One of my favorite movie franchises celebrates a big birthday this week. Made for peanuts, Rocky came out December 3, 1976. After raking in a ton of cash and scoring 3 Oscar nods, it still stands as one of the most popular franchises in movie history 40 years later.
My lifelong love of underdog stories begins with the original movie, which I first saw on cable when I was all of eight years old. And I was hooked immediately.
But as good as the first one was, I will always be a sucker for an underdog story fully coming to fruition, which is why “Rocky II” is my favorite movie of the franchise. I still get choked up at the final scene where Rocky beats Apollo up to the 10-count by a mere second to win the heavyweight title.
From there, my love of “Rocky” movies turned into a love of boxing overall. One of my favorite childhood pastimes was watching old fights with my dad, from Rocky Marciano and Muhammad Ali to Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson.
Which “Rocky” movie tugs at your heartstrings the most?
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