The Best Rocky Movies  

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List Rules Movies in the Rocky franchise

This list includes all of the Rocky movies, ranked best to worst. Each one of these films features the boxer Rocky Balboa in one of the best movie franchises of all time. Which Rocky movie is your favorite? Vote for the Rocky movies you like the most, and vote down any you didn't like. You can also re-rank this list, in any order you want.

To say that the Rocky film franchise is one of the most successful movie franchises ever would be a huge understatement. All total, these films, each starring Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa, have grossed more than $1 billion. Stallone received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor for the original Rocky movie, kicking off a massive career that continues today. 'Rocky' did win the Best Picture Oscar, along with a Best Director Academy Award for John G. Avildsen.

Anyone familiar with the Rocky boxing movies knows that they chronicle Rocky Balboa's rise from lowly Philadelphia loan shark collector to Heavyweight Champion of the World. The six Rocky movies were released over a period of three decades, the first being Rocky in 1976. Rocky II followed three years later, paving the way for a sure-fire winning franchise with major box office staying power. Thanks to the spinoff Creed, the series continues with a new lead character.

You might also like this list of The Best Rocky Quotes.

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Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith
Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. A small-time boxer (Sylvester Stallone) gets a supremely rare chance to fight a heavy-weight champion (Carl Weathers) in ...more
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Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T
Rocky IV is a 1985 American sports film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, who also starred in the film. The film co-stars Dolph Lundgren, Burt Young, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, Tony ...more
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Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Roberto DurĂ¡n
Rocky II is a 1979 American sports drama film directed by Sylvester Stallone, and the second film in the series. Rocky (Stallone) struggles in family life after his bout with Apollo Creed (Carl ...more
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Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young
Rocky III is a 1982 American sports drama film directed by Sylvester Stallone, and the third film in the series. After winning the ultimate title and being the world champion, Rocky (Stallone) ...more
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Sylvester Stallone, Milo Ventimiglia, Talia Shire
Rocky Balboa is the sixth installment in the Rocky franchise, written, directed by, and starring Sylvester Stallone who reprises his role as the title character. The sixth film in the Rocky ...more
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Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson
Creed is a 2015 American sports drama film directed by Ryan Coogler. The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson ...more
Creed II is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rocky Movies
starwarssuperfan added Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Sylvester Stallone
Creed II is a 2018 American sports drama film directed by Steven Caple Jr., and a sequel to the 2015 film. Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) tries to seek revenge when he goes toe to toe with the ...more
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Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Dolph Lundren
Rocky V is a 1990 American film. The fifth film in the Rocky series, written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, and co-starring Talia Shire, Stallone's real life son Sage, and real life boxer ...more