25 best 80s movies of all-time

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: Actor Michael J. Fox attends the Back to the Future reunion with fans in celebration of the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy on Blu-ray and DVD on October 21, 2015 at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Universal Pictures Home Entertainment)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: Actor Michael J. Fox attends the Back to the Future reunion with fans in celebration of the Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Trilogy on Blu-ray and DVD on October 21, 2015 at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Universal Pictures Home Entertainment) /
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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Arnold Schwarzenegger attends the “Terminator: Dark Fate” photocall on October 17, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Arnold Schwarzenegger attends the “Terminator: Dark Fate” photocall on October 17, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images) /

The best 80s movies of all-time No. 22: The Terminator

When I made my list, I didn’t expect to have two James Cameron movies back to back, but here we are. The 80s was the start of a lot of great franchises and The Terminator is one of those.

Although we can’t call this James Cameron’s directorial debut as that belongs to the smash hit (totally kidding) Piranha II: The Spawning, yes folks, that is a real movie written and directed by Mr. Cameron. However, Cameron did catapult the idea of The Terminator from his work on that film. So while the film wasn’t good, it resulted in one of the best action franchises of all time.

I spoke about how crazy it was to look at a film like Aliens and think about how that budget would’ve been massive in this era, and the same can be said about this film. The Terminator was made for a modest $6.4 million, YES, only $6.4 million. But, it blew my mind even in that era that it was made with some incredible action-packed scenes.

The infamous “I’ll be back” line was generated in the film with fantastic delivery from Arnold Schwarzenegger. While Arnold was coming into his own during this time frame, this film and its success propelled him into a leading man.

We’ve had half a dozen movies, TV shows, books and even video games that stemmed from creating this franchise and rightfully so, as it is one of the most extraordinary original films made in this era.