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1. Rocky (1976)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Sport

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Rocky Balboa, a small-time boxer gets a supremely rare chance to fight the heavy-weight champion, Apollo Creed, in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

Writer: Sylvester Stallone | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers

2. The Karate Kid (1984)

PG | 126 min | Action, Drama, Family

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A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate and shows him that there is more to the martial art than fighting.

Writer: Robert Mark Kamen | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, Martin Kove

3. Rocky V (1990)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Sport

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54 Metascore

Reluctantly retired from boxing and back from riches to rags, Rocky takes on a new protege who betrays him; As the champ's son must adjust to his family's new life after bankruptcy.

Writer: Sylvester Stallone | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Sage Stallone

4. The Karate Kid, Part II (1986)

PG | 113 min | Action, Family, Romance

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Daniel accompanies his mentor to Okinawa who is off to see his dying father and confront his old rival, while Daniel inadvertently makes an enemy of his own.

Writer: Robert Mark Kamen | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Pat Morita, Ralph Macchio, Pat E. Johnson, Bruce Malmuth

5. The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)

PG | 112 min | Action, Drama, Family

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A bad guy from KK1 attempts to gain revenge on Daniel and Miyagi, with the aid of an old army buddy.

Writer: Robert Mark Kamen | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Robyn Lively, Thomas Ian Griffith

6. Lean on Me (1989)

PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Drama

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The dedicated but tyrannical Joe Clark is appointed the principal of a decaying inner-city school that he is determined to improve.

Writer: Michael Schiffer | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Beverly Todd, Robert Guillaume, Alan North

7. The Power of One (1992)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama

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The Power of One is an intriguing story of a young English boy named Peekay and his passion for changing the world. Growing up he suffered as the only English boy in an Afrikaans school. ... See full summary »

Writers: Bryce Courtenay, Robert Mark Kamen | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Morgan Freeman, Nomadlozi Kubheka

8. Desert Heat (II) (1999)

R | 95 min | Action, Drama, Romance

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In the spring, the full moon shines for the warrior who has lost his way. Coyote is the spirit that leads back to life. If he follows the coyote when the moon is full, the warrior will see the path once more...

Writer: Tom O'Rourke | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Pat Morita, Danny Trejo, Gabrielle Fitzpatrick

9. Neighbors (1981)

R | 94 min | Comedy

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A quiet man's peaceful suburban lifestyle is threatened by the new, obnoxious couple that moves in next door.

Writers: Thomas Berger, Larry Gelbart | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Kathryn Walker, Cathy Moriarty

10. 8 Seconds (1994)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

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This film chronicles the life of Lane Frost, 1987 PRCA Bull Riding World Champion, his marriage and his friendships with Tuff Hedeman (three-time World Champion) and Cody Lambert.

Writer: Monte Merrick | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Luke Perry, Stephen Baldwin, James Rebhorn, Cameron Finley

11. Save the Tiger (1973)

R | 100 min | Drama

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A businessman's professional struggles begin to conflict with his personal life over the course of two days.

Writer: Steve Shagan | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Jack Lemmon, Jack Gilford, Laurie Heineman, Norman Burton

12. For Keeps? (1988)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Romance, Comedy

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Darcy, editor at her high school paper, and her long-term boyfriend Stan are in their last months of school and already have found places in good colleges. Recently they started to sleep ... See full summary »

Writers: Denise DeClue, Tim Kazurinsky | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Molly Ringwald, Randall Batinkoff, Kenneth Mars, Miriam Flynn

13. A Decade Under the Influence (2003)

R | 138 min | Documentary

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67 Metascore

A documentary examining the decade of the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema. Some of today's best filmmakers interview the influential directors of that time.

Directors: Ted Demme, Richard LaGravenese | Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Robert Altman, John G. Avildsen

14. Joe (1970)

R | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

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Bill, a wealthy businessman, confronts his junkie daughter's drug-dealing boyfriend; in the ensuing argument, Bill kills him. Panic-stricken, he wanders the streets and eventually stops at ... See full summary »

Writer: Norman Wexler | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Peter Boyle, Dennis Patrick, Susan Sarandon, Patrick McDermott

15. The Formula (1980)

R | 117 min | Crime, Thriller

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A detective uncovers a formula that was devised by the Nazis in WW II to make gasoline from synthetic products, thereby eliminating the necessity for oil--and oil companies. A major oil ... See full summary »

Writer: Steve Shagan | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: George C. Scott, Marlon Brando, Marthe Keller, John Gielgud

16. Mickey One (1965)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama

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After incurring the wrath of the mob, a comic flees Detroit for Chicago taking the name "Mickey One." As he returns to the stage and becomes successful, he fears that the mob will track him... See full summary »

Writer: Alan M. Surgal | Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Warren Beatty, Alexandra Stewart, Hurd Hatfield, Franchot Tone

17. A Night in Heaven (1983)

R | 83 min | Drama, Romance

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Faye Hanlon is a community-college professor with an emotionally depressed husband and an abundance of sexual frustration. Her sister drags her to a male strip-club for a girls-night out, ... See full summary »

Writer: Joan Tewkesbury | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Christopher Atkins, Lesley Ann Warren, Robert Logan, Deborah Rush

18. Hurry Sundown (1967)

Approved | 146 min | Drama

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Following the Second World War, a northern cannery combine negotiates for the purchase of a large tract of uncultivated Georgia farmland. The major portion of the land is owned by Julie Ann... See full summary »

Writers: Horton Foote, Bert Gilden, Katya Gilden, Thomas C. Ryan | Director: Otto Preminger | Stars: Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, Diahann Carroll

19. W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

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W.W. is a happy-go-lucky crook who makes his living robbing gas stations through the drive-up windows. The Dixie Dancekings are a country music band trying to get their first big break. W.W... See full summary »

Writer: Thomas Rickman | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Art Carney, Conny Van Dyke, Jerry Reed

20. Happy New Year (1987)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

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Small time crooksters Nick and Charlie have an elaborate plan to rob an exclusive jewelers store. Using a variety of disguises and posing as rich old men and women they begin the set-up, ... See full summary »

Writers: Claude Lelouch, Warren Lane | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Peter Falk, Charles Durning, Claude Lelouch, Gary Maas

21. Black Like Me (1964)

105 min | Drama

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Based on the true story of a white reporter who, at the height of the civil-rights movement, temporarily darkened his skin so that he could experience the realities of a black man's life in the segregated South.

Writers: John Howard Griffin, Carl Lerner, Gerda Lerner | Director: Carl Lerner | Stars: James Whitmore, Sorrell Booke, Roscoe Lee Browne, Al Freeman Jr.

22. Cry Uncle (1971)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Crime

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Private detective takes on a case and gets mixed up in murder, sex and blackmail.

Writers: David Odell, Michael Brett, Allen Garfield, John G. Avildsen | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Jackson Beck, Pamela Gruen, Allen Garfield, Devin Goldenberg

23. Make Your Own Damn Movie! (2005 Video)

300 min | Documentary

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Based on the book of the same name, Lloyd Kaufman and the Troma Studios team share their wisdom about filmmaking to independent filmmakers everywhere. They make a documentary of the team's ... See full summary »

Writers: Gabriel Friedman, Trent Haaga, Adam Jahnke, Lloyd Kaufman, Sean McGrath | Director: Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: Lloyd Kaufman, Trey Parker, George A. Romero, John G. Avildsen

24. Slow Dancing in the Big City (1978)

PG | 110 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

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An aging out of shape reporter falls for a pretty but seriously ill ballerina.

Writer: Barra Grant | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Paul Sorvino, Anne Ditchburn, Nicolas Coster, Anita Dangler

25. The 49th Annual Academy Awards (1977 TV Special)

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Director: Marty Pasetta | Stars: Warren Beatty, Ellen Burstyn, Jane Fonda, Richard Pryor

26. Out of It (1969)

M | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

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The story of two high-school students: one an intellectual but socially inept, the other a not- so-bright football hero and lady-killer.

Writer: Paul Williams | Director: Paul Williams | Stars: Barry Gordon, Jon Voight, Lada Edmund Jr., Gretchen Corbett

27. Biography (1987– )
Episode: Sylvester Stallone (2005)

Approved | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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The second biography already been produced by A&E, which produced a 60 minute biography of Stallone in 2001 has a whole new biography out. With new interviews, never before seen footage and... See full summary »

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Frank Stallone, John Travolta, Sharon Stone

28. Fore Play (1975)

R | 75 min | Comedy

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Three vignettes about a man who buys a weird doll, a writer who is visited by his muse and a kidnapper with very odd demands who holds a VIP.

Writers: Bruce Jay Friedman, Dan Greenburg, Janet Kern, David Odell, Helga Petrashevich, Jack Richardson | Directors: John G. Avildsen, Bruce Malmuth, Robert McCarty, Ralph Rosenblum | Stars: Irwin Corey, Pat Paulsen, Deborah Loomis, Sudie Bond

29. The Stoolie (1972)

90 min | Comedy, Crime

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Roger Pitman (Jackie Mason), a small-time grifter and crook, works with police-detective Alex Brogan (Dan Frazer), in trapping fellow thieves with bait money. Pitman decides to take some of... See full summary »

Writers: Larry Alexander, Eugene Price, Marc B. Ray | Directors: John G. Avildsen, George Silano | Stars: Jackie Mason, Josip Elic, Reid Cruickshanks, Dan Frazer

30. The Rocky Saga: Going the Distance (2011 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

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Writers: Rob Goldberg, Dan Goldman, Heather McTear, David Stephan | Stars: John G. Avildsen, Garrett Brown, Tony Burton, Robert Chartoff

31. Guess What We Learned in School Today? (1970)

R | 96 min | Comedy

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Parents in a small, conservative community don't think that the sex drive is a normal thing for children to experience. So much so, that they label education in that regard as a communist ... See full summary »

Writer: Eugene Price | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Dick Carballo, Devin Goldenberg, Jane McLeod, Yvonne McCall

32. Biography (1987– )
Episode: The Rocky Saga: Going the Distance (2011)

Documentary, Biography, History

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Profiles the history of the making of the six "Rocky" films, and how Rocky Balboa's ups and downs mirrored those of his creator, Sylvester Stallone.

Writers: Rob Goldberg, Dan Goldman, David Stephan | Stars: Muhammad Ali, John G. Avildsen, Garrett Brown, Tony Burton

33. The Way of the Karate Kid (2004 Video)

45 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

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Director: Michael Gillis | Stars: Robert Mark Kamen, John G. Avildsen, Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita

34. The Troma System (1993)

30 min | Short, Comedy

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The Troma System was a 30 minute infomercial that originally aired on Comedy Central in 1993. The idea was that by purchasing Troma Inc. movie products you could better yourself as a person.

Writers: Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz, Jeffrey W. Sass | Directors: Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman, Jeffrey W. Sass | Stars: Theresa Lynn, Ron Fazio, Michael Opelka, Phil Rivo

35. Too Young to Die (2012– )

52 min | Documentary

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Stars: Karla Schlender, John Belushi, Kurt Cobain, Heath Ledger

36. In the Ring (2006 Video)

76 min | Documentary

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An extensive look at the making of Rocky (1976).

Director: Michael Gillis | Stars: John G. Avildsen, Robert Chartoff, Talia Shire, Sylvester Stallone

37. Magic Time: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon (2002 Video)

30 min | Comedy, Documentary, Short

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Stars: Jack Lemmon, John G. Avildsen, James Foley, Peter Gallagher

38. Traveling Hopefully (1982)

84 min | Documentary

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Director: John G. Avildsen

39. Mr. Firth Goes to Washington (2008)

52 min | Documentary, Comedy

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Broadcast on Novermber 4th, the day of the US Presidential election, Mr Firth Goes to Washington is an SBS election special about how Charles Firth goes to Washington and manages to score ... See full summary »

Writers: Charles Firth, Nich Richardson | Director: Bradley J. Howard | Stars: Charles Firth, Deborah Kuleff, Nich Richardson, Antony Stockdale

40. Super Secret Movie Rules (2004– )
Episode: Sports Underdogs (2004)

Documentary

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Creator: Joey Anuff | Stars: Jim Thornton, Jill E. Alexander, David Anspaugh, Ant

41. Boxing at the Movies: Kings of the Ring (2013)

60 min | Documentary

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Writer: Danny Leigh | Director: Angus McIntyre | Stars: Danny Leigh, John G. Avildsen, Ian Christie, Sarah Churchwell

42. A Fine and Private Place (1998)

Romance

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Director: John G. Avildsen

43. Tribute to James Crabe (2006 Video)

4 min | Documentary, Short

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John G. Avildsen pays tribute to cinematographer James Crabe.

Director: Michael Gillis | Stars: John G. Avildsen, James Crabe

44. Stano

Pre-production

Bobby Stano had everything going for him. Fresh out of high school, he was signed to the majors, had a beautiful girlfriend, everything was looking up. That is, until he and his friends get... See full summary »

Writer: Robert Bruzio | Director: John G. Avildsen | Star: Joe Manganiello

45. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

Documentary | Filming

A documentary about Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus - two movie-obsessed cousins whose passion for cinema changed the way movies were made and marketed - and the tale of how this passion ... See full summary »

Writer: Mark Hartley | Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Molly Ringwald, Olivia d'Abo, Catherine Mary Stewart, Cassandra Peterson

46. John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs (2014)

60 min | Documentary | Filming

An examination of the Oscar-winning director who brought to life some of cinema's most beloved motion pictures.

Writer: Derek Wayne Johnson | Director: Derek Wayne Johnson | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Martin Scorsese, Ralph Macchio, William Zabka

47. The Real Miyagi (2014)

90 min | Documentary | Post-production

A true story of the greatest karate master of our generation. Fumio Demura

Writer: Kevin Derek | Director: Kevin Derek | Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Ralph Macchio, Steven Seagal, Michael Jai White

48. Family on Board (2013)

16 min | Short, Crime, Drama | Post-production

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A family man and biker receives a questionable prison sentence. On his way to report to jail, he reflects on his life and anticipates what lies ahead - when catastrophe strikes.

Writer: George Pogatsia | Director: George Pogatsia | Stars: Eric Roberts, Tony Sirico, Karina Arroyave, Matthew Cowles

49. Super Secret Movie Rules (2004– )

Documentary

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Creator: Joey Anuff | Stars: Ant, Frank DeCaro, Chris Jericho, Bob Marley

50. Turn on to Love (1969)

83 min | Drama

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A bored housewife starts hanging out in Greenwich VIllage, and gets involved with pot-smoking hippies and an Italian filmmaker.

Writers: Fred Balachine, Atlas Geodesic, Herman Worth | Director: John G. Avildsen | Stars: Sharon Kent, Richard Michaels, Luigi Mastroianni, Jackie Riley