15 Best Sylvester Stallone Movies Ever

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8. Cliffhanger (1993)


Many of the action sequences in the film were actually performed in realtime by real stuntmen, making those action scenes more intense and tangible. This masterclass was expected from the same director, Renny Harlin, who made one of the Die Hard movies (Die Hard 2).

We saw our main character go through deadly situations in the film, like holding on by a thread over a 3-mile height as the bad guys stomp on his fingers to make him fall down, pretty ironic with respect to the name of the movie, no?


7. Escape to Victory (1981)

Escape to victory

Bill Conti gets an honorary mention in this movie for compiling some elite level music composition. Combining this with the cinematography of the film, you had a confirm hit.

The way the world’s most popular sport, Soccer, was portrayed in the film is indeed to be commended. It was an inspirational movie, and is still a visual treat for all passionate sports and Stallone fans.


6. Copland (1997)


Although Copland’s plot was a bit confusing, as there were three major lead roles with no clear indication on screen about who was the alpha one, but a few specific scenes were really epic.

Both Sylvester Stallone and Robert Di Niro gave memorable performances for all of their fans to remember.


5. Nighthawks (1981)

Nighthawks 1981

The start of the movie was impeccably promising with a typical 80’s action flick feel. However, the progression of the film was a little let down, as the character building didn’t accelerate as per expectations.

Exceptions were the two cops, Sylvester Stallone and Billy Dee Williams, who complimented each other’s role perfectly. Despite its shortcomings the movie was an excellent action thriller.


4. F.I.S.T (1978)

F.I.S.T 1978

The Federation of Inter State Truckers (F.I.S.T) is a film that is a must see for all drama lovers. It might not be evident from the rating of the movie or from the cast in place, but it was hailed as one of Sylvester Stallone’s finest performance on screen, specially in a pure drama film.


3. Death Race 2000 (1975)

Death Race

The movie revolves around cross-country race of death that involves killing people to earn points. It is extremely graphic, and shows violent scenes in which people bite the dust in very oddly creative ways.

It was very dark tone and mean-spirited since there’s no real “good guy” in the movie. It carries on Stallone’s tradition of adopting bad boy roles on screen.


2. First Blood (1982)

First Blood

This was not only one of the best movies with Sylvester Stallone in them, but this was easily one of the best movies ever to have graced the screen. The genre of action rejuvenated under its poster boy Rambo in First Blood.

The bad boy was actually able to earn empathy from most of the people in the audience, after some solid character development. It set a standard in the 80’s that not many movies have been able to match, thus it makes a must see for all action genre and Stallone fans.


1. Rocky (1976)


This has to be the movie that defines Sylvester Stallone. A movie more about the character than the story. This was Stallone’s passion project, written by himself and rightfully earned three Oscar Awards, along with creating a history at the box office.

You’ll notice in the movie that Rocky was mostly shot in areas that were deserted in order to emphasize the point that he really is a no-name. The movie had many moral lessons hidden amidst, and teaches all that even if our struggle is bound to end in failure, we should still give it our best shot. Hands down, this is the best Sylvester Stallone film among all of Sylvester Stallone movies.


Honorable Mentions

  • Over the Top (1987)
  • Tango and Cash (1989)
  • Lock Up (1989)

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