Rocky III (1982)


This is the one with Mr T, and a redefinition of the term formulaic - but what a formula! Clearly Stallone had hit on the modern equivalent of the philosopher's stone: the license to print money. In that sense, this is probably the most perfect of the series; content-wise there is nothing here at all. Stallone is not an ingenue: he's a master showman, a 1980s DeMille, and he leaves nothing to chance.