Every Terminator Movie & Show Ranked Worst To Best

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35 years in the making, the latest Terminator movie might well be the last time we see Arnold Schwarzenegger in the role that made him famous. But then again, we've said that before and it's real testament to James Cameron's franchise that no matter how many times it's lost its way, there will always be fans willing to go out and watch killer machines stalk humans. It's like an action movie ballet that will never know an end.

In the course of those three and a half decades, we've seen lots of attempts to explain timelines fail, lots of narrative twists with varying degrees of success and a fair number of performances that have landed on a similar spectrum, but the spirit of the original has never completely gone.

And now that Tim Miller's 6th movie (and 7th release including the TV show) is out and offers some real hope for more movies (provided people actually go and see it), we can look back on the Arnie Era of Terminator movies and reflect.

So which is best and which was worst?

7. Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys Arnold Schwarzenegger

The title alone, with its provocatively annoying misspelling was bad enough, but then Genisys' marketing team - in their infinite wisdom - decided to spoil the film's one interesting plot point in the trailers. And from there, it all went downhill very quickly. Like, even more downhill.

For all of its attempts at changing the franchise, the story of Genisys is derivative, largely very obvious and let down badly by the spoiler marketing campaign. It's also one of the dumbest sci-fi movies ever and operates under the pretence of being intelligent.

Jai Courtney is not on charismatic enough form as Kyle Reese, Emilia Clarke isn't spiky enough as Sarah Connor and director Alan Taylor singularly fails to bring anything like the required style.

There's something to be said for Arnold Schwarzenegger's performance as "Pops" - and the sitcom element of him vs Reese - but everything else is mind-numbing.


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