The Best of Arnold Schwarzenegger

A couple of people have asked me to do a best and worst of Schwarzenegger’s films, so here it is starting with the best and for an ex bodybuilder from Austria he hasn’t done bad at all with some of these films being my favourite action films of all time.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

The Second installment of terminator franchise is just as good as the first perhaps even better with Arny’s robotic acting on the side of good. Now for the list I had to pick between 1 and 2, this made the list because it’s one with double the good stuff and it works well. A sequel to the Sci-Fi action thriller that made him and star Arnold Schwarzenegger A-list Hollywood names, writer/director James Cameron upped the ante with this follow-up by employing a more sweeping storyline and cutting-edge special effects. One of the greatest Action Sci-Fi films ever made. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.


Arnold Schwarzenegger is more comfortable and assured here than the first time around, reprising a role so perfectly suited to the voice and physique that have established him as a larger-than-life film persona, because let’s face it who else could do what he did with the role. The larger budget of this film over the first improves the visuals massively and adds what was missing from the first mainly seeing the T-800’s face under Arny’s which was so bad from the first but in this look great. Terminator 2 features thrilling action sequences and eye-popping visual effects but what makes it one of the greatest in its categories is its depth of the human and cyborg characters which is very difficult to get right.

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True Lies (1994)

James Cameron is back with the big guy and does another great job with this massively fun movie experience and wish I was able to see in the cinema. Borrowing liberally from the French film La Totale, this is an action picture, domestic comedy, and political thriller rolled into a crowd-pleasing ball of entertainment. Producer James Cameron wrote and directed the film. It’s a thrilling adventure with many laughs to be had. Mainly it’s the best spy film that made me laugh and had me at the edge of my seat. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.


From the humour to the action it’s all been done great. Nobody else could make this character as serous and funny as Arnold Schwarzenegger did and will never be able to replace his ability to do that. A great example of this would be when Harry Tasker has to chase a terrorist through New York with the terrorist on a motorbike and Harry on a police horse “and please hurry, my horse is getting tired” nobody could do that line as serious and without humour in their voice as Schwarzenegger. This must have been the first film I had seen with Schwarzenegger in and clearly put me on the right path of action and comedy films, in saying that I was only 8 years old so might explain a lot about my opinions (not sure why my parents let me see this when I was 8 but am not complaining).

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Total Recall (1990)

When I first saw this film I was about 10 so it made absolutely no sense but when I watched it a bit older at 16 I thought it was one of the best Sci-Fi films I had ever seen, didn’t matter that the visuals where a bit weird or some scenes were absurdly funny when it should be serious I still just loved watching it. In Paul Verhoeven’s wild sci-fi action movie Total Recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a 21st-century construction worker who discovers that his entire memory of the past derives from a memory chip implanted in his brain. Schwarzenegger learns that he’s actually a secret agent who had become a threat to the government, so those in power planted the chip and invented a domestic lifestyle for him. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.


Not only one of the best films of 1990, it’s one of Schwarzenegger’s finest cinematic accomplishments. Under Paul Verhoeven’s great direction, Total Recall is a fast-paced rush of violence, gore, and humour that never slacks. The funniest scene not intended would be when Schwarzenegger’s character gets caught out in the Martian atmosphere and his head starts expanding, it’s very funny but is supposed to be really serous. My favourite scene of all would be when Quaid uses the holograms to trick the guards and kill them is very fun to watch showing off Schwarzenegger’s ability to pull one liners out of nowhere and make them gold. Now there is going to be a remake of this coming out this year but I don’t think it’s going to be that good, mainly because they have replaced Schwarzenegger with Colin Farrell and they will not be going to mars! That’s the main plot point.

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Predator (1987)

Yes, I love this film! One of my all time favourite films not sure why. The predator alien in this film was a great piece of visual work at the time and takes the test of time brilliantly. An alien spacecraft enters the Earth’s atmosphere and jettisons a pod, which descends to Central America. Some time later, Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer (Arnold Schwarzenegger) arrives in Guatemala with his elite team for an operation to rescue a presidential cabinet minister and his aide who were abducted by guerrilla forces in Val Verde. The team is inserted into the jungle by helicopter and begins its hunt. Let the hunt begin! Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.


My favourite scene would have to be the fight between the Predator and Dutch, now that scene was great from the intricacy of the boyscout style traps set up by Dutch to the Predators Technology and instincts this was then put together with fight choreography. My favourite review “It is so lean, so exciting and so imaginative that you can watch it every month or two, year in and year out, and never get tired of it.” Douglas Pratt. This review is pretty much the reason I think its so good because it never gets old and its so unique an idea. The funniest part would have to be when dutch threw a machete into a bad guy and then stating stick around (Oh Dutch). Now the funny thing is from the trailer I would never have watched it but if you have seen the film then its really funny.

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Commando (1985)

This film delivers some of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s best and most memorable lines from I’ll kill you last too I lied.  Colonel Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is retired and living peaceably with his 10-year-old daughter (Alyssa Milano) when she is kidnapped by the henchmen of an exiled Latin American dictator. The dictator’s plan is to reinstate himself in power by eliminating the president of his country, using Matrix to kill him (or he will kill the kidnapped daughter). Great now go blow some $#*! up. Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended.


My favourite scene would have to be the mall scene when he picks up the phone booth and throws it at a group of cops its hard to state how funny that part truly was. Best review “serves as a template for many future action flicks”Kevin Carr. He is right not just for Arnold Schwarzenegger career of action films but it sets the genre in the right path of great pace and perfect amount of guns and explosions. I think with all the action that is packed in this film that you tend to forget about the plot which is a military guy whose daughter gets kidnapped which by its self is pretty damn good (not too dissimilar to ‘Taken’ except its massively more explosive).

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Best Thing on YouTube:

If you think Schwarzenegger’s one liners are the funniest thing to ever be put on a screen then you will appreciate this: Warning there is strong language but its hysterical 😀

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About Tim The Film Guy

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7 responses to “The Best of Arnold Schwarzenegger”

  1. atothewr says :

    Twins wasn’t half bad either, but Predator is just one of the all time greats.


  2. The Focused Filmographer says :

    Dude! ya gotta add Kindergarten Cop and Jingle All the Way in this list for sure! 🙂


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