15BETTER: ROCKY BALBOA
The original Rocky may be one of the greatest sports films ever made, and it's all thanks to Sylvester Stallone's disarmingly human performance as failing boxer Rocky Balboa. Throughout the span of the series, Rocky went up against insurmountable odds and often didn't come out on top. But he
kept trying, and it endeared him to fans for generations.
Rocky continued to be a box office draw and popular character into the mid-00's, with Rocky Balboa being hailed as a return to form for the character and the franchise. More recently the franchise was spun into Creed, which proved Rocky still had the chops even when he wasn't in the spotlight.