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How to watch the Terminator movies in chronological order

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“I’ll be back” is one of the most iconic lines in movie history and it’s all thanks to Arnold Schwarzenegger and the team that brought him to life in the Terminator franchise in 1984. Since then, the franchise has been expanded to six movies, one TV series, web shows, video games, comics, and more.

While the future of the Terminator film franchise is unclear, there’s never a bad time to watch or rewatch these legendary sci-fi movies who see humanity rising up against Skynet to prevent their extinction. However, there’s a lot of travel time and timeline resets that happen in movies, so it can be tricky to figure out how to watch them in the right order.

There are a number of ways you can do this, but it’s impossible to watch them in full chronological order, as their time-traveling nature makes it too confusing. That being said, we’ve listed the best way to watch the movies in as close chronological order as possible below. We’ve also listed a few other ways to watch it below, including in release order.

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The Terminator movies in order (chronological)