In honor of the Super Bowl this weekend, take a look at these football movies and pick your favorite! Probably more than one if you are like me…
THE BLIND SIDE (2009)
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron
The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.
Winner of 1 Oscar (Sandra Bullock for Best Actress)
A documentary on an underdog football team who look to reverse their fortunes with coach Bill Courtney.
Winner of 1 Oscar (Best Documentary)
THE LONGEST YARD (1974)
Starring: Burt Reynolds
A sadistic warden asks a former pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards.
Nominated for 1 Oscar
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear
Based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.
THE REPLACEMENTS (2000)
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman
During a pro football strike, the owners hire substitute players.
REMEMBER THE TITANS (2000)
Starring: Denzel Washington, Will Patton
The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.
ANY GIVEN SUNDAY (1999)
Starring: Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx
A behind the scenes look at the life and death struggles of modern day gladiators and those who lead them.
Starring: Sean Astin
Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame.
VARSITY BLUES (1999)
Starring: James Van Der Beek, Paul Walker, Jon Voight
In small-town Texas, high school football is a religion. The head coach is deified, as long as the team is winning and 17-year-old schoolboys carry the hopes of an entire community onto the gridiron every Friday night.
THE WATERBOY (1998)
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates
A waterboy for a college football team discovers he has a unique tackling ability and becomes a member of the team.
JERRY MAGUIRE (1996)
Starring: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr.
When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent with the only athlete who stays with him.
WE ARE MARSHALL (2006)
Starring: Matthew MacConaughey, Matthew Fox
When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team’s new coach and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive.
BRIAN’S SONG (1971)
Starring: James Caan, Billy Dee Williams
Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.
GRIDIRON GANG (2006)
Starring: Dwayne Johnson
Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.
LITTLE GIANTS (1994)
Misfits form their own opposing team to an elite peewee football team, coached by the elite team coach’s brother.
NORTH DALLAS FORTY (1979)
Starring: Nick Nolte
A semi-fictional account of life as a professional Football (American-style) player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s.
THE PROGRAM (1993)
Starring: James Caan, Halle Berry, Omar Epps
Several players from different backgrounds try to cope with the pressures of playing football at a major university. Each deals with the pressure differently, some turn to drinking, others to drugs, and some to studying.