Arnold Schwarzenegger’s best films display an obvious pattern that has dominated the Austrian actor’s cinema since its inception: action heroes.
That is the figure that has characterized him in his career and the one that has led him to be one of the most important stars in the history of Hollywood. With muscles that seemed from another planet and an irrefutable charisma, ‘Arnie’ won the hearts of millions of viewers around the world. The people love him so much that they even made him Governor of California for the Republican Party.
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We want to celebrate the actor’s legacy with his best works, which we have arranged in this ranking following the notes from IMDB , the most comprehensive film database on the internet. What better way to measure which are the films most loved by the public? The result will not surprise you too much: we find of course the first two installments of ‘ Terminator ‘, with special affection for ‘ Terminator 2: The Last Judgment ‘, one of the highest grossing films in history and one of the most remembered. It is pure action cinema with a futuristic touch, something that Schwarzenegger has explored on numerous occasions: we will also find ‘ Haunted ‘‘, where the actor lives a dystopian future in which life or death games are broadcast on television (as in ‘The Hunger Games’), and also ‘ Predator ‘, one of his most recognizable films and where he faced a deadly alien from space. Of course, we wanted to leave cameos like the ones he has in Robert Altman’s ‘The Long Goodbye’ or ‘Welcome to the jungle’ out of this list, because we want to focus on his most leading roles. How minimal!

Without further ado, these are the best movies of the great and inimitable Arnold Schwarzenegger. Which is your favorite?

‘The Last Challenge’ (Jee-woon Kim, 2013)


The late Arnie is still as forceful and effective in action movies as he was in his early days. Well, maybe with less muscle and some mixed emotions on his face, but he’s still a star. This is demonstrated in this film by Jee-woon Kim , who finds a national villain in Eduardo Noriega .

Synopsis: Racked with guilt after a botched operation, Sheriff Ray Owens (Schwarzenegger) leaves his post with the Los Angeles Police Department’s narcotics division for the sleepy border town of Sommerton Junction, where crime isn’t exactly rife. . But this peaceful existence is cut short when Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega), the Western Hemisphere’s most notorious drug lord, makes a spectacular and bloody escape from an FBI prison convoy.

‘Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines’ (Jonathan Mostow, 2003)


Somehow, the IMDb notes have slipped us here this third installment that, although it is not as bad as the fifth, it is not very easy to enjoy either. It turns out that the sacrifice we cried for in 1991 had been in vain. Come now! Even so, we include it here, being faithful to the public votes, which (almost) always is wise.

Synopsis: This new installment starts a decade after that fateful day that was going to be the last for humanity. John Connor (Nick Stahl) is now a lonely 22-year-old, who will once again receive visits from the future: on the one hand, the TX model from the Terminator (Kristanna Loken), ready to finish the job left pending by the T-1000, and on the other the friendly face of the T-850 (Arnold Schwarzenegger)… or not so friendly.

‘Last Great Hero’ (John McTiernan, 1993)


John McTiernan never fails. He has that ability to sign iconic films, and although this would not be at the top of the list along with another of his productions, it is a wonderful adventure film with Arnold Schwarzenegger being what he has always been: a great star. of action.

Synopsis: Danny Madigan is a fervent admirer of Jack Slater, an action movie hero. Thanks to an entrance with magical powers, he manages to enter the screen and live exciting adventures with Jack. Everything gets complicated when the bad guys from the movie snatch the ticket and escape to the real world.

Followed (The Running Man)’ (Paul Michael Glaser, 1987)


This remarkable dystopian film by Paul Michael Glaser based on the interesting novel ‘The Fugitive’ by Richard Bachman (the pseudonym of Stephen King at the time ). The picture he paints of the future (in 2017): those who possess an indecent amount of power and resources having access to the media turns society into a circus of lies and manipulation. Certainly one of those science fiction movies that seem to talk about the present.

Synopsis: The year is 2019 and the United States is under its first totalitarian government. Arnold Schwarzenegger is the Hunted, fleeing for his life. A deadly, futuristic carnival and in which they fight for their survival.

‘Escape Plan’ (Mikael Håfström, 2013)


Contemporary action cinema is still rich in creators interested in formal innovation, but the cultural fever for retro makes the trend more of a nostalgic carousel. ‘Escape Plan’ by Mikael Håfström has the texture and narrative development of a high concept born in the mid-90s, although it succeeds in strengthening the current virtues of two headliners. And on top of that, it has two stars in front like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger . What can go wrong? It can also be considered one of the best Sylvester Stallone movies.

Synopsis: Ray Breslin (Stallone) is the foremost expert in prison security. He will have to prove it when, victim of a conspiracy, he finds himself among prisoners in an escape-proof jail. There he will join forces with another prisoner, Emil (Schwarzenegger), who will help him take revenge and escape.

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