Rambo: Last Blood will debut in theaters on September 20, 2019 with Sylvester Stallone reprising his role as John Rambo in the fifth installment of the iconic action series.

At 73-years old, Stallone is still thrilling fans with his movies, from money-churning film series like Rocky, Rambo and The Expendables to one-offs such as Demolition Man and Cobra. In all, Stallone has created arguably two of the most iconic action-movie characters in Rambo and Rocky, while putting together one of the most envious film catalogs in Hollywood history.

With the latest action-packed reel from Stallone, we though it’d be interesting to rank his 20 greatest movies of all time, curating quick-hit content from the film’s Wikipedia page.


20. The Lords of Flatbush

Release Date: May 1, 1974
Directed By: Martin Davidson and Stephen Verona
Box Office: $4 million (rentals)
Stars: Stallone, Perry King, and Henry Winkler
Storyline: Set in 1958, the coming of age story follows four Brooklyn teenagers known as The Lords of Flatbush. The Lords chase girls, steal cars, shoot pool and hang out at a local malt shop.
The Lords of Flatbush (Wikipedia)


19. Over the Top

Release Date: February 13, 1987
Directed By: Menahem Golan
Box Office: $16 million (US)
Stars: Stallone and Robert Loggia
Storyline: The main character, played by Stallone, is a long-haul truck driver who tries to win back his alienated son while becoming a champion arm wrestler.
Over the Top (Wikipedia)


18. Death Race 2000

Release Date: April 27, 1975
Directed By: Paul Bartel
Box Office: $5-8 million US/Can
Stars: Stallone, David Carradine, and Simone Griffeth
Storyline: The film takes place in a dystopian American society in the year 2000, where, under martial law by a totalitarian regime, the murderous Transcontinental Road Race has become a form of national entertainment.
Death Race 2000 (Wikipedia)


17. Cliffhanger

Release Date: May 28, 1993
Directed By: Renny Harlin
Box Office: $255 million
Stars: Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker and Janine Turner
Storyline: Based on a concept by climber John Long, the film follows Gabe (played by Stallone), a mountain climber who becomes embroiled in the failed heist of a U.S. Treasury plane flying through the Rocky Mountains.
Cliffhanger (Wikipedia)


16. Tango & Cash

Release Date: December 22, 1989
Directed By: Andrei Konchalovsky
Box Office: $63.4 million
Stars: Stallone, Kurt Russell, Jack Palance, and Teri Hatcher
Storyline: Stallone and Russell star as Raymond Tango and Gabriel Cash respectively, two rival LAPD narcotics detectives, who are forced to work together after the criminal mastermind Yves Perret (Palance) frames both of them for murder.
Tango & Cash (Wikipedia)


15. Nighthawks

Release Date: April 10, 1981
Directed By: Bruce Malmuth
Box Office: $19.9 million
Stars: Stallone, Billy Dee Williams, Lindsay Wagner, Persis Khambatta, Nigel Davenport and Rutger Hauer
Storyline: The story was originally planned as The French Connection III but when star Gene Hackman (Popeye Doyle) opted out, the idea was scrapped; Universal acquired the rights to the storyline, which was reworked into Nighthawks. It pits Stallone (a NYC cop) against a slick international terrorist played by Hauer.
Nighthawks (Wikipedia)


14. Demolition Man

Release Date: October 8, 1993
Directed By: Marco Brambilla
Box Office: $159.1 million
Stars: Stallone, Wesley Snipes, and Sandra Bullock
Storyline: It tells the story of two men: an evil crime lord (Snipes) and a risk-taking police officer (Stallone). Cryogenically frozen in 1996, they are reanimated in 2032 to find mainstream society changed and all crime seemingly eliminated. Some aspects of the film allude to Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel, Brave New World.
Demolition Man (Wikipedia)


13. Cop Land

Release Date: August 15, 1997
Directed By: James Mangold
Box Office: $63.7 million
Stars: Stallone, Harvey Keitel, Ray Liotta, and Robert De Niro
Storyline: The story follows a sheriff (Stallone) in a small New Jersey town inhabited and dominated by corrupt New York City cops. Their corruption grows until he can no longer allow himself to stand by and do nothing.
Cop Land (Wikipedia)


12. Rambo III

Release Date: May 25, 1988
Directed By: Peter MacDonald
Box Office: $189 million
Stars: Stallone, Richard Crenna
Storyline: The film depicts fictional events during the Soviet–Afghan War. In the film, Rambo (Stallone) sets out on a dangerous journey to Afghanistan in order to rescue his former military commander and his longtime best friend Col. Trautman (played by Crenna) from the hands of an extremely powerful and ruthless Soviet Army colonel who is bent on killing both Trautman and Rambo, and to conquer Afghanistan for the Soviet armed forces.
Rambo III (Wikipedia)


11. Cobra

Release Date: May 23, 1986
Directed By: George P. Cosmatos
Box Office: $160 million
Stars: Stallone, Reni Santoni, and Brigitte Nielsen
Storyline: An armed gunman causes a hostage situation at a Los Angeles supermarket. When negotiations between him and law enforcement fail, the LAPD summons Lieutenant Marion Cobretti (Stallone), a member of the agency’s elite division known as the “Zombie Squad”. Cobretti, known by the codename “Cobra”, infiltrates the store, locates, and negotiates with him.
Cobra (Wikipedia)


10. Expendables II

Release Date: August 13, 2012
Directed By: Simon West
Box Office: $315 million
Stars: Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger
Storyline: The story follows the mercenary group known as “the Expendables” as they undertake a seemingly simple mission which evolves into a quest for revenge against rival mercenary Jean Vilain, who murdered one of their own and threatens the world with a deadly weapon. It is the second installment in The Expendables film series.
Expendables 2 (Wikipedia)


9. Rocky II

Release Date: June 15, 1979
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone
Box Office: $200.1 million
Stars: Stallone, Carl Weathers, Tony Burton, Burgess Meredith, Burt Young and Talia Shire
Storyline: Rocky and Apollo Creed go at it again in a rematch once again set in Philadelphia. The match goes the distance with Rocky winning in the final round, and then giving an impassioned speech to the crowd while holding the belt over his head with a message for his wife, who is watching the fight on TV: “Yo, Adrian, I did it!”
Rocky II (Wikipedia)


8. Rambo

Release Date: January 25, 2008
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone
Box Office: $113.2 million
Stars: Stallone, Julie Benz, and Paul Schulze
Storyline: It is the fourth installment in the Rambo franchise. The film is first without Richard Crenna, who played Colonel Sam Trautman in the previous films, and who died of heart failure in 2003. In the film, Rambo leads a group of mercenaries into Burma to rescue Christian missionaries who were kidnapped by a local infantry unit.
Rambo (Wikipedia)


7. Rocky Balboa

Release Date: December 20, 2006
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone
Box Office: $155 million
Stars: Stallone, Burt Young, and Antonio Tarver
Storyline: The film, which features Stallone as underdog boxer Balboa, is the sixth installment in the Rocky series that began with the Academy Award-winning Rocky thirty years earlier in 1976. The film portrays an aging Balboa in retirement, a widower living in Philadelphia, and the owner and operator of a local Italian restaurant called “Adrian’s,” named after his late wife.
Rocky Balboa (Wikipedia)


6. Rocky IV

Release Date: November 27, 1985
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone
Box Office: $300.4 million
Stars: Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Burt Young, Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, Tony Burton, Brigitte Nielsen and Michael Pataki
Storyline: Rocky IV was the fourth and most financially successful entry in the Rocky film series. In the film, the Soviet Union and its top boxer make an entrance into professional boxing with their best athlete Ivan Drago, who initially wants to take on World champion Rocky Balboa. Rocky’s best friend Apollo Creed decides to fight him instead but is fatally beaten in the ring. Enraged, Rocky decides to fight Drago in the Soviet Union to avenge the death of his friend and defend the honor of his country.
Rocky IV (Wikipedia)


5. Rocky III

Release Date: May 28, 1982
Directed By: Sylvester Stallone
Box Office: $270 million
Stars: Stallone, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Tony Burton, Hulk Hogan, and Mr. T
Storyline: It is the third installment in the Rocky film series and marks the film debuts of Mr. T as James “Clubber” Lang, and of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan as the supporting character “Thunderlips.” The film’s main theme, “Eye of the Tiger”, was written by the group Survivor and became a smash hit single, topping the U.S. Billboard charts and receiving an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song.
Rocky III (Wikipedia)


4. Creed

Release Date: November 19, 2015
Directed By: Ryan Coogler
Box Office: $173.6 million
Stars: Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, and Anthony Bellew
Storyline: The seventh installment of the series and sequel to 2006’s Rocky Balboa, the film received acclaim from critics, who called it the best Rocky film in many years. For his performance, Stallone was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, his first Oscar nomination since the original film.
Creed (Wikipedia)


3. Creed II

Release Date: November 14, 2018
Directed By: Steven Caple Jr.
Box Office: $214.1 million
Stars: Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Wood Harris, and Dolph Lundgren
Storyline: A sequel to Creed (2015) and the eighth installment in the Rocky film series, the film follows a fight over 33 years in the making, as Adonis Creed meets a new adversary in the ring: Viktor Drago, son of Ivan Drago, the powerful athlete who killed Adonis’ father Apollo Creed.
Creed II (Wikipedia)


2. First Blood

Release Date: October 22, 1982
Directed By: Ted Kotcheff
Box Office: $125.2 million
Stars: Stallone, Richard Crenna, and Brian Dennehy
Storyline: The first installment in the Rambo franchise, the film features Rambo, a troubled and misunderstood Vietnam veteran, who must rely on his combat and survival senses against the abusive law enforcement of the small town of Hope, Washington.
First Blood (Wikipedia)


1. Rocky

Release Date: November 21, 1976
Directed By: John G. Avildsen
Box Office: $225 million
Stars: Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, and Burgess Meredith
Storyline: It tells the rags to riches American Dream story of Rocky Balboa, an uneducated, but kind-hearted working class Italian-American boxer, working as a debt collector for a loan shark in the slums of Philadelphia. Rocky, a small-time club fighter, gets a shot at the world heavyweight championship. The film, made on a budget of just over $1 million, was the sleeper hit of 1976, and became the first of eight (8) installments of the Rocky franchise.
Rocky (Wikipedia)


Rambo Films: First Blood (2), Rambo III (12), Rambo (8)
Rocky Films: Rocky (1), Rocky II (9), Rocky III (5), Rocky IV (6), Rocky Balboa (7), Creed (4), Creed II (3)


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