LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The low-budget film, which spawned the popular catch-phrase "I'll be back", was one of 25 movies listed for preservation on Tuesday by the U.S. Library of Congress for their cultural, historic or aesthetic significance.
The other titles included "The Asphalt Jungle" (1950), "Deliverance" (1972), "A Face in the Crowd" (1957), "In Cold Blood" (1967) and "The Invisible Man" (1933).
The library said it selected "The Terminator" for preservation because of Schwarzenegger's star-making performance as a cyborg assassin, and because the film stands out in the science fiction genre.
"It's withstood the test of time, like 'King Kong' in a way, a film that endures because it's so good," Patrick Loughney, who runs the Library of Congress film vault, told Reuters.
When the Library of Congress names films for preservation, they enter the institution's vaults, where the prints are protected from shrinking, color fading and other damage that many films have suffered over the years. The Library of Congress has 500 films in its registry.