Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Biehn, Linda Hamilton, Paul Winfield
James Cameron (Director), James Cameron (Writer), Gale Anne Hurd (Writer)
Released: Oct. 26th, 1984
Runtime: 1 hour, 48 minutes
In the post-apocalyptic future, reigning tyrannical supercomputers teleport a cyborg assassin known as the "Terminator" back to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, whose unborn son is destined to lead insurgents against 21st century mechanical hegemony. Meanwhile, the human-resistance movement dispatches a lone warrior to safeguard Sarah. Can he stop the virtually indestructible killing machine?
The best example of his talents are when the Terminator and Kyle Reese first meet Sarah Connor in Tech Noir, the dance club.
T2 is a significantly more important film in the scope of cinema history with how it revolutionized visual effects (liquid metal), and while the effects are better and the action is bigger, I feel like the first Terminator film is better, in that it's narrative is much tighter and more concise, and the horror feel works better to me than the bigger action feel of T2.
While he may have directed bigger films, including the two most successful films of all time, and even won an Oscar for his work on Titanic, I personally don't think that James Cameron's direction has ever been better than here with The Terminator.