15 Best Sylvester Stallone Movies – Similar Movies To The Rocky Series

Best 15 Sylvester Stallone Movies That Are A Must Watch!
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Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone commonly known as Sylvester Stallone is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer who is very famous for his role in Rocky series. He started his career in 1969 as a very struggling actor and later become a very famous and successful actor in the Hollywood Industry. People love his Rocky series, as well as the Expendables series, and we will be suggesting more movies like those.

He became famous after his role in ‘The Lords of Flatbush’ in 1974. Till now he has done 70+ films in which maximum were claimed as a blockbuster at the box office. His recent film Rambo 5: Last Blood which was released in September 2019 was also a big hit and was recognized internationally.

This 73 old legendary actor is the third actor after Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles who was nominated for two Academy Awards that are Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor Award for his film Rocky. His name has been mentioned in the history of the Hollywood Industry with Golden Letters for that achievement. Also, he is one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood.

Best 15 Sylvester Stallone Movies That Are A Must Watch!
The Legendary Actor and Writer: Sylvester Stallone

Now, I would like to tell our readers that in this post, I will be giving the best 15 movies of Sylvester Stallone’s career which the audience liked the most and they received the highest critic’s points. All the rankings of the movies will be based on audience reviews, critics ratings, and on my personal views.

I would also like to advise you all to watch these movies if you haven’t watched them yet. They will really become a good source of entertainment for you and your family. Here are the best 15 movies of the legendary actor Sylvester Stallone;

Best 15 Sylvester Stallone Movies That Are A Must Watch!
First Blood (1982) Lead Actor and Title

1. First Blood (1982)

First Blood is an American action film that was released in 1982. This film is considered as the most successful and profitable film of 1982. This film collected a whopping amount of 125 million dollars in 1982 which was really huge amount in 1982 and is equal to billions of dollars of today’s time. It was also the highest-grossing film of 1982 and also received many awards.

According to the audience reviews and critics rating this film is amongst the best films of Sylvester’s career. He himself said in a recent interview that he has marked this film as one of the best films of his career. It was directed by Ted Kotcheff and was produced by Buzz Feitshans in association with Anabasis Investments. The screenplay work of the film was managed by Michael Kozoll, William Sackheim, and Sylvester Stallone, and the music was composed by Jerry Laszlo.

This film is adapted from the novel First Blood written by David Morrell and even the novel was read by thousands of peoples. This film has Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna and Brian Dennehy in the lead roles and all of them had given their best performances for this film.

This film has a successful runtime of 93 minutes and each and every minute of this film was worth watching. The distribution rights of the film were owned by Orion Pictures. This film received tremendously positive reviews and has had an extremely successful run at the box office.

Best 15 Sylvester Stallone Movies That Are A Must Watch!
Rocky (1976): Best Film of the Rocky Franchise

2. Rocky (1976)

Rocky features Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, and Burgess Meredith as the lead actors of the film. This film tells the story of the Rocky Balboa who is an uneducated and kind-hearted Italian-American boxer who works as a debt collector for a Loan giving company in Philadelphia. This story tells the struggle of a person from rag to one of the richest people in America. As Rocky who was a small club fighter and a debt collector got a shot at World Heavyweight Championship.

It is an American sports drama film that was released in 1976. This film was made on a budget of 1 million dollars and it became extremely successful and collected a huge amount of 225 million dollars. You can yourself estimate the craze of this film among the viewers. It was directed by John G. Avildsen and was produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff in partnership with Chartoff-Winkler Productions. The story of the film was written by the lead actor Sylvester Stallone and the distribution rights of the film were owned by Unites Artists.

This was really an extraordinary film and was really liked and applauded by the audience. It was the first film of Rocky series and after it many more sequels were released which were also very successful. It has a runtime of 119 minutes and was worth watching. I would definitely like to advise my viewers to watch this film as it can be a source of great entertainment for you and your family and all of you will surely like it.

Best 15 Sylvester Stallone Movies That Are A Must Watch!
Sixth Sequel of Rocky Franchise: Rocky Balboa (2006)

3. Rocky Balboa (2006)

Rocky Balboa is an American sports drama film that was released in 2006 and this film was the sixth installment of the Rocky series. It was directed and written by the lead actor of the film Sylvester Stallone and was produced by Charles Winkler, Billy Chartoff, David Winkler and Kevin King in association with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Columbia Pictures, Revolution Studios, and Winkler Productions. It has Sylvester Stallone, Burt Young, and Antonio Tarver as the lead actors of the film.

This film shows an aging Rocky Balboa who was in the phase of his retirement and a widower living in Philadelphia and he had opened a local Italian restaurant on the name of his late wife Adrian. The distribution rights of this film were owned by MGM Distribution Co and it has a runtime of 102 minutes. This film received a good response from the audience and also had a profitable business at the box office. It also received high points from critics therefore it has taken third place in our list of best fifteen films of Sylvester’s career. It was a good film and you should also at least watch it once.

Best 15 Sylvester Stallone Movies That Are A Must Watch!
American sports drama film: Creed

4. Creed (2015)

Creed is an American sports drama film that was released in 2015 and was extremely successful at the box office. This film received a great response from the audience and also got high critic’s points. It was marked as one of the most successful and profitable films of Sylvester’s career. Even Sylvester himself announced that he was not expecting this film to get this much level of success.

This film was directed by Ryan Coogler and was produced by Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff, Charles Winkler, William Chartoff, David Winkler, Kevin King-Templeton, and Sylvester Stallone in association New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Chartoff-Winkler Productions. The screenplay work of this film was managed by Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington. The story of the film revolves around Rocky Balboa who was the former World Heavyweight Champion and works as a trainer and mentor of Adonis Johnson who was the son of Rocky’s later friend and former rival Apollo Creed.

This film is also a part of the Rocky series. This film features an extraordinary star cast that includes Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, and Anthony Bellew as the lead actors. The distribution rights of this film were owned by Warner Bros Pictures and it has a successful runtime of 133 minutes.

According to the audience reviews, each and every minute of this film was really interesting and worth watching. I would also definitely like to advise our audience to watch this film as it is one of the best films of Sylvester’s career and you will also like it. Because of all these special features and positive reviews, this film has grabbed fourth place in our list of top 15 movies.

Best 15 Sylvester Stallone Movies That Are A Must Watch!
The Expendables (2010) Lead Cast and Poster of the film

5. The Expendables (2010)

The Expendables is an American action film that was released in 2010. This film has Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, David Zayas, Giselle Itie, Charisma Carpenter, Gary Daniels, Terry Crews and Mickey Rourke as the lead actors and they all have given an extraordinary performance in this film, therefore, they were very much applauded by the American audience and their fan following increased tremendously because of this film.

This film revolves around a team of elite mercenaries who were on a mission to kill the Latin American dictator whom they discovered that was completely controlled by an ex-CIA agent. This film was highly successful and collected a huge amount of 300 million dollars making it a part of the highest-grossing film of 2010. It was directed by Sylvester Stallone and was produced by Avi Lerner, John Thompson and Kevin King-Templeton in partnership with Millennium Films and NU Image.

After this film one more sequel of it was released which was also highly successful at the box office. The screenplay work of the film was managed by David Callaham and Sylvester Stallone. The distribution rights of the film were owned by Lionsgate and it has a very successful runtime of 103 minutes. It was really a good film hence you should also watch it in this quarantine period as it can become a part of your favorite films.

Best 15 Sylvester Stallone Movies That Are A Must Watch!
Rambo (2008): Poster and Lead Actor

6. Rambo (2008)

This 2008 released American action drama film Rambo became part of one of the best action films of Sylvester’s career. It was a masterpiece film and won many awards for an excellent story, cast, direction, and many more. This film was directed by Sylvester Stallone and was produced by Avi Lerner, Kevin King-Templeton, and John Thompson. Because of Sylvester’s extraordinary acting this film was claimed as a super hit at the box office. The story of the film was adapted from the novel John Rambo that was written By David Morrell.

The story of this film follows the leader of the Vietnam War as he leads the team of soldiers into Burma to save the Christian people who were kidnapped by a local infantry unit. This film has a superior star cast that includes Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Paul Schulze, Matthew Marsden, Graham McTavish, Rey Gallegos, Tim Kang, Jake La Botz, Maung Maung Khin, and Ken Howard the main actors of this film. This film has a runtime of 131 minutes and it collected a huge amount of 150 million dollars at the box office. It was the fourth sequel of the Rambo series and was hit like all other parts.

Best 15 Sylvester Stallone Movies That Are A Must Watch!
The Expendables 2 2012 Movie Lead Actors

7. The Expendables 2 (2012)

The Expendables 2 is an American action drama film that features Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger as the lead actors of this action film. In this movie, it was shown that a group of soldiers who were known as expendables goes on a dangerous mission to take revenge from their rival group Jean Vilain as he had murdered one of their members and also threatens the world by a killer weapon.

This film was released in 2012 and has a successful runtime of 103 minutes. According to the audience reviews, each and every minute of this film was worth watching. It was directed and written by Simon west and was produced by Avi Lerner, Danny Lerner, Kevin King Templeton, and Les Weldon in association with Millenium Films and Nu Image.

The distribution rights of the film were owned by Lionsgate and it was available in the English language only. This film received a great response from the viewers and also got high critics rating. It was considered a blockbuster film because of its huge collection of 315 million dollars. It was the second installment of the Expendables series.

Best 15 Sylvester Stallone Movies That Are A Must Watch!
Rocky II (1979) Poster and Title

8. Rocky II (1979)

Rocky II is the second installment of the Rocky franchise and like other parts it was also very successful at the box office and collected a huge amount of 200 million dollars. It was released in 1979 and according to that time the collected amount of this film was extremely large and is equal to billions of dollars of today’s time. This film was highly appreciated by the viewers and it also received high points from critics.

After this sequel the creators of the show were very much forced by the audience to release a new sequel and on the order of the audience till now six sequels have been released and all of them were very successful. This film was directed by Sylvester Stallone and was produced by Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff in association with Chartoff-Winkler Productions. This film was written by the director and the lead actor Sylvester Stallone himself. The distribution rights of this film were owned by United Artists.

It has Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers and Burgess Meredith as the lead actors of this film. In this sequel, Rocky really very much struggles in his family life after he lost to Apollo and with embarrassment he accepted a challenge of a rematch with him. This film has a runtime of 120 minutes and was very successful according to all the records. It was a nice movie and I would surely like to advise you all to watch this film as you will really enjoy it.

Best 15 Sylvester Stallone Movies That Are A Must Watch!
Escape Plan (2013) Poster and Lead Actors

9. Escape Plan (2013)

Escape Plan is an American prison action thriller drama film that was released in 2013. This film was directed by Mikael Hafstrom and was produced by Mark Canton, Randall Emmett, Remington Chase, Robbie Brenner, Kevin King-Templeton, Stepan Martirosyan, Kelly Dennis and Brandon Grimes in partnership with Atmosphere Entertainment, Emmett/Furla Films, Envision Entertainment, and Boies/Schiller Film Group.

The screenplay work of this film was managed by Miles Chapman and Arnell Jesko and the story of the film was written by Miles Chapman. This film has an outstanding star cast that includes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jim Caviezel, 50 Cent, Sam Neill, Faran Tahir, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio, Caitriona Balfe and Amy Ryan as the lead actors and they all were highly applauded by the audience for their roles which they have done with extreme dedication.

In the film it was shown that Ray Breslin who was a structural engineer and a prisoner in the world’s most secret and secure prison. He was helped by his fellow inmate Emil to escape from that prison successfully. This film is the first part of the Escape plan series and was quite successful at the box office. It has a runtime of 115 minutes and it collected a decent amount of 138 million dollars at the box office and was claimed as a hit film.

Best 15 Sylvester Stallone Movies That Are A Must Watch!
American crime drama film: Copland (1997)

10. Cop Land (1997)

Cop Land is an American crime drama film that was released in 1997 and has a runtime of 105 minutes. This movie was very much loved by the audience and it received really high response from the viewers throughout the country. This film was directed by James Mangold and was produced by Cathy Konrad, Ezra Swerdlow, and Cary Woods in association with Woods Entertainment.

The story of the film was written by James Mangold and the music production work of this film was managed by Howard Shore. This film is based on the story of a Sheriff who lives in a small town in New Jersey and was dominated by the corrupt cops of New York City. This film has Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro, Peter Berg, Janeane Garofalo, Robert Patrick, Michael Rapaport, and Annabella Sciorra Edie Falco as the lead actors of this thrilling film.

The distribution rights of the film were owned by Miramax Films. This film was quite successful at the box office and earned enough amount to be called as a hit film. Later when this film was released on television it was viewed by millions of viewers as announced by the creators of this film. It was an interesting film and is specially made for those who like these types of crime based films.

Best 15 Sylvester Stallone Movies That Are A Must Watch!
Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003) Lead Actors and Poster

11. Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over is an American spy action comedy film that was released in 2003. This film has a runtime of 84 minutes only which was really short as compared to other Hollywood movies. This short time period was a great disappointment for the audience but the interesting story and a well-known star cast removed all the disappointments and took this film on the path of success and profit.

This film was the third sequel of the Sky Kids series and also the most successful sequel. It was directed by and written by Robert Rodriguez and was produced by Elizabeth Avellan and Robert Rodriguez in association with Dimension Films and Troublemaker Studious. The distribution rights of this film were also owned by Dimension Films. It has Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa Vega, Daryl Sabara, Ricardo Montalban, Holland Taylor, Mike Judge, Cheech Marin, and Sylvester Stallone as the lead and most entertaining cast of the film.

In the film Carmen gets trapped inside the game which was created by Kid’s game maker, The Toymaker. Then in the film it was all dependent on lead cast Juni to save his sister as well the entire world. It was really an interesting and comedy film. I would like to advise you all to watch that film as it can be a great source of entertainment for you and your family.

Best 15 Sylvester Stallone Movies That Are A Must Watch!
American science fiction film: Demolition Man (1993) Lead Actor and Poster

12. Demolition Man (1993)

Demolition Man is an American science fiction film that was released in 1993. This film has proved to be the part of Sylvester’s best 15 films and also one of the most profitable films of that time. This film was extremely liked by the audience and hence received high points in the critic’s ratings. It was directed by Marco Brambilla and was produced by Joel Silver, Michael Levy, and Howard Kazanjian. This film made the directional debut of the director of this film.

The screenplay work of this film was managed by Daniel Waters, Robert Reneau, and Peter M. Lenkov, and the story of the film was written by Peter M. Lenkov and Robert Reneau. This film has a lot of twists in the story which makes this film more exciting for the audience. This film has the most amazing and versatile actors in its star cast. Some of the actors who are playing a lead role in the film are Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock, and Nigel Hawthorne.

In the story it was shown that two men – an evil crime lord and a police officer are playing in the world against each other. The policeman was saving the world by taking very dangerous risks. This film performed extremely well at the box office and collected a whopping amount of 160 million dollars at that time which is equal to billions of dollars of today’s time. Therefore, this film has taken an important place in our list of the best 15 films of Sylvester Stallone.

Best 15 Sylvester Stallone Movies That Are A Must Watch!
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) Lead Actors and Title

13. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

This film is amongst the best films of Sylvester Stallone till now and one of the most profitable movies of the Marvel comics. It is an American superhero film which is based on Marvel comics. It was also amongst the most expensive films ever made and also came in the most profitable movie by breaking the box office records completely. This film is directed by James Gunn and was the continuation sequel of the Guardians of the Galaxy series.

This sequel is produced by Kevin Feige and screenplay work was managed by Christopher Markus. The distribution rights of the film were owned by Disney Studios. This film stars some great actors which include Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell in the lead roles.

This film was released in 2017 and has a runtime of 137 minutes. In the film it was shown that Guardians struggles to remain as a team while facing their personal family issues. If anyone has not watched this movie yet, then I would definitely like to advise you to watch it in this quarantine period. You will really love it.

Best 15 Sylvester Stallone Movies That Are A Must Watch!
Most Romantic Films Of 1970 Lovers and Other Strangers (1970) Actors

14. Lovers and Other Strangers (1970)

Lovers and Other Strangers is an American romantic comedy film that was released in 1970. This film has Sylvester Stallone, Beatrice Arthur, Richard Castellano, Bonnie Bedelia, and Gig Young as the lead actors of this film. They all had performed their roles with so much perfection that they were highly appreciated by the audience.

It was amongst the best romantic films of that time hence was very much liked by the viewers. This film was also nominated for three Academy Awards and was one of the best performing films of 1970. It also gained a huge amount at the box office making it one of the most profitable films of that time.

This film was also awarded an Oscar for one of its songs which was extremely liked by the audience. It was directed by Cy Howard and was produced by David Susskind in partnership with ABC Pictures. The screenplay work of this film was managed by Joseph Bologna, David Zelag Goodman, and Renee Taylor and this film is an adaptation of the novel Lovers and Other Strangers written by Joseph Bologna and Renée Taylor.

This novel was also amongst the highest selling novels of the United States at that time. It has a runtime of 104 minutes and each and every minute of this film was full of romance and comedy.

Best 15 Sylvester Stallone Movies That Are A Must Watch!
Assassins (1995) Lead Actor and Title

15. Assassins (1995)

Assassins is an American action thriller film that was released in 1995 and has a successful runtime of 133 minutes. The story of the film was really interesting and it received mixed responses from the audience in which the maximum were positive reviews. The overall film was good except the little boring twist that took place in between the movie. The rest of the movie was really interesting and exciting. It also performed well at the box office at collected 85 million dollars which is a good amount at the box office in comparison to the budget of the film.

This film was announced as an above-average film by the creators after all the results. This film was directed by Richard Donner and was produced by Richard Donner, Joel Silver, Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon, Andrew Lazar and Jim Van Wyck in association with Silver Pictures and Donner/Shuler-Donner Productions. The screenplay work of this film was managed by The Wachowskis and Brian Helgeland and the story of this film was also written by them only.

The distribution rights of this film were owned by Warner Bros Pictures. It has Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Banderas, and Julianne Moore as the lead actors of the film. This film was based on professional hitman Robert Rath who wants to complete some more contracts before his retirement. Overall it was a nice film and you can watch it whenever you have time.

This was all about the best 15 movies of Sylvester Stallone’s career. Some of his movies are still on the way for which the audience is eagerly waiting. These films are expected to release after this coronavirus pandemic gets over completely. Now, we would also like to know which is your favorite film amongst these 15 films of Sylvester. So, definitely comment down your answer in the comment box below. For more updates stay connected to Otakukart.

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