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The Best Football Movies Ever

Updated October 2, 2019 16.6k votes 2.1k voters 59.7k views51 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. 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
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    Remember the Titans

    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling

    Released2000

    Directed byBoaz Yakin

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    Rudy
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    Rudy

    Vince Vaughn, Sean Astin

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

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    Friday Night Lights
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    Friday Night Lights

    Amber Heard, Connie Britton

    Released2004

    Directed byPeter Berg

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    Invincible
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    Invincible

    Elizabeth Banks, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2006

    Directed byEricson Core

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    We Are Marshall
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    We Are Marshall

    Matthew McConaughey, Kate Mara

    Released2006

    Directed byJoseph McGinty Nichol

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    The Replacements
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    The Replacements

    Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman

    Released2000

    Directed byHoward Deutch

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    The Waterboy
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    The Waterboy

    Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates

    Released1998

    Directed byFrank Coraci

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    Any Given Sunday
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    Any Given Sunday

    Cameron Diaz, Al Pacino

    Released1999

    Directed byOliver Stone

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    The Longest Yard
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    The Longest Yard

    Burt Reynolds, Bernadette Peters

    Released1974

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

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    Varsity Blues
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    Varsity Blues

    Ali Larter, Paul Walker

    Released1999

    Directed byBrian Robbins

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    Brian's Song
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    Brian's Song

    Dick Butkus, James Caan

    Released1971

    Directed byBuzz Kulik

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    The Blind Side
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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

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    Draft Day
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    Draft Day

    Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner

    Released2014

    Directed byIvan Reitman

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    The Program
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    The Program

    Halle Berry, James Caan

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid S. Ward

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    Necessary Roughness
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    Necessary Roughness

    Jerry Rice, Dick Butkus

    Released1991

    Directed byStan Dragoti

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    Jerry Maguire
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    Jerry Maguire

    Tom Cruise, Lucy Liu

    Released1996

    Directed byCameron Crowe

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    The Longest Yard
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    The Longest Yard

    Adam Sandler, Courteney Cox

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Segal

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    Radio
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    Radio

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris

    Released2003

    Directed byMichael Tollin

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    Little Giants
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    Little Giants

    Alexa Vega, Rick Moranis

    Released1994

    Directed byDuwayne Dunham

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  • 20
    The Express
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    The Express

    Dennis Quaid, Nicole Beharie

    Released2008

    Directed byGary Fleder

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    North Dallas Forty
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    North Dallas Forty

    Nick Nolte, Charles Durning

    Released1979

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

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    Gridiron Gang
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    Gridiron Gang

    Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit

    Released2006

    Directed byPhil Joanou

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    All the Right Moves
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    All the Right Moves

    Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson

    Released1983

    Directed byMichael Chapman

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    Knute Rockne, All American
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    Knute Rockne, All American

    Ronald Reagan, Brian Keith

    Released1940

    Directed byWilliam K. Howard, Lloyd Bacon

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    Wildcats
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    Wildcats

    Goldie Hawn, LL Cool J

    Released1986

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

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