In terms of the dramatic elements in the Rocky series, Rocky II is probably tied with Rocky Balboa for being the second best drama in the series. Stallone’s performance is pitch perfect. The love story is developed further in a believable and logical way. And there are some great character moments again. I especially love the scene where Rocky tries to do the TV commercial.
What really sets this one apart for me is the ending fight. Huge credit has to go to Stallone who both wrote and directed this for staging the fight in an innovative and emotional way. But the best part is the ending. Such a brilliant way to show Rocky winning. This is one of the best sequels.