Sylvester Stallone Is #1 On Streaming In One Of His Greatest Movies

Sylvester Stallone's Rocky spin-off, Creed, is currently number one on streaming.

By Sckylar Gibby-Brown | Updated

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Even though Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky is considered to be one of the most undeserving Oscar winners of all time, there is no doubt that the Balboa franchise has become incredibly successful over the last 47 years. In fact, Creed, the first film in the Rocky spin-off series, is currently streaming at number one according to FlixPatrol, probably as fans are rewatching the Stallone and Michael B. Jordan-led film in preparation to watch Creed III, which just hit theaters last week.

Creed is the first spin-off and the seventh installment of the Rocky franchise. It stars Sylvester Stallone as Rocky, the iconic boxer, who takes Adonis Creed, the son of Rocky’s former rival-turned-friend, Apollo Creed, under his wing to train the amateur boxer and turn him into a legend. Michael B. Jordan plays Adonis, the lead character in all the Creed films. 

Next to Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan, Creed also stars Tessa Thompson as Bianca and Phylicia Rashad as Mary Ann Creed, who also appear in both the Creed sequels. Tony Bellow plays ‘Pretty’ Ricky Conlan, the movie’s main antagonist. The film also features Andre Ward, Ritchie Coster, Jacob ‘Stich’ Duran, Graham McTavish, Gabe Rosado, and Rupal Pujara. 

Ryan Coogler, who is also known for writing and directing the Black Panther franchise, wrote and directed Creed with assistance from Sylvester Stallone, who wrote the first Rocky movie and created the franchise characters, and Aaron Covington, who co-wrote the script. 

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Creed was released in theaters on February 3, 2015. The date was chosen on purpose to coincide with the anniversary of when Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky fought Spider Rico in Rocky. Creed was released nine years after the last Rocky movie, Rocky Balboa. The film was a box office smash, grossing $173.6 million at the theaters on a budget of $40 million. 

While franchise spin-offs can often be hit or miss due to fans being extremely loyal to the source material, Creed was considered a sensational extension of Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky universe. And, despite being the seventh film in the overall franchise, Creed brought audiences a fresh take on the boxing world while staying loyal to the original films that inspired the new movie. 

Creed is an excellent tribute to the films that made Sylvester Stallone a household name and one of the world’s leading actors. Prior to Rocky, Stallone was a struggling actor in New York City. Then, after penning the script and starring in the first Rocky movie, Stallone became a critically acclaimed actor and the third actor ever to be nominated for two Academy Awards at the same time: Best Actor and Best Screenplay. 

Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky franchise has gone down in history as one of the most historically significant franchises ever to be created. The famous scene where Rocky trains on the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s front steps has forever christened those stairs the “Rocky Steps.” The city of Philadelphia has a permanent statue dedicated to Rocky Balboa, props from the film are on display at the Smithsonian, the film itself has been cataloged with the National Film Registry, and Rocky has been voted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.