Exploring: Sylvester Stallone: 45 Years After Rocky

Wow. It’s hard to believe it’s been 45 years since a struggling, unknown actor out of New York City shocked the world on November 21, 1976, with a “sleeper hit” made for $960,000 that would go on to make $225 million in box office receipts — the highest grossing film of 1976 that received ten Academy Award nominations, winning three, including Best Picture.

Sly’s entertained us with a lot of films over those 45 years, since . . . and back in August of 2019, we watched them all. Well, most of them . . . along with a few you’ve never heard of, but you’ll probably take a plunge and watch them now.

Sly, through the celluloid ups and the downs through those sprockets, we’ll always love you, brother. Thanks for the flicks.


The Party at Kitty and Studs, aka The Italian Stallion (1970)
The Lords of Flatbush (1974)
Capone (1975)
Death Race 2000 (1975)
Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
Rocky (1976)
F.I.S.T (1978)*
Paradise Alley (1978)*
Rocky II (1979)
Nighthawks (1981)
Victory (1981)
First Blood (1982)
Staying Alive (1983)
Rhinestone (1984)
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Rocky IV (1985)
Cobra (1986)*
Over the Top (1987)
Rambo III (1988)
Lock Up (1989)
Tango and Cash (1989)
Rocky V (1990)
Cliffhanger (1993)
Demolition Man (1993)
The Specialist (1994)
Assassins (1995)
Cop Land (1997)*
The Good Life (1997)
Driven (2001)
Avenging Angelo (2002)*
D-Tox, aka Eye See You (2002)*
Shade (2003)
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Rambo (2008)
The Expendables (2010)
The Expendables 2 (2012)
Escape Plan (2013)
Grudge Match (2013)
Reach Me (2014)
Creed (2015)
Backtrace (2018)
Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018)
Escape Plan: The Extractors (2019)
Rambo: Last Blood (2019)

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You can spend more time with Sly on his extensive Wikipedia page, his official website, Facebook and Twitter pages, and show your fandom at this official online store.

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About the Author: You can learn more about the writings of R.D Francis on Facebook. He also writes for B&S About Movies. (* Individual reviews by R.D Francis.)

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