American Football Movies. Although baseball is still considered the “American pastime”, the second half of the 20th Century saw a dramatic rise in popularity for football, which is now the most popular professional sports in America.
It is not surprising that this popularity surge coincided with increased television viewing in American homes.Football has had a strong relationship with the camera since before television. Although baseball is the most popular “movie sport”, football lends itself to certain types of cinematic storytelling.
The combination of the intense thrill of gladiatorial combat and the tension of complex strategic planning creates an opportunity to produce stirring drama, hilarious comedy, and even a few musical numbers.These are the best football movies you can stream now, regardless of whether you’re preparing for the big game, or battling pigskin fever during the off-season. The prices listed reflect the current rental cost.
BEST AMERICAN FOOTBALL MOVIE RATED 40 TO 1
we will start the list now with number 40 and so on…
#40 Invincible (2006)
Although it isn’t the first film in which Mark Wahlberg plays an actor who has a chance at the big screen (HTMODE_ Rock Star and Boogie Nights), this movie is certainly the most inspirational. Vincent Papale, the oldest rookie to play college football in NFL history, is the perfect example of a life worth the Hollywood treatment.
Wahlberg has been described as an “underestimated guy who has big dreams”, and this is true of Papale, a former teacher who attended an open tryout for Philadelphia Eagles. Papale impressed coach Dick Vermiel and went on to play three seasons for the Eagles. His story would inspire millions.
#39 Heaven Can Wait (1978)
Some men will spend their entire lives trying to reach the Super Bowl. Joe Pendleton is an example of this.
This modernized version of Here Came Mr. Jordan, based on the play Heaven Can Wait, Warren Beatty plays a Los Angeles Rams quarterback whose soul is taken too soon. Joe’s body is already cremated by the powers that are when they realize the mix-up.
What’s the solution? To walk again on the Earth, put Joe’s soul in the body of Leo Farnsworth, the millionaire who was just murdered. Joe’s first order. Joe/Leo is the unlikely quarterback. Get old Farnsworth in shape.
Heaven Can Wait received nine Academy Awards nominations, including four for Beatty, as actor, producer, director (with Buck Henry), co-director (with Elaine May) and co-writer (with Elaine May).
#38 Brian’s Song (1971)
One year before James Caan and Billy Dee Williams gave their career-best performances ( The Godfather, and Lady Sings The Blues respectively), they joined forces to create an ABC Movie of the Week which has been more popular than any other ABC movie.
The film is based on the turbulent friendship between Chicago Bears players Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo. It has earned a reputation for being a “guy cry” movie because of its final scene. It captures both the camaraderie and sincerity of male friendship, and it deserves every emotion it generates.
#37 Jerry Maguire (1996)
A memo from Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg after Dick Tracy crashed as it was the real Leigh Steinberg. Jerry Maguire did something many Hollywood thought impossible: He made America fall for a talent agent.
Jerry Maguire focuses more on the back-stages of pro football than the game itself. However, we do see some gameplay at the finale.
Cuba Gooding Jr. would win an Oscar for Tidwell’s role, in large part because of his famous line “Show me money!” Regina King and Rene Zellweger are future Oscar winners.
#36 Knute Rockne: All American (1940)
Despite Ronald Reagan’s presence on every poster for the film, the future President of the United States only gets a very small screen time in the classic film. Pat O’Brien plays the role of Knute Rockne, the legendary Notre Dame coach.
Reagan’s role as the terminally ill football player George Gipp is the most significant. His famous line, “Win only one for the Gipper,” also casts a shadow over the rest.
#35 Any Given Sunday (1999)
Oliver Stone’s Platoon as well as Born on July 4th made it clear that war is hell. He shows us in Any Given Sunday that professional football doesn’t look any prettier.
At the height of his frantic -era editing, Any Given Sunday captures the excitement of victory, the horrors and injuries of injury and the pressures that come with legacy and throws them all into an aggressive centrifuge.
However, Pacino’s moving speech about life as a “game of inches” will win you over regardless of your opinion.
#34 Friday Night Lights (2004)
Many people don’t realize that the highly acclaimed TV series Friday Night Lights was actually a movie. Fewer people may be aware that the movie and show were created by the director Lone Survivor, and Deepwater Horizon. Even fewer people know that the director spent many years as Dr. Billy Kronk in Chicago Hope
H.G. H.G. Bissinger’s compelling non-fiction piece Friday Night lights: A Town and a Team and a Dream is a damning portrait about the state of high school athletics and the towns that surround them. Director Peter Berg condenses all of Gary Gaines’ tension into a powerful, but sometimes overwhelming, story of disappointment and the pain of defeat in high school athletics.
#33 Remember the Titans (2000)
We as viewers can never tire of seeing people from different backgrounds unite behind a common cause, regardless of whether it’s a movie about war or sports.
Based on the true story about coach Herman Boone’s efforts to integrate a high-school football team in 1971 Virginia, Remember the Titans created a charming cast of young actors around Denzel Washington’s powerful performance.
It doesn’t shy away at the racism of American education and sports, or the hardships that life can bring to promising careers. It inspires and is still one of the most important sports films of all time.
#32 Rudy (1993)
“Rudy,” Rudy, Rudy, Rudy. What else do we need? The ultimate underdog story, Rudy is Sean Astin’s most famous role. This is quite impressive considering that Astin has also been a Goonie, a hobbit, and so on.
The famous “jersey scene”, did it really take place? Joe Montana says no, but the American Film Institute named Rudy one the 100 Most Inspirational Films of All Time for 2005. (Director David Anspaugh also included Hoosiers in his previous sports film. This is cinema and legends are made when they become fact. print the legend.
#31 Pigskin Parade (1936)
Although it is not the most popular title on this list you might have seen this title and thought, “I’m sorry. What?” Then, discovering that it’s actually a 20th Century Fox musical raises more questions.
If you want to spice up your home football film festival, this glimpse at college sport in its first half century is a good idea. For his role as Amos Dodd (a “hapless hillbilly” who can certainly eat a watermelon), Stuart Erwin was nominated for an Academy Award. In a benefit match, he is recruited by the Texas State University to assist them in defeating Yale University.
No disrespect to Erwin. However, the actual star of the film is the young actress who plays Amos’ musically gifted sister, a 14 year-old Judy Garland.
#30 All The Right Moves (1983)
1983 was the year Tom Cruise became a celebrity. He glided across hardwood in Hazardy Business and stood out in the all star cast of The Outsiders. He also embodied small-town sports star angst with All the Right Moves (the less is said about the Losin’ It that year, the better).
Cruise’s StefDjordjevic is a man who can catch a ball but cannot catch a break. He’s set in Ampipe, Pennsylvania, a town so depressing it would make Springsteen’s song sound like a travel advertisement. To escape the fate of his family’s steel mill, he is desperate for a football scholarship.
Stef’s despair at his local surroundings and the coach who is giving up on him and the team will drag him down. Or is he the real deal?
#29 The Longest Yard (1974)
Burt Reynolds, the legendary actor and comedian, could have played in the NFL if not for his career-ending knee injury during his sophomore year. FSU’s halfback, Reynolds supported long after his stardom. Reynolds made silver screen comedy with two films about his pigskin past: 1974’s Longest Yard, and 1977’s Semi Tough.
The Longest Yard is the more enduring of the two. Semi Tough is, in retrospect hampered somewhat by very ’70s-specific jokes regarding yuppies or new age self-help groups. The Longest Yard‘s classic tale about a sports star imprisoned rallying a group of inmates against the guards has an enduring appeal. It’s so popular that it has been remade in the U.S., with the 2005 Adam Sandler version and in the UK, as well as in the Egypt.
#28 Happy Valley (2014)
This film is not a happy movie, despite the title. This is one of the most disturbing stories about football due to the fact that people would condone an abominable act in order to support a winning team.
The documentary focuses on Jerry Sandusky (ex-defensive coordinator at Penn State), who was convicted of 45 counts for sexual abuse in 2011. The documentary focuses on Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State defensive coordinator, who was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse in 2011.
#27 Friday Night Tykes (2014 – 2017)
Friday Night Tykes is not your typical documentary about college and high school football players. This film focuses on youth football and the difficulties that young players face while learning the game.
You will see the different players of Texas Youth Football Association as they face extreme training drills as well as other challenges like disrespectful parents and heckling fans. You get to see another side of the sport, as players as young eight-years old are already experiencing what it is like to play in a competitive environment with many different challenges.
#26 Draft Day (2014)
Draft Day was the hottest script in town in 2012. Although the Kevin Costner-led film did not make gangbusters at box-office, it continues finding new fans via constant television airings as well as airplane in-flight movie watchings.
Because, despite the absurdity of its high-stakes negotiations during a title NFL draft, the movie is one the most watchable comfort foods films in recent years — if there ever was one.
It also features a stellar cast, including Black Panther, Skeletor and Clark, as well as Arthur from the Tick!
#25 The Express (2008)
The Express was not given enough attention in 2008, when America was still engulfed in Beverly Hills Chihuahuand afever. In the ten years since, Ernie Davis’ story has been reappraised by many, who now consider it one of the greatest sports films of all time.
Rob Brown ( treme), beautifully portrays Ernie Davis’ role as the first African-American winner of the Heisman Trophy. His career was tragically ended by leukemia. The film examines the harsh racism that Black athletes faced in the early 1960s. With Omar Miller and Dennis Quaid as supporting actors, The Express also features Chadwick Boseman’s film debut.
#24 We Are Marshall (2006)
Matthew McConaughey had a difficult decade in the 2000s. (We’re talking about the Sahara/ Fool’s Gold period, here! His future Oscar win is in sight, however.
The Marshall University football team’s rebuilding after the terrible 1970 plane crash that killed 37 football players, eight coaches and 25 boosters could easily have been made into a happy, uplifting film. McConaughey’s nuanced performance takes the audience on a journey through grief, rebirth, as well as the story of a community coming together during a time of crisis.
#23 The Blind Side (2009)
More than a decade after The Blind Side‘s phenomenal box-office success (the film grossed approximately 10 times its budget), the film’s poor handling of race is often invoked. It turns Michael Oher’s personal story into a white savior narrative and diminishes Oher’s intelligence and determination to attribute his success to his adoptive family. It has been criticized by Oher, but there are some good points.
Sandra Bullock’s performance as Leigh Ann Tuohy (Oher’s adoptive mom), is unquestionable. Bullock would win the Oscar not only for her role but also for carrying a film that had received mixed reviews to a Best Picture nomination in that year. This was despite the fact that none of the film’s elements received similar recognition.
#22 Varsity Blues (1999)
James Van Der Beek’s famous 1999 scene in which he screams “I don’t want your life!” is still a popular quote. We are referring to 1999 as this may be the most “1999-themed” movie ever made.
With a cast that includes Dawson Leery, Amy Smart, Ali Larter and Paul Walker, and a soundtrack featuring Green Day, Collective Soul and Third Eye Blind, Varsity Blues might not have the same impact on future generations as it did its original audience. For many people of a certain age it will take them back to a time when internet speeds were slow and Y2K was imminent.
#21 Gus (1976)
Air Bud was decades away from proving that dogs can play basketball. Don Knotts used a similar loophole in order to help the California Atoms, by recruiting a Yugoslavian mule with an amazing kick.
Gus features real football stars such as Johnny Unitas or Dick Butkus alongside ’70s comedy legends like Ed Asner or Tim Conway. It exudes a post-Walt, prerenaissance Disney film-making energy.
If you ask the question, “Do we want a donkey wearing a football helmet with special ears kicking a football with the Apple Dumpling Gang?”, the answer is clearly yes.
#20 Paper Lion (1968)
Roger Ebert stated about Paper Lion : “I don’t know what I should make of Paper Lionas movie — it won’t be immortal, but it’s wish fulfillment, it’s crackerjack.” It’s been over 50 years since then and paper-lion continues to be a top pick on Best Football Movies lists.
While football may not have the most extensive library of fiction films, there is something special about this comedy by Alan Alda, based on George Plimpton’s real-life experiences. It’s like Almost Famous, except that Patrick Fugit had to be the Stillwater frontman by the end. It doesn’t try to be inspirational, like many sports movies. Alda is easy to imagine yourself in this movie.
We all know that we can’t survive the Super Bowl, but it would be amazing to score a touchdown on one occasion. Paper Lion is, at the end of the day, a “crackerjack’s wish fulfillment.”
#19 Little Giants (1994)
In the early 1990s, there was a flurry of “pee-wee sports” movies. They all followed the same formula as the 1976 classic The Bad News Bears. However, they did not include all the swearing, drinking, or other content that would upset the parents of the ’90s who were brought up on that film. In 1992, Disney brought The Mighty Ducks to the screen. Fox followed suit with The Sandlot in 1993. And in 1994, Little Giants was finally released by Warner Bros.
Two football-coaching brothers, the mean-jerk ex-pro and the sweet-dad coach, are the focus of the film. They have to bring together a motley crew of misfits. The film seamlessly casts Rick Moranis and Ed O’Neill into their respective roles and adds Devon Sawa and Devon Sawa to the ensemble. This movie is a winner and suitable for all ages.
#18 Gridiron Gang (2006)
Dwayne Johnson, also known as “The Rock”, was still figuring out his star persona in 2006. In some ways, it was a good thing. Although Johnson is often criticized for the similarities to his films, Johnson, who was just a rookie as the Scorpion King took the initiative to try new things. He tried everything from Peter Berg’s The Rundown and the truly heartfelt and vulnerable Southland Tales.
Although the film can be skewed towards the clichés of the genre, the peak Pimp My Ride-era Xzibit can draw millennial viewers away from the film for a few seconds. It is still remarkable to see Johnson willing to show sincerity and stretch beyond the movie star status and polished acting.
#17 The Replacements (2000)
After Keanu Reeves returned with The Matrix, but before Welcome To Mooseport caused Gene Hackman to decide to quit movies forever, The Replacements tells the heartwarming tale of second chances.
Hackman’s Jimmy McGinty, a fictional NFL striker of 1987, is inspired to create a replacement team for the Washington Sentinels. Reeves’ Shane Falco is a player he looks up to, having had a chance once but missing it. Football is a game that requires endurance. It’s about being able to get up again after being knocked down. The Replacements tells the story of those who can pick themselves up again after they have been downed.
#16 The Game Plan (2007)
The Game Plan is nothing new or unexpected. You can actually see every beat in this Dwayne Johnson-led Disney family comedy, even from the poster.
The movie is full of charm, so it doesn’t matter what. This movie is a great family film. It’s easy to watch and enjoy. There are some funny moments and tender moments that you will find just when you need them.
#15 The Waterboy (1998)
When released in 1998, the Waterboy made an insane amount of money. It was a wild amount. How much? It made $39.4 million in its first weekend, which was enough to bring in $161 million. It was the fifth highest-grossing film of 1998.
Why? The trailer for Star Wars Episode I : The Phantom Menace made its debut before both this film and Get Joe Black. Back then, a fair amount of people bought tickets to see the trailer and then left. (Remember that these were pre-YouTube days.)
How does the mega-hit The Waterboy stand up today? Quite frankly, The Waterboy holds up just as well today as you would imagine. The Bobby Boucher Jr. saga has a lot in common with The Freshman, though not enough to allow the Lloyd estate’s lawsuit against Touchstone Pictures. However, it retains its era-specific charms. Kathy Bates is particularly funny, and she has the same comic energy that she uses in Sandler films.
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#14 Flash Gordon (1980)
Okay, let’s hear it: Tom Brady. Joe Namath. Johnny Unitas. All great quarterbacks who achieved incredible feats. Did any of them assist Dr. Hans Zarkov in defending the Earth against Ming the Merciless. We don’t know. But, you do know who was . Flash Gordon, quarterback of the New York Jets.
True, Flash is not attempting to pass forward in the original comics. However, when Dino De Laurentiis made his long-awaited adaptation (which was almost made by Federico Fellini as well as Sergio Leone), he felt that Gordon’s preferred sport needed an update.
Flash was thus made a quarterback and even uses some gridiron moves to make the film, which is set to a beautiful score by Queen. Do you know of any other traditional football films? Sure. However, do they all have a theme song that is as great as the absolute banger. Not a chance.
#13 Wildcats (1986)
We’re going to be honest with you, folks: This film is not objectively 100%. This is not Private Benjamin, but it is in the pantheon that “Goldie Hawn” comesdies find themselves in. It’s a Reagan-era comedy, and touches on racial topics. Sometimes there’s real white-savior Energy.
It’s also a guilty delight, thanks to its comedy-talented cast that includes Hawn, Cheers-era Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes. M. Emmet Walsh is also in it. It’s hard to find a movie without M. Emmet Walsh. This is just science.
#12 The Program (1993)
Although the original 1993 release of the Program was dismissed as rote, the years that followed have made it a fascinating and insightful film for today’s audiences. This is because the film, which features the usual college sports movie beats, shows a shockingly direct depiction on addiction and, especially, steroid abuse at a time when steroids in sports were still being largely ignored.
An indictment of NCAA’s lax testing policy, the arc by Andrew Bryniarski and Steve Lattimer helped raise The Program after the steroid scandals that would engulf major league sports in 2000.
Will Smith plays Bennet Omalu in this dramatic drama. He is the Pittsburgh doctor who discovered CTE (brain trauma) in former football players and whose research threatens to endanger the entire sporting industry.
Manassas High School, Memphis, isn’t well-known for its academic and athletic achievements. But, a new football coach has turned the team around. This boosts the morale of the high school students.
Disney has stopped making sports movies the way it used to, with one exception. The true story of Ray McElrathbey (a former Clemson Tiger) is told in 202o’s Safety. Safety is your movie if you want to microdose some Disney-fied inspiration.
#8 Air Bud: Golden Receiver
Yup: Your favorite dog can also play football. Air Bud, long live!
#7 Everybody’s All-American
What happens to a college football player who dreams of becoming a professional star? This romantic drama stars Dennis Quaid as an ex-athlete who has to settle down for a regular life.
#6 The Blind Side
Sandra Bullock won an Oscar playing the role of a Southern lady who adopts a homeless boy and gives him the opportunity to play high school football. This drama was based on a true story.
#5 North Dallas Forty
This classic sports comedy stars Nick Nolte as country singer Mac Davis. It is adapted from Peter Gent’s autobiographical novel.
#4 QB1: Beyond the Lights (2017 – 2019)
QB1: Beyond the Lights, a documentary series that is not a movie, but a documentary series about football players, offers a fascinating look into the struggles of college scholarships for Division I schools.
QB1 was actually a series on go90 that found its way onto Netflix. The series follows three quarterbacks from three high school as they compete in their final season of the prep ranks. It shows their diverse backgrounds and the struggles they have to overcome to be awarded a football scholarship.
#3 Necessary Roughness
Due to budget cuts, Texas State University has to scramble in order to fill their football team. They have to put together a team made up of misfits which includes a female kicker and a quarterback.
This 1980s teen drama stars Corey Haim playing a high school pipsqueak. He is distraught with his mentor Charlie Sheen and his crush Kerri Green, but they fall for each other. In an attempt to prove himself to his classmates, he joins football team.
#1 Carter High (2015)
Carter High is a remarkable football team that managed to tell a story that didn’t just focus on football, but also on the many other aspects of life. It is a wonderful film that shows a different side of football. This is especially true because it takes place within a small town where the residents were so supportive and close-knit.
It basically shows a Texas high school football team from the 1980s. This was a powerful team that had an entire town behind it. We also see the racial tensions within the small town, and how they allowed their residents to overlook the worst deeds of their players because they were “untouchable.”