5 Good Football Films
Every once in awhile, a couple of my “worlds” come together. This weekend, this will be true with the release of Draft Day. Besides movies, there aren’t a lot of things I’m as passionate about as football.
These two “worlds” have collided before, but the results have been admittedly mixed. Below, I came up with the five best football films I’ve seen. It is important I add the “films I’ve seen” preface because I still haven’t seen (unfortunately) movies like Rudy, The Longest Yard (the original), Brian’s Song, The Express, and All the Right Moves.
Here are the five films I came up:
As is the trend with these Movie Chat pieces, I reserve the right for at least one nostalgia pick. Yes, I haven’t seen Duwayne Dunham’s Little Giants film is about a decade. However, when I think of the first football film I ever saw, I think the underdog story that featured Spike (Sam Horrigan) and Icebox (Shawna Waldron) is probably it. Is nostalgia and cuteness not enough?
Part of what makes sports movies fun to watch is that they’re usually based on a true story. In the case of Ericson Core’s Invincible, there are some major differences between the real version and what comes to screen. However, that doesn’t mean the theme changes. Just like Little Giants, Invincible tells us that you should never give up on your dreams.
The title character in Jerry Maguire isn’t a football star. Instead, he’s the up-and-coming agent, making this film a little less about the actual game of football However, while Invincible gave us a better look at the actual NFL, Maguire deserves credit because it gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the sports agent life. This has a good connection to Draft Day because that movie will give us a better behind-the-scenes look at the executive level.
When you hear Friday Night Lights you may think of the acclaimed TV show. However, the movie that spawned the TV series deserves to be known as well. High school football, especially in Texas, is a big part of American culture. Yes, it may be a little too much engrained in the culture; however, it can still be celebrated for a variety of reasons. Friday Night Lights shows off these reasons and gives us a less cliché sports movie than you’d expect going into it.
Staying in high school, Remember the Titans is far and away the best football (and potentially the best sports movie) of all-time. It isn’t just because the great Denzel Washington is leading his team either. Remember the Titans provides a somber look into the Civil Rights movement while using football as a way to breakthrough the tumultuous times America went through. Thematically, there are few movies, sports or not, that touch this one.
As for honorable mentions, I did want to add movies like The Waterboy, The Replacements, and Radio to the list. Any others I missed?
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