WHERE ANYBODY CAN BECOME PRESIDENT, ANYBODY JUST DID.


Bill Mitchell is the philandering and distant President of the United States. Dave Kovic is a sweet-natured and caring Temp Agency operator, who by a staggering coincidence looks exactly like the President. As such, when Mitchell wants to escape an official luncheon, the Secret Service hires Dave to stand in for him. Unfortunately, Mitchell suffers a severe stroke whilst having sex with one of his aides, and Dave finds himself stuck in the role indefinitely. The corrupt and manipulative Chief of Staff, Bob Alexander, plans to use Dave to elevate himself to the White House – but unfortunately, he doesn’t count on Dave enjoying himself in office, using his luck to make the country a better place, and falling in love with the beautiful First Lady…



NUMBER 8 | Commando

1985 - Directed by Mark L. Lester - 3.4/5

SOMEWHERE… SOMEHOW… SOMEONE’S GOING TO PAY.


John Matrix, the former leader of a special commando strike force that always got the toughest jobs done, is forced back into action when his young daughter is kidnapped. To find her, Matrix has to fight his way through an array of punks, killers, one of his former commandos, and a fully equipped private army. With the help of a feisty stewardess and an old friend, Matrix has only a few hours to overcome his greatest challenge: finding his daughter before she’s killed.



NUMBER 7 | Conan the Barbarian

1982 - Directed by John Milius - 3.4/5

THIEF. WARRIOR. GLADIATOR. KING.


A film adaptation of the classic sword and sorcery hero, Conan the Barbarian. A horde of rampaging warriors massacre the parents of young Conan and enslave the young child for years on The Wheel of Pain. As the sole survivor of the childhood massacre, Conan is released from slavery and taught the ancient arts of fighting. Transforming himself into a killing machine, Conan travels into the wilderness to seek vengeance on Thulsa Doom, the man responsible for killing his family. In the wilderness, Conan takes up with the thieves Valeria and Subotai. The group comes upon King Osric, who wants the trio of warriors to help rescue his daughter who has joined Doom in the hills.



NUMBER 6 | True Lies

1994 - Directed by James Cameron - 3.5/5

WHEN HE SAID I DO, HE NEVER SAID WHAT HE DID.


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.



NUMBER 5 | Total Recall

1990 - Directed by Paul Verhoeven - 3.7/5

THEY STOLE HIS MIND, NOW HE WANTS IT BACK.


Construction worker Douglas Quaid discovers a memory chip in his brain during a virtual-reality trip. He also finds that his past has been invented to conceal a plot of planetary domination. Soon, he’s off to Mars to find out who he is and who planted the chip.



NUMBER 4 | Predator

1987 - Directed by John McTiernan - 3.8/5

SOON THE HUNT WILL BEGIN.


Dutch and his group of commandos are hired by the CIA to rescue downed airmen from guerillas in a Central American jungle. The mission goes well but as they return they find that something is hunting them. Nearly invisible, it blends in with the forest, taking trophies from the bodies of its victims as it goes along. Occasionally seeing through its eyes, the audience sees it is an intelligent alien hunter, hunting them for sport, killing them off one at a time.



NUMBER 3 | The Terminator

1984 - Directed by James Cameron - 3.9/5

YOUR FUTURE IS IN HIS HANDS.


In the post-apocalyptic future, reigning tyrannical supercomputers teleport a cyborg assassin known as the “Terminator” back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is destined to lead insurgents against 21st century mechanical hegemony. Meanwhile, the human-resistance movement dispatches a lone warrior to safeguard Sarah. Can he stop the virtually indestructible killing machine?



NUMBER 2 | The Long Goodbye

1973 - Directed by Robert Altman - 4.1/5

NOTHING SAYS GOODBYE LIKE A BULLET…


Detective Philip Marlowe tries to help a friend who is accused of murdering his wife.



NUMBER 1 | Terminator 2: Judgment Day

1991 - Directed by James Cameron - 4.2/5

IT’S NOTHING PERSONAL.


Nearly 10 years have passed since Sarah Connor was targeted for termination by a cyborg from the future. Now her son, John, the future leader of the resistance, is the target for a newer, more deadly terminator. Once again, the resistance has managed to send a protector back to attempt to save John and his mother Sarah.




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