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The Best Football Movies Ever

Updated January 22, 2021 16.6k votes 2.1k voters 61.0k views77 items

List RulesMovies must feature American Football prominently

Personally, I think the best football movie ever made is Disney's 2000 release REMEMBER THE TITANS.

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    Facing the Giants

    Mark Richt, Alex Kendrick

    Released2006

    Directed byAlex Kendrick

    Facing the Giants is a 2006 American Christian drama film directed by and starring Alex Kendrick. The supporting cast was composed of volunteers from Sherwood Baptist Church, and it is the second...  more

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    The Game Plan

    Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Tisdale

    Released2007

    Directed byAndy Fickman

    The Game Plan is a 2007 American family sports comedy film directed by Andy Fickman and starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. This movie was the last film in which Johnson uses his ring name "The...  more
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    The Last Boy Scout

    Halle Berry, Bruce Willis

    Released1991

    Directed byTony Scott

    The Last Boy Scout is a 1991 American action film directed by Tony Scott, starring Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Noble Willingham, Taylor Negron and Danielle Harris. The film was...  more

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    The Junction Boys

    Tom Berenger, Ryan Kwanten

    Released2002

    Directed byMike Robe

    The Junction Boys is a 2002 sports and drama film written and directed by Mike Robe....  more
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    Semi-Tough

    Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson

    Released1977

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

    Semi-Tough is a 1977 comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie and starring Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh, Lotte Lenya, Bert Convy, and Brian Dennehy, set in the world of American...  more
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    My All American

    Finn Wittrock, Sarah Bolger

    Released2015

    Directed byAngelo Pizzo

    My All American is a 2015 American biographical drama sport film directed by Angelo Pizzo, based on the nonfiction book Courage Beyond the Game: The Freddie Steinmark Story by Jim Dent. Freddie...  more
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    Heaven Can Wait

    Deacon Jones, Warren Beatty

    Released1978

    Directed byBuck Henry, Warren Beatty

    Heaven Can Wait is a 1978 American comedy film co-directed by Warren Beatty and Buck Henry. It is the second film adaptation of Harry Segall's stageplay of the same name, preceded by Here Comes Mr....  more

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    Concussion

    Will Smith, Alec Baldwin

    Released2015

    Directed byPeter Landesman

    Concussion is a 2015 American biographical sports drama film directed by Peter Landesman, based on the exposé "Game Brain" by Jeanne Marie Laskas. In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet...  more
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    The Best of Times

    Robin Williams, Kurt Russell

    Released1986

    Directed byRoger Spottiswoode

    The Best of Times is a 1986 American comedy film directed by Roger Spottiswoode and written by Ron Shelton. It stars Robin Williams and Kurt Russell as two friends attempting to relive a high school...  more
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    Trouble Along the Way

    John Wayne, James Dean

    Released1953

    Directed byMichael Curtiz

    Trouble Along the Way is a 1953 film starring John Wayne and Donna Reed, with a supporting cast including Charles Coburn and Marie Windsor. The movie was directed by Michael Curtiz, director of...  more
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    Two for the Money

    Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey

    Released2005

    Directed byD. J. Caruso

    Two for the Money is a 2005 American drama-sports film directed by D. J. Caruso and starring Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo, Armand Assante and Carly Pope. The film is about the world of...  more
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    When the Game Stands Tall

    Jim Caviezel, Laura Dern

    Released2014

    Directed byThomas Carter

    When the Game Stands Tall is a 2014 sports drama film. The film, which stars Jim Caviezel as Coach Bob Ladouceur, Laura Dern as Bev Ladouceur, Michael Chiklis as assistant coach Terry Eidson and...  more
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    Woodlawn

    Sean Astin, Nic Bishop

    Released2015

    Directed byAndrew Erwin, Joe Erwin

    Woodlawn is a 2015 American Christian sports drama film directed by The Erwin Brothers, based on a true story. A gifted high school football player (Caleb Castille) must learn to embrace his talent...  more
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    Brian's Song

    Mekhi Phifer, Sean Maher

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn Gray

    Brian's Song is a 2001 American sports drama film directed by John Gray, and a remake of the 1971 film. The story of professional football players Gale Sayers (Mekhi Phifer) and Brian Piccolo (Sean...  more
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    Superdome

    Tom Selleck, Dick Butkus

    Released1978

    Directed byJerry Jameson

    Superdome is a 1978 made for TV drama movie. It premiered on ABC as part of The ABC Monday Night Movie series and was used to promote Super Bowl XII. The film featured an impressive cast of stars but...  more
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    Everybody's All-American

    Jessica Lange, John Goodman

    Released1988

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    Everybody's All-American is a 1988 motion picture directed by Taylor Hackford and based on the novel Everybody's All-American by longtime Sports Illustrated contributor Frank Deford. The film covers...  more
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    Paterno

    Al Pacino, Riley Keough

    Released2018

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    Paterno is a 2018 American television drama film directed by Barry Levinson. After becoming the winningest coach in college football history, Joe Paterno (Al Pacino) is embroiled in Penn State's...  more
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    Something for Joey

    Geraldine Page, Marc Singer

    Released1977

    Directed byLou Antonio

    Something for Joey was a 1977 made-for-TV movie about the relationship between college football player John Cappelletti, and his younger brother Joey. Other cast members included Linda Kelsey and...  more
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    Undefeated

    Bill Courtney, O.C. Brown

    Released2011

    Directed byDaniel Lindsay, T. J. Martin

    Undefeated is a 2011 documentary directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin. The film documents the struggles of a high school football team, the Manassas Tigers of Memphis, as they attempt a winning...  more
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    Father was a Fullback

    Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara

    Released1949

    Directed byJohn M. Stahl

    Father was a Fullback is a 1949 black-and-white Twentieth Century Fox film based on a comedy by Clifford Goldsmith. The film is about a college American football coach and his woes. The film stars...  more
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    School Ties

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1992

    Directed byRobert Mandel

    School Ties is a 1992 sports film directed by Robert Mandel starring Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Chris O'Donnell, Cole Hauser, Randall Batinkoff, Andrew Lowery and Anthony Rapp. Fraser...  more

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    Paper Lion

    Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Schmidt

    Released1968

    Directed byAlex March

    Paper Lion is a 1968 sports comedy film starring Alan Alda as writer George Plimpton, based on Plimpton's 1966 nonfiction book of the same title depicting his tryout with the Detroit Lions of the...  more
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    Second String

    Jon Voight, Garcelle Beauvais

    Released2002

    Directed byRon Lieberman

    Second String is a 2002 film directed by Robert Lieberman....  more
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    Grambling's White Tiger

    Bruce Jenner, Harry Belafonte

    Released1981

    Directed byGeorg Stanford Brown

    Grambling's White Tiger is a 1981 TV movie about the true story of Jim Gregory the first white quarterback at Grambling College, a historically black college in 1962. The movie covers Gregory's...  more
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    Greater

    Christopher Severio, Neal McDonough

    Released2016

    Directed byDavid Hunt

    Greater is a 2016 American biographical sports film directed by David Hunt. Told he wasn't good enough to play Division I football, Brandon Burlsworth took a risk and walked on in 1994, and he became...  more