One of the most recognizable movie series of all time is Rocky. Audiences have been enthralled by the tale of underdog boxer Rocky Balboa for countless generations. There are a few things you should be aware of if you plan to watch the Rocky movies in chronological order.
The Rocky movies are best appreciated in order of release, first. Second, be sure to stock up on lots of food. You’ll need the energy to get through the action in the Rocky flicks because they are known for their epic training sequences and boxing contests.
And lastly, don’t be hesitant to support Rocky. The Rocky flicks are inspirational and energizing feel-good movies. Prepare for a Rocky marathon by donning your boxing gloves.
Best Way To Watch The Rocky Movies In Order
- Rocky (1976)
- Rocky II (1979)
- Rocky III (1982)
- Rocky IV (1985)
- Rocky V (1990)
- Rocky Balboa (2006)
- Creed (2015)
- Creed II (2018)
- Creed III (TBD)
1. ‘Rocky’ (1976)
the one who got everything going. 1976 saw the release of Rocky. Stallone penned the Rocky script in addition to acting as the title character, Rocky Balboa.
In a 2005 interview with Howard Stern, Stallone revealed that he wrote the script over the course of three days. While watching Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner in the ring, Stallone experienced an epiphany. In the end, Stallone revised the script “maybe 25 times” before shooting Rocky during a 28-day period.
The movie centers on his persona, Balboa, a struggling Philadelphia boxer who is given the opportunity to compete against Apollo Creed, the current heavyweight champion (Carl Weathers). Watch Rocky on HBO Max or stream it using an Amazon Prime Video or Hulu premium account.
2. ‘Rocky II’ (1979)
According to IMDb, Stallone returned to the boxing ring in 1979 for the Rocky sequel. Balboa was followed in the sequel to the massively popular original after losing to Creed.
Although he lost the fight, the working-class Philadelphian became well-known thanks to the media’s interest in his story. Balboa was approached by Creed for a rematch as his fame grew.
3. ‘Rocky III’ (1982)
With the release of Rocky III in 1982, the Rocky film series was maintained. Balboa, played by Sylvester Stallone, was now the heavyweight world champion. Up until that point, he had all the advantages.
Mickey, played by Burgess Meredith, was Balboa’s trainer. Then Clubber Lang snatched his title from him (Mr. T). Balboa eventually went to his former foe Creed for assistance.
4. ‘Rocky IV’ (1985)
Balboa in Rocky IV intended to call it quits after successfully reclaiming his world championship. But when Creed passed away during an exhibition match with Ivan Drogo, his aspirations to live a quiet life with his wife Adrian (Talia Shire) were abandoned (Dolph Lundgren).
Rocky prepared for a fight with Drogo on Christmas Day in order to avenge the loss of his friend. Years later, Stallone admitted that Lundgren almost killed him during the production of the scene where they were actually punching each other.
5. ‘Rocky V’ (1990)
Balboa is followed in this 1990 film as he stages a comeback. The boxer comes out of retirement to coach a young boxer named Tommy after retiring only to learn that his accountant squandered his finances (Tommy Morrison). Balboa strives to mend fences with his son Robert in the meantime (Sage Stallone).
6. ‘Rocky Balboa’ (2006)
Rocky was put on hold for 16 years until Stallone’s 2006 film Rocky Balboa arrived in theatres. The franchise’s sixth entry chronicled Balboa’s struggle to adjust to life without his wife.
The former champion, who had intended to return to the ring for a few minor contests, instead found himself retraining for a battle against the current heavyweight champion of the world.
7. ‘Creed’ (2015)
Jordan first became a part of the Rocky series with Creed. He portrayed Creed’s son Adonis Johnson in the 2015 movie. Jordan’s character approached Balboa as a beginner in the sport and requested that he serve as his mentor.
For the part, Jordan put in a lot of training. He even woke up early to consume two breakfasts while adhering to a particular Creed diet. Use a premium Hulu or Sling TV membership to watch Creed.
8. ‘Creed II’ (2018)
Jordan returned to the film Creed II. He performed as Creed’s son once more. This time, his character was pitted against the man who killed his father’s father’s son. None other than Balboa was there to lead him in the right direction. He prepared Johnson for his most difficult battle ever.
Creed III comes next. It’s scheduled to be released in November 2022 under Jordan’s direction. It might or might not be the final Rocky movie, according to the SAG Award winner.