Feature: Top 10 Movie Robots

Now that I’ve officially seen Transformers: Rise of the Fallen (yeah, I’m that slow), I can put this list of Top 10 Movie Robots together.

Criteria: Has to be a mobile machine; nothing hand drawn; only one candidate eligible from a film or film series.

Johnny 5

Robot: Johnny 5

Film(s): Short Circuit, Short Circuit 2

A military prototype (hence the # 5) who becomes a sentient being due to a short circuit. If a robot can be cute and adorable, Johnny 5 would be the poster boy (even if he is so “clunky”). He also gets a nod due to him being the obvious inspiration to Disney-Pixar’s WALL-E.

The Gunslinger

Robot: The Gunslinger

Film(s): Westworld, Futureworld

Initially built for western gunfight duels with amusement park goers, The Gunslinger (played by Yul Brynner) rejects his programming and begins killing those that duel him. The bulk of the movie revolves around his methodic and very Terminator-like hunt of one of the park attendees.


Robot: Data

Film(s): Star Trek: Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection

How can the android replacement for Spock in the Star Trek series not be included in a list of the top robots? Played by Brent Spiner, Data was at the forefront of the “where is the line drawn that distinguishes robot and human” debate. More often than not, he erased them.


Robot: Gort

Film(s): The Day the Earth Stood Still

It doesn’t do much in the film other than look ominous but that’s all that was needed to strike fear into the populace in the 1950’s. Oh yeah, it’s got a laser thingy slit for an eye that vaporizes objects at will and, if instructed, it would have wiped out all of humanity.


Robot: MARIA

Film(s): Metropolis

The lone female formed robot to grace the list and the earliest too (1920’s). She is used by the privileged to try and keep the underclass in line, and represents how a beloved icon of the people can be used against them with ofttimes unexpected results. Did I mention she was an exotic dancer as well?


Robot: Sonny

Film(s): I, Robot

Another sentient robot, this time from the mind of Isaac Asimov. Sonny finds himself at the center of the robot/human boundary – on one hand he can remain “aware” and help with the cleansing or on the other risk his new found attributes and remain loyal to the Three Laws of Robotics. Thankfully, he decides on the latter. Being transluscent and having abilities like Spider-Man is a nice touch too.


Robot: Marvin

Film(s): The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

How can a robot be depressed? Simple – by knowing it has the computing power to solve every mathematical problem in the universe in seconds but is only used to do menial tasks, that’s how. Marvin is an added comedic bonus to what is Douglas Adams’ crowning achievement.


Robot: R2D2

Film(s): Star Wars I – VI

Although simple in design (basically a trash can with knobs on it), R2D2 is instrumental in the fight versus Separatist and Imperial forces. Both Anakin and Luke rely on the quirks and buzzes of this little workhorse that moseys along yet always manages to get done at just right the time.

Terminator: T-800

Robot: T-800

Film(s): The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

There is certainly space on this list for a second robot with a singular purpose – your death. The fact that it is modeled on the massive frame of Arnold Schwarzenegger only makes this robot that never stops hunting you down all the more awesome.

Optimus Prime

Robot: Optimus Prime

Film(s): Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Simply put, Optimus Prime is baddest bot out there. He lands at the number one position after I saw him manhandle the entire Decepticon gang in a ten minute slugfest in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Of course, transforming into a Mack truck with flames painted on the sides doesn’t hurt either.

Yeah, there are more, I know. Focus on my criteria before shouting rude things at me.

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'Feature: Top 10 Movie Robots' have 9 comments

  1. The Critical Movie Critics

    August 2, 2009 @ 9:40 am Bider

    Why not include animated robots?

    Astroboy and The Iron Giant are two good robots that deserve mention.

    Also, where is Mechagodzilla?

  2. The Critical Movie Critics

    August 4, 2009 @ 8:21 pm Darren Lawton

    Robby the Robot

  3. The Critical Movie Critics

    August 6, 2009 @ 7:59 am Lucey

    The replicants from Blade Runner are missing.

    Roy Batty – combat model robot
    Pris – pleasure model robot

  4. The Critical Movie Critics

    October 16, 2009 @ 3:31 am Mattan

    My favourite is your number one,
    absolutly awesome! :)

  5. The Critical Movie Critics

    November 28, 2009 @ 3:52 am site

    You always make movies on human robots or maximum of your movies includes human robots.I think some movies may include animals robots.So there will be animal robot movies.i think it will be a great fun.I think all of your movies is really have a good action.quality and character,which makes a good quality movies and it always appreciate by peoples.

  6. The Critical Movie Critics

    November 25, 2010 @ 10:32 am Regy

    I did expect to see Robby the Robot, maybe Wall-E, Flight of the Navigator, droids from Blade Runner and another good one is the Johnny Cab from Total Recall

  7. The Critical Movie Critics

    October 28, 2012 @ 8:39 pm DaCommish

    The absolute number one is The Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz.

    • The Critical Movie Critics

      December 15, 2012 @ 1:06 pm sasori

      Interesting — I never really thought about him being a robot per se…

  8. The Critical Movie Critics

    March 26, 2013 @ 12:42 pm Woofly

    Hows about some Austin Powers Fembots?

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