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In the 1997 American crime drama "Cop Land," (Credit: Sam Emerson)

In the 1997 American crime drama "Cop Land," Sylvester Stallone stars as a local sheriff in a New Jersey town.

Sylvester Stallone then and now: 'Rocky' through 'The Expendables 3'

With the release of his new film, "The Expendables 3," take a look back at Sylvester Stallone's extensive film career over the years, from his earliest movies ("The Lords of Flatbush," "Rocky") through today.

THE LORDS OF FLATBUSH (1974)

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Sylvester Stallone, with costars Henry Winker, far left, and Ray Sharkey, is part of a gang of leather-clad hoods in "The Lords of Flatbush." Released May 1, 1974, Stallone is credited with writing additional dialogue.

ROCKY (1976)

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Sylvester Stallone as Rocky in a scene from the 1976 film "Rocky,'' which is included in the top 100 movies in "The New York Times Essential Library: Children's Movies."

RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II (1985)

Sylvester Stallone starred as Rambo in "Rambo: First
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Sylvester Stallone starred as Rambo in "Rambo: First Blood Part II," the 1985 sequel to his first appearance as the Vietnam vet in 1982's "First Blood."

CLIFFHANGER (1993)

Sylvester Stallone stars as a former Rocky Mountain
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Sylvester Stallone stars as a former Rocky Mountain Rescue worker who is forced to battle a band of ruthless criminals high in the Rockies in 1993's "Cliffhanger."

ASSASSINS (1995)

Sylvester Stallone starred in the action-suspense thriller "Assassins,"
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Sylvester Stallone starred in the action-suspense thriller "Assassins," released Oct. 6, 1995.

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Boxing champion Muhammad Ali joins actors Sylvester Stallone
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Boxing champion Muhammad Ali joins actors Sylvester Stallone and Carl Weathers at a party for the 20th anniversary of "Rocky" in Manhattan on March 16, 1996.

Sylvester Stallone, not only the star of "Rocky,"
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Sylvester Stallone, not only the star of "Rocky," but also the screenwriter of the 1976 best picture Academy Award winner, strikes a pose for photographers during ceremonies honoring him and the five "Rocky" films at Manhattan's Planet Hollywood on Thursday, Nov. 21, 1996.

DAYLIGHT (1996)

Sylvester Stallone stars in "Daylight," released in 1996.
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Sylvester Stallone stars in "Daylight," released in 1996. The American disaster thriller follows the aftermath of explosions in New York tunnels and the fight to save the people trapped inside.

Sylvester Stallone and then-girlfriend Jennifer Flavin at Planet
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Sylvester Stallone and then-girlfriend Jennifer Flavin at Planet Hollywood in Miami, Fla. on Wednesday, April 3, 1996.

COP LAND (1997)

In the 1997 American crime drama "Cop Land,"
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In the 1997 American crime drama "Cop Land," Sylvester Stallone stars as a local sheriff in a New Jersey town.

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Sylvester Stallone with Robert De Niro at their
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Sylvester Stallone with Robert De Niro at their hotel at the Cap d'Antibes on Saturday May 10, 1997, while promoting their movie "Cop Land" during the 50th International Cannes Film festival.

Sylvester Stallone plays golf during the Laureus Celebrity
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Sylvester Stallone plays golf during the Laureus Celebrity Golf tournament in Monaco on Wednesday, May 24, 2000.

GET CARTER (2000)

The 2000 remake of Michael Caine's 1971 film,
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The 2000 remake of Michael Caine's 1971 film, "Get Carter," stars Stallone as Jack Carter, a Las Vegas mob casino financial enforcer, who returns home after his brother dies in a car accident.

Sylvester Stallone at the Hungaroring racetrack in Budapest
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Sylvester Stallone at the Hungaroring racetrack in Budapest circa 2000.

DRIVEN (2001)

Sylvester Stallone, with Kip Pardue, stars in Warner
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Sylvester Stallone, with Kip Pardue, stars in Warner Bros. Pictures' "Driven," a 2001 action drama. Stallone also wrote and produced the film.

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AVENGING ANGELO (2002)

Two-time Oscar winner Anthony Quinn and Sylvester Stallone
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Two-time Oscar winner Anthony Quinn and Sylvester Stallone in a scene from the film "Avenging Angelo," a 2002 American Mafia comedy directed by Martyn Burke.

Sylvester Stallone, with his "Expendables 3" co-stars, from
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Sylvester Stallone, with his "Expendables 3" co-stars, from left, Kellan Lutz, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas and Jason Statham at the film's world premiere in London on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.

THE EXPENDABLES 3 (2014)

Sylvester Stallone with Arnold Schwarzenegger in "The Expendables
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Sylvester Stallone with Arnold Schwarzenegger in "The Expendables 3," in theaters Aug. 15, 2014.

Sylvester Stallone, then and now

In New York on March 11, 1983; at
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In New York on March 11, 1983; at the premiere for "The Expendables 3" at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, on Aug. 11, 2014.

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