Rocky is one of those movies that stick in your head for life.
You could watch it over and over again without ever getting bored.
It’s just as popular today as it was decades ago. Rocky Balboa, the main character, inspired millions of guys to follow their dreams.
Even though the first film had a budget of just $1 million, it generated over $225 after its release. Today, it’s considered one of the greatest sports movies ever made.
You don’t have to be a sports fan to love this film. It will get you hooked right away!
Deciding which of the seven Rocky movies is the hard part. Sure, everyone has a different opinion, so we’ll focus on our favorites.
Here’s our ranking, from worst to first:
Rocky V (1990)
After his fight with Ivan Drago, Rocky returns in his hometown and quits boxing.
He’s broke and has brain damage, so everything seems lost.
In the fifth sequel of the series, he accepts to train a young boxer named Tommy Gunn. The kid ends up doing a good job, but no one gives him credit for it. Everyone refers to Gunn as “Rocky’s robot.”
The two end up fighting on the street, and Rocky wins. Afterward, they reconcile.
This movie could have been great, but no one expected to see Rocky down so quickly. Fans were hoping to watch a new challenging game and see their hero in the ring again.
Rocky IV (1985)
In this sequel, Apollo is killed in the ring by a Russian challenger.
Rocky decides to go to Russia and face the man who was responsible for his friend’s death.
We can watch the Italian Stallion training in a remote cabin in Siberia and then fighting Dolph Lundgren. Quite exciting, isn’t it?
Unfortunately, Rocky IV hasn’t been well received by the critics. The film is loaded with unnecessary sub-plots and clichés. However, fans still love it – and that’s what matters.
Rocky III (1982)
This time, Mr. T challenges Rocky publicly.
The Italian Stallion has fame and money, so he’s prepared to retire. Eventually, he accepts the challenge. Apollo, his former rival, trains him for the match.
What we don’t particularly enjoy about this sequel is the lack of emotional resonance if the first two Rocky movies. It’s more of an action film rather than a drama. We think it’s great, but it could have been better.
Rocky Balboa (2006)
In this sequel, we see Rocky as a widower.
Plus, his son is grown and distant. After our hero finds out about a computer simulated fight featuring him against the current champion, he decides to step into the ring again.
Since this is the sixth movie in the series, it’s not exactly original. However, it still packs an engaging storyline and plenty of good old action!
Rocky II (1979)
Apollo Creed challenges Rocky for a rematch.
Our hero wins and becomes the World Heavyweight Champion. We can also see him taking care of his wife and coping with family life.
Some critics say that Rocky II isn’t too different from the first film of the series. It just has a happier ending. Yet, it remains of the most beloved sports movies ever made.
Released in 2015, Creed features an older Rocky who accepts to train Apollo’s son.
The Italian Stallion is diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but he doesn’t give up.
In this film, we see him as a nurturing character who does his best to take care of his protégée and overcome life’s challenges.
Without a doubt, the first Rocky movie is unrivaled.
Critics compared Stallone to a young Marlon Brando. He’s strong and fierce yet humble.
We can watch him fighting Apollo Creed for the first time while courting Adrian Pennino, the woman who eventually becomes his beloved wife.
Do you agree with our choices? What’s the best Rocky film in your opinion?
Which is your favorite?
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