The Best 80s Football Movies 

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List Rules Vote up your favorite football films that were released in the 1980s.

It might be tough to vote for the best 80s football movies, considering you most likely haven't seen a lot of them! The 90s and 2000s had some great ones, but the 80s definitel wasn't known for football movies. That being said, do any of these football movie from the 80s win you over? Vote for your favorites below.

Everbody's All-American, a classic 1980s football movie, starring John Goodman and Dennis Quaid is definitely a great film. Could this love story be your favorite football movie of the 1980s?

Comic legendary Goldie Hawn is incomparable and will make any 80s football film top of the list. Of course we can't mention the greatest football movies of the 1980s without mentioning Wildcats.

With so many to choose from, it's impossible to predict who you will vote for as your top football movies of the 80s. 
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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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#356 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #92 of 182 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made #23 of 58 The Best Football Movies Ever

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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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#334 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #1,476 of 1,699 The Most Rewatchable Movies #895 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Jessica Lange, John Goodman, Dennis Quaid

Released: 1988

Directed by: Taylor 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 ...more
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Charlie Sheen, Winona Ryder, Corey Haim

Released: 1986

Directed by: David Seltzer

Lucas is a 1986 American teen tragicomedy film directed by David Seltzer and starring Corey Haim, Kerri Green, Charlie Sheen and Courtney Thorne-Smith. The film was Winona Ryder's screen debut.

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#260 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #268 of 439 The Funniest '80s Movies #382 of 710 The Best Movies Roger Ebert Gave Four Stars

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Robert Downey Jr., Uma Thurman, Jennifer Tilly

Released: 1988

Directed by: Bud S. Smith

Johnny Be Good is a 1988 American comedy film directed by Bud Smith, starring Anthony Michael Hall as the main character, Johnny Walker. The film also features Robert Downey Jr., Steve James, ...more

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#475 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #20 of 26 The Best Brat Pack Movies #12 of 49 The Best Good Movies

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Robin Williams, Kurt Russell, Kirk Cameron

Released: 1986

Directed by: Roger 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 ...more

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#510 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #292 of 439 The Funniest '80s Movies #749 of 1,208 The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

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Jeff Bridges, James Woods, Alex Karras

Released: 1984

Directed by: Taylor Hackford

Against All Odds is a neo-noir 1984 film, a remake of Out of the Past. The film was directed by Taylor Hackford and features Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges, and James Woods. Supporting players ...more

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#461 of 571 The Greatest Movies Of The 1980s, Ranked #85 of 104 The Greatest Movie Remakes of All Time #31 of 66 The Best Movies About Forbidden Love

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Helen Hunt, Tim Robbins, Don Murray

Released: 1983

Directed by: Noel Black

Quarterback Princess is a 1983 fact-based drama film by 20th Century Fox that chronicles the courage and determination of a teenage girl who struggles against sexism and fights to play on her ...more
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Patti LuPone, Yaphet Kotto, Tom Skerritt

Released: 1982

Directed by: Lewis Teague

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Fighting Back is a 1982 vigilante film written by Thomas Hedley Jr and David Zelag Goodman. The film was directed by Lewis Teague and takes place on the streets of Philadelphia starring Tom ...more
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Jack Thompson, Graham Kennedy, John Howard

Released: 1980

Directed by: Bruce Beresford, Simon Wincer

Laurie was once a popular ball player on the Australian Rules football circuit; but now he's an ineffective coach who tries to spark a mediocre football team into winning the championship.
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Grambling's White Tiger Bruce Jenner, Harry Belafonte, LeVar Burton

Released: 1992

Directed by: Georg 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