We all know the first film was the best of the bunch and a true classic of American cinema. It's iconic and groundbreaking and a bunch of other things. It WAS 1976 for so many people, including me. Just a really wonderful film, and a product of its era.
But there are bits and pieces of the next three films that I enjoy almost as much. Mickey telling Rocky to not let Apollo's threats bother him. Rocky responding with "Wouldn't it bother you?" Apollo's manager warning him against fighting Rocky because "He's all wrong for us, baby. I saw you beat that man like I never saw no man get beat before, and the man kept coming after you." Stuff like that. Rocky III and Rocky IV have similar moments...although less and less of them as the series progressed.
I dunno, but I really like Rocky II. A lot more than I probably should.
"Everybody in the audience better get ready for World War III"