Rocky Movies In Order (Including The Creed Films) - Endless Popcorn

How Should You Watch The Rocky Movies?

Rocky is one of the most iconic movie franchises of all time. The story of Rocky Balboa, an underdog boxer who fought his way to the top, has captivated audiences for generations. If you’re looking to watch the Rocky movies in order, there are a few things you need to know.

First, the Rocky movies are best enjoyed in chronological order. Second, make sure to have plenty of snacks on hand. Rocky movies are known for their epic training montages and boxing matches, so you’ll need energy to make it through all of the action. Lastly, don’t be afraid to cheer for Rocky. The Rocky movies are feel-good films that will leave you inspired and pumped up. So put on your boxing gloves and get ready for a Rocky marathon!

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Best Way To Watch The Rocky Movies In Order
  • Rocky (1976)
  • Rocky II (1979)
  • Rocky III (1982)
  • Rocky IV (1985)
  • Rocky V (1990)
  • Rocky Balboa (2006)
  • Creed (2015)
  • Creed II (2018)
  • Creed III (TBD)

Rocky Movies In Order Of Release Date

You have to watch the Rocky movies in their chronological order! Which is what we’ve listed above. That is the only way you should watch them in, in our humble opinion! Lucky, they make it easy by literally numbering each Rocky film! And the release date order is the same as the chronological order as well, which makes our job much easier!

Even though both orders are the same order we are going to go over the release date order anyways because we’ve got a lot of neat info to give you. You’ll find each film’s release date, trailer, description, and even where you can watch them!

1.  Rocky

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Rocky Movie Description

When the original opponent for the world heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), is injured, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), a small-time boxer is chosen to face the champion instead.

Rocky begins a friendship with Adrian (Talia Shire), the wallflower sister of his meat-packer friend Paulie (Burt Young) while training with former bantamweight contender Mickey Goldmill (Burgess Meredith).

2.  Rocky II

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Rocky II Movie Description

After losing to cocky world champion Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), working-class Philadelphia boxer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) capitalizes on his sudden fame by getting back into the ring.

Creed is still reeling from nearly losing to some unknown opponent, and begins to arrogantly prod his newfound nemesis into a rematch. Will this be Creeds downfall?

3.  Rocky III

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Rocky III Movie Description

After becoming the world heavyweight champion, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) became lazy and overconfident. Amid his newly created persona, he losses his trainer and father figure Mickey (Burgess Meredith).

Not long after he has his title stolen by a new and menacing challenger Clubber Lang (Mr. T). Unsure of what to do, he turns to his former adversary, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), for help. Rocky struggles to get his old fire back but is determined to give it his all.

4.  Rocky IV

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Rocky IV Movie Description

Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), the good pal of Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), is horribly murdered during an exhibition bout by Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), an enormous Russian fighter.

Though Rocky planned to retire after winning his title back, he vows payback against Drago and flies to Russia to train. He prepares relentlessly for a Christmas Day fight. Despite their various training approaches, Rocky and Drago fight a long and hard battle.

5.  Rocky V

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Rocky V Movie Description

After his accountant mismanages his finances, former champ Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) falls on hard times. He decides to mentor a young boxer, Tommy (Tommy Morrison). All the while he also tries to fix his shaky relationship with his son.

These problems, which are no less challenging than any fight Rocky has faced in the ring, expose him to intense pressures. He is unsure if he will be able to face them and raise his arms triumphantly again.

6.  Rocky Balboa

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Rocky Balboa Movie Description

Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), now a long-retired restaurant owner in Philadelphia, mourns the loss of his wife and yearns to recapture some of his glory days. He decides to re-enter the ring for a few low-profile local matches.

However, when Rocky accepts a challenge to fight the world heavyweight champion Mason Dixon (Antonio Tarver), all of that changes.

7.  Creed

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Creed Movie Description

Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never got a chance to know his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed. Knowing that boxing is in his blood, he seeks out Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and asked the retired champ to be his trainer.

Rocky sees much of Apollo in Adonis and agrees to mentor him. With Rocky’s help, Adonis soon gets a title shot. But does he have what it takes to be a true champion?

8.  Creed II

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Creed II Movie Description

In the ring, Russian boxer Ivan Drago murdered former world champion Apollo Creed in a tragic bout that shocked the globe many years ago. Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), Apollo’s son, accepts a challenge from Drago’s son to avenge his father’s death.

Adonis strives for the fight of his life – a date with destiny that soon becomes his fixation under Rocky Balboa’s (Sylvester Stallone) coaching. Now, Johnson and Balboa must face their shared history as the past comes back to haunt each of them.

Creed III Movie

Creed III is currently unreleased and is set to hit theaters in the U.S. on November 23, 2022. The story is a continuation of the events which occurred during Creed II. Once the film is released we will update this post so make sure you come back to see what’s changed!


There you go! Now you know both the chronological and release date order of the Rocky movies! As you can see, both orders are the same! This makes everyone’s life a little easier. You just have to go from the earliest released to the latest released if you want to watch the films in storyline order. Next up, we’ll be covering some of the most popular and frequently asked questions about the Rocky movies!

Frequently Asked Questions About The Rocky Series

How Many Rocky Movies Are There?

There are a total of 6 Rocky movies not including the Creed films. With the currently released Creed films, the total number would go up to 8 total Rocky movies and 9 total films if you include Creed III which is currently unreleased.

  • Rocky (1976)
  • Rocky II (1979)
  • Rocky III (1982)
  • Rocky IV (1985)
  • Rocky V (1990)
  • Rocky Balboa (2006)
  • Creed (2015)
  • Creed II (2018)
  • Creed III (TBD)
Do You Need To Watch Rocky Before Creed?

You do not have to watch the Rocky movies before the Creed films. However, if you want the best possible experience and the full story/journey we highly recommend you do!

Is Rocky Based On A True Story?

The Rocky films are loosely based around the former boxer Chuck Wepner. He is seen by many as the man who inspired the Rocky character we’ve all come to know and love.

Which Rocky Movie Is The Best?

The original 1976 Rocky film is widely regarded as the best as well as having the highest rating out of all the Rocky films. However, if we include the Creed movies, the first Creed actually beats out the original Rocky film by a few percent in regards to their ratings.

All Rocky Movies Ranked
  • Rocky (91%)
  • Rocky Balboa (77%)
  • Rocky II (72%)
  • Rocky III (67%)
  • Rocky IV (37%)
  • Rocky V (29%)
All Rocky And Creed Movies Ranked
  • Creed (95%)
  • Rocky (91%)
  • Creed II (83%)
  • Rocky Balboa (77%)
  • Rocky II (72%)
  • Rocky III (67%)
  • Rocky IV (37%)
  • Rocky V (29%)
Rocky Movies In Chronological Order
  • Rocky (1976)
  • Rocky II (1979)
  • Rocky III (1982)
  • Rocky IV (1985)
  • Rocky V (1990)
  • Rocky Balboa (2006)
  • Creed (2015)
  • Creed II (2018)
  • Creed III (TBD)
Rocky Movies In Release Date Order
  • Rocky (1976)
  • Rocky II (1979)
  • Rocky III (1982)
  • Rocky IV (1985)
  • Rocky V (1990)
  • Rocky Balboa (2006)
  • Creed (2015)
  • Creed II (2018)
  • Creed III (TBD)
What Is The Correct Order Of The Rocky Movies?
  • Rocky (1976)
  • Rocky II (1979)
  • Rocky III (1982)
  • Rocky IV (1985)
  • Rocky V (1990)
  • Rocky Balboa (2006)
  • Creed (2015)
  • Creed II (2018)
  • Creed III (TBD)
Scene from Rocky for Rocky Movies in order post.
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