25 Best Sylvester Stallone Movies Ranked and Where To Watch Them

Sylvester Stallone found himself in the film-making business after a rough life of poverty and failures. But with some steadfast film-quality perseverance and passion, Stallone was able to punch through all of his obstacles to reach the pinnacle of action hero stardom.

He is among the most incredible action movie stars of all time, as seen in the 25 best Sylvester Stallone movies below. Though some of his films don’t hold up quite well in the 21st century, they sometimes set the benchmark for action, violence, underdogs, and even poignancy.

Here are the 25 best Sylvester Stallone movies ranked and where to watch them.

1. Creed (2015)

Creed, Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.
  • Where to Watch: HBO Max

This is how you make a soft reboot of a long-running franchise. Creed takes the unbelievably talented Michael B. Jordan and pairs him with a father figure in Sylvester Stallone, who trains him to be the next boxing champion.

Their relationship is unmatched; Stallone is at the top of his acting game, all while having a budget that gives this movie the visual punch it deserves as an instant modern classic.

2. First Blood (1982)

First Blood Sylvester Stallone
Image Credit: Artisan Entertainment (Home Video).
  • Where to Watch: HBO Max

The original Rambo is unlike anything else that the series spawned. It tells the story of a traumatized war veteran who ends up in a small town where he is ambushed and has to fight for his life. This is dark, disturbing, and downright bloody from start to finish, this is what Rambo fans should have seen more of.

3. Rocky (1976)

Image Credit: MGM.
  • Where to Watch: Netflix

This is where it all began. The music, the scenery, and the acting are all top-notch in this story of a small-time boxer who wishes to train and work his way up to stardom. The relationships are fantastic, the drama is excellent, and it holds up quite well today.

4. Rocky Balboa (2006)

Rocky Balboa, Sylvester Stallone
Image Credit: MGM Distribution Co.
  • Where to Watch: Prime Video

You rarely see a soft reboot and sequel that is somehow able to capture the magic of the original while offering its unique perspective. Such is the case with an old Rocky mourning his wife and deciding to enter the ring one last time, only to find himself swept up in a bout against the current greatest boxer in the world.

5. Rocky II (1979)

Rocky II, Sylvester Stallone, Butkus Stallone
Image Credit: United Artists.

This is how you make a dramatic sports sequel. Upping the antics and giving even more for Sylvester Stallone to work with as the titular Rocky, this is a much more personal story of revenge and becoming even better so he can take down Apollo Creed once and for all.

6. Creed II (2018)

Creed II, Sylvester Stallone
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures.
  • Where to Watch: HBO Max

Creed II does what any boxing superstar sequel should: up the stakes while adding some personal grudges. Once again, Stallone and Michael B. Jordan are stellar together, impressively tying this entire franchise from start to finish.

7. Antz (1998)

Antz, Woody Allen, Sylvester Stallone
Image Credit: Dreamworks SKG.
  • Where to Watch: Peacock

Antz is a rare occasion for Sylvester Stallone, seeing him lend his voice talents alone to the silver screen. Though the animation doesn’t quite hold up too well in the 21st century, the cast and acting do, alongside this classic family-friendly story of an everyday ant trying to save his colony.

8. The Expendables 2 (2012)

The Expendables 2, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Randy Couture
Image Credit: Lionsgate.
  • Where to Watch: Hulu

Though only marginally improved upon the original, this sequel brings back its all-star cast for another round. After a teammate is murdered, this superstar lineup goes on a bombastic and unmatched revenge tour that you certainly don’t want to be on the receiving end of.

9. Rocky III (1982)

Rocky III, Sylvester Stallone
Image Credit: MGM/UA Entertainment Co.
  • Where to Watch: Netflix, Prime Video

This third film in the series finds itself in an intriguing position. While not quite as impressive as the first two movies but not nearly as awful as the ones that came after, it has an interesting and entertaining middle position. Its premise is bland, but its action and classic retreading of familiar ground are welcome.

10. The Expendables (2010)

The Expendables, Sylvester Stallone
Image Credit: Lionsgate.
  • Where to Watch: Hulu

Gather together the greatest action movie stars of all time and put them under the lead of Sylvester Stallone, and you have this one-of-a-kind movie. Though it doesn’t use its impressive cast to the fullest, the action is extraordinary.

11. Demolition Man (1993)

Demolition Man, Sylvester Stallone
Image Credit: Warner Bros.
  • Where to Watch: HBO Max

With an all-star 1990s trio of Stallone, Wesley Snipes, and Sandra Bullock, you already know you’re in for a treat. Couple that with the dystopian future Los Angeles setting, and you have one of the most underrated sci-fi flicks that is a must-watch for action thriller fans.

12. Death Race 2000 (1975)

Death Race 2000, Sylvester Stallone
Image Credit: New World Pictures.
  • Where to Watch: Apple TV

Far from how the actual United States looked in 2000, this dystopian alternate-history film looks at the titular Death Race, where cars race across the country, gaining points for running over innocents and causing mayhem. It is utterly ridiculous, vastly over-the-top, and possibly needs a reboot.

13. Cop Land (1997)

Cop Land, Sylvester Stallone
Image Credit: Miramax Film Corp.
  • Where to Watch: HBO Max

This buddy cop movie starring Stallone and Robert De Niro together is electrifying, mainly due to the two leads in this crime drama. The two go against all odds to find the truth behind an incident that was covered up and bring the perpetrator to justice.

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

F.I.S.T., Sylvester Stallone
Image Credit: United Artists.
  • Where to Watch: There is no way to stream this movie currently legally.

For a more poignant movie that has some thrills here and there but a lot to say about the culture at the time, this drama sees Stallone as a rebellious and eventually fired warehouse worker who leads a union only to get thrust into the middle of some less-than-ideal connections.

15. Rocky IV (1985)

Rocky IV, Sylvester Stallone, Tony Burton, Burt Young
Image Credit: MGM/UA Entertainment Co.
  • Where to Watch: Netflix, Prime Video

Ignoring the disturbing premise of this movie, this film takes the drama and action to unbelievable new heights. Though it isn’t constantly conceivable or understandable, there’s no denying this led to some of the most iconic scenes in this series' history.

16. Nighthawks (1981)

Nighthawks, Sylvester Stallone
Image Credit: Universal Pictures.
  • Where to Watch: Vudu, Prime Video, Apple TV

One of the more underrated Stallone classics, this movie paved the way for many of the violent thrillers that would come after. Stallone thrills as a hero once again, starring as a lowly cop aiming to take down a terrorist.

17. The Lords of Flatbush (1974)

The Lords of Flatbush, Sylvester Stallone, Renee Paris
Image Credit: Columbia Pictures.
  • Where to Watch: Prime Video

Long before he would be the boxing champion and war veteran everyone knows him by, this underrated flick stars Stallone as a gang member who wants love. This more comedic take makes for a fascinating look at one of his earliest credits.

18. Cliffhanger (1993)

Cliffhanger, Sylvester Stallone
Image Credit: TriStar Pictures.
  • Where to Watch: Netflix

Without a doubt, this is a Rambo movie or any other Stallone action thriller in anything but name. The barebones premise at least leads to some smart and entertaining action sequences that show off Stallone’s skills.

19. Victory (1981)

Victory, Sylvester Stallone
Image Credit: Warner Brothers Pictures.
  • Where to Watch: Vudu, Prime Video, Apple TV

This is one of the strangest movies for Stallone, combining the thrilling action of his other films, breaking out of prison, and soccer all at once. It leads to an entertaining and odd film that holds up decently well.

20. Escape Plan (2013)

Escape Plan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone
Image Credit: Summit Entertainment, LLC.
  • Where to Watch: Vudu, Prime Video, Apple TV

If you want a primarily dumb action flick to get you through a date night, this is the one to watch. Seeing Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up is a real treat, but their story of breaking out of prison is primarily predictable.

21. Rambo (2008)

Rambo, Sylvester Stallone
Image Credit: Lionsgate / The Weinstein Company.
  • Where to Watch: Peacock

This soft reboot, but still very much a sequel, has a bit more subtlety and intrigue, but not enough to differentiate it from many of the other movies. This is a standard tale of Rambo rescuing someone in need while murdering countless in the process.

22. Rambo: Last Blood (2019)

Rambo: Last Blood, Sylvester Stallone
Image Credit: Lionsgate.
  • Where to Watch: Hulu

This finale for Rambo sees him trek across the border to fight a Mexican cartel to rescue the granddaughter of a woman he cares about. While it has much more structure and striking visual qualities, Last Blood still suffers from many other violent issues from this series.

23. Rambo III (1988)

Rambo III, Sylvester Stallone
Image Credit: Lionsgate.
  • Where to Watch: HBO Max

There is some decent action to be found in this third entry in the classic violent thriller series, but it isn’t relatively as high or low as the others. But it has a bit more structure than at least one of the movies that came before it.

24. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

Rambo: First Blood Part II, Sylvester Stallone
Image Credit: Tri-Star Pictures.
  • Where to Watch: HBO Max

The other half of Stallone’s decorated action career is another franchise with unbelievable highs and lows. See Rambo: First Blood Part II, which is far from the dark, twisted, and engrossing take on PTSD that the original was. Though this is the Rambo that many fans remember, tearing through the jungle for revenge, it is as mindless as it gets.

25. Rocky V (1990)

Rocky V, Sylvester Stallone, Tommy Morrison
Image Credit: United Artists.
  • Where to Watch: Netflix, Prime Video

It’s wild to see a list where the very peak of this actor’s career is in the same franchise as the one near the bottom pit of his films. But such is the case with Rocky V, the much-maligned fifth entry in the boxing series that many would like to forget about.

To its credit, it attempts to give Balboa some intriguing developments as a retired boxer now down in the dumps after spending all his money. That said, it falls apart in its various sub-plots that are either far too predictable or not developed thoroughly enough.

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