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The Best Robot & Android Movies 

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List Rules Movies must contain a robot or android character.

This list of the best robot movies includes a number of great films featuring robots, androids, gynoids, cyborgs and every other type of robot you can think of. We think we've included some of the best ones, but if you believe we've missed one, please, add it to the list. You can also vote for your favorites and re-rank this list of robot & android movies any way you like. Not surprisingly, many of the robot/android movies listed here are also considered among the best movies of all time. The best robot movies of all time are often also considered some of the greatest sci-fi movies and the best action movies of all time, too.

One excellent example a cyborg in a movie is the 'Terminator' films: Both 1984's 'The Terminator' and 1991's 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' are epic movies that feature cutting-edge technology (and awesome special effects!) As machines have advanced throughout human history, it has of course been inevitable that we would try to recreate ourselves. The necessary level of technology, however, wasn't reached until the 20th century, and it was not until the advent of filmmaking that we could truly see what a fully functional robot should be. One of the first and most famous robots was unquestionably "Maria" from the silent film "Metropolis." Since then, robot and android movies have been plentiful, capturing movie goers' collective imaginations.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1991

Directed by: James Cameron

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Robot & Android Movies
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1977

Directed by: George Lucas

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton

Released: 1984

Directed by: James Cameron

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Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

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Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1980

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

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Alex Van Halen, Peter Weller, Leeza Gibbons

Released: 1987

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven

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Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1983

Directed by: Richard Marquand

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Will Smith, Shia LaBeouf, Bridget Moynahan

Released: 2004

Directed by: Alex Proyas

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Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

Released: 1979

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn

Released: 1986

Directed by: James Cameron

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Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young

Released: 1982

Directed by: Ridley Scott

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Released: 2014

Directed by: Chris Williams, Don Hall

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Released: 1968

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

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Steve Guttenberg, Ally Sheedy, Austin Pendleton

Released: 1986

Directed by: John Badham

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Child's Play is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Robot & Android Movies
Gabriel Bateman, Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry

Released: 2019

Directed by: Lars Klevberg

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Released: 1999

Directed by: Brad Bird

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Yul Brynner, James Brolin, Dick Van Patten

Released: 1973

Directed by: Michael Crichton

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Pacific Rim is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Robot & Android Movies
Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman

Released: 2013

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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Patricia Neal, Michael Rennie, Frances Bavier

Released: 1951

Directed by: Robert Wise

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Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2005

Directed by: George Lucas

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Maaya Sakamoto, Akio Ōtsuka, Kōichi Yamadera

Released: 1995

Directed by: Mamoru Oshii

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Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson

Released: 2002

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A.I. Artificial Intellig... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Robot & Android Movies
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Released: 2001

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Truly a movie about robots; so sad/and so good i'd wouldn't want to see it again.
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Released: 1965

Directed by: Gordon Flemyng

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Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton

Released: 2014

Directed by: José Padilha

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