Rocky Balboa came from humble beginnings, both figuratively and literally. Sylvester Stallone was a struggling actor when he wrote the screenplay for the film “Rocky” in three and a half days; it was shot on a budget of just over $1 million. The ultimate underdog story went on to be just that in real life; “Rocky” made Stallone a star, won three Academy Awards including best picture of the year and spawned a series of eight films totaling over $1.7 billion at the box office.
The documentary “40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic” from writer-director Derek Wayne Johnson arrives June 9 on digital platforms, detailing the making of the film and its legacy. Utilizing home movies and footage, the film is narrated by none other than Stallone himself. In honor of the film’s release and one of cinema’s greatest stories, we pored over all eight of the movies, through 2018’s “Creed II,” to pick our favorite scene from each one.