Rocky (1976) dir. John G. Avildsen

A small-time club boxer from the slums of Philadelphia gets the chance of a lifetime – to fight the world heavyweight champion on national television. One of the greatest sports films of all time. Delves deep into the character of Rocky Balboa, touching on many different themes in the process.
Inspiring and timeless. Effective directorial style and editing.
Transcends the Sports genre and depicts a story of the American dream. The production and further success of the film is in itself a representation of that dream – it was written by then-aspiring, poverty-stricken actor Sylvester Stallone in three and a half days after watching the championship match between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner. He denied a large personal compensation ($350 000 for the script) and lowered the overall budget in order to persuade the producers to let him star in the lead role. The film was made for the minuscule budget of just over $1M, Stallone made his most memorable role and the film won 3 Oscars from a total of 10 nominations at the Academy Awards – Best Picture, Director and Editing – and went on to become the highest grossing film of 1976. Spawned a total of 6 sequels and is one of the most recognizable franchises in American cinema.

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