“It ain’t about how hard you can hit. It is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” Rocky Balboa rests in the golden annals of cinematic history as a champion of the ‘American Dream’. The iconic character, brought to life by Sylvester Stallone, is also one of the most decorated film characters, especially when it comes to franchises. The story behind the making of ‘Rocky’ is also inspiring and is reflective of the man who played him. Stallone was down to his last dollar when he finished writing the script and was actually homeless for a good duration of time. The first installment won the Oscar for the Best Picture (debatable) and grossed over 200 times its paltry budget. The series has spawned over seven films, including the Michael B. Jordan starrer ‘Creed’.
While it is difficult to come up with a numbered list to designate the quality of each film, which had Stallone at its heart, the overall feel has certainly been different for each. So here is the list of all Rocky movies ranked, from best to worst. Which is your favorite Rocky movie? And what do you think is the best Rocky movie?
7. Rocky V (1990)
Despite the return of the original director John Avildsen, ‘Rocky V’ ends up at the bottom of the list. By the time of the release of the movie, it was expected to culminate the story of Balboa and draw curtains on one of the greatest romances of Stallone’s with the audiences. As it turned out, the film disappointed, both commercially and critically, with Stallone himself labeling the film as a “mistake”. The plot saw Balboa return to the US after his tussle with Drago in Moscow and discover the drainage of his wealth to see him become broke. Requiring money, Rocky reluctantly accepts the challenges of Cane, and emerge victorious.
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6. Rocky IV (1985)