Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
The internet’s Star Wars quota may already be full, but that doesn’t mean we can’t tip a hat to George Lucas’s first instalment for the introduction of two of the best known robots in film, inspired by the bumbling peasants Tahei and Matashichi from Akira Kurosawa's The Hidden Fortress (1958). The gloriously camp C-3PO buddied up with beeping projector-on-wheels R2-D2 for the first time in A New Hope. Robotic banter at its best.
“Part man. Part machine. All cop.” There were few surprises in RoboCop – the titular bionic patrolman took on Detroit’s least fine in a basic plot that pitted the deadpan hybrid copper against the monopolistic corporate vice of OCP. But the predictable ‘80s formula was so compelling no one ever asked why Murphy spent the entire film wearing a welder’s mask. And besides, the show was stolen by ED-209's failure to acknowledge people complying.
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Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
From the movie that coined the phrases "bogus" and "heinous" comes Bill and Ted's Evil Robot doppelgangers. Not only was this genius at the time, but the robot showdown between the Evil Robot Doubles and Good Robot Us'es during the battle of the bands was certainly a nail-biting fight worth watching.
Blade Runner (1982)
A group of escaped replicants gets hunted down by Harrison Ford. Plays on our fears that human-like robots may be walking among us, but also brought to life a cyberpunk cityscape the like of which had previously only existed in William Gibson books. Rutger Hauer's closing monologue is now the stuff of movie legend.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The shape-shifting T-1000 was truly terrifying when he first made his way onto the silver screen. His morphing abilities meant he could quickly re-form when shot, stabbed or sliced, but he could also transform his hands into blades and liquify to fit through small gaps. We're not going to lie. We were scared. We still are.