2. Terminator 2: Judgement Day – Hasta La Vista
One of the greatest sci-fi action movies ever made, Terminator 2 expands upon the brilliance of The Terminator by flipping the script. This time around, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator is the good guy, and he’s been reprogrammed to stop a different (and more powerful) robotic killing machine from the future. Cue awesome action, effortless one-liners, and high-concept timeline theories.
Everything about Terminator 2 screams “early ’90s action movie” to the extreme. What’s more, as one of the main characters is a supposedly emotionless robot played by an almost equally emotionless Austrian man, it’s not exactly a film that one would expect to elicit any genuine emotion. However, over the course of the movie, young John Connor, who just happens to be desperate for a father figure, begins to bond with the machine. It’s not until the film’s ending that this finally hits home, though.
After emerging victorious from their showdown with the evil T-1000, the T-800 explains that he must destroy himself, too. An emotional John Connor begs him not go, but the robot ignores him commands – although not before a subtle display of emotion that proves he learned something from the boy along the way. There’s never a dry eye in the house when that hand sinks slowly into the vat of molten steel.