Date: 1982

In 1977, Cinema 5 released Pumping Iron, a docudrama that pitted Arnold against fellow bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno for the title of Mr. Olympia. Arnold was the "villain" of the film, but his natural charisma, intimidating presence, and good looks could not be denied. Pumping Iron caught the attention of Conan the Barbarian’s producers, who offered the Austrian his breakthrough role. To date, Conan has earned over $300 million in revenue, and is considered a pulpy classic of its time.