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The Best Football Movies Ever 

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Updated October 2, 2019 19k votes 2k voters 59.2k views 51 items

List Rules Movies must feature American Football prominently

Personally, I think the best football movie ever made is Disney's 2000 release REMEMBER THE TITANS. Also at #2 is the Sherwood Pictures theatrical debut film from 2006 FACING THE GIANTS is also a great movie along with #3 WE ARE MARSHALL and #4 the football classic about Notre Dame, RUDY.

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Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington

Released: 2000

Directed by: Boaz Yakin

Many consider this the best high school football movie ever made.

Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Boaz Yakin. The screenplay, written by Gregory Allen Howard, is based on the true story of ...more

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Rudy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin, Jon Favreau filmography

Released: 1993

Directed by: David Anspaugh

Rudy is a 1993 American sports film directed by David Anspaugh. It is an account of the life of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, who harbored dreams of playing football at the University of ...more

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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Amber Heard, Connie Britton, Tim McGraw

Released: 2004

Directed by: Peter Berg

Friday Night Lights is a 2004 sports drama film, directed by Peter Berg, which documents the coach and players of a high school football team and the Texas city of Odessa that supports and is ...more

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We Are Marshall is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara, January Jones

Released: 2006

Directed by: Joseph McGinty Nichol

We Are Marshall is a 2006 American historical drama biopic film directed by McG. It depicts the aftermath of the 1970 incident that 37 football players on the Marshall University Thundering Herd ...more

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The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates

Released: 2009

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael ...more

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The Waterboy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider

Released: 1998

Directed by: Frank Coraci

The Waterboy is a 1998 American sports/comedy film directed by Frank Coraci, starring Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Fairuza Balk, Henry Winkler, Jerry Reed, Larry Gilliard, Jr., Blake Clark, Peter ...more

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The Longest Yard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters, Ray Nitschke

Released: 1974

Directed by: Robert Aldrich

The Longest Yard is a 1974 American sports comedy film directed by Robert Aldrich. Written by Tracy Keenan Wynn based on a story by producer Albert S. Ruddy, the film follows inmates at a prison ...more

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The Replacements is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Jon Favreau filmography

Released: 2000

Directed by: Howard Deutch

The Replacements is a 2000 American sports comedy film directed by Howard Deutch. It stars Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, and Brooke Langton.

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Invincible is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg, Randy Couture

Released: 2006

Directed by: Ericson Core

Invincible is a 2006 sports film directed by Ericson Core set in 1976. It is based on the true story of Vince Papale, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1976 to 1978. Mark Wahlberg ...more

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Any Given Sunday is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx

Released: 1999

Directed by: Oliver Stone

Any Given Sunday is a 1999 American drama film directed by Oliver Stone depicting a fictional professional American football team. The film features an ensemble cast, consisting of Al Pacino, ...more

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Varsity Blues is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Ali Larter, Paul Walker, Amy Smart

Released: 1999

Directed by: Brian Robbins

Varsity Blues is a 1999 American coming-of-age sports comedy-drama film directed by Brian Robbins that follows a small-town high school football team and their overbearing coach through a ...more

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Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

Released: 1971

Directed by: Buzz Kulik

Brian's Song is a 1971 ABC Movie of the Week that recounts the details of the life of Brian Piccolo, a Wake Forest University football player stricken with terminal cancer after turning pro, ...more

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The Program is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Halle Berry, James Caan, Kristy Swanson

Released: 1993

Directed by: David S. Ward

The Program is a 1993 film starring James Caan, Halle Berry, Omar Epps, Craig Sheffer, Kristy Swanson, and Joey Lauren Adams. The film was directed by David S. Ward who has directed and written ...more
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Jerry Maguire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu, Renée Zellweger

Released: 1996

Directed by: Cameron Crowe

Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama sports film written, produced and directed by Cameron Crowe, and stars Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Renée Zellweger. It was ...more

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Draft Day is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner

Released: 2014

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

Draft Day is a 2014 American sports drama film directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Kevin Costner. It was released on April 11, 2014. The premise revolves around the general manager of the ...more
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The Longest Yard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Adam Sandler, Courteney Cox, Chris Rock

Released: 2005

Directed by: Peter Segal

The Longest Yard is a 2005 American sports comedy film, a remake of the 1974 film of the same name. Adam Sandler plays the protagonist, Paul Crewe, a disgraced former professional quarterback ...more

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Radio is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger

Released: 2003

Directed by: Michael Tollin

Radio is a 2003 film inspired by the 1996 Sports Illustrated article "Someone to Lean On" by Gary Smith. The article and the movie are based on the true story of T. L. Hanna High ...more

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Necessary Roughness is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Jerry Rice, Dick Butkus, Kathy Ireland

Released: 1991

Directed by: Stan Dragoti

Necessary Roughness is a 1991 sports comedy film directed by Stan Dragoti in his final film. The film stars Scott Bakula, Héctor Elizondo, Robert Loggia, and Harley Jane Kozak. Co-stars ...more

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Little Giants is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Alexa Vega, Rick Moranis, Ed O'Neill

Released: 1994

Directed by: Duwayne Dunham

Little Giants is a 1994 family sports comedy film, starring Rick Moranis and Ed O'Neill as brothers in a small Ohio town, coaching rival Pee-Wee Football teams.

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The Express is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Dennis Quaid, Nicole Beharie, Clancy Brown

Released: 2008

Directed by: Gary Fleder

The Express is a 2008 American sports film produced by John Davis and directed by Gary Fleder. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Charles Leavitt from a book titled Ernie ...more
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North Dallas Forty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Nick Nolte, Charles Durning, Dabney Coleman

Released: 1979

Directed by: Ted Kotcheff

North Dallas Forty is a 1979 film drama starring Nick Nolte, Mac Davis, and G. D. Spradlin set in the world of American professional football. It was directed by Ted Kotcheff and based on the ...more
22
Gridiron Gang is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, Jurnee Smollett

Released: 2006

Directed by: Phil Joanou

Gridiron Gang is a 2006 American sports drama film directed by Phil Joanou, and starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell and Kevin Dunn. It is loosely based on the ...more

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All the Right Moves is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson, Craig T. Nelson

Released: 1983

Directed by: Michael Chapman

All the Right Moves is a 1983 drama film directed by Michael Chapman and starring Tom Cruise, Craig T. Nelson, Lea Thompson, Chris Penn, and Gary Graham. It was filmed on location during WPIAL ...more

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Wildcats is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Goldie Hawn, LL Cool J, Woody Harrelson

Released: 1986

Directed by: Michael Ritchie

Wildcats is a 1986 American sports comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie and is also the film debut of Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson.

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The Last Boy Scout is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Movies Ever
Halle Berry, Bruce Willis, Dick Butkus

Released: 1991

Directed by: Tony 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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