The Terminator franchise is a trilogy of films that began with the debut of the first film in 1984 and ended with the third and final film's release in 1995. The series follows a group of cyborgs from the future (The titular Terminators, from 2029 AD) who travel back in time to, at first kill the leader of the future human resistance before he is born (The Terminator), and then a second attempt to kill him as a child ten years later (Terminator 2: Judgment Day). This boy, John Connor (Edward Furlong) and his mother Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) are joined by a reprogrammed Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in the fight to save John's life in 1994 and prevent modern machines from triggering a nuclear armageddon. The series also helped launch the career of director/writer James Cameron, who had earlier directed and was co-writer on Alien 2: Aliens.
The Terminator (1984)
A cyborg from a post-apocalyptic 2029, known only as a 'Terminator' (Arnold Schwarzenegger), travels back in time to 1984 Los Angeles to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), the mother of the future human Resistance leader John Connor. Following the Terminator is a Resistance soldier named Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), sent to prevent the Terminator from killing Sarah before John is born.