In 1976, a movie about a down-and-out, club boxer who worked as a collector for a loan shark in the blue-collar city of Philadelphia was released and would capture the hearts of Americans and then later the world. That movie was Rocky, and this hub will take a look at how this amazing film was made and other interesting Rock facts.   ROCKY-a Directed by John G. Avildsen, the movie Rocky starred Sylvester Stallone and was also written by him as well. Rocky won three academy awards, which included best picture. Rocky was a low budget, sleeper hit that made over $225 million. It was the highest grossing film of 1976 and is considered by Empire Magazine as one of the 500 greatest films of all time.