Top 5 Sylvester Stallone Movies – Happy 65th Birthday Sly
Sylvester Stallone, The man who brought us dynamic characters like John Rambo, Rocky Balboa, and Marion Cobretti, has just reached the age at which most consider you a senior citizen. In honor of the old boy's 65th birthday; let's take a look back at his most terribilarious movies .
Just when most had counted old Sly out, he came back and proved he still knows how to make a kick ass action movie. The surprise hit featured all kinds of actors built for action flicks; from the newer Jason Statham and Terry Crews, to old schoolers like Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke. Stallone even got buddies Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger to show up for cameo roles. The funniest thing about this one is that it was actually a really good movie.
Rambo: First Blood Part II
I struggled with the decision to put this one or 'Rambo' (part 4) on the list. On one hand you have 'First Blood Part II', a movie that is so awful and unbelievable that it actually becomes awesome. On the other you have 'Rambo' a more serious (but still ridiculous) installment with an older Stallone cutting people to pieces with machine guns. I went with Part 2 because I grew up with it and had Rambo action figures, the scene where he blows that guy up with an arrow didn't hurt either (see the attached video). Only Rambo could go to Vietnam and somehow still end up fighting the Russians, I miss the 80's.
Over the Top
One of the greatest premises of all time: a semi truck driver arm wrestles for custody of his son. Mix in a road trip, backwards hats, weight training while driving, and a Kenny Loggins fueled montage and you have 'Over the Top'. I wish I could've been a fly on the wall at that pitch meeting. Also, Stallone's character is named Lincoln Hawk...nuff said.
This movie is so bad ass it didn't even need a plot. Stallone might've wrote this one on the crapper in 15 minutes, but it still turned out to be one of the ultimate 80's action movies. By the time I was 7, I had already watched this at least 8 times. Stallone plays Marion "Cobra" Cobretti who talks trash, kills bad guys, and cuts his pizza slices with scissors (WTF?). For some reason there is a cult of about 40 serial killers in town and Cobra takes them down...believe it or not this was based on a novel.
I had a real hard time picking just one 'Rocky' for this, but it had to be done or 3 of the 5 movies on the list would've been 'Rocky' films. While this one and part 4 are tied for my favorite, this one wins out because it features both Mr. T and Hulk Hogan. I also enjoyed the fact that Mick and Apollo Creed both train Balboa in this installment. Plus it features one of the cheesiest but most memorable endings of all times. Come on, no one goes still frame to oil painting for the final shot, no one but Stallone (who wrote, directed, and starred in this boxing epic).