Ten Most Important Sylvester Stallone Movies
Sylvester Stallone is one of the biggest box-office draws in Hollywood. While he is not really known for his acting skills, Stallone has the box-office appeal that has made him a bankable star for more than 30 years. Most Sylvester Stallone movies are of the action genre. But he has also appeared in sports dramas the most notable of which is the Rocky series.
While Stallone isn’t the best actor of his generation, he’s talented as he can also write screenplays and direct movies. Here are some of the most memorable flicks that this action hero has starred in:
Below are Sylvester Stallone movie ratings:
|Farewell, My Lovely||7.2|
|The Expendables 2||6.7|
1. Rocky (1976)
Stallone is best known around the world for his portrayal of Rocky Balboa, an uneducated and working class boxer who earns a world heavyweight championship fight through sheer hard work and determination. This is the same movie that launched Stallone’s acting career, and was a huge hit grossing more than $200 million. What is impressive is that the film only had a production budget of $1 million.
The movie was also critically acclaimed, winning the Oscar best picture award in 1976 as well as best director plum for John Avidsen. Stallone was also nominated for best actor in this flick.
2. First Blood (1982)
Stallone plays the role of John Rambo, a Vietnam War veteran, in this movie. It was the first installment of the Rambo series, another successful movie franchise that made Stallone one of Holywood’s biggest draws ever. Stallone also co-wrote the script for this movie directed by Ted Kotcheff. First Blood was a huge success grossing more than $125 million.
3. Rocky Balboa (2006)
The sixth and final installment of the Rocky series came after Stallone’s brief three-year hiatus from film production. The movie was a huge commercial success, grossing more than $150 million. Critics also lauded the story, which had Balboa returning from retirement to get one last shot at a world title.
4. Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
Stallone played a supporting role in this American neo noir film. His role was that of a hired muscleman named Jonnie. The movie didn’t make any waves at the box office as it only grossed $2 million compared to its $2.5 million production budget.
5. Rambo (2008)
In this movie, John Rambo joins a group of mercenaries who travel to warn-torn Burma to rescue a crew of aid workers who were kidnapped by a merciless local infantry unit. This is the fourth installment of the movie franchise, and grossed more than $113 million worldwide.
6. Rocky II (1979)
Three years after the successful Rocky I, Stallone returned with the sequel to the highly successful sports drama. It follows the story of Balboa, who failed in his quest to snatch the world title from the champion Apollo Creed. Balboa struggles in his family life following the defeat, while Creed was embarrassed after being taken to the distance by the Philadelphia-based boxer. The champ goads Balboa to accept his challenge for a rematch, as Creed was itching to prove that Balboa’s gutsy stand was a fluke.
Stallone not only wrote the script and starred in this movie, but he also replaced Avidsen as the director. It was another huge hit for Stallone as Rocky II grossed more than $200 million. It was also critically acclaimed with many critics calling it the best film of 1979.
7. Cop Land (1997)
This crime drama is one of the few box-office disappointments for Stallone, who plays a sheriff in a small New Jersey town that is dominated by corrupt cops. Written and directed by James Mangold, this movie also stars Peter Barg, Michael Rapaport and John Spencer. It grossed only $44 million with a production budget of $15 million.
8. Escape Plan (2013)
This movie features Stallone opposite another Hollywood in Arnold Schwarzenegger. Stallone is a structural security authority who was framed for a crime and incarcerated in the most secure prison in the world. He attempts to escape with the help of a fellow inmate, played by Schwarzenegger. The movie was a mild hit as it grossed around $130 million worldwide.
9. The Expendables 2 (2012)
Stallone resurrected his movie career through the Expendables series, featuring a slew of legendary action heroes. Aside from Schwarzenegger, Stallone had other big name actors in this movie were Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Chuck Norris, Liam Hemsworth, and Dolph Lundgren. It was a huge hit, earning more than $300 million worldwide as against a production budget of $100 million.
10. Rocky IV
The fourth installment of the movie franchise was again written and directed by Stallone. In the movie, Balboa was the world champion but had to fight a Russian champion named Ivan Drago who fatally beats Creed, the erstwhile world champ. The movie had mixed reviews from critics but still earned $300 million worldwide.
These are the ten most important Sylvester Stallone movies of all time.