One of the most inspirational films of all time. Rocky documents a good-for-nothing bum who borders on the destitute side of life. Rocky has no prospects. He is broke, he works as a hired goon for the local loanshark and he even disappoints as a boxer. None of this sullies his good nature though and he remains a proud man with morals. The object of his desires is the sister of his best friend, Paulie, and during the corse of the film he manages to begin dating the girl who will serve as his personal inspiration for years to come.
When Apollo Creed - the heavyweight champion of the world - comes to town, Rocky's life is turned upside down. Thanks to an injury to the proposed opponent, Apollo decides to give a local unknown fighter a shot at the title. Rocky is picked from the masses of local fighters, and begins an intense training regime in order to prepare him for the upcoming battle.
The outcome of the final battle is surely the stuff of legend by now, everybody knows that Rocky goes the distance and endears himself to the masses, becoming a local hero in the process. Shying away from all of the pomp and grandeur that his opponent revels in, Rocky is just a focused fighting machine who I really wish was my dad!
Written by Stallone himself, the film is funny and packed with memorable characters throughout, let alone inspiring training montages and some classic dialogue. Anyone who has rated this below a 7 probably hasn't even seen it in the last ten years.