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The Best 'Madden NFL' Games Ever

Updated January 6, 2021 41.5k votes 8.0k voters 158.8k views36 items

List RulesGame must be part of the Madden NFL series.

List of the best Madden games, ranked from greatest to worst. If you think the coolest Madden NFL game to play isn't as high as it should be then make sure to vote it up so that it has the chance to rise to the top. Are you and a friend arguing over what the greatest Madden NFL game of all time is? Use this list of all the various Madden NFL video games throughout the years to see how many people would agree with you and end the squabble once and for all. Be sure to share this full list of iconic Madden NFL games by clicking one of the social media icons on the top or bottom of the page.

This list is made up of classic games from Madden NFL 07 up to Madden NFL 21. If you're wondering, "What are the greatest Madden NFL games?" or "What is the best Madden NFL game of all time?" then this list should answer your questions.

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  • 1

    Cover athlete: Vince Young of the Tennessee Titans / Luis Castillo of the San Diego Chargers (Spanish language version)

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    Cover athlete: Michael Vick of the Atlanta Falcons

  • 3

    Cover athlete: Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens

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  • 4

    Cover athlete: Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints

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  • 5

    Cover athlete: Peyton Hillis of the Cleveland Browns

  • 6

    Cover athlete: Shaun Alexander of the Seattle Seahawks, John Madden (Hall Of Fame Edition)

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    Cover athlete: Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals

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  • 8

    Cover athlete: Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles

  • 9

    Cover athlete: Marshall Faulk of the St. Louis Rams

  • 10

    Cover athlete: Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions (Xbox 360 and PS3)
    Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings (Xbox One and PS4)

  • 11

    Cover athlete: Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers / Brett Favre of the New York Jets (alternative cover) / Roberto Garza of the Chicago Bears (Spanish language version)

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  • 12

    Cover athlete: Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks

  • 13

    Cover athlete: Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants

  • 14

    Cover athlete: Daunte Culpepper of the Minnesota Vikings

  • 15

    Cover athlete: Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions

  • 16

    Cover athlete: Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots

  • 17

    Cover athlete: Eddie George of the Tennessee Titans

  • 18

    Cover athletes: Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs

  • 19

    Cover athlete: John Madden with Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions in the background / Dorsey Levens of the Green Bay Packers (European PAL version)

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    Cover athlete: John Madden / Garrison Hearst of the San Francisco 49ers (PAL version)

  • 21

    Cover athlete: Tom Brady of the New England Patriots

  • 22

    Cover athlete: John Madden with Erik Williams of the Dallas Cowboys and Karl Wilson of the San Francisco 49ers in the background

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    Cover athletes: John Madden

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    Cover athletes: John Madden

  • 25

    Cover athletes: Richard Sherman (2014)
                               Odell Beckham Jr. (2015)
                               Rob Gronkowski (2016)
                               Von Miller (2016)
                               Antonio Brown (2017)
                               Tom Brady (2018)
                               Antonio Brown (2019)
                               Terrell Davis (2019)
                                Patrick Mahomes (2019)