Ryan Coogler’s update of the Rocky franchise made us fall in love with Rocky Balboa all over again, but Sylvester Stallone’s torch-passing to Michael B. Jordan had just the right mix of stoicism and sentiment. It also has the best training sequence of any Rocky-related film. The low-key moral of most inspiring movies is that you don’t win during the fight — you win during the training for the fight. Just grit your teeth and do the work. (Also: We’ve read everything the CDC has published lately and can’t, for the life of us, think of any reason running through empty streets in a Rocky suit isn’t okay. Wear gloves. See below.)
Creed is too cool to be a real person, sadly. Creed still makes our list of uplifting movies.