#18 – Creed (2015)
Technically, Creed is the seventh Rocky film, though what a stroke of genius it was to pass the torch to the next generation by making the protagonist the young, black son of Rocky Balboa’s longtime friend and onetime nemesis, Apollo Creed.
The other genius move was hiring Ryan Coogler as co-writer/director, fresh off the success of his indie drama Fruitvale Station. That ensured Creed would be not just an underdog sports drama (satisfying as those are), but a true character study. A lot like the original Rocky.