Terminator Movie Scripts

James Cameron was once fired from the Piranha II shooting after failing to get a simple close up on one of the protagonists. Later on, a food intoxication-induced vision gave him the premise for one of the most acclaimed action blockbusters in the last decades.

Terminator daringly explored the fear of humanity becoming a slave of its own creations. And it did so with clever special effects, a terrifying villain (Schwarzenegger in his peak) and the unknown Linda Hamilton as the lead. It also set the first of many collaborations between Cameron and Gale Ann Hurd, Stan Winston, Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton and others.

The Canadian filmmaker learned some lessons to create one of those rare sequels that are arguably better than the original. Noticing the charisma of his own creation, he turned the villain into a hero and pushed technology to the limit to produce a truly spectacular film with some smart and effective dramatic notes.

Now a legendary franchise, the Terminator has become a bona fide pop culture icon and has spawned a total of 5 films, numerous video games and a brief TV show (The Chronicles of Sarah Connor). A 6th installment reuniting the original cast is expected to be released in 2019.

(1984) The Terminator

(1991) Terminator 2: Judgment Day

(2003) Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

(2009) Terminator Salvation

(2015) Terminator Genisys

Piranha Part Two: The Spawning Script

Year:1982
Director:James Cameron
Written by:James Cameron (Screenplay), Ovidio G. Assonitis (Screenplay), Charles H. Eglee (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:A scuba diving instructor, her biochemist boyfriend, and her police chief ex-husband try to link a series of bizarre deaths to a mutant strain of piranha fish whose lair is a sunken freighter ship off a Caribbean island resort.
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Ghosts Of The Abyss Script

Year:2003
Director:James Cameron

Script Synopsis:Academy Award® winning director and master storyteller James Cameron journeys back to the site of his greatest inspiration, the legendary wreck of the Titanic. With a team of the world's foremost historic and marine experts and friend Bill Paxton, he embarks on an unscripted adventure back to the final grave where nearly 1,500 souls lost their lives almost a century ago.
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Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Year:2003
Director:Jonathan Mostow
Written by:John D. Brancato (Screenplay), Michael Ferris (Screenplay), John D. Brancato (Story), Michael Ferris (Story), Tedi Sarafian (Story), James Cameron (Characters), Gale Anne Hurd (Characters)

Script Synopsis:It's been 10 years since John Connor saved Earth from Judgment Day, and he's now living under the radar, steering clear of using anything Skynet can trace. That is, until he encounters T-X, a robotic assassin ordered to finish what T-1000 started. Good thing Connor's former nemesis, the Terminator, is back to aid the now-adult Connor … just like he promised.
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True Lies

Year:1994
Director:James Cameron
Written by:James Cameron (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Harry Tasker is a secret agent for the United States Government. For years, he has kept his job from his wife, but is forced to reveal his identity and try to stop nuclear terrorists when he and his wife are kidnapped by them.
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Titanic Script

Year:1997
Director:James Cameron
Written by:James Cameron (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:84 years later, a 101-year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story to her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert, Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell and Anatoly Mikailavich on the Keldysh about her life set in April 10th 1912, on a ship called Titanic when young Rose boards the departing ship with the upper-class passengers and her mother, Ruth DeWitt Bukater, and her fiancé, Caledon Hockley. Meanwhile, a drifter and artist named Jack Dawson and his best friend Fabrizio De Rossi win third-class tickets to the ship in a game. And she explains the whole story from departure until the death of Titanic on its first and last voyage April 15th, 1912 at 2:20 in the morning.
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The Terminator

Year:1984
Director:James Cameron
Written by:William Wisher Jr. (Dialogue), James Cameron (Writer), Gale Anne Hurd (Writer)

Script Synopsis: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?
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The Abyss

Year:1989
Director:James Cameron
Written by:James Cameron (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:A civilian oil rig crew is recruited to conduct a search and rescue effort when a nuclear submarine mysteriously sinks. One diver soon finds himself on a spectacular odyssey 25,000 feet below the ocean's surface where he confronts a mysterious force that has the power to change the world or destroy it.
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Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Year:1991
Director:James Cameron
Written by:William Wisher Jr. (Writer), James Cameron (Writer)

Script Synopsis:Nearly 10 years have passed since Sarah Connor was targeted for termination by a cyborg from the future. Now her son, John, the future leader of the resistance, is the target for a newer, more deadly terminator. Once again, the resistance has managed to send a protector back to attempt to save John and his mother Sarah.
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Strange Days

Year:1995
Director:Kathryn Bigelow
Written by:James Cameron (Screenplay), Jay Cocks (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Lenny Nero, a retired police officer turned street-hustler, accidentally uncovers a conspiracy on New Years' Eve.
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