Eight Best Football Movies Of All Time

Greatest Football Movies

Football season has just started and what better way to explore the love for this sport through movies. We rounded up the eight best football movies you just have to watch when your favorite team is not out in the green, or if you just want to immerse yourself in a blanket of inspiration and awesomeness that only this sport can bring.

1. Brian’s Song (1971)

The movie became an ABC Movie of the Week the same year it was released for good reason. It’s based on the life of Brian Piccolo who befriended Chicago Bears running back teammate Gale Sayers, notwithstanding the color of their skin. The touching parts of the film came in when Piccolo was diagnosed with cancer and showed how Sayers dealt with his friend’s illness.

2. The Express (2008)

From the screenplay adapted from the book Ernie Davis: The Elmira Express, the movie became a box office hit with glowing critical reviews to boot. The film is about Syracuse University football player, Ernie Davis, who was the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy. Sensitive topics on racism and the challenges of football are explored in this movie.

3. Remember the Titans (2000)

A movie that has won the hearts of the audience and critics, Remember the Titans is based on African American coach Herman Boone who has work on the racial divide among his football team at the T. C. Williams High School in Virginia in the 1970's.

4. Friday Night Lights (2004)

Based on the book Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, and a Dream, this sports film tackles the highs and dramas in a high school football team in Odessa, Texas. The town is known for its serious support and obsession for the players and the coach, which the movie effectively portrays.

5. The Blind Side (2009)

The Blind Side is a semi-biographical film based on Michael Oher, the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive lineman. The movie tells the story of his impoverished upbringing and his challenges while at Wingate Christian School. His life turned from worse to better when he was adopted by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, who supported his way to the NFL.

6. We Are Marshall (2006)

A true story that you wish didn’t happen, We Are Marshall starts at the aftermath of the crash of Southern Airways Flight 932, where 37 football players, five coaches, two trainers and the director from the Marshall University Thundering Herd football team were on board. The movie talks about how they rebuilt the program and the healing of the community.

7. Invincible (2006)

Invincible (2006 film)
Invincible (2006 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This sports film was set in 1976 when Vince Papale played for the Philadelphia Eagles, who has been suffering from a losing streak and disenchanted fans. There were many changes and additions made to the movie compared to Papale’s real life story, but the idea of a team starting out as weak and moving on to glorious wins makes it an inspiring movie that’ll make you want to play football yourself.

8. Radio (2003)

Radio is based on the true story of Harold Jones, a coach from T. L. Hanna High School, and James Robert “Radio” Kennedy, a young man with mental disability. Kennedy became known as “Radio” because he is always carrying a radio wherever he goes. The movie depicts the issues and challenges faced by Radio growing up, and how Coach Jones becomes a father figure to him against the complaints of the people around them.

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  1. Brian's Song is a great classic & though I didn't see the film Friday Night Lights, I did really enjoy the '06 television series. Which was highly addictive.