This inspiring 1986 crowd-pleaser tells the “Rocky”-like tale of an underdog teen who learns to face down his tormentors. And the Rocky connections don't end there. Both films were directed by John G. Avildsen; both feature scores by Bill Conti (Survivor sings rousing tunes in “Rocky III” and “The Karate Kid”). You want more? Both have extensive training scenes and spunky Italian protagonists (Sylvester Stallone is Rocky Balboa, while Ralph Macchio plays Daniel LaRusso as a kind of chip off the “Rocky”---right down to the walk and the talk). Also, both have ethnic mentors (Rocky has crusty Jewish manager Mickey; the Kid looks to sage Japanese sensei Mr. Miyagi, played by Pat Morita). One more thing---both are winning films.