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Every Movie Sylvester Stallone Has Directed, Ranked (According To IMDb)

Appearing in the new superhero action movie Samaritan at the age of 76, Sylvester Stallone has proven himself time and time again to be one of the most unstoppable talents in Hollywood history. Although he’s logged more than 80 acting credits since his screen debut in 1969, Stallone’s work as a writer and director often gets overlooked. After being nominated for an Oscar for writing Rocky in 1976, Stallone went on to become a credited screenwriter on over 20 other feature film scripts and has directed eight of them, to date.

What are considered to be the best Sylvester Stallone movies when it comes to directing? The scores for his directorial efforts on IMDb show that movie fans still have a lot of love for the iconic action star.

Staying Alive (1983) – 4.7
Available on Cinemax

The lowest-rated film Stallone directed in his career is Staying Alive, the sequel to the runaway disco hit, Saturday Night Fever. The film resumes the story of Tony Manero (John Travolta), now on a mission to prove himself on Broadway.
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Tony trades his disco dancing in Brooklyn for a teaching gig in Manhattan, as he tries to climb the ranks of the Broadway theatrical circuit. He polishes his image, and plays by the rules, yet still struggles to find his footing in an ultra-competitive profession as a theatrical dancer. Staying Alive remains a standout oddity in Stallone’s history as a director and is almost completely divorced from his public image, which has perhaps hampered any kind of cult following growing around the film.

Paradise Alley (1978) – 5.7
Available to rent or purchase on Amazon Prime Video

Following the massive success of Rocky in 1976, Stallone used his clout to write, direct, and star in Paradise Alley, a gritty drama about three Italian-American brothers struggling to make it in 1940s New York.
Stallone plays Cosmo Carboni in the film, the eldest of three siblings with different callings in life. Cosmo is a small-time hustler, Lenny works as an undertaker, and Victor sells ice on the streets for a living. As the three navigate the daily grind, Cosmo opens the underground Paradise Alley wrestling club, where he and Lenny train Victor to be the best fighter in Hell’s Kitchen. Though it was more in line with Stallone’s popular tough guy persona, Paradise Alley still maintains a reputation for being more of a vanity project as opposed to a legitimately well-made film like Rocky or Rambo.

The Expendables (2010) – 6.4
Available on Hulu

Stallone rounded up an all-time great action ensemble for The Expendables, a throwback action flick starring some of the biggest action movie icons of the 80s and 90s.
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Stallone stars as Barney Ross, a brusque Central Intelligence Agent who recruits a team of badass mercenaries to assassinate a South American monarch and a rogue CIA veteran. When plans go awry, an all-out royal rumble ensues. Though it doesn’t break any new ground, the film successfully won over action movie fans, spawning an ongoing franchise.

Rocky III (1982) – 6.8
Available on fuboTV

After Rocky won Best Picture and cemented itself as one of the best Hollywood movies of the 1970s, Stallone really took the reigns of the franchise by writing, directing, and starring in the next three sequels. In Rocky III, Stallone recruited popular wrestling stars, Hulk Hogan and Mr. T to give the title character some new opponents and he crafted another hit.
The story finds Rocky complacently living a life of superstardom when he suffers an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Clubber Lang (Mr. T). This forces Rocky to turn to his former foe, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), to train him, sowing the seeds of what the Rocky franchise would turn into over three decades later in the movie Creed.

Rocky IV (1985) – 6.8
Available on fuboTV

With such unforgettable quotes from Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) like “I must break you” and “If he dies, he dies”, Rocky IV has become a fan favorite entry in the long-running franchise.
Following the in-ring death of his best friend Apollo Creed, Rocky feels personally responsible for not throwing in the towel. To avenge Apollo’s death, Rocky comes out of retirement, trains in Russia, and fights the genetically-enhanced Soviet terror, Ivan Drago, on his home turf. The movie’s quintessential 80s optimism and sincere approach to Cold War tensions have helped it live on as a must-see chapter in the Rocky franchise.

Rambo (2008) – 7.0
Available on fuboTV and Netflix

Other than Rocky Balboa, Stallone is the most well-known for playing John Rambo, the Vietnam War vet who was introduced in First Blood in 1982. Stallone played the character thrice under someone else’s direction before helming a sequel on his own.
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Rambo finds the titular character in seclusion in Thailand, where he lives a stress-free life of leisure. But when Rambo agrees to escort two missionaries into war-torn Burma, he becomes embroiled in a violent military attack that calls for him to rescue kidnapped missionaries and restore order to the region. Though not well-received by critics, the film quickly developed a loyal fanbase for drawing attention to the humanitarian crisis that was occurring in Burma at that time.

Rocky Balboa (2006) – 7.1
Available on fuboTV

Prior to passing the torch to Adonis Creed in the Creed films, Stallone capped off his 30-year run as his lovable boxing champ in Rocky Balboa, a contemplative character piece that drew some of his highest praise as a writer, director, and actor.
Beat up and broken down, Rocky agrees to a 10-round exhibition bout with the brash Mason Dixon (Antonio Tarver), who is 30 years younger. Stallone uses his wily knowledge in the ring to overcome his physical limitations and prove once again who’s the King of the Ring.

Rocky II (1979) – 7.3
Available on fuboTV

The second film Stallone directed ranks as the highest in his career to date, as per IMDb. Rocky II gave fans of the original the highly-anticipated rematch between Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed after the latter won by a split decision in the first film.
Balboa’s toughest challenges are always outside of the ring, though, as he works to foster his romance with Adrian (Talia Shire) while taking a job in a meat-packing plant. When Apollo calls Rocky out for a rematch to prove his superiority, Rocky accepts the challenge and goes toe-to-toe with Creed until the final count of the 15-round bout. Rocky II was the film that proved that Stallone was neither a one-hit-wonder nor a one-trick pony, expanding on the drama and the action of the Oscar-winning original rather than just copying them.
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‘I am officially off the market’: When Margot Robbie revealed she made the ‘conscious’ decision of not dating actors

Margot Robbie revealed her decision to not date actors because of the media scrutiny that came with a public relationship of two high-profile actors
Back in 2015, A-lister Margot Robbie made a declaration that she would not be dating any actors. The actress may have alluded to her fiance Tom Ackerley, who she married the following year in 2016. In an exclusive interview with Marie Claire, she revealed that being in a relationship as an actor herself came with its own set of challenges. She believed that dating someone who was popular would add on to the media scrutiny.

Margot Robbie opened up on why she made a conscious decision to not date actorsTalking to Marie Claire, she claimed, “I am officially off the market.” She then shared the reasoning behind her decision and added, “I made a conscious decision not to date actors.” She continued to explain, “But not because I hate actors. That’s a nasty generalization to make, and that’s not the case. People take such an interest in your love life when you have a profile, it puts a lot of stress on a relationship.”
The Barbie actress continued, “So two people with profiles, I figure it’s just double the amount of scrutiny, and I’d like to avoid that at all costs.” This came after reports of her locking lips with Tarzan co-star Alexander Skarsgard started making rounds. It was reported that she was caught kissing the actor during the Sundance Film Festival.

Margot Robbie revealed she opted for a minimal lifestyle even after becoming an actorIn the interview, Robbie also opened up about how she was adapting to fame. She shared, “I have a normal 24-year-old life. If I were a waitress, I’d probably have the exact same lifestyle. I’d go to the same clubs I go to already, live in the same house with the same housemates, hang out with the same people.”
However, Margot Robbie tied the knot with Tom Ackerley who is an English producer and actor. The duo met on the sets of 2013 movie Suite Francaise where Tom was working as an assistant director. Post marriage, both of them launched their production company LuckyChap Entertainment.

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Monica Bellucci and Tin Burton at lunch in the restaurant in Selci Lama

For All Saints’ Day, the Hollywood star from Tiferno returned to his native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and then visit his parentsOn the occasion of the All Saints’ Day celebrations, the Hollywood star of Tiferno origin, Monica Bellucci, returned to her native Umbria to enjoy a moment of relaxation and to visit her father Pasquale and her mother Brunella.Flanked by her current partner Tim Burton, she went to lunch, together with about twenty old friends, at the Osteria del Musicista, which has always been her favorite restaurant, in Selci Lama.Menu dedicated to typical dishes of the area, which includes an appetizer with breadsticks lined with coppa, duck in porchetta and grilled pork livers, polenta with wild boar sauce accompanied by the very typical cappelletti in broth.To conclude, a dessert based on fried “ciaccia” with Nutella and roasted chestnuts.
Having paid the bill and greeted the restaurant owner and lifelong friend, Roberto Polchi, Monica brought home cappelletti and broth for a family dinner.

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‘Rocky’ Was Quite Different In His Original Screenplay, Sylvester Stallone Claims

Sylvester Stallone took his friend’s advice on a rewrite of the original screenplay to Rocky. A few tweaks later, he was on his way to major success.
In the new Netflix documentary Sly, Stallone discussed how he initially conceived of the project, which had a much harder edge. In the early version, Rocky was depicted as a “thuggish” character, inspired by Martin Scorsese’s crime drama, Mean Streets.

But Stallone’s perspective changed when a friend read the script and thought the boxer was too cruel for audiences to actually care about him.
Stallone recalled her crying.

“She goes, ‘I hate Rocky. I hate him. He’s cruel. He hits people. He beats them up.’”
Stallone took it to heart, and asked what he could do to soften the character.

“I said, ‘what if you stop short of it?’ Like, maybe he almost did. He could have, that’s his job, but he doesn’t?’ ‘That’d be nice,’” he added. “I said, ‘What if he had a girlfriend or something?’ ‘Yeah, that’s nice.’ So I go back, start writing that: ‘Girlfriend. Nice.’”
$117 million in box office later, a franchise was born.

Stallone also revealed that actor Dolph Lundgren sent him to the hospital during one fight scene in Rocky IV.
“Dolph Lundgren… he pulverized me,” Stallone says in the documentary. “Later that night, my heart started to swell—which happens when the heart hits the chest—and then my blood pressure went up to 260, and they thought I was going to be talking to angels. Next thing I know, I’m in intensive care, where I’m surrounded by nuns, and I thought, ‘OK, that’s curtains.’”
Stallone was in the hospital for nine days following the incident, praying for “one more round.”
“For the first minute of the fight, it is going to be a free-for-all,” Stallone told Lundgren. The Swedish actor joked in a separate interview that all he did was “obey orders,” explaining, “[Stallone] was the boss. I did what he told me.”
Doctors allegedly told Stallone that he received a blow to the ribs that made his heart rattle around in his ribcage, a condition typically seen in head-on collisions. “I did hit a bus, of sorts,” Stallone joked.

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