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. 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.