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The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies

Updated September 21, 2019 24.1k votes 3.6k voters 232.9k views63 items

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List of the best Sylvester Stallone movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Sylvester Stallone has been working in Hollywood since 1970, but he didn't become a star until he wrote and starred in Rocky in 1976. Sylvester Stallone's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world.

The order of these top Sylvester Stallone movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Sylvester Stallone movies will be at the top of the list. Sylvester Stallone has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Sylvester Stallone movie of all time is. If you think the best Sylvester Stallone role from his illustrious filmography isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Sylvester Stallone performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Examples of films on this list: The Expendables, First Blood and more.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Sylvester Stallone movies?" and "What are the greatest Sylvester Stallone roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Stallone's action-packed films, you might also like our list of the best Arnold Schwarzenegger movies and best Bruce Willis movies.

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    First Blood

    Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy

    Released1982

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

    First Blood is a 1982 American psychological thriller and action film directed by Ted...  more
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  • Rocky2
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    Rocky

    Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier

    Released1976

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    Rocky is a 1976 American sports drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. A small-time boxer...  more
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    Rocky III

    Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire

    Released1982

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

    Rocky III is a 1982 American sports drama film directed by Sylvester Stallone, and the third...  more
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    Rambo

    Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz

    Released2008

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

    Rambo is a 2008 American-German independent action film directed, co-written by and starring...  more
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    Rocky II

    Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith

    Released1979

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

    Rocky II is a 1979 American sports drama film directed by Sylvester Stallone, and the second...  more
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    Rocky IV

    Sylvester Stallone, James Brown

    Released1985

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

    Rocky IV is a 1985 American sports film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone, who also...  more
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  • Rambo: First Blood Part II7
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    Rambo: First Blood Part II

    Sylvester Stallone, Charles Napier

    Released1985

    Directed byGeorge P. Cosmatos

    Rambo: First Blood Part II is a 1985 American action film directed by George P. Cosmatos and...  more
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  • Cliffhanger8
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    Cliffhanger

    Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow

    Released1993

    Directed byRenny Harlin

    Cliffhanger is a 1993 American action adventure film directed by Renny Harlin and starring...  more
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  • Demolition Man9
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    Demolition Man

    Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1993

    Directed byMarco Brambilla

    Demolition Man is a 1993 American science fiction action film directed by Marco Brambilla in...  more
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  • Rocky Balboa10
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    Rocky Balboa

    Sylvester Stallone, Milo Ventimiglia

    Released2006

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

    Rocky Balboa is the sixth installment in the Rocky franchise, written, directed by, and...  more
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  • Creed11
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    Creed

    Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone

    Released2015

    Directed byRyan Coogler

    Creed is a 2015 American sports drama film directed by Ryan Coogler. The former World...  more
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  • Cobra12
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    Cobra

    Sylvester Stallone, Ron Jeremy

    Released1986

    Directed byGeorge P. Cosmatos

    Cobra is a 1986 American action film directed by George P. Cosmatos, and written by Sylvester...  more
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  • Tango & Cash13
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    Tango & Cash

    Sylvester Stallone, Teri Hatcher

    Released1989

    Directed byAndrei Konchalovsky, Albert Magnoli

    Tango & Cash is a 1989 American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Andrei Konchalovsky,...  more
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  • Lock Up14
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    Lock Up

    Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland

    Released1989

    Directed byJohn Flynn

    Lock Up is a 1989 American prison action film directed by John Flynn. The film stars Sylvester...  more
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    Rambo III

    Sylvester Stallone, Omar Sharif

    Released1988

    Directed byPeter MacDonald

    Rambo III is a 1988 American action film. It is the third film in the Rambo series following...  more
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    The Expendables 2

    Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham

    Released2012

    Directed bySimon West

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    The Expendables

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone

    Released2010

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

    The Expendables is a 2010 American ensemble action film written by David Callaham and...  more
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  • Cop Land18
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    Cop Land

    Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro

    Released1997

    Directed byJames Mangold

    Cop Land is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by James Mangold, and starring...  more
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  • Over the Top19
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    Over the Top

    Sylvester Stallone, Terry Funk

    Released1987

    Directed byMenahem Golan

    Over the Top is a 1987 action drama film starring Sylvester Stallone. It was produced and...  more
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  • Escape Plan20
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    Escape Plan

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone

    Released2013

    Directed byMikael Håfström

    Escape Plan is a 2013 American prison action thriller film directed by Mikael Håfström. After...  more
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    Nighthawks

    Sylvester Stallone, Billy Dee Williams

    Released1981

    Directed byGary Nelson, Bruce Malmuth

    Nighthawks is a 1981 American thriller film directed by Bruce Malmuth and starring Sylvester...  more
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    Assassins

    Sylvester Stallone, Julianne Moore

    Released1995

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Assassins is a 1995 American action thriller film directed and produced by Richard Donner,...  more
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    Daylight

    Sylvester Stallone, Viggo Mortensen

    Released1996

    Directed byRob Cohen

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    Creed II

    Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson

    Released2018

    Directed bySteven Caple Jr.

    Creed II is a 2018 American sports drama film directed by Steven Caple Jr., and a sequel to...  more
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    The Expendables 3

    Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham

    Released2014

    Directed byPatrick Hughes

    The Expendables 3 is a 2014 American action film directed by Patrick Hughes, and the third...  more
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