Best Rocky Films

With the release of "Creed" just a month away, here's my definitive list of how to rank the Rocky films.
  1. 1.
    ROCKY III
    This movie had everything—an evil villain (Mr. T), a fantastic theme song ("Eye of the Tiger”), a great training sequence, and the best final fight of all 6 films. You don’t get better than this. I even used my own money to buy the 45 single…at Sears. But it skipped so my mom returned it…to Sears. And when the salesman gave us a new one my mom made him play it all the way through to make sure it didn’t skip. All the way through and loudly…in Sears.
  2. 2.
    ROCKY II
    All the elements of a great Rocky movie came into place. And cheers to any network that plays the real opening. As became a standard of the series, this film opens with the final minutes of the previous film’s final fight, but scored completely differently and the difference in music added a weighty dramatic depth to Rocky’s loss to Apollo. Most networks (I’m looking at you, TNT) start the movie with Rocky in the ambulance. Link for the true opening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5G7IUXCQP8
  3. 3.
    ROCKY BALBOA
    It seemed unnecessary when it came out, but after seeing it I thought otherwise. Although every previous movie tried to frame Rocky as the underdog, this was the first one that felt like he actually was. I actually liked seeing Rocky look sloppier than a sloppy joe in his final fight. This seemed like one of the most plausible of all the films.
  4. 4.
    ROCKY
    The original. Definitely a great movie, but not the popcorn movie that the series became and everyone got used to.
  5. 5.
    ROCKY IV
    I know this one has its fans, but it’s missing one key ingredient: Bill Conti’s iconic score (he was too busy scoring Karate Kid 1 and 2 at the time). And once you start hearing mid-80s synth-rock blaring during the Siberia training sequence, you feel more like you’re in a peak-period Kajagoogoo video than in a film that also acts as a plea for peace between two super powers.
  6. 6.
    ROCKY V
    Is there anyone on the planet who would put this film anywhere above 5 or 6? Anyone who went to a theater to see this in 1990 felt severely conned as we weren’t even treated to a proper final fight in the ring. No one wants to see a street fighting Rocky and making me sit through that made the sensors on my Generra Hypercolor shirt go from cool blue to enraged red. Save the street fighting for Street Fighter II, which debuted in arcades worldwide a year later.