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Top Ten Arnold Schwarzenegger films


“Or better yet a terminator,
Like Arnold Schwarzenegger”

House of Pain – “Jump Around”

When John Wayne died in 1979, many people figured that we would never see an actor like him ever again. When I say like him, I mean: a leading man’s man who more or less, no matter the movie’s time, place, or scenario, would portray the same character. It didn’t matter if the movie was a Western set in Monument Valley, or a WWII flick set in the Pacific, John Wayne played the character “John Wayne.” If the character’s name is not in the title, I bet you couldn’t name the name of a Wayne role.

It turns out that we didn’t have to wait long for the next John Wayne. The even bigger surprise was that he came to us via Thal, Austria.

If I were to guess why Arnold became the #1 box office action of the 1980’s, ahead of Stallone, Chuck Norris, Van Damme, etc, I would say it’s his charisma. If you ask me why he was even more successful in the 1990’s, while his competition faded away, I’d say it was his self-effacing sense of humor. His action films are well-known for his comedic one-liner catch phrases. Despite not being a native English speaker, he was still able to parlay that into many comedic roles. This is turn, gave him a cinematic second act. And based on both of our #10 picks, it seems he may have found himself a post-politics cinematic third act… as a serious dramatic actor.

With all that said, let’s “get to the chopper!”

The Top Ten Arnold Schwarzenegger films

Keith’s List

  • 10. Maggie (2015)
  • 9. Conan the Barbarian (1982)
  • 8. Twins (1988)
  • 7. The Running Man (1987)
  • 6. Commando (1985)
  • 5. Kindergarten Cop (1990)
  • 4. Total Recall (1990)
  • 3. True Lies (1994)
  • 2. Predator (1987)
  • 1. Terminator 2 (1991)

Honorable Mentions: Pumping Iron (1977); Raw Deal (1986); Red Heat (1988); Last Action Hero (1993); Jingle all the Way (1996); Eraser (1996).

My List 

  • 10. Maggie (2015)
  • 9. Jingle all the Way (1996)
  • 8. Conan the Barbarian (1982)
  • 7. True Lies (1994)
  • 6. Kindergarten Cop (1990)
  • 5. Twins (1988)
  • 4. Predator (1987)
  • 3. Commando (1985)
  • 2. Total Recall (1990)
  • 1. The Terminator (1984)

Honorable Mentions: Conan the Destroyer (1984); The Running Man (1987); Red Heat (1988); Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991); Last Action Hero (1993); Eraser (1996); End of Days (1999); The 6th Day (2000).

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