If we were to discuss the best Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, there are only a few titles really worth considering.
His best Rotten Tomatoes score -- with a 100% fresh rating -- is The Terminator. And his highest grossing movie of all time (domestically, internationally and adjusted for inflation) is Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Both of those movies are his two highest rated features on IMDb based on user votes.
One or the other of the first two Terminator movies is easily crowned his best movie, but he's made plenty of guilty pleasures. You probably have a personal favorite regardless of whether it's a good movie or not. Maybe you really like Schwarzenegger's comedies like Twins or Kindergarten Cop or Jingle All the Way.
There are also all those awesome '80s action movies that define a Schwarzenegger role. So what if they're not directed by someone as talented as James Cameron? My personal favorite will always be Commando, and that might just be something I carry on because it was a childhood favorite. I even had the 16" John Matrix action figure.
His other sci-fi movies of that era are pretty cool, too. It's hard to beat the clever scenarios of Predator, The Running Man and Total Recall. It's also hard to beat the one-liners spoken in each of those three Arnie classics.
Even if you're not into Schwarzenegger you could probably name a favorite movie that he's been in. Go back before he was a star and find him in great dramas like The Long Goodbye and Stay Hungry and the essential bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron.
It's unlikely that your favorite is anything released in the last 20 years, though. True Lies is where the line draws for many people. But hey, don't be ashamed if you want to honestly go with Batman & Robin or End of Days or Escape Plan -- maybe you're just becoming acquainted with him with his recent comeback movies, including this week's new release Sabotage.
We polled users on Twitter for their favorite Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, and here are the results followed by a handful of select tweets:
Terminator 2: Judgment Day: 12
True Lies: 4
The Terminator: 3
The Long Goodbye: 3
Kindergarten Cop: 2
Total Recall: 2
Conan the Barbarian: 1
@thefilmcynic Terminator. He makes a terrifying bad guy.— Kyle Ailinger (@KAilinger) March 27, 2014
@thefilmcynic Best: Terminator. Schwarzeneggeriest: Commando.— Ben Godar (@bengodar) March 27, 2014
@thefilmcynic This is an opinion question with a correct answer: Terminator 2.— Audiences Everywhere (@WeTalkMovies) March 27, 2014
@thefilmcynic The North's Top 5 Schwarzenegger #5. Kindergarten Cop #4. True Lies #3. The Running Man #2. Pumping Iron #1. T2— North/South Film (@NorthSouthFilm) March 27, 2014
@thefilmcynic Kindergarten Cop!!!! It's not a tumor! Get out of here! What are you doing?!— John Andrews (@Jandies1) March 28, 2014