Few film franchises have proved as reliable for drawing in audiences - or hard to kill - as the Terminator series. Many claim the the original following Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) is the best of the bunch, and while that's a fair argument, the first chapter functioned as a monster movie with a clever time travel twist; time travel took center stage in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
There's a laundry list of reasons why T2 will forever be cherished by a generation: recasting a mindless villain as a hero is nearly impossible to pull off, Linda Hamilton embodied the transformed Sarah Connor like few modern actresses would, and the film's special effects are a blend of groundbreaking and ingenious.
Action aside - and there was plenty of it - it was T2's final moments that sealed it as one for the ages. To this day, we're not sure if the claim that "there is no fate but what we make" means Sarah Connor was a hero, or just plain wrong.