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Ranking the Rambo Movies: From worst to best

The film that started it all remains the pinnacle of the Rambo saga. Balancing action with exploration of war-induced PTSD, "First Blood" constructs an action hero the right way...

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Ranking the Rambo Movies: From worst to best

Sylvester Stallone’s “Rambo” series has carved its place in action movie history, spanning four decades of cinematic evolution. From the introspective beginnings of “First Blood” to the explosive action of “Rambo: Last Blood,” each installment has left its mark on the genre. Let’s dive into the rankings:

5. Rambo: Last Blood (2019)

This installment indulges in gratuitous violence but lacks depth and character development. With a generic script and an anticlimactic send-off for the titular character, “Last Blood” falls short of its predecessors.

4. Rambo III (1988)

As the franchise veered towards bombastic action, “Rambo III” epitomized the one-man army trope of ’80s cinema. While entertaining for fans of cheesy ’80s action, it lacks the reflective aspects of earlier films.

3. Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

Transitioning into a superhuman action hero, Rambo embarks on a murderous rampage in this enjoyable yet schlocky entry. Despite abandoning political commentary, it retains the spirit of ’80s action cinema.

2. Rambo (2008)

Returning with a modern, gritty sensibility, “Rambo” reintroduces character-driven drama while delivering graphic violence. Stallone’s portrayal adds depth, elevating the film beyond mere spectacle.

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1. First Blood (1982)

The film that started it all remains the pinnacle of the Rambo saga. Balancing action with exploration of war-induced PTSD, “First Blood” constructs an action hero the right way. Stallone’s decision to refrain from having Rambo kill anyone adds to the film’s depth and establishes it as a classic of the genre.

In conclusion, while each Rambo movie brings its own flavor, “First Blood” stands tall as a timeless classic that set the standard for action cinema.

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