The venerable action hero and Hollywood icon Arnold Schwarzenegger owned the '80s and '90s with such action classics as "The Terminator," "Predator" and "Total Recall." Whether armed with a small arsenal or just with his fists, the once and future Governator proved that there's no problem that can't be solved without a generous helping of violence, followed by a good post-death blow quip.

While the action star fell a bit short this summer with his return to the land of Skynet in "Terminator Genisys," we still love seeing the big guy on the big screen. Let's have a look at Arnold's best action movies.

10. 'Conan the Destroyer' (1984)

Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan

Universal

"Conan the Destroyer" isn't exactly the epic, bloody sequel we were promised at the end of "Conan the Barbarian." This guilty pleasure has one or two decent sword-and-sorcery set pieces, but the highlight of the film is pairing the Governator with Grace Jones (pictured) and Wilt Chamberlain.

Conan the Destroyer
Conan the Destroyer
"The most powerful legend of all is back in a new adventure."
61
PG1 hr 43 minJun 29th, 1984


9. 'The Last Stand' (2013)

Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Last Stand movie

Lionsgate

Arnold's post-politics efforts to return to action stardom in his 60s have been mixed; this one, where he's a Gary Cooper-ish small-town lawman taking on a plague of gangsters, is the best of the lot. It also serves as Arnold's promise that, as long as we yearn for a taciturn action hero who can shoulder a massive firearm, he'll be back.

The Last Stand
"Not in his town. Not on his watch."
60
R1 hr 47 minJan 12th, 2013


8. 'The Running Man' (1987)

Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Running Man movie wearing a yellow suit

TriStar

Here's a surprisingly witty take on the futuristic bread-and-circuses dystopia genre that will later give us "Family Feud"'s Richard Dawson as the smarmy host putting him through his paces.

The Running Man
The Running Man
"2019. A game nobody survives. This year might be the exception."
65
R1 hr 41 minNov 13th, 1987


7. 'Commando' (1985)

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando movie holding a big gun

Fox

Action movies don't get much guilty pleasure-y than this. After his daughter is kidnapped, the amazingly named Col. John Matrix suits up and proceeds to shoot, stab and detonate an entire army in his quest to get her back. "Commando" features some of Schwarzenegger's most memorable action scenes and one-liners, including the iconic "Let off some steam, Bennett."

Commando
Commando
"Somewhere... somehow... someone's going to pay."
66
R1 hr 30 minOct 3rd, 1985


6. 'Conan the Barbarian' (1982)

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian movie holding a sword

Universal

Schwarzenegger enjoyed a star-making turn in this adaptation of the classic pulp novels. Directed by John Milius ("Red Dawn") and scripted by Milius and Oliver Stone, the movie echoes its star in walking the fine line between taking all this militaristic mysticism utterly seriously and sending it up with the slightest of winks. The film plays fast and loose with the source material, but between Arnie's rippling muscles, James Earl Jones' haunting villain, and that booming orchestral score, Barbarian remains a classic.

Conan the Barbarian
Conan the Barbarian
"Thief. Warrior. Gladiator. King."
68
R2 hr 9 minMay 14th, 1982


5. 'True Lies' (1994)

Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies movie in a jet plane

Fox

Arnuld should only make movies with James Cameron. Especially if they involve subverting the spy movie genre like this 1994 hit did, which casts the actor as a family man by day, super spy by night. At the time, "True Lies" was the most expensive movie ever made -- and every cent is on the screen. The actor-director duo capable of stunts so over-the-top that they're funny for the right reasons.

True Lies
True Lies
"When he said I do, he never said what he did."
70
R2 hr 21 minJul 12th, 1994


4. 'Predator' (1987)

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator movie

Fox

What if Arnold wasn't the most dangerous creature in the jungle? That's pretty much the premise behind this terrific sci-fi / action / horror mash-up, which pits a team of muscle-y commandos against one "ugly muddafu!@#er" -- an invisible alien hunter. It's too bad none of the sequels or spinoffs have lived up to the original.

Predator
Predator
"Soon the hunt will begin."
75
R1 hr 47 minJun 12th, 1987


3. 'Total Recall' (1990)

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall movie

TriStar

Skip the remake and rewatch this 1990 sci-fi classic, which easily boasts some of the actor's best action scenes. Here, Arnold tries to play an ordinary, blue-collar guy, but it's just not in him, as Paul Verhoeven's mind-blowing Philip K. Dick adaptation proves. Turns out he's really, well, an Arnold Schwarzenegger hero underneath, one who gets to kick butt on two different planets.

Total Recall
Total Recall
"They stole his mind, now he wants it back."
73
R1 hr 53 minJun 1st, 1990


2. 'The Terminator' (1984)

Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator movie holding a gun with a laser

Orion

If "Conan" kick-started Schwarzenegger's Hollywood career, then this film cemented his status as one of the great action heroes of the 1980s. "The Terminator" also marks the rare time he played a villain rather than a hero. His relentless, inhuman T-800 stalked Sarah Connor throughout the film, and it still haunts our dreams 35 years later.

The Terminator
"Your future is in its hands."
76
R1 hr 48 minOct 26th, 1984


1. 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' (1991)

Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator 2 movie

TriStar

"Terminator 2" is a perfect example of a sequel taking everything that worked about the original and striving to be bigger, bolder, and just plain better. Schwarzenegger returned as the cybernetic T-800, but this time reprogrammed to defend the Connor family against an unstoppable liquid-metal Terminator. The special effects were revolutionary at the time, but it's the film's strong heart -- and the theme of fate vs. free will -- that makes it the highlight of both the franchise and Schwarzenegger's career.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day
"It's nothing personal."
81
R2 hr 17 minJul 1st, 1991