Rocky - Rocky IV
Don't let the shorts fool you, what makes Rocky Balboa an American hero comes from inside. It's in his blood, which he is more than willing to spill on foreign soil for our collective ideals, and our good name. When our actual champs tend to be preening politicians of the sport who seem allergic to taking hits, we find ourselves rallying behind the mythical Italian Stallion well past his due date (and ready to bet all on this Creed kid, while we're at it). We build actual statues for Rocky, who doesn't actually exist. But he doesn't go into the ring for the money or himself, he goes in for us, and that's real.