United Artists/Courtesy Neal Peters Collection

Director: John G. Avildsen

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Burgess Meredith, Carl Weathers 

Domestic lifetime gross (adjusted for inflation, 2014): $438,118,200

Famous quote: “Yo, Adrian! It's me, Rocky.” — Rocky

Stallone wrote the script's first draft in just three days, then refused to sell it unless he was cast in the lead role.

Box-office totals courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo.com.