Boxing movies are like apple pies and martinis: they’re all made from a simple formula – yet you always remember who made the best one. Written by and starring Sylvester Stallone, Rocky took only about a month and a million dollars to produce. With the release of Creed in 2015, it may be the longest running film franchise after James Bond – but 40 years later, will it last 15 rounds against the competition for a VFA?

Director: John G. Avildsen

Screenplay by: Sylvester Stallone

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith

Major nominations on original release : Academy Award® for Best Picture (won), Director (won), Actor Stallone, Actress Shire, Supporting Actor Young

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