Help pack a million meals for struggling seniors on Sept. 11. Volunteer today


Movies for Grownups

The Schwarzenegger-Stallone Barometer

As the '80s icons join forces in 'Escape Plan,' we track Arnold's and Sly's four decades of career ups and downs. Follow the red and green arrows!

The Start

En español | Schwarzenegger: Begins his movie career with 1969's Hercules in New York. His accent is so thick his lines are dubbed.
Begins his movie career wth obscure parts until 1974's The Lords of Flatbush ... and steals it from costars Henry Winkler and Perry King.

Getty Images

1976: Hungry for Rocky

Schwarzenegger: Plays a supporting role as Mr. Austria in the Jeff Bridges-Sally Field bodybuilding comedy Stay Hungry, but stardom still elusive.
Nominated for Best Actor and Best Screenplay Oscars for Rocky.

Everett Collection

1982: The Big Time

Schwarzenegger: After 13 years, breaks through as Conan the Barbarian.
Flying high with Rocky III, creates a second classic screen persona, John Rambo, in First Blood.

Everett Collection

1984: They're Back!

Schwarzenegger: Introduces the term "Cyborg" to movie audiences in The Terminator. He'll be back.
"Stay Out of My Bedroom," Sly sings in the Dolly Parton musical comedy Rhinestone. "Stay out of musical comedies," fans respond.

Everett Collection

1990-91: Comic Relief

Schwarzenegger: Following up his 1988 Danny DeVito comedy Twins, proves with Kindergarten Cop that he's box office gold as a funnyman.
Tries his hand at urbane comedy in Oscar. He is spurned by both audiences and the real Oscar.

Everett Collection

1997: Cool Costars

Schwarzenegger: His over-the-top performance as Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin (the one with George Clooney behind the mask) leaves fans cold.
Reminds the world of his acting chops in Cop Land, costarring heavyweights Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta and Harvey Keitel.

Everett Collection

2003: Governator and Spy

Schwarzenegger: Elected governor of California (that's wife Maria Shriver at his side), Arnold wrestles its crippling debt to the ground.
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. Enough said.

Getty Images and Everett Collection

2010: Who's the Boss?

Schwarzenegger: Finishes his run as governor with a 23 percent approval rating; wife leaves him after he admits affair.
Writes and directs The Expendables — featuring Arnold in a cameo. The Governator is working for the Italian Stallion.

Everett Collection

2013: Reliving Their Youth

Schwarzenegger, now 66: Lumbering down memory lane with sequels to Terminator, Twins, Conan the Barbarian and The Expendables.
Stallone, now 67:
Lumbering down memory lane with sequels to Rocky and The Expendables. No Rhinestone remake in the works.

Alan Markfield/Summit Entertainment

  • Pinterest
  • Google+

Also of Interest

Visit the AARP home page for great deals and savings tipsBack to Article

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts


Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Your Scoop on Cinema

Movies for Grownups is focused on films with distinct relevance to a 50-plus audience. In reviews, previews and interviews, we look for actors and themes that speak to the experiences of older moviegoers. Find more about us on:


100 Must-See Movies for Grownups

100 Must-See Movies for Grownups

By Bill Newcott
January 2015

A treasure trove of delightfully offbeat recommendations for discerning moviegoers, from the beginnings of film right up the present.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Live Nation

Members save 25% or more when buying tickets in groups of four from Ticketmaster.

Cirque Du Soleil

Members save 15-30% on tickets to live Cirque du Soleil shows.

Member Benefit AARP Regal 2

Members pay $8 for Regal ePremiere tickets purchased online. Conditions apply.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.

Rewards for Good

Your Points Balance:

Learn More

Earn points for completing free online activities designed to enrich your life.

Find more ways to earn points

Redeem your points to save on merchandise, travel, and more.

Find more ways to redeem points