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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.

Woody Allen and Renny Harlin are among those who have directed Sylvester Stallone at one point or another during their careers in the film industry. Movie fans who love Sylvester Stallone have also been known to enjoy films starring Mel Gibson and Pierce Brosnan.

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First Blood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Brian Dennehy, David Caruso

Released: 1982

Directed by: Ted Kotcheff

First Blood is a 1982 American psychological thriller and action film directed by Ted Kotcheff, co-written by and starring Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo, a troubled and misunderstood veteran. ...more

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Rocky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Joe Frazier, Burgess Meredith

Released: 1976

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

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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Rocky II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Roberto Durán

Released: 1979

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

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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Rocky III is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young

Released: 1982

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

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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Rocky IV is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Sylvester Stallone, James Brown, Mr. T

Released: 1985

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

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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Rambo: First Blood Part ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Charles Napier, Richard Crenna

Released: 1985

Directed by: George P. Cosmatos

Rambo: First Blood Part II is a 1985 American action film directed by George P. Cosmatos and starring Sylvester Stallone. Picking up where the first film left, the sequel is set in the context ...more

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Rambo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Graham McTavish

Released: 2008

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

Rambo is a 2008 American-German independent action film directed, co-written by and starring Sylvester Stallone reprising his famous role as veteran John Rambo. It is the fourth installment in ...more

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Cliffhanger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Janine Turner

Released: 1993

Directed by: Renny Harlin

Cliffhanger is a 1993 American action adventure film directed by Renny Harlin and starring Sylvester Stallone and John Lithgow. Stallone, who co-wrote the screenplay, plays a mountain climber ...more

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Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Milo Ventimiglia, Talia Shire

Released: 2006

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

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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Demolition Man is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone, Jack Black

Released: 1993

Directed by: Marco Brambilla

Demolition Man is a 1993 American science fiction action film directed by Marco Brambilla in his directorial debut. The film stars Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes. The film was released in ...more

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The Expendables is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis

Released: 2010

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

The Expendables is a 2010 American ensemble action film written by David Callaham and Sylvester Stallone, and directed by Stallone, who also starred in the lead role. The film co-stars Jason ...more

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Cobra is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Ron Jeremy, Brigitte Nielsen

Released: 1986

Directed by: George P. Cosmatos

Cobra is a 1986 American action film directed by George P. Cosmatos, and written by Sylvester Stallone, who also starred in the title role. The film co-stars Reni Santoni, Brigitte Nielsen and ...more

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The Expendables 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li

Released: 2012

Directed by: Simon West

The Expendables 2 is a 2012 American action film directed by Simon West, and the sequel to the 2010 film. After one of their own's life is taken, the mercenary group set out for revenge against ...more

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Tango & Cash is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Teri Hatcher, Kurt Russell

Released: 1989

Directed by: Andrei Konchalovsky, Albert Magnoli

Tango & Cash is a 1989 American buddy cop action comedy film directed by Andrei Konchalovsky, although Albert Magnoli took over in the later stages of filming, and starring Sylvester ...more

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Rambo III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Omar Sharif, Kurtwood Smith

Released: 1988

Directed by: Peter MacDonald

Rambo III is a 1988 American action film. It is the third film in the Rambo series following First Blood and Rambo: First Blood Part II. Sixty-five seconds of the film were cut in the UK version ...more

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Over the Top is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Terry Funk, Robert Loggia

Released: 1987

Directed by: Menahem Golan

Over the Top is a 1987 action drama film starring Sylvester Stallone. It was produced and directed by Menahem Golan, and its screenplay was written by Stirling Silliphant and Stallone. The ...more

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Lock Up is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Donald Sutherland, Tom Sizemore

Released: 1989

Directed by: John Flynn

Lock Up is a 1989 American prison action film directed by John Flynn. The film stars Sylvester Stallone and Donald Sutherland. The film was released in the United States on August 4, 1989.

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Escape Plan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, 50 Cent

Released: 2013

Directed by: Mikael Håfström

Escape Plan is a 2013 American prison action thriller film directed by Mikael Håfström. After the passing of his wife and daughter at the hands of an escaped convict, former ...more

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Creed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson

Released: 2015

Directed by: Ryan Coogler

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

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Cop Land is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Debbie Harry

Released: 1997

Directed by: James Mangold

Cop Land is a 1997 American drama film written and directed by James Mangold, and starring Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, and Robert De Niro. The supporting cast features Peter ...more

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Assassins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Julianne Moore, Antonio Banderas

Released: 1995

Directed by: Richard Donner

Assassins is a 1995 American action thriller film directed and produced by Richard Donner, written by Andy and Lana Wachowski and also rewritten by Brian Helgeland. The film stars Sylvester ...more

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Rocky V is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Dolph Lundren

Released: 1990

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

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

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Nighthawks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Billy Dee Williams, Rutger Hauer

Released: 1981

Directed by: Gary Nelson, Bruce Malmuth

Nighthawks is a 1981 American thriller film directed by Bruce Malmuth and starring Sylvester Stallone, Rutger Hauer, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner, Persis Khambatta and Nigel Davenport. The ...more

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Daylight is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
Sylvester Stallone, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Brenneman

Released: 1996

Directed by: Rob Cohen

Daylight is a 1996 American disaster thriller film directed by Rob Cohen and starring Sylvester Stallone, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Amy Brenneman, Viggo Mortensen, Dan Hedaya, Stan Shaw, Karen ...more

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The Specialist is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sylvester Stallone Movies
The Specialist Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone, James Woods

Released: 1994

Directed by: Luis Llosa

The Specialist is a 1994 American action film directed by Luis Llosa, starring Sylvester Stallone, Sharon Stone and James Woods.

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