THE BEST MOVIES ABOUT AMERICAN FOOTBALL FILMS

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1. Any Given Sunday (1999)

R | 162 min | Drama, Sport

52 Metascore

A behind-the-scenes look at the life-and-death struggles of modern-day gladiators and those who lead them.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, Cameron Diaz, James Woods

Votes: 104,787 | Gross: $75.53M

2. Big Fan (2009)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

70 Metascore

A hard-core New York Giants fan struggles to deal with the consequences when he is beaten up by his favorite player.

Director: Robert Siegel | Stars: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Corrigan, Michael Rapaport, Marcia Jean Kurtz

Votes: 8,478 | Gross: $0.23M

3. Invincible (2006)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

63 Metascore

Based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.

Director: Ericson Core | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway

Votes: 58,790 | Gross: $57.79M

4. Remember the Titans (2000)

PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

48 Metascore

The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst

Votes: 179,618 | Gross: $115.65M

5. Mean Machine (2001)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

45 Metascore

A soccer star jailed for assault leads a group of inmates in a match against prison guards.

Director: Barry Skolnick | Stars: Vinnie Jones, David Kelly, David Hemmings, Ralph Brown

Votes: 32,548 | Gross: $0.09M

6. The Blind Side (2009)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

53 Metascore

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head

Votes: 257,383 | Gross: $255.96M

7. Leatherheads (2008)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

In 1925, an enterprising pro football player convinces America's too-good-to-be-true college football hero to play for his team and keep the league from going under.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: George Clooney, Renée Zellweger, John Krasinski, David de Vries

Votes: 29,469 | Gross: $31.20M

8. Varsity Blues (1999)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

A back-up quarterback is chosen to lead a Texas football team to victory after the star quarterback is injured.

Director: Brian Robbins | Stars: James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight, Paul Walker, Ron Lester

Votes: 38,240 | Gross: $52.89M

9. The Longest Yard (1974)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

A sadistic warden asks a former pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, Michael Conrad

Votes: 14,966

10. The Longest Yard (2005)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Sport

48 Metascore

Prison inmates form a football team to challenge the prison guards.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Adam Sandler, Burt Reynolds, Chris Rock, Nelly

Votes: 146,395 | Gross: $158.12M

11. Friday Night Lights (2004)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Drama, Sport

70 Metascore

Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Jay Hernandez, Derek Luke, Lucas Black

Votes: 52,816 | Gross: $61.19M

12. The Program (1993)

R | 112 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Several players from different backgrounds try to cope with the pressures of playing football at a major university. Each deals with the pressure differently, some turn to drinking, others to drugs, and some to studying.

Director: David S. Ward | Stars: James Caan, Halle Berry, Omar Epps, Craig Sheffer

Votes: 8,218 | Gross: $23.00M

13. Gridiron Gang (2006)

PG-13 | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

52 Metascore

Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.

Director: Phil Joanou | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell, Leon Rippy

Votes: 39,142 | Gross: $38.43M

14. We Are Marshall (2006)

PG | 131 min | Drama, Sport

53 Metascore

When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team's new coach and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive.

Director: McG | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, Anthony Mackie, David Strathairn

Votes: 52,244 | Gross: $43.55M

15. The Replacements (2000)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Sport

30 Metascore

During a pro football strike, the owners hire substitute players.

Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton, Orlando Jones

Votes: 53,057 | Gross: $44.74M

16. Touchback (2011)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

56 Metascore

A man looks back 15 years to the injury that ended his career as a promising high-school football player.

Director: Don Handfield | Stars: Brian Presley, Kurt Russell, Melanie Lynskey, Marc Blucas

Votes: 3,578 | Gross: $0.20M

17. Rudy (1993)

PG | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame.

Director: David Anspaugh | Stars: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty, Greta Lind

Votes: 48,571 | Gross: $22.75M

18. The Waterboy (1998)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Sport

41 Metascore

A waterboy for a college football team discovers he has a unique tackling ability and becomes a member of the team.

Director: Frank Coraci | Stars: Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Henry Winkler, Fairuza Balk

Votes: 133,613 | Gross: $161.49M

19. Wildcats (1986)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Sport

A rookie high school football coach has a harder time than she expected trying to whip her tough inner city team into shape.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Swoosie Kurtz, Robyn Lively, Brandy Gold

Votes: 10,750 | Gross: $26.29M

20. Little Giants (1994)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

Misfits form their own opposing team to an elite peewee football team, coached by the elite team coach's brother.

Director: Duwayne Dunham | Stars: Rick Moranis, Ed O'Neill, Shawna Waldron, Devon Sawa

Votes: 22,488 | Gross: $19.29M

21. The Last Boy Scout (1991)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

52 Metascore

An private detective's protected female witness is murdered, prompting him and the victim's boyfriend to investigate the crime that leads to a corrupt politician and a crooked football team owner.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Noble Willingham

Votes: 84,019 | Gross: $59.51M

22. All the Right Moves (1983)

R | 91 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

62 Metascore

A high school football player desperate for a scholarship and his headstrong coach clash in a dying Pennsylvania steel town.

Director: Michael Chapman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson, Craig T. Nelson, Charles Cioffi

Votes: 14,063 | Gross: $17.23M

23. Brian's Song (1971 TV Movie)

G | 73 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: James Caan, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Warden, Bernie Casey

Votes: 6,409

24. Necessary Roughness (1991)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Sport

Due to NCAA sanctions, the Texas State University Fightin' Armadillos must form a football team from their actual student body, with no scholarships to help, to play their football schedule... See full summary »

Director: Stan Dragoti | Stars: Scott Bakula, Hector Elizondo, Robert Loggia, Harley Jane Kozak

Votes: 9,172 | Gross: $26.26M

25. The Junction Boys (2002 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama, Sport

Story of Bear Bryant's first summer as head football coach at Texas A&M. Bear takes his charges out onto the scorched plains and sees who survives.

Director: Mike Robe | Stars: Tom Berenger, Bernard Curry, Fletcher Humphrys, Ryan Kwanten

Votes: 843

26. The Express (2008)

PG | 130 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

58 Metascore

A drama based on the life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid, Clancy Brown, Darrin Dewitt Henson

Votes: 18,273 | Gross: $9.59M

27. Moneyball (2011)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

87 Metascore

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 316,691 | Gross: $75.61M



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