Seven Best Movies About Football

High school football delayed by Florida amid coronavirus surge. 
High school football delayed by Florida amid coronavirus surge. 

With how popular the NFL is throughout the world, people spend a large chunk of their years looking around for NFL odds. This is completely understandable, but there are plenty of other football-related things to explore or check out as well. 

Watching a football movie is one of those activities, and this is a sport and league that has seen many movies made about it. It seems as if baseball has had the best movies made about it, but you don’t want to sell football short at all. 

Without further ado, here are the seven best football movies of all time. 

7. We Are Marshall

The tragic plane crash that wiped out the entire Marshall University football team is one of the saddest stories of all time. A plane carrying nearly the entire roster and coaching staff crashed just minutes away from successfully landing at the school. 

This story and movie have been modified just a bit for Hollywood, but you are still going to see and feel the heartbreak of that campus and community during the time of the crash. It’s also a movie of triumph through the worst times. 

6. Varsity Blues

Varsity Blues is a cult classic, and it’s a perfect teen movie that is centered around the sport of football. This movie has all that you would expect from a high school football team, including the star quarterback, that seems to have it all. 

At the heart of the movie is a group of teenagers that are realizing there is more to life than just football, and they also want to do things on their own terms. Varsity Blues is a movie that you can laugh at over and over, but you’ll also be rooting for the home team. 

5. The Replacements

The Replacements is easily the funniest movie on the list, but it’s a film that is very centered around football. A group of replacement players is tasked with forming a team after the original NFL stars decide to strike. 

Quarterback Shane Falco is able to get past his own personal demons to lead this team of misfits. There are some hilarious plays that take place during the movie, but it just adds to the overall greatness. 

4. Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights inspired an entire TV series, and it follows the high school football scene in the state of Texas. This sport is massive in that state, and the pressure can get to be too much for the players and for the coaching staff. 

Friday Night Lights shines a light on some of the worst parts of Texas high school football, but you are also going to see just how crazy the atmosphere is. 

3. Rudy

Rudy is another movie that is loosely based on a true story, although the story has been changed in a big way for the big screen. Rudy is a player that walks on at the University of Notre Dame, and his ultimate dream is to step out onto the football field on gameday. 

There are many obstacles thrown his way throughout the film, and all of the doubters continue to question his motive. By the end of the film, you will be up out of your seat and chanting, “Rudy! Rudy!”

2. Remember the Titans

Based on a true story, Remember the Titans is often considered one of the best overall movies of all time. The original story was changed just a bit in order to fit the Hollywood script, but this is still a story about two segregated football programs that are forced to integrate. 

Denzel Washington is cast as head coach Herman Boone, and he is able to navigate his team through all of the worst possible scenarios in Virginia. There are plenty of surprises to this film as well, and not all of them go how you would expect. 

1. Brian’s Song

Brian’s Song tells the true and tragic story of Chicago Bears running back Brian Piccolo and his untimely death as a member of the team. Piccolo and Gale Sayers were not only competing for a spot in the backfield, but the coaches made them roommates on the road. 

Piccolo and Sayers ended up becoming best friends, and they helped to integrate the entire Bears team as well as fans of the team. The Bears still honor Piccolo and his legacy to this day in a movie that will have you reaching for the tissues.


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