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Sylvester Stallone's Highest Rated and Highest Grossing Movies of All-Time

Updated on September 1, 2012
Stallone at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con
Stallone at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con | Source

With Sylvester Stallone's new movie, The Expendables 2, coming out this Friday we will take a look at his highest rated movies as well as his highest grossing movies of all time. Stallone is one of the most well known action stars of the past 30+ years, but is most known for his role as Rocky Balboa in the 1976 movie Rocky. The Rocky series has spawned 5 sequels, the most recent one in 2006, and are known for outstanding boxing scenes as well as their inspirational messages. If the song "Eye of the Tiger" comes on most people will automatically think of Rocky running up those steps in Philadelphia. Stallone has starred as John Rambo four times in the Rambo series, with two of the films making it into his top 10 highest grossing films ever.

Sylvester Stallone was born July 6th 1946 in New York. Since then he has starred in 51 different movies amassing $2.6 billion at the world wide box office. Out of those 51, he has written or been credited with writing 21 of them and has directed 8, such as Rocky 2, 3, 4, and 5, and the most recent Rambo movie.

Below is the list of Stallone's highest rated movies of all time. The first and second columns show the movies name and its Rotten Tomatoes score and the third and fourth columns show the movies name and its Metacritic user score.

Stallone's Highest Rated Movies

Movie Title
Rotten Tomatoes Score
Movie Title
Metacritic User Score
Lovers and Other Strangers (1970)
Rambo (2008)
Antz (1998)
Rocky Balboa (2006)
Rocky (1976)
Rambo: First Blood (1982)
Bananas (1971)
Tied - Cyberworld (2000), Lockup (1989)
Rambo: First Blood (1982)
Tied - Antz (1998), Cop Land (1997)
Death Race: 2000 (1975)
Demolition Man (1993)
Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
Rocky V (1990)
Cliffhanger (1993)
Cliffhanger (1993)
Rocky Balboa (2006)
The Expendables (2010)
Tied - Rocky 2 (1979), Nighthawks (1981), Cop Land (1997)
Driven (2001)
Source: Rotten Tomatoes & Metacritic

As you can see, Stallone's reviews vary depending which critic you ask. The professional critic seems to lean more towards Stallone's earlier work, while the general audience seem to enjoy his more recent movies, with three of them on the list. For me the first Rocky movie will always be his best, although I did really enjoy Rambo and The Expendables.

Below is Stallone's highest grossing movies, showing the domestic and world wide grosses of his top 10 movies.

Stallone's Highest Grossing Movies

Movie Title
Domestic Gross
World Wide Gross
Rocky IV (1985)
$127.9 M
$300.5 M
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
$150.4 M
$300.4 M
The Expendables (2010)
$103.1 M
$274.5 M
Cliffhanger (1993)
$84 M
$225 M
Spy Kids 3D: Game Over (2003)
$111.8 M
$197 M
Rambo III (1988)
$53.7 M
$189 M
Antz (1998)
$90.8 M
$171.8 M
The Specialist (1994)
$57.4 M
$170.4 M
Zookeeper (2011)
$80.4 M
$169.9 M
Daylight (1996)
$33 M
$159.2 M
Source: Box Office Mojo

Rocky IV, when Rocky had to take on Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), takes home the crown here as Stallone's highest grossing movie of all time. The fight at the end versus Drago is quite memorable, and many times is considered the best fight in any of the Rocky movies. With The Expendables 2 ready for release in a few days we may soon see a new highest grossing movie for Stallone.

The Expendables 2 was released on August 17th 2012. Look for two more movies starring Stallone, The Tomb and Bullet to the Head, coming in 2013.

What is your favorite Sylvester Stallone movie? Sound off below!


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