His thick accent and catchy one-liners made Arnold Schwarzenegger movies the highlight of the 1990s and 2000s. The former bodybuilder is one of the biggest movie stars of all time as his work gained him international fame and skyrocketed him to superstar status. Nevertheless, even the best of artists have a bad day once in a while. So, as much as his life’s work consists of some top-notch productions, here is everything from the good to the bad to the ugly from his filmography.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Movies and TV Shows Ranked From Best To Worst
1. The Terminator (1984)
Box Office: $78.3 million
Production Budget: $6.4 million
There is no doubt that this particular movie made his career and is an essential part of sci-fi history. It was directed by James Cameron and written by William Wisher Jr., James Cameron, Gale Anne Hurd. All in all, it was a huge hit which involved a cyborg sent from the future to kill a woman named Sarah Connor. The movie is one of the few to have received a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
2. Total Recall (1990)
Box Office: $261.3 million
Production Budget: $50–65 million
This movie that was directed by Paul Verhoeven and loosely based on the story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by Philip K. Dick, did incredibly well on all fronts. It received an 82% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes as well as an average rating of 7.29/10.
3. Predator (1987)
Box Office: $98.7 million
Production Budget: $15–18 million
This science-fiction action horror movie was directed by John McTiernan and written by brothers Jim and John Thomas. Here, what was meant to be a simple rescue mission turns into a battle with an alien. The movie had extremely good reviews and extremely bad ones, nevertheless, it went on to gain 81% out of 47 reviews and an average rating of 7.1/10.
4. True Lies
Box Office: $378.9 million
Production Budget: $100-$120 million
The directing and writing expertise of James Cameron is completely explored in the film that is about a secret agent leading a double life who has to come out of hiding in order to save his life and his marriage. It received an approval rating of 70% based on 50 reviews and got an average rating of 6.5/10.
5. Conan The Barbarian (1982)
Box Office: $130 million
Production Budget: $60 million
For fantasy and history lovers, this is one of the best Arnold Schwarzenegger movies to watch. In a nutshell, it is based on stories by Robert E. Howard, a writer of the 1930s. But this semi-modern piece was directed by John Milius.
All in all, its interesting take on sorcery and revenge merited this movie an aggregate score of 70% on Rotten Tomatoes.
6. Twins (1988)
Box Office: $216.6 million
Production Budget: $18 million
Despite making quite an impressive turnover at the Box Office, this film did not sit too well with the critics. The film follows the life of fraternal twins separated at birth and their unlikely reunion.
Produced and directed by Ivan Reitman, the film received 44% based on reviews from 41 critics on account of its wackiness.
7. The Expendables (2010)
Box Office: $274.5 million
Production Budget: $80 million
Again, this movie did quite well monetarily but was ripped to shreds by the critics. Here, Arnold Schwarzenegger was among a group of mercenaries that ere set up to fail. It was written by David Callaham and Sylvester Stallone who also directed the film.
8. Junior (1994)
Box Office: $108.4 million
Production Budget: $60 million
What could go wrong when you throw human testing and male pregnancy into the mix. This Danny Devito and Arnold Schwarzenegger movie was another collaboration between the pair that was directed and produced by Ivan Reitman. It merited a 36% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and received an average score of 4.7 out of 10.
9. Eraser (1996)
Box Office: $242.3 million
Production Budget: $100 million
This film was another commercially successful film that was a critical flop. The storyline follows the life of a U.S Marshal who protects a senior operative testifying about an illegal arms deal. Altogether, the story was described as obsolete and as such got an approval rating of 35% on Rotten Tomatoes.
10. Batman & Robin (1997)
Box Office: $238.2 million
Production Budget: $160 million
In this Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, the caped crusader went against Mr. Freeze, a villain played by the former bodybuilder. It was directed by Joel Schumacher and written by Akiva Goldsman.