Whie I love both, T1 is my favorite. I like the romance, Kyle Reese was a badass and just a lovable character all around. Plus the Terminator seemed scarier in the first movie. Even if it wasn't as strong or as capable as the one on the second movie, there was something unnerving about it, particularly that scene when he takes the flesh off his eye in front of a mirror. The special effects look so creepy now.Plus, the ending is absolutely perfect. The very definition of bittersweet, just the right amount of sadness and tragedy as well as hope. What a movie!