Here's a list of our favorite football movies to watch before the Super Bowl™!
Whet your big game whistle with these gridiron classics before the last game of the season.
Remember the Titans (2000)
“History is written by the winners.”
Based on the true story of a high school football team in a freshly segregated community in the early seventies that must overcome their prejudices and grow as a team. Starring Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Ryan Gosling, and a very young Hayden Panettiere.
Friday Night Lights (2004)
“Hope comes alive on Friday nights.”
The small town of Odessa, Texas doesn’t have a lot going for them other than supporting their local high school football team, the Permian Panthers. When the team’s star quarterback suffers a career-ending injury in the first game of the season, the team must find a way to rebuild their team and re-focus their efforts if they want to triumph at state. Starring Billy Bob Thornton.
The Longest Yard (1974)
“First down… And ten years to go.”
Paul Crewe is a former professional quarterback that finds himself on the wrong side of the law. Now, serving time behind bars, Crewe is at the mercy of a ruthless football-loving warden that pits Crewe and his fellow inmates against the prison’s guards in brutal full-contact bouts in the prison yard. Can Crewe win the respect of his fellow convicts while being pressured to throw the games in exchange for time off his sentence? Starring Burt Reynolds.
The Longest Yard (2005)
“If you can’t get out, get even.”
A remake of the 1974 classic of the same name (see above), The Longest Yard retells the story of former star quarterback-turned-convict Paul Crewe who is forced to play football against sadistic prison guards while serving time behind bars. Starring Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, and Burt Reynolds
The Blind Side (2009)
“Based on the extraordinary true story.”
Through the help and love of strangers, a homeless young man overcomes his trauma to become an All-American football player and NFL draft pick. Based on the true story of Michael Oher and the Tuohy family that embraced him. Starring Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, and Quinton Aaron.
“When people say dreams don’t come true, tell them about Rudy.”
Rudy Ruettiger always dreamt of playing football for the University of Notre Dame despite his small stature, poor grades, and lack of finances. Driven by his desire to escape a future working in the steel mill with his father, Rudy overcomes all obstacles to become more than he’d ever imagined. Starring Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, and Ned Beatty.
We Are Marshall (2006)
“In a moment, everything can change… Anyone can inspire you… And anything is possible.”
Based on a true story, this biopic tells the tale of Marshall University and the aftermath that stemmed from a plane crash that killed 37 players, 5 coaches, 2 athletic trainers, and 25 fans in 1970. The university, along with a new coach and the surviving players, strives to keep the football program alive and help heal a grieving community. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Mathew Fox, and Anthony Mackie
The Replacements (2000)
“Throw the ball. Catch the girl. Keep it simple.”
When the Washington Sentinels go on strike right before the playoffs, the owners have a single week to find replacement players. Now, it’s up to a mismatched team of misfits and rejects to get them to the playoffs. Inspired by the 1987 Professional Football Players’ Strike. Starring Keanu Reeves and Gene Hackman.
“One man’s impossible dream… Became his biggest triumph!”
A thirty-year-old down on his luck bartender tries out for the Philadelphia Eagles becoming the oldest rookie in the NFL to have never played college football. Based on the incredible true story of Vince Papale and the Philadelphia Eagle’s open tryouts of 1976. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, and Elizabeth Banks.
Any Given Sunday (1999)
“Life is a contact sport.”
For the Miami Sharks, the game of football is changing. As much on the field as behind the scenes. Aging quarterback, Cap Rooney, is struggling to lead his team to victory. Coach Tony D’Amato, following a losing streak and drop in game attendance, is struggling to keep his whole life from crumbling around him. Now, with fresh blood threating their careers and challenging their time-tested strategies, the two must decide what’s more important: traditional values or winning at any cost. Starring Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, and Jamie Foxx.
Little Giants (1994)
“For everyone who’s waited to be chosen and wasn’t… Your day has come.”
Two rival Peewee football teams compete to be the one that represents their town at the state Peewee playoffs. One team, led by former football star Kevin O’Shea, is made up by the town’s best athletes. The other is led by Danny O’Shea, Kevin’s younger, less talented and less popular brother, is made up of the town’s young misfits and rejects. Danny, with the help of his skilled and headstrong daughter, is determined to beat his older brother at his own game. Starring Rick Moranis and Ed O’Neill.
Varsity Blues (1999)
“In a town where winning is everything, these guys have nothing to lose.”
In West Canaan, a tiny Texas town, high school football is everything. When the star quarterback is injured, it’s up to a second-string replacement to take the
West Canaan Coyotes to their 23rd division title. Now, under extraordinary pressure to win, and through the grip of an overbearing and iron-handed coach, these players must decide if there’s more to life than football. Starring James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight, and Paul Walker
The Waterboy (1998)
“Captain Insano shows no mercy”
Reserved and timid 31-year-old Bobby Boucher is a bit of a mama’s boy living in south-central Louisiana. While working as a waterboy for a down-on-their-luck college football team, the South-Central Louisiana State University Mud Dogs, Bobby discovers his true calling; tackling bullies. With his help, the Mudogs have a real shot of going all the way to the Bourbon Bowl. Can Bobby balance being the best linebacker in college football while keeping it a secret from his overbearing mother? Starring Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, and Henry Winkler.