From ‘The Terminator’ to ‘Twins’: The Movies That Made Arnold Schwarzenegger a Hollywood Legend

With a career spanning over four decades and having appeared in more than 30 films, Arnold Schwarzenegger is an international superstar. In 2003, the former Mr. Universe took an acting hiatus when he was elected the Governor of California. By that time, he already had a slew of Hollywood blockbusters under his belt — including the Terminator films, which earned him the nickname “The Governator.”

His action star roles cannot be ignored, but he also played some great comedic characters as well. Everyone has a favorite Schwarzenegger movie, so we’ve compiled a list of some of the films that made him a household name — starting with his earliest films and leading up to his more recent work.

Stay Hungry (1976)

Arnold Schwarzenegger stands next to a woman holding a can in Stay Hungry

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Stay Hungry | Outov Productions

Stay Hungry is a Schwarzenegger movie that most people don’t even know exists, but the film was a success for the actor as he received a Golden Globe for his part.

The movie was adapted from the 1972 Charles Gaines novel of the same name. It starred Jeff Bridges as a businessman named Craig Blake and had Schwarzenegger in a supporting role as a weightlifter named Joe Santo.

The film garnered mostly positive reviews from critics, who called it a solid movie about the bodybuilding scene.

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