Top 10 Arnold Schwarzenegger Movies of All Time

We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion. With that being said, here are the top 10 Arnold Schwarzenegger movies of all time. Feel free to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.

10. Commando (1985) 70% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A special agent is forced out of retirement when his old partner and a group of criminals kidnap his daughter to coerce him into a political assassination.

Rating: R
Director: Mark L. Lester
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rae Dawn Chong, Dan Hedaya

9. Total Recall (1990) 82% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Douglas Quaid has recurring dreams about Mars, so he takes a vacation there via a memory implant that activates his memories of being a secret agent on the red planet.

Rating: R
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sharon Stone, Michael Ironside

8. Jingle All the Way (1996) 16% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Howard’s wife and son are disappointed that he’s always too busy for them, so he vows to get his son a Turbo Man doll. It turns out to be harder than he thought.

Rating: PG
Director: Brian Levant
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman

7. The 6th Day (2000) 41% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Adam comes home one day to find his family with his clone and a group of assassins trying to kill him.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Rapaport, Tony Goldwyn

6. Twins (1988) 37% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Julius Benedict is the perfect man, raised by philosophers on a remote island in the South Seas. When he finds out he has a twin brother, he seeks him out to learn he’s much less than perfect.

Rating: PG
Director: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Kelly Preston

5. Last Action Hero (1993) 35% at Rotten Tomatoes

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A kid is transported into the cinematic world of his action star hero Jack Slater using a magic golden ticket. Unfortunately, the villain of the movie realizes what’s going on and steals the ticket in a bid to kill Slater in the real world.

Rating: PG-13
Director: John McTiernan
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, F. Murray Abraham, Art Carney

4. The Running Man (1987) 63% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Ben Richards is wrongly convicted in a dystopian future for refusing to fire upon innocent citizens. Now he must fight for his freedom on the most popular game show in the country.

Rating: R
Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto

3. Kindergarten Cop (1990) 51% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Detective John Kimble has been hunting drug dealer Cullen Crisp for years. He poses as a kindergarten teacher in order to convince his estranged ex-wife to help convict him.

Rating: PG-13
Director: Ivan Reitman
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Penelope Ann Miller, Pamela Reed

2. True Lies (1994) 72% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Harry Tasker works for a secret government agency, but his family thinks he’s a boring computer salesman. He tries to put a spark in his relationship and ends up putting his family in danger, revealing who he really is to them.

Rating: R
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold

1. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) 93% at Rotten Tomatoes

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Having failed to kill his mother, Skynet sends a new terminator back to the past to kill John Connor as a child. But Connor sent a terminator back to save himself, if he can only convince Sarah he’s not a bad guy.

Rating: R
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick

 

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Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer.

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