The most iconic action hero that ever lived: John J. Rambo

Stealth, strength, determination and sheer power – nobody embodies these traits better than Vietnam veteran – Rambo! Portrayed and created by none other than the Italian Stallion himself – Sylvestor Stallone, Rambo has become an inspiration for several action movies and characters. With this iconic hero set to make a return, we take a look at the journey of this action star.

Rambo: First Blood (1982)

This movie introduced the audience to Vietnam veteran, Green Beret and Medal of Honour recipient, John J. Rambo. 

The plot starts about ten years after Rambo was an active soldier and is living as a drifter who wanders into a small town in Washington to meet up with an old friend.

Rambo: First Blood Movie

What follows is a battle against the Town’s Sheriff Will Teasle (Brian Dennehy) and his officers who feel the full brunt of Rambo’s might.

Finally, it is Rambo’s former Commanding Officer, Trautman (Richard Crenna) that steps in to intervene and get Rambo to surrender.

Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

This movie begins with Rambo in prison for his violent behaviour. Up until his former CO Trautman saves the day yet again with a prison release form in exchange for rescuing a group of POWs held in Vietnam.

While the mission in itself isn’t a tough feat for Rambo, seeing the torture of his brothers by the Vietnamese makes him go rogue.

John Rambo

With the help of a woman who becomes his love interest (Julia Nickson), Rambo gets free from the enemies clutches and begins to unleash hell on the armies. 

At the end, instead of returning to the US, he decides to stay back in Thailand and search for inner peace through meditation! 

John J. Rambo
Rambo III (1988)

The third instalment of the movie was released in 1988 when Trautman once again returns to seek Rambo’s help in helping Afghan civilians who are the target of the Soviet army.

Rambo refuses, which results in Trautman to go alone who is then overtaken by the Soviet forces. 

John James Rambo

When Rambo hears of this news he instantly takes off on his own to rescue his leader and allies with the Afghans against the Soviet.

What follows is one action plot after another depicting the brilliance of this special ops soldier. 

Not only does Rambo rescue his CO but also gives the audience a thrilling moment when he drives a tank into a helicopter ending the Soviet nuisance once and for all.


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Rambo IV (2008)

Two decades later, Stallone revived Rambo’s story wherein he is ferrying missionaries on their way to offer medical aid to villages.

An attack by pirates leads to severe violence causing the missionaries to part ways with the soldier.

Sylvester Stallone

The missionaries are abducted by Major Tint (Maung Maung Khin) whose men execute the villagers. 

What follows is one rescue mission after another, showcasing the skills of Rambo and how he has still got the grit of a true hero.

The move ends with Rambo returning to the States to visit his dad.

Sylvester Stallone on Last Blood
Rambo: Last Blood (2019)

However, there is still one fight left in this special ops soldier who is reaching the end of his journey after almost 40 years. 

Rambo V: Last Blood, slated for a September release. It features Stallone on the warpath when a friend's daughter is kidnapped causing him to come face-to-face with none other than the brutal Mexican cartels.


Rambo: Last Blood