The Best of Sly Stallone

Top 10 Films looks back at the career of Sylvester Stallone, highlighting some of his finer moments. His latest film Collection is released this month…

Sylvester Stallone has made his name in cinema as the ultimate action hero, taking the lead in blockbusters including The Expendables, Rocky and Rambo. This year, he heads up one of the greatest casts ever assembled as COLLECTION bursts onto DVD on 9th February 2015 and digital platforms from 2nd February 2015 courtesy of Signature Entertainment. To celebrate the release, we take a look back at some of his greatest roles over the decades…

Rocky (1976)

Rocky, Top 10 Films, Philadelphia, Rocky Steps, Considered by many one of the greatest films of all time, Stallone penned this drama and stars in the titular role as Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer who stumbles into a once-in-a-lifetime chance to fight heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) – Creed’s managers assume the match will be an easy win (and great publicity) for Creed, but Rocky has other ideas, gearing up for a match that could potentially be his only shot at the big time…

First Blood (1982)

Rambo, First Blood, Sylvester Stallone,The first in a series of films based on the novel by David Morell, First Blood sees Stallone take his first outing as former United States Special Forces soldier Rambo. A recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honour, he is still traumatised by his time in Vietnam. While visiting a friend in Washington, he is insulted by Sheriff William Teasel (Brian Dennehy), goading him until he is arrested and suffers harassment from the sheriffs- triggering memories of his torture in Vietnam. Escaping, his mind regresses back to his days in the war, and he begins a rampage through the forest to escape from the sheriffs determined to kill him…

Cobra (1986)

Cobra, Sylvester Stallone, Top 10 Films, This fast-paced, brutal and action-packed drama sees Stallone play renegade cop Lt. Marian Cobretti, who is tasked with tracking down a ruthless cult of serial killers, led by the self-proclaimed ‘Night Slasher’ (Brian Thompson). When model Ingrid (Brigitte Nielsen) witnesses one of their murders, she immediately finds herself in grave danger- and is placed under the protection of Cobretti and his partner Sergeant Gonzalez (Reni Santoni), as they make a last ditch attempt to track down the killers and bring them to justice once and for all…

Cliffhanger (1993)

Cliffhanger, Sylvester Stallone, Top 10 Films, This brilliantly tense thriller uses the stunning setting of the inhospitable Rockies, and showcases the talents that originally made Stallone a superstar. He plays Gabe, a once-successful rescue climber who has since left his job after losing his friend in a traumatic accident. A year later, Gabe is asked to go back to the very same mountain range to assist with the rescue of a group of stranded mountaineers… unbeknownst to him however, the stranded group are in fact thieves searching for their heist, and willing to do anything to recover it…

Judge Dredd (1995)

Set in a hyper-violent dystopian future, this sci-fi favourite stars Stallone as Judge Joseph Dredd, a Judge with all three judiciary powers -police, jury and executioner. When he is convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, he sets out to find out who is really responsible- and discovers that corrupt Judge Rico (Armand Assante) is behind it. With help from his colleague Judge Hershey (Diane Lane) and computer hacker Fergie (Rob Schneider), Judge Dredd sets out to bring Rico to justice, and put a stop to his destructive plans…

Antz (1998)

Antz, Woody Allen, Film, Dreamworks,This Dreamworks animation risked being overshadowed by the ensuing feud with Disney (due to similarities between it and Pixar’s A Bug’s Life) – however, the film more than stands up to scrutiny, offering a sharp, wickedly funny and markedly grown up tone to the latter. With a voice cast that included Stallone along with Woody Allen, Dan Aykroyd, Sharon Stone and Anne Bancroft, Antz tells the story of Z (Allen), a deeply neurotic ant desperately trying to break free of his authoritarian society and escape to Insectopia, all while trying to win the affection of Princess Bala (Stone), who he’s fallen in love with following a chance meeting.

Rambo (2008)

Taking place several years after the first Rambo instalment, First Blood, this action thriller sees John Rambo (Stallone) enjoying the quiet life in a rural Thai village near the Burmese border, capturing snakes for local entertainers, and transporting passengers in his boat. After assisting a group of Christian aid workers into Burma, their humanitarian mission takes a drastic turn when the village is attacked and the missionaries are kidnapped. Once again, Rambo is asked to assist in transporting passengers – but this time it’s a group of mercenaries sent on a rescue mission… one which he chooses to join.

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    Dan Grant Reply

    Stallone is one of the greatest entertainers of all time imo. He has two of the most iconic film characters of all time. He has entertained me for years and I enjoy much of his work today and love his work from decades ago. One film not mentioned here that could have been just for a change of pace is Homefront….which he wrote and Jason Statham starred in. It’s a brilliantly written and acted film by all involved. Stallone was going to star in this film years ago but it got shelved. I’m glad he never got a chance to be in it because Statham nails the character but much of the success has to be attributed to Stallone’s brilliant touch.

    Great article!!

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