Rapid-cut fight scenes, cheesy one-liners, and window-dressing female characters – these are just some of the many clichéd-elements that were used to manufacture our favorite nostalgia-filled 80’s action movies with Sylvester Stallone. Following are the 15 best Sylvester Stallone movies ever:
15. Paradise Alley (1978)
Paradise Alley was Stallone’s forgotten directorial début, which was positively reviewed by critics but ignored by audiences around the world.
The story revolves around a clever con man, Cosmo Carboni, who convinces his younger brother to participate in boxing to make money. It was a visually stunning film, filled with plenty of vivid colors to emphasize the beauty.
14. The Expendables (2010)
The special effects didn’t do much justice, and even the cast at times had this air of sarcasm infused in their performances.
Regardless, the powerhouse of a movie – The Expendables, was still a hit at the box office, and devoured us in nostalgia with Stallone and the gang of elite superstars.
13. Bullet to the Head (2012)
This was Stallone’s supposed solo-comeback film. Although, it captivated the audience with some loud sound effects (parallel to every punch that landed on anyone’s flesh), cheesy dialogues and some controversial racially oblivious pointers, but it failed at the box office.
However, at the end of the day, the entertainment that it provided was top notch, and the pacing of the movie was also nice.
12. Rambo (2008)
One of Stallone’s most iconic roles has been Rambo. It was a movie that put the audience in much awe throughout, and justified the credentials of Stallone as a solid director and a versatile actor.
The brutality on display in the film might be deemed exaggerated, but it without doubt displayed the wartime conditions quite accurately.
11. Demolition Man (1993)
This was another movie where Stallone tried to experiment with his acting. It had decent action scenes, and the story was compelling to say the least.
It was a fresh take on how the future was deemed to be, and one must admit that it wasn’t far off its own predictions. This was indeed one of the best Sylvester Stallone action movies ever.
10. Shade (2003)
Shade is one of the coolest movies that Stallone has ever done. It attracted viewership based on a collection of some witty dialogues, striking setting and catchy tunes.
The final plot was a bit misleading, but it still gripped the audience with some epic and high intensity scenes.
9. The Lord’s of Flatbush (1974)
An old classic, it touched many who could relate to the similar background and upbringing of the characters in the movie.
This was uncharacteristically one of the few movies, where lack of character development played in favor of the movie as it wasn’t much needed based on the limited timespan of each individual. Barring a few issues, it’s a must see for everyone.