Transitioning from bodybuilding to acting is not an exemplary feat today, considering the number of buffed up dudes want to become an actor but fail. But Arnold’s transition was quite exemplary indeed, because he chose to become an actor and not a performer, and he started things off by focusing on his primary strength i.e., his physique. Gradually, he started exploring his own talent and capabilities, something he was very well aware of. He then went on to become the biggest superstar of his generation, and the rest as we say is history. He had his own distinct style for action, it was less of punches and more of explosives, combined with a very savage sense of humor.
After the 70s that was overloaded with action that came with a very nihilistic tone, Arnold brought something fresh to the genre. His movies were pure entertainment, and were a favorite among critics as well. Most of them now, have grown into cult classics and are still very relevant in pop culture with every generation acknowledging his courage. So without dwelling further on the past, here is the list of top 10 Arnold Schwarzenegger movies:
Conan The Barbarian (1982)
Starting off the list with ‘Conan the Barbarian’, where Arnold plays the titular character of the same name. The movie was a live action adaptation of the pulp comics written by Robert E.Howard, and was also Arnold’s breakthrough performance. The sword-and-sorcery epic made him a popular figure among mainstream audiences, and gained a considerable cult following itself, leading to a sequel in 1984. The film follows Conan, who seeks vengeance for the death of his parents in a world that is plagued by dark sorcery and savagery. Up until the release of Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, this movie was considered as the grandest sword-and-sorcery film, with its beautiful production design and iconic soundtrack.