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Top 10 Best Sylvester Stallone Movies Of All Time Ranked

Sylvester Stallone is one of the hardest-working stars in Hollywood. He doesn’t just act; he writes, he directs, he produces – he does it all.  But what are his best movies? And although his ‘80s action movies aren’t all timeless classics, he does take a lot of pride in his work. Remember this is the man behind Rocky Balboa and John Rambo – two of cinema’s most recognizable icons – and he became the third person in Oscar history to be nominated for both writing and acting in a movie after Charlie Chaplin and Orson Welles. Stallone is an incredible talent, but the critics don’t always agree.

1. First Blood (1982 )


Top 10 Best Sylvester Stallone Movies Of All Time Ranked

It's a classic film because Rambo represents everyone who's been shitted on by someone "higher up" than him. He represents the little guy just like Rocky did. Stallone liked to do those types of films of the little guy overcoming impossible odds because he grew up with a speech impediment and likely felt the sting of being downcast and downtrodden by greater society.

Rambo is the epitome of the little guy- just minding his own business, not really doing anything wrong, yet offensive by his mere presence. And then he basically just takes on the entire town/county of a region of one state and wins. Killing cops (representative of all those who are oppressive in society) left and right. Which really really excites anyone who has ever been kicked around by power hungry/hierarchical-minded people. That's what makes the film so great.

Also Rambo is a very low key and humble guy. He's not a braggart, he's not at all cocky, he's not at all initially aggressive or pushy. He's just a regular Joe trying to go about his life who happens to have a particular set of skills that makes him able to dismantle and bring great pain upon anyone threatening him - Jay Lee.

2. Rocky (1976)


Rocky (1976)

Sylvester Stallone, as the world knows, is an inspiration, to all young boxers and fitness freaks.. The 'Rocky' series, as a whole, is shown as a fighter's story, and not just a boxer.. The man's (Stallone in the lead role) fightful journey, in the boxing ring and outside, right from the stage of his life where he is shown to be utmost loser and worth of nothing, to the level of beating star opponents, to his best, giving all he has, one by one, with the pain and revenge that he is shown to have within, at those stages after losing a boxing mate for life in a fight, and the friend of his life at another stage of life.. The series is directed to its best to spread motivation and to show a determined boxer's mindset and determination.. Rocky rocks !!

3. The Specialist (1994)


The Specialist

One of my favorite Stallone movies, love how the explosives work and good music all through by the late john Barry who was responsible for most of the James bond movies. I enjoyed watching this movie over and over.

4. Bullet to the Head (2012)


Bullet to the Head (2012)

Jimmy Bobo, an assassin, and detective Taylor Kwon join forces to take revenge on Robert Nkomo Morel, the person responsible for killing their respective partners.

5. Assassins (1995)


Assassins (1995)

Professional hitman Robert Rath is on the hit list himself. While Bain, another assassin, is out to get him, Rath teams up with hacker Electra to beat Bain at his own game.

6. Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018)


Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018)

Ray Breslin manages an elite team of security specialists trained in the art of breaking people out of the world's most impenetrable prisons. When his trusted operative, Shu Ren, is kidnapped and disappears inside the most elaborate prison ever built, Ray assembles an elite team to assist in the rescue.

7. Rambo (2008)


Rambo (2008)

Rambo enables a missionary and her comrades to enter Burma. Two weeks later, he gets a call requesting help as the missionaries have been held hostage by Burmese soldiers. He sets out to save them.

A great movie with a good plot and lots of action. Rambo at his most deadly yet. Stallone does a great job balancing out the action and killing scenes with the realistic look into third world country poverty.

8. The Expendables (2010)


The Expendables (2010)

A group of mercenaries are tasked with a mission to overthrow a Latin American dictator. But they soon discover that he is a mere puppet controlled by a ruthless ex-CIA officer.

The only surprise about this movie was how much I actually enjoyed it. The plot was run of the mill, and the sub-plots were unnecessary and pointless except maybe to show that tough guys have feelings too. That being said, I like all the actors and it was nice to see some of them brought back from the action movie graveyard. Like I said, no surprises here, just mindless action movie goodness.

9. The Expendables 2 (2012)


The Expendables 2 (2012)

All hell breaks loose when Barney, along with his band of old-school mercenaries, sets out on a path of carnage after one of their comrades gets killed during a simple task assigned by Mr Church.

Brilliant movies, been saying for 30 years all these guys should make a movie together. Brilliantly done. All the critics who knock the expendables, lucky for you the world's still full of boy bands and movies of Tom Cruise loving himself for you to admire. I know talent when I see it and expendables is full of old time classic action talent. I know the younger generation wouldn't get it, so if you want to understand the full concept of these movies then watch the 1980s first blood, missing in action, and commando, or predators.

10. Rambo: Last Blood (2019)


Rambo: Last Blood (2019)

Vietnam War veteran John Rambo tries to find some semblance of peace by raising horses on a ranch in Arizona. He's also developed a special familial bond with a woman named Maria and her teenage granddaughter Gabriela. But when a vicious Mexican cartel kidnaps Gabriela, Rambo crosses the border on a bloody and personal quest to rescue her and punish those responsible.

I grew up watching Stallone, Arnie, Van Damme and the other 80s legends although I was born into the Fast And Furious generation. Even though I felt it was a bit too fast paced, ( probably because I wanted to see more of it) This movie non the less is perfect for the political climate of today. 

Brings back some of that old school justice that packs a punch. Besides all the awesome and extremely violent action that Gizmo would love, Rambo: Last Blood is the story of a man that has gone through enough, and even after having the only bit of "normal" life ripped from his grasp he still remains strong and true to his code. 

It also brings light to the horrible things evil people do in this world today, Unfortunately for them, it was John Rambo they crossed. It's a must watch for anyone sick off today's politics, that just want to see good guys obliterate bad guys with righteous fury! Definitely sits beside Logan on my shelf.


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