Best Sylvester Stallone Movies, Ranked

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world isn’t all sunshine and rainbows,” Sylvester Stallone once said. After years of struggling as an actor upon arriving in New York in 1969 and later in Hollywood in 1974, “Sly” Stallone finally won critical acclaim as an actor for his role in The Lords of Flatbush. Stallone then won his greatest critical and commercial success as an actor and screenwriter, starting in 1976 with his role as boxer Rocky Balboa, in the first film of the success. Rocky series (1976-present), for which he also wrote the screenplays.

In 1977, Stallone became the third film actor to be nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor. From the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, he became one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors of that era by appearing in a slew of commercially successful action films – despite the fact that they had generally been panned by critics.

Stallone, however, experienced a decline in popularity in the early 2000s, but regained prominence with Rocky and Rambo payments. And then, of course, there was The consumable movies, a quarter of which are coming soon. Stallone is the only actor in American film history to star in a number one box office movie for six consecutive decades. As we count the days until Creed III and Consumables 4let’s look Sylvester Stallonethe best movies to date.

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5 Demolisher (1993)

Demolition Man with Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes and Sandra Bullock.
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Before teaming up The Expendables 3Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes first starred in the wrecker, which also features a young Sandra Bullock. Stallone plays John Spartan, a risk-taking cop with a reputation for wreaking havoc in the execution of his job. After a failed attempt to rescue hostages from evil crime lord Simon Phoenix (Snipes), they are both sentenced to be cryogenically frozen in 1996. Phoenix is ​​thawed out for a parole hearing in 2032, but escapes. Society has changed and all crime has apparently been eliminated.

Stallone has always been a fan of the wrecker. While critical response was a bit mixed when the sci-fi action film was released in 1993, the wrecker has maintained a cult following over the years and is fondly watched by many Stallone fans as one of his best films On Instagram, Stallone recently shared an image depicting the wrecker. The caption reads: “In 1993, most critics called a one-of-a-kind movie just a dumb action movie with ‘excessive explosions’. Except it cleverly predicted and joked about political correctness , toxic masculinity, racial bias, hysteria around cancel culture, and more. By now, it’s obvious the movie was brilliant. But it still doesn’t get enough credit.

4 Land of cop (1997)


In cop lands, the sheriff of a suburban New Jersey community populated by New York City police officers, slowly discovers that the city is a front for mob relations and corruption. James Mangold’s 1997 American neo-noir crime drama features an all-star cast with Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Peter Berg, Robert Patrick and Michael Rapaport. Stallone portrays the sheriff who comes into conflict with corrupt NYC officers. It’s an understated, quietly heroic performance by Sly and not to be missed. It’s no surprise, then, that the film grossed over $63 million on a budget of just $15 million.

3 First Blood (1982)

First Blood - 1982
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Until 1982, Sylvester Stallone’s movies weren’t big box office hits unless they were Rocky sequels, and none have received the critical acclaim achieved with the first Rocky. That changed with the hit action movie first blood, in which he portrays PTSD-suffering soldier John Rambo. Originally an adaptation of the eponymous novel by David Morell, first bloodThe script was significantly altered by Stallone during the film’s production. Stallone would play the role in a total of five Rambo movies (1982-2019). In the first film, Rambo must rely on his combat and survival skills when a series of brutal events forces him to survive a massive manhunt by police and government troops near the small town of Hope, Washington.

Initial reviews were mixed, but the film was a box office success, grossing $156 million at the box office. In 1985, it also became the first Hollywood blockbuster to be released in China, holding the record for the most tickets sold for an American film until 2018.

In addition to the handful of sequels, the success of First Blood has spawned a franchise that also includes an animated television series, a comic book series, a novel series, several video games, and even a Bollywood remake.

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2 Creed (2015)

Stallone returns as Rocky in Creed trailer
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Creed was directed by Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) from a screenplay written by Coogler, Aaron Covington and Sylvester Stallone himself – who wrote all the scenes and dialogue with his character in the film. Both sequel and spin-off of Rocky franchise, Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis “Donnie” Johnson Creed, Apollo Creed’s son, with Stallone reprising the role of Rocky Balboa and Tessa Thompson as Creed’s love interest. Film reunites Jordan with Coogler after 2013 hit Fruitvale Station.

Creed was released on the 40th anniversary of the opening scene date in 1976 Rocky. The film received critical acclaim, with praise directed at the performances (particularly those of Jordan and Stallone). For his performance, Stallone earned the Golden Globe that year, as well as his first Oscar nomination since the original film. Creed II was released in November 2018 to critical and commercial acclaim. And we can’t wait Creed IIIwhich is also slated for a November 2022 release.

1 Rocky (1976)

Creed 2 Deleted Scene Reveals the Death of Original Movie Character Rocky
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And then there’s the original Philly boxer himself. Rocky tells the ragged-to-riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), an uneducated, kind-hearted working-class Italian-American and little club fighter who, while working as a debt collector for a loan shark in the Philadelphia slums, gets a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship. The film also stars Talia Shire as Rocky’s love interest “Adrian!”, Burt Young as Adrian’s brother Paulie, Burgess Meredith as Rocky’s trainer Mickey, and Carl Weathers as the role of defending champion Apollo Creed.

Made on a budget of just under a million dollars, Rocky proved to be a dormant success, earning $225 million in worldwide box office revenue and becoming the highest-grossing film of 1976. The film received critical acclaim and solidified Stallone’s career, beginning his rise as a big movie star. Critics consider Rocky one of the greatest sports films ever made, and the American Film Institute ranked it second in the genre, after angry bull, in 2008. The film spawned eight sequels, with more on the way!

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