Top 10 Football Films

Football is an all American sport that hundreds of thousands of fans love to watch every week and celebrate with tailgate parties and barbecues. So it’s only natural that there have been hundreds, if not thousands, of films made about the subject. Here are the top ten football films of all time.

10. ‘Jerry Maguire’ (1996)
Cameron Crowe’s film about a sports agent who develops a conscience, played by Tom Cruise, is a touching, comedic and dramatic look at the management side of football and what it takes to become number one on either side of the field. Tom Cruise was able to charm both men and women, making this an instant sports classic.

9. ‘Remember The Titans’ (2000)
Nowadays, it’s hard to imagine a sports team that wasn’t culturally and ethnically diverse, but this film, starring Denzel Washington, reminds us that once upon a time that was the way it was. This movie is about bringing different people together and putting differences aside for the greater goal of victory and along the way, unity.

8. ‘We Are Marshall’ (2006)
An emotionally charged film about moving on and coming together again, following the death of several team mates and coaches. It’s also about how their love of the game enabled them to honour to their fallen comrades.

7. ‘The Longest Yard’ (1974)
The original version, starring Burt Reynolds, as a once famous quarterback who is now in prison and is forced to form a team of inmates to play the overpowering guards.

6. ‘North Dallas Forty’ (1979)
Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 70’s, this comedic film is well worth a watch.

5. ‘Varsity Blues’ (1999)
The film that made every high school boy want to be the starting quarterback. It deals with the pressures and responsibilities of high school sports in a football crazed town that worships the game like it was a religion.

4. ‘Any Given Sunday’ (1999)
Cameron Diaz as the co-owner and president of a football team, need I say more, She plays a tough as nails; win at any cost president, who pushes the coach, played by Al Pacino, and her players to any extreme in order to win.

3. ‘Heaven Can Wait’ (1978)
A funny and somewhat romantic film about a quarterback who is accidentally taken up to heaven before his time. He ends up reincarnated in the body of a millionaire, who buys the Rams so he can be a quarterback again and play in the Superbowl.

2. ‘Brian’s Song’ (1971)
The TV movie about real-life players, Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and their bond through football, life and even death.

1. ‘Rudy’ (1993)
The best movie about football is the one that inspired lots of young men to pick up the ball and play, ‘Rudy’. This is the story of a boy who wanted to play football more than anything and defied the odds to achieve his dream.

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