Sylvester Stallone has had one hell of a career. Over 50 years of acting, and full of ups and downs. So what project would he select as his favorite? The Oscar-nominated Rocky or Creed? The landmark First Blood? His forays into a cartoon Cold War with Rocky IV and Rambo III? None of these. At 76 years old, Stallone’s choice of favorite project is surprising and an underrated movie from his catalog.

No, not Over The Top. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sylvester Stallone opened up about the best movie of his career, in his opinion.

“One film I’m truly proud of — it’s the best action film I’ve ever done because it’s the most truthful — is Rambo IV, dealing with Burma, where they’ve had a civil war for 67 years. But I got excoriated because the movie’s so violent. And it is violent. It’s horrifying. It’s children being burnt alive. That’s what makes civil war worse than anything: It’s your neighbor, all of a sudden, killing you. I was really happy with that film, and I never thought it would ever reach the theater. I thought, ‘They’re never going to show this.’ “

Having recently rewatched Rambo, as it was simply called, again for the first time in a long time, I find it difficult to argue. It’s one hell of an action movie and contains some of the most brutal combat put on film. It also features arguably Stallone’s best portrayal of John Rambo.

“You can’t park there, mate.”


Here he has finally found something approaching peace, but is always a hair trigger away from unleashing unimaginable violence. You can actually see Rambo choosing the path of inner peace, and the moments when that switch is thrown and all hell breaks loose. It also raises the point that sometimes absolute violence has to be justified and necessary, no matter how naive others in the world might be.

It does this while people are turned into mist by heavy machine gun fire and limbs fly. What is not to like?

What do you think is Stallone’s best?

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