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All 6 'Terminator' Movies, Ranked Best to Worst 

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Updated November 1, 2019 762 votes 227 voters 2.7k views 6 items

These are the best Terminator movies the franchise has to offer. The T-800 and subsequent models have been thrilling audiences for more than a few decades now. All the Terminator movies are considered to be classics or memorable at the very least. That being said, one of them has to be the best of the Terminator franchise. Will it be the original Terminator movie that first came out in 1984 or maybe one of the follow-ups such as Terminator 2: Judgment Day that will make it to the top of the list? You can help decide with your votes.

If you've ever asked yourself, how many Terminator movies are there? Look below to see all the films featuring your favorite homicidal robots listed in order of popularity so new fans will know what to watch first. They are also listed with the years they were released so you can choose to watch them in chronological order as well.

Your votes will help determine the best movies in the Terminator franchise. Vote up the movies you loved and vote down the ones you didn't like to ensure the right film makes it to the top of the list.

Terminator 2: Judgment D... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All 6 'Terminator' Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Photo: TriStar Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Worldwide Gross: $523.7 million

Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Linda Hamilton, Nikki Cox, Danny Cooksey, + more

Released: 1991

Directed by: James Cameron

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The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list All 6 'Terminator' Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Photo: Orion Pictures

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Worldwide Gross: $78.3 million

Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Paxton, Linda Hamilton, David Hyde Pierce, Michael Biehn, + more

Released: 1984

Directed by: James Cameron

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Terminator 3: Rise of th... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All 6 'Terminator' Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Photo: Warner Bros., Columbia

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Worldwide Gross: $433.4 million

Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claire Danes, Kristanna Loken, Chris Hardwick, Nick Stahl, + more

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jonathan Mostow

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Terminator Salvation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All 6 'Terminator' Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Photo: Warner Bros., Columbia

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Worldwide Gross: $371.4 million

Actors: Christian Bale, Helena Bonham Carter, Bryce Dallas Howard, Common, Linda Hamilton, + more

Released: 2009

Directed by: Joseph McGinty Nichol

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