#25. The Terminator (1984)


Cinema '84

– Director: James Cameron

– Stacker score: 90.6

– Metascore: 84

– IMDb user rating: 8.0

– Runtime: 107 minutes

Inspired by his own feverish nightmare, director James Cameron created this iconic sci-fi thriller about a cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who travels back in time to assassinate a waitress (Linda Hamilton). To combat the cyborg, a human resistance fighter (Michael Biehn) is also sent back in time, and he explains to the waitress that her future son, John Connor, will one day lead mankind in the war against machines. True to its origins, the movie imparts a nightmarish vibe and throws in a mind-boggling predestination paradox for good measure. Numerous sequels and video games followed, as did a short-lived live-action TV series. The 2019 franchise reboot, “Terminator: Dark Fate” was a disappointment at the box office, dashing any hopes for its planned sequels, but Netflix has announced the development of a new Terminator anime series.