A saga whose violent themes were refracted through the lens of each installment's era, the Rambo franchise started out as the story of one anguished Vietnam vet searching for peace, then bulked up for a pair of blockbuster action sequels -- and scaled back down for adventures on a more satisfyingly modest scale.
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Rambo Movies + TV Shows
Rambo: Last Blood (2019)
Critics Consensus: Like the sequels that preceded it, Rambo: Last Blood is content to indulge in bloody violence at the expense of its main character's once-poignant story.
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Paz Vega, Sergio Peris-Mencheta
Director: Adrian Grunberg
Rambo (Rambo IV) (2008)
Critics Consensus: Sylvester Stallone knows how to stage action sequences, but the movie's uneven pacing and excessive violence (even for the franchise) is more nauseating than entertaining.
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Julie Benz, Paul Schulze
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Rambo III (1988)
Critics Consensus: Rambo III finds its justice-dispensing hero far from the thoughtful drama that marked the franchise's beginning -- and just as far from quality action thriller entertainment.
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Marc de Jonge
Director: Peter MacDonald
Rambo: The Animated Series (TV Show, 1986 - 1986)
Synopsis: The hero of the `First Blood' films leads an undercover strike force against the evil group SAVAGE in this animated adventure.
Starring: Neil Ross, Michael Ansara, Alan Oppenheimer
Number of Seasons: 1
Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)
Critics Consensus: First Blood Part II offers enough mayhem to satisfy genre fans, but remains a regressive sequel that turns its once-compelling protagonist into just another muscled action berserker.
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Charles Napier
Director: George P. Cosmatos
First Blood (1982)
Critics Consensus: Much darker and more sensitive than the sequels it spawned, First Blood is a thrilling survival adventure that takes full advantage of Sylvester Stallone's acting skills.
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Richard Crenna, Brian Dennehy
Director: Ted Kotcheff