Sylvester Stallone is one of the best action actors of all time. His movies about boxing, fighting terrorists, and street criminals will always be remembered. Stallone has also directed and wrote many of the movies he acted in as well. With his dedication for realism on the set, Stallone has also suffered many injuries while filming, which even include a broken neck.
Let’s just say “Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot” didn’t make this list.
10. Judge Dredd (1995)
Based on the comic book, Stallone plays a future judge that “is the law.” Framed for a crime by his own brother, he must then fight back his freedom and prove others wrong. An average movie with some classic one liners by Stallone. Along the way, Stallone learns that he can finally trust someone to get where he wants.
9. Escape Plan (2013)
An interesting Stallone movie where he is (yet again) set up by his own people. Ray Breslin is a professional jail breaker who wants to insure that prisoners stay there, but he may be in over his head when he finds out his newest prison escape is in the middle of the ocean. Arnold Schwarzenegger helps Stallone out in this one.
8. Lock Up (1988)
Another prison movie from Stallone. Stallone’s Character, Frank Leone has a history with the Warden and he’s going to make sure he does hard time before leaving. Leone makes some friends while he’s in jail, or so he thinks. Leone’s girlfriend, who’s on the outside also becomes a target, so it’s up to Frank to escape, expose the warden, and be the hero.
7. Cop Land (1997)
Stallone must have hated this, because he had to “beef up” and play a fat cop named Freddy Heflin. Tensions between the Hudson River collide over a murder cover-up as the New Jersey side sheriff, Heflin attempts to reveal the truth. Ray Liotta also helps try to unveil the killing that took place on the George Washington Bridge. The New York side features notable actors such Robert DeNiro and Harvey Keitel. A movie full of corruption and action, well worth a view.
6. Cliffhanger (1993)
Gabe Walker can’t get over the fact that he dropped a woman to her death in the opening scene. Eventually a group of thieves lose their suitcases full of money in the freezing cold mountains and hold people hostage. It’s up to Walker to save his friends and stop the thieves all while trying to survive.
5. Demolition Man (1993)
A futuristic movie that takes place in 2032. Detective John Spartan is awakened in Los Angeles to stop Simon Phoenix and his murderous run. Along the way, Spartan has to adapt to a future of too much governmental control and corruption. Stallone and Wesley Snipes make a pretty good rivalry in this action packed thriller.
4. Cobra (1986)
Marian Cobretti is a cop with an attitude and he doesn’t like to follow the rules, but he gets the job done. He is ordered to protect Brigitte Nielson (who was his wife in real life at he time) from a group of serial killers. Eventually Cobretti finds out the rat who is spreading the information is from within his own department.
3. F.I.S.T. (1978)
This is by far Stallone’s most underrated movie ever. The year is 1937 and Stallone plays a loading dock worker named Johnny Kovak who is getting upset with working conditions. Others begin to follow in his footsteps and a workers union is formed for better rights, wages, and conditions. The film shows the next 20 years of success, and some failure by the workers union. This is easily Stallone’s best overall pure acting job and debunks the claim that “Stallone can’t act.” Spoiler alert, this is one of the two movies where Stallone dies.
2. First Blood Series
Originally based on the book, Stallone is Rambo, a Vietnam War Veteran who suffers from PSD. Rambo struggles to get used to normal life. Without a doubt, the original Rambo (1982) was the best with John Rambo battling Washington State police. Even though Rambo has killed hundreds throughout the series, he only killed one person in the original movie while throwing a rock at a helicopter. Part two was still good with Rambo going back into Vietnam to help free American POW’s. Parts three and four were mostly all action packed, but still good. It’s unlikely there will be another Rambo movie, but like Rambo told us before, “Nothing is over!”
1. Rocky Series
“An unknown gets a shot at the title” said Heavyweight Champion Apollo Creed in 1976 and from there the Italian Stallian was born. Stallone has written and starred throughout the Rocky series. His dedication throughout this series makes Rocky Balboa easily one of the best iconic movie characters ever. So many memorable moments such as Rocky running up the steps in Philadelphia, the battle with Ivan Drago, and the famous 10 count with Apollo Creed in part two. And who could forget about his rivalry with Clubber Lang in part three? Even part five was good when he trained Tommy Morrison, a real life boxer. The characters are extremely memorable in this series.