Top 10 Movie Robots of All Time (REDUX)

Whether they’re out to save the world or take it over, these hunks of metal keep us entertained. In this video, WatchMojo.com counts down our picks for the top 10 movie robots of all time. For this list, we’re taking a look at movie robots big and small, good and bad, from those that are sentient beings to those that require human pilots to navigate them. If you didn’t see a robot you thought should be on the list, be sure to check out our videos on the Top 10 Good Movie Robots, Top 10 Evil Movie Robots and Top 10 Giant Movie Robots for more cybertronic goodness. Special thanks to our users jkellis, Chapik Simpson, Andy Roehl, Shawn Frary, Sean Ryan, Andrew A. Dennison, beastlanky, barllt, David Ram, IEmperorChancellor, Hugh Fraser, christfman, antonius1903, darbydom and Mohammed Al-hooti for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Movie Robots of All Time (REDUX)


Whether they’re out to save the world or take it over, these hunks of metal keep us entertained. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 movie robots of all time.

For this list, we’re taking a look at movie robots big and small, good and bad, from those that are sentient beings to those that require human pilots to navigate them. If you didn’t see a robot you thought should be on the list, be sure to check out our videos on the Top 10 Good Movie Robots, Top 10 Evil Movie Robots and Top 10 Giant Movie Robots for more cybernetic goodness.

#10: Sentinels
“The Matrix” franchise (1999-2003)

In the future, the machines use humans as batteries because geo-thermal energy is for hippies. However, those who manage to reject the Matrix and escape must face things far more terrifying than guys in suits. Front and center are the Sentinels. These squid-like monstrosities hunt down humans using sonar, and when they find them they rip apart their ships – and their crews – with lasers. Also, these things never hunt alone…

#9: Mechagodzilla
“Godzilla” franchise (1974-)

And here we have the mechanical doppelganger of Japan’s greatest movie monster! While his origin and backstory changes with every film, the one thing that remains constant is Mechagodzilla’s skill in wounding the king of Monsters and taking out half of Tokyo. Made from space titanium, he rains terror with an army’s worth of firepower, while also mimicking Godzilla’s special powers.

#8: ED-209
“RoboCop” franchise (1987-)

Before Robocop, this prototype was created to serve as a means of law enforcement. Built by Omni-Consumer Products, this machine was unveiled with a few kinks to work out. It may not be his fault he’s so poorly designed that he ignores any sign of complacence; but ignorance is no excuse for evil. What kind of policing was this machine intended for anyway? Oh, Detroit, right…

#7: WALL-E
“WALL-E” (2008)

This poor little “Waste Allocation Load Lifter – Earth class” is the last garbageman on the planet. It's been centuries since the globe was covered in trash and abandoned, but somehow the extremely lonely WALL-E has developed an affectionate personality. Lucky for him, his bravery earns him a hi-tech girlfriend named EVE. Boy, we swear he must have been separated-at-birth from our next entry...

#6: Johnny 5
“Short Circuit” franchise (1986-88)

Something wonderful has happened! Number five is alive! This military-built robot is originally constructed as a next-gen Cold War super soldier. But, a freak lightning strike gives it a soul and a hilarious personality that allows this machine to understand the meaning of death. Number 5 trades in his back-mounted laser rifle for a toolbox, and spends his time searching for new input while hanging with his buddies.

#5: The Iron Giant
“The Iron Giant” (1999)

This fifty-foot-tall, metal-eating giant befriends a small boy after falling from space. This friendly robot with a heart of gold eventually discovers he's actually a powerful war machine, but he's taught to use his strength for good instead of evil. While the army hunts him down, he saves lives and aspires to follow the example of heroes like Superman.

#4: Gort
“The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951/2008)

As explained in the film, Gort is essentially a cop sent to keep peace on Earth. Not too many cops have the singular ability to destroy entire planets, so that’s probably something we should mention. In addition to being gigantic, he is also a robot of few words despite being humanoid in construction. With the ability to shoot lasers from its face, Gort may have a goofy name, but it’s a powerful killing machine.

#3: Optimus Prime
“Transformers” franchise (2007-)

At number three on our list is the leader of the Autobots, who adopts the alternate form of a truck. Believing freedom is the right of all sentient beings, Optimus leads a handful of similar robots to protect the humans of Earth from the evil Decepticons and their leader, Megatron. It’s Optimus Prime who’s the poster boy for all that is good thanks to his bravery, loyalty, honor and memorable speeches.

#2: R2D2 & C3PO
“Star Wars” saga (1977-)

One is a loudmouthed, golden protocol droid that is fluent in over six million languages. The other is a brave astromech robot that resembles a garbage can. Together, the duo aids the rebel alliance by delivering comic relief, and the plans to the Death Star. They also rescue the film's heroes from a trash compactor, and recruit a tribe of teddy bears to help defeat the evil Empire.

Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Sonny
“I, Robot” (2004)
- Trimaxion / Max
“Flight of the Navigator” (1986)
- Lieutenant Commander Data
“Star Trek” franchise (1994-2002)
- Roy Batty
“Blade Runner” (1982)
- Sentinels
“X-Men” franchise (2006-)

#1: T-800, Model 101
“Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991)

Unlike the programmable assassin that was sent back in the first movie, this Terminator model is a father figure to young John Connor. He protects the future messiah with his life against the evil T-1000, and even makes the ultimate sacrifice to safeguard the future of humankind. So what if robot domination is inevitable and another version of the T-800 had to be sent back to fight a fembot? He may be an emotionless killing machine, but the Terminator does learn why humans shed tears.

Do you agree with our list? Which movie robot is your favorite? For more cybernetic top 10s published every day, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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