The Expendables 3
Sylvester Stallone brings his biggest ensemble of action heroes together for an adventure that pits The Expendables against a mental arms dealer played by Mel Gibson. Jason Statham, Jet Li, Antonio Banderas and Arnold Schwarzenegger co-star; Patrick Hughes directs. Read our review here.

Before they were Expendables, Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Mel Gibson were muscle men with big dreams. See each in a standout moment from their early days with these three films that still hold their own.

Rocky (1976) Based on the true story of boxer Rocky Balboa, this biopic written by and starring Sylvester Stallone made him a big star and earned him Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Lead Actor. Here he stars as a an uneducated amateur boxer whose abruptly given the spotlight when he's invited to fight world heavyweight boxing champ Apollo Creed. Talia Shire, Carl Weathers, and Burgess Meredith co-star; John G. Avildsen directs.

Mad Max (1979) This wildly popular Australian actioner launched Mel Gibson. In it he plays Max Rockatansky, a jaded cop turned seeker of vengeance after a merciless biker gang murders his family. In the postapocalyptic future, Mad Max is a dangerous man to be reckoned with. Hugh Keays-Byrne, Joanne Samuel, and Steve Bisley, co-star; George Miller directs.

Pumping Iron (1977) Before he was a movie star, Arnold Schwarzenegger was an egotistical body builder. (Shocker, right?) This still compelling doc takes audiences behind the scenes of the 1975 IFBB Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia competitions. As five-time Mr. Olympia winner, Schwarzenegger is the favorite, but a young--though nervous-- Lou Ferrigno could give this Austrian egomaniac a run for his money. Robert Fiore and George Butler direct.

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