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All 6 'Terminator' Movies, Ranked Best to Worst  

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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 Day 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

Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick and Edward Furlong. It is the second installment of the Terminator franchise and the sequel to the 1984 film The Terminator. Terminator 2 follows Sarah Connor and her ten-year-old son John, who is protected by a less advanced Terminator who is also sent back in time, as they are pursued by a new, more advanced Terminator, the liquid metal, shapeshifting T-1000, sent back in time to take out John Connor and prevent him from becoming the leader of the human resistance. ...more on Wikipedia

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

The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction/horror action film directed by James Cameron, written by Cameron and the film's producer Gale Anne Hurd. Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator, a cyborg sent back in time from the year 2029 to 1984 to take out Sarah Connor, played by Hamilton, whose son will one day become a savior against machines. Biehn plays Kyle Reese, a soldier from the future sent back in time to protect Sarah. ...more on Wikipedia

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

Released: 1984

Directed by: James Cameron

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

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Worldwide Gross: $371.4 million

Terminator Salvation is a 2009 American science fiction action film directed by McG and starring Christian Bale and Sam Worthington. It is the fourth and final installment in the original Terminator film series. In a departure from the previous installments, which were set between 1984 and 2004 and used time travel as a key plot element, Salvation is set in 2018 and focuses on Skynet and humanity, with the human Resistance fighting against Skynet. ...more on Wikipedia

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

Released: 2009

Directed by: Joseph McGinty Nichol

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Terminator 3: Rise of the Mach... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list All 6 'Terminator' Movies, Ranked Best to Worst
Photo: Warner Bros., Columbia

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Worldwide Gross: $433.4 million

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is a 2003 American science fiction action film, directed by Jonathan Mostow and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Nick Stahl, Claire Danes, and Kristanna Loken. It is the third installment of the Terminator series, following Terminator 2: Judgment Day and the first to not involve franchise creator James Cameron, who directed and wrote the two first installments. The plot follows the events of the second installment. After Skynet fails to take out Sarah Connor before her son is born and to end John himself as a child, it sends back another Terminator, the T-X, in an attempt to wipe out as many Resistance officers as possible. ...more on Wikipedia

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

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jonathan Mostow

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