The Terminator (1984) and Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Before James Cameron directed the highest-grossing movie to date, he directed a couple of time travel films about the struggle between humans and robots.
And they were good.
Time travel is a staple of sci-fi movies, and the Terminator series offers one of the definitive takes on the trope. The first film in the series — 1984’s The Terminator — is a good film in its own right (and also available on Netflix), but the sequel really took action sci-fi movies to new heights.
Terminator 2 stars Linda Hamilton as a woman determined to save her son and the rest of humanity from the oncoming robopocalypse. It co-stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as an older terminator — a bad-guy-turned-good with an inexplicable Austrian accent. Some of the special effects look a little dated (though surprisingly few, considering how old the film is), but the action sequences are spectacular, and the pacing drives the story forward with powerful momentum.
And, like all the best sci-fi films, Terminator 2 is about more than just special effects. At its core, it’s a moving tale about what it means to be human, and the things that can cost us our humanity.
Stream both films now; thank us later.