10 Sylvester Stallone blockbuster action movies you should see before ‘The Expendables 4’

There are few actors who better represent action cinema than Sylverster Stallone. The actor, who fulfilled 77 years on July 6, continues to be one of the greatest exponents of films full of adrenaline and fights, something that the actor wants to demonstrate again in The Mercenaries 4the fourth installment of the saga that brings together the stars of the punches and which premieres in Spain next September 29th.

The New York actor has been five decades career in which he has starred in numerous action-packed feature films and has even been the main architect of the success of some of the sagas most famous in the history of cinema as Rocky (and creed, its spin-off). Many of these films have made a lot of money at the box office.


One of the New Yorker’s most famous roles. The five films starring him ex-soldier in the Vietnam War they have reaped almost 820 million at the global box office, although the latest adventures of John Rambo in Rambo: The Last Mission They were the ones that performed the worst in theaters: they did not exceed 100 million.

Sylvester Stallone, in ‘Corralled’ (1982)

‘The mercenaries’

The first film in the franchise that brought together the main faces (and muscles) of the action cinema It hit theaters in 2010, and in it Stallone shared scenes with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Burce Willis, Jason Statham and Jet Li, among others. The success of The mercenaries caused them to occur two more movies one in 2012 and another in 2014. Between the three of them they have raised more than 800 million dollars around the world, a figure that will increase with the release of The Mercenaries 4 this same year.

'The Expendables 2': New trailer, presented by Stallone
‘The mercenaries 2’.

‘Maximum risk’

In this 1993 film, Stallone plays Gabe Walker a professional mountaineer who, depressed by a death during a rescue, decides to return to action when a gang hijacks a plane of the Treasury Department. The film was an absolute blockbuster that year, grossing more than 255 million dollars, the seventh that did the most.

Sylvester Stallone in 'Maximum Risk'.
Sylvester Stallone in ‘Maximum Risk’.
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‘The specialist’

The following year, the actor starred alongside Sharon Stone this feature film in which he played Ray Quick, a former CIA agent expert in explosives who is hired to annihilate a group of gangsters that they had killed May’s (Stone) parents. The feature film directed by Luis Llosa managed to make 170 million dollars.

‘Demolition Man’

Released in 1993, like The specialistin Demolition Man Stallone plays John Spartan, a police officer with questionable methods who tries to catch Simon Phoenix, implicated in several hostage deaths. The film, in which a young woman also appears Sandra Bullock, managed to reach close to 160 million dollars at the box office.

‘Panic in the tunnel’

Stallone continued to achieve success in the 90s thanks to adrenaline films like Panic in the tunnel, a catastrophic film in which a passage collapses with several people inside. The project, released in 1996, also almost reached the 160 million dollars collected at the box office.

‘Escape plan’

In this trilogy, Stallone gives life to Ray Breslin, an expert in prison breaks that prisons hire to find flaws in their system, although his biggest challenge will come when he has to escape from a jail that he himself has designed. There he will meet another inmate named Emil, who is none other than Arnold Schwarzenegger. The first film had an acceptable gross, with 137 million, although the next two were a hit. Between the three they have made 156 million.

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Stallone and Schwarzenegger in ‘Escape Plan’.

‘Judge Dredd’

In 1995, Sylvester Stallone combined action with science fiction in this dystopia set in 2139, in which there are three megapolis in the United States and all of them are invaded by violence, something that the New York actor’s character will want to eradicate. He raised $113 million.

The futuristic judge played by Stallone was a critical and public failure.  It only raised $34 million in the United States and has 17% on the Tomatometer.
Sylvester Stallone in ‘Judge Dredd’.

‘Tango & Cash’

Tango (Sylvester Stallone) and Cash (Kurt Russell) They are the two most famous police officers in Los Angeles, who are put in jail by a mobster falsely accusing them of corruption. The 1989 film was a real success for the time, with 120 million collected in the rooms.

Sylvester Stallone returns to play a police officer in Tango & Cash, Ray Tango, who, together with his partner Gabriel Cash, has the mission of imprisoning a drug trafficker, but in the end they will be the ones who end up behind bars.
Sylvester Stallone in ‘Tango & Cash’.


Back to the 90s, in Assassins The actor plays a retired hitman who must face enemies embodied by Antonio Banderas and Juliane Moore. The 1995 film managed to make more than 83 million dollars at the global box office, although it was barely profitable due to its budget of more than $50,000,000.

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