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Top 10 Football Movies

top 10 football movies

Table of Contents


  1. Rudy
  2. Remember The Titans
  3. Brian's Song
  4. Friday Night Lights
  5. Any Given Sunday
  6. The Blind Side
  7. The Replacements
  8. The Longest Yard
  9. Jerry Maguire
  10. Varsity Blues

1. Rudy

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Rudy is considered by many as one of the greatest football movies of all time. Released in 1993, this movie is about a young man named Rudy Ruettiger that had been told that he was too small to play college football for his entire life. He had poor grades and not enough talent to play football at his dream school Notre Dame. Despite the discouragement from his Catholic family and girlfriend, Rudy looks to pursue his dream. He enrolls at Holy Cross Junior College while he works to improve his grades, and then is accepted into Notre Dame. He dresses as a practice dummy for the Fighting Irish for 2 years before being allowed to suit up for one game. He is triumphant in his game and is carried off the field by his teammates.

This movie portrays the value of hard work and determination. This movie is commended for the depiction of feeling accomplished after working so hard for so little time on the field. It is more about the journey that the destination in this movie.

2. Remember The Titans

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Remember The Titans was an extremely groundbreaking movie released in 2000. This movie is based on a true story from the 1970s about a new African American high school football coach in Alexandria, Virginia. He was tasked with coaching the first racially integrated football team that the school had ever seen. The coach must help the players learn to work as a unit and respect one another as individuals. White team captain Gerry Bertier and African American team captain Julius Campbell develop an unbreakable bond that paves the way for other players to unite. When Gerry has a career ending accident, the team must play in the championship game without him and bring home victory for Gerry and the community.

The audience is shown the power of sports in unifying a diverse group of people. There are key life lessons about overlooking differences in race or ethnicity to connect with the deeper inner self. This movie contains a powerful message for all groups of people.

3. Brian's Song

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Brian's Song is a true story about the lasting relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers. The two men play for the mid-1960s Chicago Bears during what is still a highly segregated time. Even though they compete for the same spot on the team and are of different races, they have built an incredible friendship. When Piccolo discovers that he has terminal cancer, the men and their wives must deal with this harsh reality.

This story is extremely important to highlighting the racial inequality that occurred during the Civil Rights Era. This relationship defied the odds as the men grew to love and respect each other as teammates, competitors, and individuals. This depiction based on a true story helps show the power that football and sports has on two individuals that are taught to dislike one another.

4. Friday Night Lights

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The story in Friday Night Lights focuses on a high school football team in the economically depressed city of Odessa, Texas. The community of Odessa looks forward to Friday nights that give them joy while watching the Permian Panthers. The winning team is led by quarterback Mike Winchell and star tailback Boobie Miles. When Boobie suffers a career ending injury, Coach Gary Gaines works to help the team rise up and make a season comeback after a series of defeats. On their way to the state championship, the Panthers work to play the perfect game and bring life back to the city.

This movie that was released in 2004 was an accurate portrayal of how football in western Texas is more than just a game, and how it can affect families and members of the community. The players have a lot of weight on their shoulders, but they overcome hardship to inspire their community. This is a great story with quality football scenes as well.

5. Any Given Sunday

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Any Given Sunday is a classic football movie that presents the struggles of modern football players. When legendary quarterback Cap Rooney is knocked out of a game, third-stringer Willie Beaman is called in to take over for the rest of the season. The successful Miami Sharks are looking to continue their winning streak and make it to the championship. Having been on the bench for years, Willie takes his final chance at victory and lights up the field. His new style of play tests coach Tony D'Amato, who is under the pressure of new team president/co-owner Christina Pagniacci, to win at any cost.

This movie is considered to be a very accurate depiction of modern professional football. This film looks at the role of politics and selfishness in professional football organizations, and how these might affect a team's success. This is a very realistic and exposing movie.

6. The Blind Side

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The Blind Side is an extremely well-known film that was released in 2009. This movie is based on the true story of Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy who took in a homeless African American teenager named Michael Oher. Michael was raised in a low-income area of Memphis, Tennessee and did not have access to a proper education or helpful learning skills. When the well-established white Touhy family took him in, they gave him a place to live, a proper education, and introduced him to football. Michael went on to be one of the best offensive tackles at the University of Mississippi and was a first-round pick by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2009 NFL draft.

This movie spoke to a few key audiences and emphasized some of their life experiences. This movie hones in on the importance of family and draws out many emotions from its viewers. It is more than just another football movie to many and captures the essence of an incredible true story.

7. The Replacements

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The Replacements is a comedic football movie about all of the Washington Sentinels professional football players in the NFL league going on strike. Team Owner Edward O'neill calls on retired coach Jimmy McGinty to coach a team of poor substitute players. McGinty looks to former Ohio State player Shane Falco to whip the team into shape for the last four games of the season. The team consists of a bunch of misfits from many different backgrounds, and the movie takes us on their journey of going from bad to great football players.

This movie released in 2000 is a great film to watch for a good laugh. The characters are relatable and hysterical. The story has a balance of comedy, well-played football, and is a true comeback story about the power of second chances.

8. The Longest Yard

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The Longest Yard is a great film about former professional football player Paul Crewe who left to go to the professional league after being caught shaving points during a game. Due to some poor choices, Crewe is sent to prison where he is tasked by the Warden to put together a team of inmates to play a football tune-up game against the semi-professional prison guard team. At first no one is interested, but he soon puts together a quality team to play against the guards. When it is finally time for the game, Crewe is threatened by the Warden and must intentionally lose the game or else he will be wrongfully committed of his assistant coach's murder causing him to remain in prison for the rest of his life. He and his teammates end up winning the game and are praised for their victory.

This film is all about the importance of second chances and not making the same mistakes over again. Even though the main character is flawed, we decide to root for his victory. There is a great combination of good football and comedy throughout the movie, as well as some crucial life lessons.

9. Jerry Maguire

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Jerry Maguire is a popular sports movie about a successful sports agent named Jerry Maguire who has it all. With a fiancée, elite clients, and tremendous respect, Jerry finds himself questioning his purpose in life. When he voices his doubts and concerns, he loses his job, his fiancée, and all of his clients except for one. Rod Tidewell, a football player, remains as his loyal client as Jerry tries to rebuild what he once had. After helping Rod receive an amazing offer from Arizona, Jerry feels fulfilled and looks to complete his happiness by professing his love to the one woman who believed in him throughout it all, Dorothy.

This film is both a great football movie and a great movie in general. It has a great message about how people's paths in life aren't written in stone, and mistakes are okay. It also stresses the importance of making decisions that are fulfilling to oneself. The combination of powerful messages and great football make this an awesome movie.

10. Varsity Blues

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Varsity Blues is a compelling movie that tells the story of a small high school football team in Texas. The Canaan Coyotes are known to win and carry the community on their backs. Every Friday Night, the town gets together to watch the team attempt to get to their 23rd division title championship game. When starting quarterback Lance Harbor is injured, the Canaan Coyotes turn to backup quarterback John Moxon to lead the team. His leadership and football skills are challenged by the team, who soon begins to gain the trust of his teammates and the community. He struggles to handle the responsibility and pressure that comes with being the starting quarterback, but soon overcomes these pressures to help lead the team to victory.

This movie shows the difficulties of being a high school student and having to deal with immense pressure from everyone around you. It examines the pressures in football but also in everyday life. This movie provides decent football and good humor for the audience.



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