Sylvester Stallone is one of my favorite people in Hollywood for his outstanding works in cinema. From his Oscar-worthy performances as an actor, his incredible skill at storytelling, and his attention to detail in directing, Sylvester “Sly” Stallone is an amazing person and clearly someone who inspires me to believe that one day my own work may be recognized in a similar fashion.
Today, for this week’s A Movie Ranking, I had to rank all of the films I’ve seen with the one-and-only Stallone in the mix. Enjoy!
12. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over
As a child, this was one of my favorite films. As an adult, it’s, of course, lost a bit of its grandeur but it still brings me fond memories.
11. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 isn’t exactly a horrible movie but compared to most of the other Marvel films it’s a bit underwhelming. Sylvester Stallone’s role in the movie, however, is legitimately exciting and I’m really hoping he returns for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
10. Creed II
Creed II is the ultimate rehash (and not in a good way) of the earlier Rocky films like Rocky III and Rocky IV, making it my least favorite installment in the franchise. (I refuse to watch Rocky V or Rocky Balboa from 2006.)
9. Rocky II
The end of Rocky II is exceptional and the story involving Adrian’s near-death experience while pregnant with their child is emotionally powerful but there are some moments in this film that are seared into my brain for the wrong reasons.
8. Demolition Man
This isn’t the best science-fiction film I’ve ever seen but it’s not the worst either. Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes in a conceptually interesting movie that I’ll always remember with some fondness.
Antz is another favorite film of my childhood and after recently revisiting it I remembered why. It’s an exciting look into the world of ants, giving children a different perspective on the tiny critters.
6. Rocky IV
Rocky IV is really good…until it isn’t. The first half is exceptional, culminating into Apollo Creed’s horrifying death. The second half, however, just can’t find the magic of its franchise predecessors, making it one of the least good movies in the franchise.
I’ve only seen this film once but I remember it being very, very entertaining.
Creed was a delightful surprise. With Ryan Coogler helping to write and direct Creed, he helped reboot the Rocky franchise in a way that felt natural rather than forced. And the performances provided by Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, and Tessa Thompson were sublime, delivering a powerful film that is easily one of my favorite sporting films of all time.
3. First Blood
Why is Rambo an iconic character? Because of this film. First Blood is suspense/action perfection. Sylvester Stallone shakes away his Rocky persona, delivering an unforgettable performance as the PTSD-stricken Green Beret Rambo. Every time I get the chance to watch this film I do because it’s that good and if you’ve never seen it I implore you to give it a shot. It’s pretty incredible.
I had literally never seen Rocky until this very year and boy was I astounded. This movie provides all the feels; laughter, joy, sadness, and oh so many tears. Rocky grasped my heart and didn’t let go, providing me even more respect for Stallone’s incredible storytelling.
1. Rocky III
I don’t care what anyone says, Rocky III is the best installment in the Rocky franchise. I’ve seen this movie a numerous amount of times and every time I watch it I am overcome with emotion and love for this film. It’s an inspiring story and one that will remain with me for the entirety of my life. It’s easily one of my favorite movies of all time.
So, this is my ranking of all twelve films that I’ve seen with Sylvester Stallone playing a role, no matter how small, in that particular movie. There are a few others that I’d like to list as honorable mentions, mainly The Expendables series. I’ve seen bits and pieces of those films but because I never knew which one I watched they remain as mere honorable mentions.
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