The 49th Academy Awards was a highly competitive year. The Best Picture category was filled to the brim with classic films that still feel fresh today. But to say Rocky was the best of that crop, is a little hard to take.
Peter Finch and Faye Dunaway's Network is a fine film, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford in All The Presidents Men is a classic thriller and Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver is one of the most intense and brilliant pieces of storytelling ever made. Although it is a good film, it's safe to say, Rocky doesn't quite measure up to those great works.