I'm not going to lie: I don't like the movie Rocky, but this isn't about what I like and don't like. It's about movies that are going to inspire you to tackle the year like whoa, and Rocky has that effect. Rocky is inspiring on two levels: First the plot itself, about an underdog who comes out on top, is inspiring. Secondly, how the movie was made is even more inspiring. Sylvester Stallone wrote the script in a matter of a few days, then shopped it around, with the ultimatum that he had to be the lead. Of course, Stallone was a nobody at the time, so it was a hard sell. Eventually, United Artists took a chance and if it weren't for Rocky, Stallone would still be a nobody today.