Best Soccer Movie

by pbn | created - 15 Jun 2014 | updated - 13 Jun 2015 | Public

Which movie best represents 'the beautiful game'?

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1. Victory (1981)

PG | 116 min | Drama, Sport, War

57 Metascore

As allied POWs prepare for a soccer game against the German National Team to be played in Nazi-occupied Paris, the French Resistance and British officers are making plans for the team's escape.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone, Pelé, Bobby Moore

Votes: 24,571 | Gross: $10.85M

Allied POWs, including Michael Caine, Sylvester Stallone and Pelé, accept to play a match against a German team, hoping to use it as an escape. Directed by John Huston.

2. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents' traditionalism and joins a football team.

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anupam Kher

Votes: 98,233 | Gross: $32.54M

A Sikh girl, played by Parminder Nagra, rebels against her parents by joining Keira Knightley on a girls' football team.

3. Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)

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

53 Metascore

The extremely talented Santiago Munez is given a chance at professional football, after being spotted by a scout who has ties with Newcastle United.

Director: Danny Cannon | Stars: Kuno Becker, Alessandro Nivola, Anna Friel, Leonardo Guerra

Votes: 56,524 | Gross: $4.28M

The path to football fame for the Mexican boy Santiago, with two sequels, Goal II: Living the Dream (2007) and Goal! III (2009).

4. Looking for Eric (2009)

Not Rated | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

66 Metascore

Eric, a football fanatic postman whose life is descending into crisis, receives some life coaching from the famously philosophical Eric Cantona.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Steve Evets, Eric Cantona, Stephanie Bishop, Gerard Kearns

Votes: 14,656 | Gross: $0.06M

A football-fanatic, middle-aged father and postman gets some life coaching from Eric Cantona. Directed by Ken Loach.

5. Shaolin Soccer (2001)

PG | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

68 Metascore

A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage.

Director: Stephen Chow | Stars: Stephen Chow, Wei Zhao, Yat-Fei Wong, Man-Tat Ng

Votes: 67,108 | Gross: $0.49M

Stephen Chow stars as a shaolin kung-fu practitioner who starts a soccer team.

6. Green Street Hooligans (2005)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

55 Metascore

A wrongfully expelled Harvard undergrad moves to London, where he is introduced to the violent underworld of football hooliganism.

Director: Lexi Alexander | Stars: Elijah Wood, Charlie Hunnam, Claire Forlani, Marc Warren

Votes: 132,100 | Gross: $0.34M

An American moves to London and is introduced to the lifestyle of football hooliganism. Stars Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam.

7. Fever Pitch (1997)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

55 Metascore

A sports fan's romantic courtship clashes with his obsession with his favorite football team.

Director: David Evans | Stars: Colin Firth, Ruth Gemmell, Luke Aikman, Bea Guard

Votes: 9,344 | Gross: $0.01M

Colin Firth stars as an obsessive Arsenal supporter whose love life develops in tandem with his team's fortunes.

8. Kicking & Screaming (2005)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

45 Metascore

Family man Phil Weston, a lifelong victim of his father's competitive nature, takes on the coaching duties of a kids' soccer team, and soon finds that he's also taking on his father's dysfunctional way of relating.

Director: Jesse Dylan | Stars: Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, Josh Hutcherson, Mike Ditka

Votes: 33,532 | Gross: $52.58M

Will Ferrell takes over as coach of a kids' soccer team. Robert Duvall plays his competitive father.

9. She's the Man (2006)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

45 Metascore

When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguised as him, and proceeds to fall for one of his soccer teammates, and soon learns she's not the only one with romantic troubles.

Director: Andy Fickman | Stars: Amanda Bynes, Laura Ramsey, Channing Tatum, Vinnie Jones

Votes: 134,490 | Gross: $2.34M

Amanda Bynes pretends to be a boy to play on a college soccer team. Then she falls in love with Channing Tatum.

10. The Damned United (2009)

R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

81 Metascore

The story of the controversial Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of the English football club Leeds United.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Colm Meaney, Henry Goodman, David Roper, Jimmy Reddington

Votes: 37,551 | Gross: $0.45M

Michael Sheen plays Brian Clough, the short-lived manager of Leeds United. Directed by Tom Hooper.

11. The Game of Their Lives (2005)

PG | 101 min | Drama, History, Sport

47 Metascore

Based on a true story, this film tells the tale of the 1950 U.S. soccer team, who, against all odds, beat England 1 - 0 in the city of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Although no U.S. team has ever won a World Cup title, this story is about the family traditions and passions which shaped the lives of the players who made up this team of underdogs.

Director: David Anspaugh | Stars: Wes Bentley, Gerard Butler, Gavin Rossdale, Jay Rodan

Votes: 2,923 | Gross: $0.38M

The story of the US soccer team who beat England in the World Cup in Brazil in 1950. Stars Wes Bentley and Gerard Butler.

12. Gregory's Girl (1980)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Gregory is a normal teen who is infatuated with a classmate. He must work to win her affection.

Director: Bill Forsyth | Stars: John Gordon Sinclair, Dee Hepburn, Jake D'Arcy, Clare Grogan

Votes: 6,759

The teenager Gregory has a crush on Dorothy - who plays on his football team! Written and directed by Bill Forsyth.

13. United (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, History, Sport

United is based on the true story of Manchester United's legendary "Busby Babes", the youngest side ever to win the Football League and the 1958 Munich Air Crash that claimed eight of the ... See full summary »

Director: James Strong | Stars: Dean Andrews, Kate Ashfield, Natalie Burt, David Calder

Votes: 9,770

The story of the legendary Manchester United team involved in a 1958 Munich air crash.

14. Das Wunder von Bern (2003)

118 min | Drama, Sport

A young boy from a working class family in post-war Germany struggles with his estranged father returning from war captivity, while a friend of his plays for the German National Soccer Team at the 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland.

Director: Sönke Wortmann | Stars: Louis Klamroth, Peter Lohmeyer, Johanna Gastdorf, Lucas Gregorowicz

Votes: 6,135

The stories behind the championship-winning German soccer team of 1954.

15. Gracie (2007)

PG-13 | 95 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

52 Metascore

A teenager faces an uphill battle when she fights to give women the opportunity to play competitive soccer.

Director: Davis Guggenheim | Stars: Carly Schroeder, Andrew Shue, Elisabeth Shue, Jesse Lee Soffer

Votes: 3,835 | Gross: $2.96M

A teenage girl fights for the right to play competitive soccer. Featuring Elisabeth Shue and Dermot Mulroney.

16. There's Only One Jimmy Grimble (2000)

106 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

Jimmy Grimble is a shy Manchester school boy. At school he is constantly being bullied by the other kids, and at home he has to face his mother's new boyfriend who he doesn't like. However,... See full summary »

Director: John Hay | Stars: Lewis McKenzie, Jane Lapotaire, Gina McKee, Ben Miller

Votes: 3,359

A bullied boy becomes football hero. Featuring Robert Carlyle and Ray Winstone.

17. The Big Green (1995)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

A teacher on exchange from England is placed in an underachieving Texan school, where she coaches the children in soccer, improving their self esteem and leading to unexpected success.

Director: Holly Goldberg Sloan | Stars: Steve Guttenberg, Olivia d'Abo, Jay O. Sanders, John Terry

Votes: 8,192 | Gross: $17.73M

Steve Guttenberg stars as a sheriff who helps coach of a school soccer team.

18. Offside (I) (2006)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

85 Metascore

Struggle of Women in a country that excludes them from entering the stadiums.

Director: Jafar Panahi | Stars: Sima Mobarak-Shahi, Shayesteh Irani, Ayda Sadeqi, Golnaz Farmani

Votes: 6,751 | Gross: $0.18M

Jafar Panahi's film about Iranian girls who dress as boys to watch the games at the local football stadium.

19. Montevideo, Bog te video! (2010)

140 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A story about one team that decides to follow a dream that takes them on a journey to the First World Football Championship in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1930. A dream that allows them to become true stars and living legends.

Director: Dragan Bjelogrlic | Stars: Milos Bikovic, Petar Strugar, Nina Jankovic, Danina Jeftic

Votes: 10,315

The story behind Yugoslavia's participation in the first World Cup in 1930. With the sequel Montevideo, vidimo se! (2014)

20. The Cup (1999)

G | 93 min | Comedy, Sport

70 Metascore

While the soccer World Cup is being played in France, two young Tibetan refugees arrive at a monastery/boarding school in exile in India. Its atmosphere of serene contemplation is somewhat ... See full summary »

Director: Khyentse Norbu | Stars: Orgyen Tobgyal, Neten Chokling, Jamyang Lodro, Lama Chonjor

Votes: 2,761 | Gross: $1.07M

While the soccer World Cup is being played in France, two young Tibetan refugees arrive at a monastery in exile in India.

21. Rudo y Cursi (2008)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

67 Metascore

Two siblings rival each other inside the world of professional soccer.

Director: Carlos Cuarón | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Guillermo Francella, Dolores Heredia

Votes: 7,630 | Gross: $1.83M

Two siblings, played by Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal, rival each other inside the world of professional soccer.

22. Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Sport

The manager of England's national football unexpectedly succumbs to a heart attack, and suddenly the search is on for a replacement. Most people who seem qualified for the position have the... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: Ricky Tomlinson, Amanda Redman, Bradley Walsh, Philip Jackson

Votes: 5,023

Ricky Tomlinson is the unexpected choice for the position of manager for the English national team.

23. 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: 32,915 | Gross: $0.09M

Vinnie Jones is a soccer star jailed for assault, who leads a group of inmates in a match against prison guards.

24. Sixty Six (2006)

PG-13 | 93 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

A boy's barmitzvah looks set to be a disaster when it coincides with the 1966 World Cup Final.

Director: Paul Weiland | Stars: Charlie Clark, Nick Shirm, Thomas Drewson, Gregg Sulkin

Votes: 2,476 | Gross: $0.22M

A boy's barmitzvah looks set to be a disaster when it coincides with the 1966 World Cup Final.

25. O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias (2006)

PG | 110 min | Drama

67 Metascore

A boy is left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in the year of 1970, where both world cup and dictatorship happen in Brazil.

Director: Cao Hamburger | Stars: Michel Joelsas, Germano Haiut, Daniela Piepszyk, Paulo Autran

Votes: 5,557 | Gross: $0.76M

A boy is left alone in a Jewish neighborhood in the year of 1970, where both world cup and dictatorship happen in Brazil.

26. The Football Factory (2004)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

An insight on the gritty life of a bored male, Chelsea football hooligan who lives for violence, sex, drugs & alcohol.

Director: Nick Love | Stars: Danny Dyer, Frank Harper, Tamer Hassan, Roland Manookian

Votes: 26,501

Nick Love's study of British hooliganism.

27. Hermano (2010)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Family, Sport

Two young men who have been raised as brothers look to their soccer skills as a way of getting out of their slum. While a scout is in town, an act of violence threatens to tear them apart.

Director: Marcel Rasquin | Stars: Fernando Moreno, Eliú Armas, Alí Rondón, Beto Benites

Votes: 2,347 | Gross: $0.03M

Two boys raised as brothers in the Venezuelan slum get the chance to play for an international talent scout.

28. Zidane, un portrait du 21e siècle (2006)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

Football match Real Madrid vs. Villareal, April 23, 2005, from the perspective of soccer superstar Zinedine Zidane.

Directors: Douglas Gordon, Philippe Parreno | Stars: David Beckham, Zinédine Zidane

Votes: 2,803

Match documentary from the perspective of Zinédine Zidane.

29. The Class of 92 (2013)

Not Rated | 99 min | Documentary, Sport

The Class of 92, a cinematic documentary detailing the rise to prominence and global sporting superstardom of six supremely talented young Manchester United footballers (David Beckham, ... See full summary »

Directors: Benjamin Turner, Gabe Turner | Stars: David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville

Votes: 7,059

A documentary about the rise to prominence of six Manchester United footballers, including David Beckham.

30. Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006)

PG-13 | 97 min | Documentary, Sport

67 Metascore

The rise and fall of the N.Y. Cosmos. The soccer team that brought Pele to America; against the backdrop of N.Y. City in the 70's.

Directors: Paul Crowder, John Dower | Stars: Pelé, Giorgio Chinaglia, Matt Dillon, Ahmet Ertegun

Votes: 1,384 | Gross: $0.14M

The rise and fall of the N.Y. Cosmos, the soccer team that brought Pelé to America.



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