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Whether or not you are a big fan of the sport, these football movies show surprising depth and pack an emotional punch. So 'rush' right out and score one of these fine films. Below we created a list of the best football movies in alphabetical order to make it easier for you to find the football movie you want to read more about and maybe even want to buy or rent. Just click on the movie title that interests you and you will get to a page with much more details about the cast, the storyline, ratings etc.

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Football is the focus of this drama, adapted from Frederick Exley's famous novel. It tells the tale of an aspiring writer obsessed with football. His father was a football star, and the writer, wanting to follow in his dad's illustrious footsteps, constantly berates himself for not having any talent for the sport at all. The young man becomes so distraught, that he winds up in a mental hospital. In time, he comes to accept the fact that he is destined to be only a fan of the game. (1972) Starring: Jerry Orbach, Burgess Meredith, Patricia Collins.

Rated NR

Runtime: 90 minutes
Against All Odds
Terry Brogan, an aging football player in L.A., is cut early in the season; he needs money, so he takes a job from a shady friend of his, Jake Wise, to track down Wise's girlfriend, Jessie, who's somewhere in Mexico. She's also the daughter of a very wealthy land developer, who owns Terry's team. (1984) Starring: Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges.

Rated R

Runtime: 128 minutes
Air Bud - Golden Receiver
Story of a golden retriever who can play football. (1998) Starring: Tim Conway, Dick Martin.

Rated G

Runtime: 95 minutes
All The Right Moves
Sensitive study of a headstrong high school football star who dreams of getting out of his small Western Pennsylvania steel town with a football scholarship. His equally ambitious coach aims at a college position, resulting in a clash which could crush the player's dreams. (1983) Starring: Tom Cruise, Craig T. Nelson, Lea Thompson.

Rated R

Runtime: 91 minutes
The All-American
Nick Bonelli, quarterback for Mid-State, proves himself an All American in the championship, but his parents die in an auto accident coming to the game. Nick decides to transfer to Sheridan University to pursue his real interest of studying architecture. His decision not to join the football team causes considerable friction for him at his new alma mater, particularly with Howard Carter who sees him as a rival. Romantic interests complicate Nick's life and he must make decisions about his future. (1953) Starring: Tony Curtis, Lori Nelson.

Rated NR

Runtime: 80 minutes
Angels In The Endzone
The football team jesse is on is terrible, after the death of his father Jesse quits the team. Then angels come to help the team get better and nobody can see them but Jesse's little brother. (1997) Starring: Christopher Lloyd, Paul Dooley, Matthew Lawrence.

Rated G

Runtime: 88 minutes
Any Given Sunday
Consistent with most Al Pacino performances, what you see is only a small taste of what you're about to get. Coach Tony D'Amato is presented with a breathe of fresh air from a third string player that makes him re-evaluate his coaching methods and his perspective on life. This gritty tale is captured in a realistic, powerful way through the direction of the legendary Oliver Stone. (1999) Starring: Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, James Woods, LL Cool J.

Rated R

Runtime: 150 minutes
Backfield In Motion
Roseanne expanded her rock-the-boat sitcom persona to feature length in this made-for-TV effort. After her husband dies, Nancy Seavers takes her son to the ho-hum town of Deerview. There, Nancy stands out among the relatively meek suburban housewives in her school district. Nancy really heats things up when she decides to participate with Tim in the annual fathers-and-sons football game. (1991) Starring: Roseanne Barr, Tom Arnold.

Rated NR

Runtime: 94 minutes
The Bear
Average biography of legendary Alabama head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. Busey is miscast but tries hard to make something of a so-so script. (1984) Starring: Gary Busey, Harry Dean Stanton, Cynthia Leake.

Rated PG

Runtime: 110 minutes.
The Best of Times
Former high school rivals have a rematch of the big game 13 years later with star quarterback Reno Hightower. (1986) Starring: Robin Williams, Kurt Russell, Pamela Reed.

Rated PG-13

Runtime: 104 minutes.
Black Sunday
International terrorists threaten to blow up Super Bowl Stadium. From the Thomas Harris bestseller. (1977) Starring: Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern, Marthe Keller.

Rated R

Runtime: 143 minutes
The Blind Side
The Blind Side Movie
The true story of Michael Oher, a homeless African-American youngster from a broken home, taken in by the Touhys, a well-to-do white family who help him fulfill his potential. At the same time, Oher's presence in the Touhys' lives leads them to some insightful self-discoveries of their own. Living in his new environment, the teen faces a completely different set of challenges to overcome. As a football player and student, Oher works hard and, with the help of his coaches and adopted family, becomes an All-American offensive left tackle. (2009)
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Starring: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Kathy Bates, Quinton Aaron.

Rated PG-13

Runtime: 126 minutes
Blood Sport
A high school athlete is torn between his father, who wants him to get a football scholarship, and his coach, who wants a winning season. (1973) Starring: Ben Johnson, Larry Hagman, Gary Busey.

Rated NR

Runtime: 90 minutes
Bonzo Goes To College
Former lab chimp Bonzo, runs away from a carnival sideshow and hops a banana truck. He lands in college town Pawlton and is adopted by the granddaughter of football coach 'Pop' Drew, who sorely needs good players. Obvious but pleasant slapstick follows. (1952) Starring: Maureen O'Sullivan, Charles Drake, Edmund Gwenn.

Rated NR

Runtime: 80 minutes
Brian's Song
Remake of 1971 classic. The story of professional football players Gale Sayes and Brian Piccolo, and how their friendship on and off the field was affected when Piccolo contracted a fatal disease. (2001) Starring: Sean Maher, Mekhi Phifer.

Rated NR

Runtime: 87 minutes
Brian's Song
Gale Sayers joins the Chicago Bears and is befriended by Brian Piccolo, an over-achieving running back. Although they compete for the same spot on the team, and despite the fact that Sayers is black and Piccolo white, they become roommates on the road and very close friends, especially when Sayers is injured and Piccolo helps his recovery. Later, they and their wives must both deal with the harsh reality of Piccolo's cancer. (1971) Starring: James Caan, Billy Dee Williams.

Rated G

Runtime: 73 minutes
The Club
Thompson is the football coach forced into unwanted politics off the field. Australian movie based on a play by David Williamson. (1980) Starring: Jack Thompson, Graham Kennedy, Frank Wilson, Harold Hopkins, John Howard.

Rated PG

Runtime: 96 minutes.
Coach Of The Year
A former football pro comes back from the Vietnam War in a wheelchair and tries to put his life back together by coaching youngsters in a correctional facility. They initially reject him, but he perseveres. (1980) Starring: Robert Conrad, Erin Gray.

Rated NR

Runtime: 96 minutes.
Code Breakers
In 1951, a cheating scandal rocks West Point academy, as 83 cadets -- including the son of the school's football coach (Glenn) -- are implicated and ultimately dismissed. (2005) Starring: Jake Busey, Scott Glenn, Zachery Bryan.

Rated NR

Runtime: 87 minutes
The Comebacks
A college football coach with the worst record in the history of the sport vows to turn things around with his new team of ragtag recruits. (2007) Starring: David Koechner, Melora Hardin, Matthew Lawrence, Brooke Nevin, Nick Searcy, Carl Weathers.

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Crazylegs
Biography of Hall-of-Fame wide receiver Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch. Average at best but worth watching because of interesting newsreel footage. Also because Hirsch plays himself as do teammates Tom Fears, Richard Lane, Woodley Lewis, Deacon Dan Towler, Norm Van Brocklin, Bob Waterfield and Paul 'Tank' Younger. (1953) Starring: Elroy Hirsch, Lloyd Nolan, Joan Vohs, Louise Lorimer.

Rated NR

Runtime: 87 minutes
Diner
Diner is a film about male friendship and the exciting and frightening realities of growing older. For Eddie, football symbolizes everything he's terrified of losing: debating Mathis vs. Sinatra with the guys at the diner, enjoying the "smile of the week" with his drunken friend Fenwick and having someone who will cook for him no matter how late he wakes up. (1982) Starring: Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Kevin Bacon.

Rated R

Runtime: 145 minutes.
Easy Living
Pete Wilson is on top. He is the highest paid professional football player in the league. He has seen other players come and go, but he was MVP last year and the future looks rosy. His wife, Liza, is there for the fame, the money, the good times and does not like those who are washed up. His friend Tim, just retired and accepted a job as head coach at State. But Pete discovers that he has a condition that may end his career and all that he knows is football. (1949) Starring: Lucille Ball, Victor Mature.

Rated NR

Runtime: 77 minutes
Everybody's All-American
A Louisiana football legend struggles to deal with life's complexities after his college career is over. (1988) Starring: Dennis Quaid, Jessica Lange, Timothy Hutton.

Rated R

Runtime: 127 minutes
The Express:
The Ernie Davis Story

A drama based on the life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. (2008) Starring: Dennis Quaid, Rob Brown, Clancy Brown

Rated PG
Facing The Giants
A losing coach with an underdog football team faces their giants of fear and failure on and off the field to surprising results. (2006) Starring: James Blackwell, Bailey Cave.

Rated PG

Runtime: 111 minutes
Father Was a Fullback
Football coach George Cooper has as many problems managing his football team as he has at home dealing with his daughters, Ellen and Connie. (1949) Starring: Fred MacMurray, Maureen O'Hara.

Rated NR

Runtime: 84 minutes
Fighting Back: The Story of Rocky Bleier
Football jock Rocky Bleier makes it all the way to the pros with the Pittsburgh Steelers, only to be drafted in the Vietnam war. Wounded by a hand grenade overseas, Bleier returns to the States told he will never walk again. However, after a lengthy, grueling rehabilitation, Bleier ultimately walks again. Soon, he trains with his old team for inspiration. Are all the good feelings and inspiration Bleier engenders enough to carry him to an NFL championship? (1980) Starring: Robert Urich, Bonnie Bedelia, Richard Herd.

Rated NR

Runtime: 95 minutes
Football Now And Then
In this Disney animated short, an old-timer tells his grandson that old-time football players could take a modern team, so we see a game with just that matchup: Bygone U. vs. Present State. More specifically, the Bygone U. team of 11 vs. Present State's dozens of special squads and support personnel. Even the stadium, fans, and press are modern vs. old-time. The game is close, and fiercely fought. (1953) Starring: animation

Rated G

Runtime: 7 minute short
Footsteps
A football coach is hired by a small college to shape up its football team, and he finds himself in trouble with local gamblers who don't want the team to improve. (1972) Starring: James Woods, Richard Crenna, Robert Carradine, Joanna Pettet, Forrest Tucker, Ned Beatty.

Rated NR

Runtime: 75 minutes
The Freshman
Harold Lamb is so excited about going to college that he has been working to earn spending money, practicing college yells, and learning a special way of introducing himself that he saw in a movie. When he arrives at Tate University, he soon becomes the target of practical jokes and ridicule. He resolves to make every possible effort to become popular. The movie concludes with a justifiably famous football sequence. (1925)

Starring: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston.

Rated: NR

Runtime: 76 minutes.

Friday Night Lights
Director Peter Berg took his cousin's best-selling novel, "Friday Night Lights," and adapted it for the screen, bringing his own style and voice to the football film. Like the book, the resulting film doesn't paint the prettiest picture of a small Texas town, but it does provide a brutally realistic look at the Permian Panthers football program back in the late 80s. (2004) Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Derek Luke, Garrett Hedlund, Jay Hernandez, Lee Jackson, Lee Thompson Young, Lucas Black, Tim McGraw.

Rated PG-13

Runtime: 118 minutes
Full Ride
Matt Sabo is a talented high school graduating senior who is picked to play in the state all-star high school football game. Despite the honor, Sabo sports a bad attitude on and off the field, including run-ins with the law, and it becomes evident to his teammtates at the all-star camp that he doesn't care about the game. That is until he meets Amy Lear, an attractive, intelligent local of the camps host town, who helps him realize that he has a shot at getting a full ride scholarship if he plays well. (2001) Starring: Meredith Monroe, Riley Smith.

Rated PG-13

Runtime: 105 minutes
Fumbleheads
Quimby Falls is dedicated to its football team, The Buzzards. When the team moves out of state, marching band member Charlie Atwater devises a plan to kidnap the team's owner until they are brought back to town. (1999) Starring: Edward Asner, Barry Corbin, Mark Curry.

Rated PG-13

Runtime: 90 minutes
The Game Plan
An NFL quarterback living the bachelor lifestyle discovers that he has a 8-year-old daughter from a previous relationship. (2007) Starring: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Madison Pettis, Kyra Sedgwick, Roselyn Sanchez.

Rated PG

Runtime: 110 minutes
Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon
A Philadelphia garbageman who develops his leg muscles from kicking the hydraulic lever on his truck is discovered by the Philadelphia Eagles and signed by them to become a kicker. (1998) Starring: Tony Danza, Jessica Tuck.

Rated PG

Runtime: 78 minutes
Glory Days
A married middle age man with two children who are in college, who also didn't finish college decides to go and enroll at his kids' college. He also decides to try out for football and makes the team. And he becomes a phenom. But all this causes friction between him and his son, and also trouble between him and his wife, who wants him to quit the team. But he chooses to stay with it. (1988) Starring: Robert Conrad, Shane Conrad, Duane Davis, Stacy Edwards.

Rated PG

Runtime: 95 minutes
Go Tigers!
"Go Tigers!" is a rare behind-the-scenes chronicling of a remarkable season for the Massillon Tigers high school football team, played out in a small rustbelt town that draws its identity from football. During the course of the season, three young stars emerge who are forced to carry the burden of the town and their teammates as they confront their uncertain future. (2001) Starring: Dave Irwin, Ellery Moore, Joe Paterno.

Rated R

Runtime: 102 minutes
Grambling's White Tiger
This is the true story of Jim Gregory, Grambling University's first white football player. Back when Gregory was at Grambling, it had not been THAT many years since Blacks were allowed to play football at most Southern Schools. Since many of the players at Grambling felt heavily discriminated against, they naturally resented Gregory for encroaching on "their" school. Further resentment happened against Gregory because he played Quarterback, a position that in those days was considered reserved for Whites only. (1981) Starring: Bruce Jenner, Dennis Haysbert, Bill Overton, Deborah Pratt, Byron Stewart.

Rated NR

Runtime: 92 minutes
Gridiron Gang
Juvenile Detention Camp Officer Sean Porter, played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson believes the common goal of winning football games, combined with the opportunity to showcase athletic ability will transform the outlook, attitude, and ambition of the teenagers confined to his camp. Based on a true story, this drama takes a gritty, realistic look at life in juvenile detention and the opportunity to improve it. (2006) Starring: The Rock, Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell, Leon Rippy.

Rated PG-13

Runtime: 120 minutes
Gus
Nutty comedy of football-kicking mule imported from Yugoslavia to save the struggling California Atoms. Dick Enberg is the announcer. (1976) Starring: Ed Asner, Don Knotts, Tim Conway, Gary Grimes, Dick Butkus.

Rated G

Runtime: 96 minutes
The Guy Who Came Back
Former football star Harry Joplin is down on his luck, both in his career and in his married life. He seems convinced of his own unworthiness, but a chance to play in a charity football game helps him see his life in a new light. (1951) Starring: Paul Douglas, Linda Darnell, Joan Bennett, Don DeFore, Zero Mostell, Billy Gray.

Rated NR

Runtime: 91 minutes
Halfback of Notre Dame
The Notre Dame High School football coach, Les Modeau has his son Crazy on the team because he is a big over grown kid who is jokingly abused by most of the other kids. He is really a very smart, artistic, caring guy who falls for the star quarterbacks girlfriend, Esmeralda, a new girl in town from France. (1995) Starring: Allen Cutler, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Gabriel Hogan, Sandra Nelson, Scott Hylands.

Rated G

Runtime: 93 minutes
Heaven Can Wait
A Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken away from his body by an over-anxious angel before he was supposed to die, comes back to life in the body of a recently-murdered millionaire. (1978) Starring: Warren Beatty, Julie Christie

Rated PG

Runtime: 101 minutes
Hold That Line
The Bowery Boys are sent to Ivy University by two trustees to see what effect the boys will have on the student body. Sach develops a vitamin mixture that turns him into a football star, but is then kidnapped by gangsters to keep him out of the big game. (1952) Starring: Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Gil Stratton, David Gorcey.

Rated NR

Runtime: 67 minutes
Hometown Legend
A teenage drifter finds an opportunity to turn his life around when he joins a high-school football program with a hard-nosed coach. (2002) Starring: Terry O'Quinn, Lacey Chabert.

Rated PG

Runtime: 108 minutes
Horse Feathers
Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff has just been installed as the new president of Huxley College. His cavalier attitude toward education is not reserved for his son Frank, who is seeing the college widow, Connie Bailey. Frank influences Wagstaff to recruit two football players who hang out in a speakeasy, in order to beat rival school Darwin. Unfortunately, Wagstaff mistakenly hires the misfits Baravelli and Pinky. Finding out that Darwin has beaten him to the "real" players, Wagstaff enlists Baravelli and Pinky to kidnap them, which leads to an anarchic football finale. (1932) Starring: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx.

Rated NR

Runtime: 68 minutes
Invincible
Mark Wahlberg stars as a Philadelphia Eagles fan who has just lost his wife and his teaching job. He decides one day to show up for an open tryout for his favorite NFL team, only to see his wildest dreams come true. (2006) Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear.

Rated PG

Runtime: 105 minutes
Jerry Maguire
Jerry Maguire used to be a typical sports agent: willing to do just about anything he could to get the biggest possible contracts for his clients, plus a nice commission for himself. Then, one day, he suddenly has second thoughts about what he's really doing. When he voices these doubts, he ends up losing his job and all of his clients, save Rod Tidwell, an egomaniacal football player. Movie is famed for catch phrases still uttered today: "You had me at hello," and "Show me the money!" (1996) Starring: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston, Jerry O'Connell.

Rated R

Runtime: 139 minutes
Jim Brown: All American
Spike Lee directs a flawed but fascinating portrait of the sports legend, actor, and activist in Jim Brown: All American. Interviewing former coaches, teammates, and celebrity observers (including Oliver Stone), and with Brown's cooperation, this HBO documentary is best at detailing Brown's early life. (2002) Starring: Art Modell, Walter Beach, Ed Walsh, Sam Oakley, Ed Corley.

Rated NR

Runtime: 140 minutes
Jim Thorpe - All American
True story of Native American Jim Thorpe, who rose from an Oklahoma reservation to become a collegiate, Olympic, and professional star. After his medals are stripped on a technicality and his dream of coaching is shattered, Thorpe's life begins to unravel. His marriage to his college sweetheart ends, and he is a forgotten figure, except by Glenn 'Pop' Warner, his coach at Carlisle College. (1951) Starring: Burt Lancaster, Charles Bickford.

Rated NR

Runtime: 107 minutes
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home
Crenna plays a U-2 pilot who crash lands in the mythical Arab kingdom of Fawzia and is blackmailed into coaching the king's football team in an exhibition game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Perhaps the film's biggest claim to fame is that Notre Dame University sued in an attempt to block the film's release, so offended were they by the picture's raucous humor, racial stereotypes and ridiculous situations. (1965) Starring: Richard Crenna, Shirley MacLaine, Peter Ustinov.

Rated PG

Runtime: 96 minutes
Johnny Be Good
It's recruiting time and despite being short and scrawny, Johnny Walker is America's hottest young football prospect. His dilemma: should he take one of the many offers from college talent scouts or should he attend the local state college with his girlfriend and give up his football career? (1988) Starring: Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Downey Jr., Uma Thurman.

Rated R

Runtime: 86 minutes
The Junction Boys
Story of Bear Bryant's first summer as head football coach at Texas A&M. Bear takes his charges out onto the scorched plains and sees who survives. (2002) Starring: Tom Berenger, Fletcher Humphrys.

Rated NR

Runtime: 93 minutes
Knute Rockne All American
Long before Rocky Balboa went the distance, there was the original Rock--as in Knute Rockne. His story, a classic 1940 biopic, combines vintage gridiron action with heart-tugging sentiment. Yup, this is the film with the famous halftime pep talk and Ronald Reagan's "win just one for the Gipper" deathbed plea. Yeah, it's corny. But so what. (1940) Starring: Pat O'Brien, Gale Page, Ronald Reagan.

Rated NR

Runtime: 98 minutes
The Last Boy Scout
A down and out cynical detective teams up with a down and out ex-quarterback to try and solve a murder case involving a pro football team and a politician. (1991) Starring: Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans.

Rated R

Runtime: 105 minutes
The Last Game
There may be thousands of high school football teams in America, but the story of CB West is one in a million. In the end, The Last Game is about a man who faces so much drama, triumph and turmoil that it will force him to make a major decision to the delight of some and the dismay of others. (2002) Starring: Mike Pettine

Rated NR

Runtime: 92 minutes
Leatherheads
A romantic comedy set in the world of 1920s football, where the owner of a professional team drafts a strait-laced college sensation, only to watch his new coach fall for his fiancée. (2008) Starring: George Clooney, Renee Zellweger, John Krasinski

Rated PG-13

Runtime: 114 minutes
Legend In Granite
Film traces Vince Lombardi's football career from one of Fordham University's legendary "Seven Blocks of Granite" to one of American football's greatest professional coaches. (1973) Starring: Ernest Borgnine, Colleen Dewhurst, James Olson, John Calvin.

Rated NR

Runtime: 48 minutes
Little Giants
Misfits form their own opposing team to an elite peewee football team, coached by the elite team coach's brother. (1994) Starring: Rick Moranis, Ed O'Neill.

Rated PG

Runtime: 107 minutes
The Longest Yard
Remake of the 1974 classic. Prison inmates form a football team to challenge the prison guards. (2005) Starring: Adam Sandler, Burt Reynolds, Chris Rock.

Rated PG-13

Runtime: 113 minutes
The Longest Yard
A football player-turned-convict organizes a team of inmates to play against a team of prison guards. His dilemma is that the warden asks him to throw the game in return for an early release, but he is also concerned about the inmates' lack of self-esteem. (1974) Starring: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert.

Rated R

Runtime: 121 minutes
The Longshots
The true story of Jasmine Plummer who, at the age of eleven, became the first female to play in Pop Warner football tournament in its 56-year history. (2008) Starring: Ice Cube, Keke Palmer, Matt Craven.
Lucas
A young nerdy boy hopes to gain acceptance in a high school by not backing down against the school bullies, attempting to make the football team and by befriending a new popular girl. His life is complicated when he falls in love with her while she falls in love with his protector, the school football star, in this sensitive and true portrayal of growing up. (1986) Starring: Corey Haim, Kerri Green, Charlie Sheen, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Winona Ryder.

Rated PG-13

Runtime: 100 minutes
M*A*S*H
Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. That's where two young surgeons, Duke and Hawkeye end up during the Korean War. There is no plot as such, but instead a series of episodes during which they put their stamp on the camp including a football game against a larger unit with thousands riding on it, a trip to Tokyo to operate on a congressman's son and play a little golf, and finding out if the head nurse is a natural blonde. (1970) Starring: Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould.

Rated R

Runtime: 112 minutes
Midnight Heat
Football star, Tyler Grey, comes out of drug rehab and discovers that team management no longer wants him. He confronts the burly team owner, and has an affair with his wife. Also he becomes involved in two murder cases, where the bitter police detective is an acquaintance of his from college football days, but definitely is not one of his fans. (1994) Starring: Tim Matheson, Stephen Mendel.

Rated R

Runtime: 97 minutes
Monday Night Mayhem
Football on the field. Mayhem in the booth and the control room. Huge ratings in the morning papers. John Turturro portrays the reviled, revered and wholly remarkable Howard Cosell, heading a spot-on cast in the fascinating insider's story of the people and events that turned Monday Night Football into a nationwide phenomenon. (2002)

Starring: John Turturro, John Heard, Kevin Anderson, Nicholas Turturro, Brad Beyer.

Rated: NR

Runtime: 98 minutes

Moochie of Pop Warner Football

Walt Disney Studios filmed this show on Pop Warner Football based upon what it has seen of the Pop Warner operation in the Los Angeles area (where there are 100 teams). This leads to the creation of the Disneyland Bowl in Anaheim, California. A football tryout is turned upside down by an 11-year-old who disrupts City Hall hotshots. (1960)

Starring: Kevin Corcoran, Alan Hale Jr., John Howard.

Rated NR

Runtime: 120 minutes
Navy Blue and Gold
The film charts the progress of three Annapolis "plebes." Wisecracking Roger Ash is a cynic, wide-eyed Richard Gates Jr. is overeager, and reclusive Truck Cross harbors a dark secret. When not going about their appointed duties, Ash and Cross battle over the attentions of heroine Patricia, Gates' sister. The plot is resolved in a climactic football game, with everyone showing his true colors -- blue and gold, of course! (1937)

Starring: Robert Young, James Stewart, Florence Rice, Billie Burke, Lionel Barrymore.

Rated: NR

Runtime: 94 minutes.

Necessary Roughness
Due to NCAA sanctions, the Texas State University Fightin' Armadillos must form a football team from their actual student body, with no scholarships to help, to play their football schedule. With fewer players than most teams, the makeshift team must overcome obstacles that the best teams in the country couldn't deal with. Using a 34 year old quarterback, a female placekicker and a gang of misfits, Ed "Straight Arrow" Genero must take his team to play the number one Texas Colts. (1991) Starring: Harley Jane Kozak, Hector Elizondo, Jason Bateman, Kathy Ireland, Robert Loggia, Scott Bakula, Sinbad.

Rated PG-13

Runtime: 108 minutes
North Dallas Forty
A semi-fictional account of life as a professional football player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s. (1979) Starring: Nick Nolte, Mac Davis.

Rated R

Runtime: 119 minutes
Number One
The story of Cat Catlan, a washed up quarterback who turns to drink and women to solve his problems. But he soon discovers that his problems are just beginning. (1969) Starring: Charlton Heston, Jessica Walter, Bruce Dern, John Randolph.

Rated NR

Runtime: 105 minutes
Off Sides
aka Pigs vs. Freaks

Virtually unknown TV movie about a small town gridiron showdown between the local constabulary (aka "the pigs") and a motley crew of burnouts, potheads and draft dodgers ("the freaks"). (1984) Starring: Brian Dennehey, Gloria DeHaven, Patrick Swayze, Adam Baldwin, Grant Goodeve, Tony Randall.

Rated NR

Runtime: 120 minutes
Paper Lion
George Plimpton wants to write a story for Sports Illustrated on what it is like to be a quarterback for an NFL team. No one is willing to allow a klutzy amateur to go on the field for fear he'll kill himself. After several teams turn him down, Plimpton got the Detroit Lions to let him go to training camp. He tries to keep his true identity a secret from the real players. This is based on a true incident and many of the players play themselves in the movie. (1968) Starring: Alan Alda, Lauren Hutton, Alex Karras, David Doyle, Ann Turkel.

Rated NR

Runtime: 107 minutes
Playmakers
The 11-episode ESPN series is a gritty ensemble drama about the off-field lives of a group of players on a pro football team and how they deal with the pressure of being on the professional level. (2003) Starring: Omar Gooding, Marcello Thedford, Christopher Wiehl, Jason Matthew Smith, Russell Hornsby.

Rated NR

Runtime: 244 minutes
Possums
Will Collier loves his job as radio announcer for the local high school football team, the Nowata Possums. He loves it so much that he continues announcing even after the town decides to cancel the football program. But when his imaginary teams starts to contend for the state championship, he not only must deal with the real state champs, but he must reckon with the hopes and dreams of the people fo Nowata as well. (1998) Starring: Mac Davis, Cynthia Sikes.

Rated PG

Runtime: 97 minutes
The Program
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. (1993) Starring: Craig Sheffer, Halle Berry, James Caan, Kristy Swanson, Omar Epps.

Rated R

Runtime: 112 minutes
Quarterback Princess
The Maida family has moved to Oregon, and daughter Tami wants to play quarterback for the high school football team. There's just one problem. She's a girl. With everyone from the coach to her next door neighbor against her, she's out to prove that not only can she can play football, but she can win the state championship. (1983) Starring: Don Murray, Barbara Babcock, Dana Elcar, John Stockwell, Daphne Zuniga.

Rated NR

Runtime: 96 minutes
Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story
A television movie based on fact about the 30-year-old former college football star who developed Lou Gehrig's disease and went on to coach a high school football team to victory. (1988) Starring: Michael Nouri

Rated NR

Runtime: 93 minutes
Radio
Football coach Harold Jones befriends Radio, a mentally-challenged man who becomes a student at T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, South Carolina. Their friendship extends over several decades, where Radio transforms from a shy, tormented man into an inspiration to his community. (2003) Starring: Cuba Gooding, Jr., Ed Harris.

Rated PG

Runtime: 109 minutes
Reggie's Prayer
In this movie inspired by real-life athletes and stories, Reggie White demonstrates why he’s a champion among athletes. Reggie proves it’s possible to have integrity and character and still be successful, and as a result encourages athletes and non-athletes to believe in themselves and treat others with respect. (1997) Starring: Brett Favre, Bryce Paup, Cylk Cozart, Hammer, Keith Jackson, Mel Renfro, Mike Holmgren, Noriyuki Morita, Reggie White, Rosey Grier, The Giant.

Rated NR

Runtime: 94 minutes
Remember The Titans
Based on the true story of Coach Herman Boone, Denzel Washington gives an amazing performance as the coach who forced integration on his football team only to have the team discover that friendship and loyalty are colorblind. (2000) Starring: Denzel Washington.

Rated PG

Runtime: 113 minutes
The Replacements
Keanu Reeves plays a quarterback who leads a rag-tag bag of 'scabs' to victory in the romantic comedy, "The Replacements." Very, very loosely based on the 1987 NFL strike, "The Replacements" is a heart-warming, feel-good look at life inside the huddle. (2000) Starring: Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Orlando Jones.

Rated PG-13

Runtime: 118 minutes
Return To Campus
A widower returns to college many years after WWII, finds romance and becomes a star kicker (with a spring-loaded kicking shoe) for the football team. Tom Harmon and Arnold Palmer have cameos. (1975) Starring: Earl Keyes, Ray Troha, Al Raymond, Robert Gutin, Paul Jacobs.

Rated NR

Runtime: 100 minutes
Rise and Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story
True story of the career, injury and recovery of New York Jets defensive end Dennis Byrd who was paralyzed during a game in 1992. Former NFL running back Reese Morrison plays the Kansas City quarterback. Based on the book by Dennis Byrd and Michael D'Orso. (1994) Starring: Peter Berg, Kathy Morris, Johann Carlo, Wolfgang Bodison.

Rated NR

Runtime: 88 minutes
The Rose Bowl Story
The newly crowned Rose Bowl Princess and a tough but tender football player find the California Rose Bowl is an area for their budding romance. (1952) Starring: Marshall Thompson, Vera Miles.

Rated NR

Runtime: 73 minutes
Rudy
Before Sean Astin was a hobbit, he starred in the true story of 'the little guy who could.' Desperate to play for Notre Dame, Rudy triumphs over his own small stature, low academic scores, and poor athletic skills to make his dream come true. (1993) Starring: Charles S. Dutton, Jon Favreau, Lili Taylor, Ned Beatty, Sean Astin.

Rated PG

Runtime: 116 minutes
Saturday's Hero
Naive high school hero Steve Novak wins a college scholarship and gradually becomes corrupted by the system. Teammates, coaches and the alumni only care about winning but turn their back on him after an injury. The message of Millard Lampell and Sidney Buchman's hard-hitting script still holds up today. (1951) Starring: John Derek, Donna Reed.

Rated NR

Runtime: 111 minutes
School Ties
The story of 1950's prep school student David Greene who wants to play football and go to Harvard despite social and religious pressure. When it's discovered he's Jewish, he becomes the object of ridicule. (1992) Starring: Brendan Fraser, Matt Damon, Chris O'Donnell, Randall Batinkoff, Andrew Lowery.

Rated PG-13

Runtime: 106 minutes
The Season: Behind Bars
Behind-the-scenes documentary following the season of the Giddings (Texas) School football team where all the players are in maximum-security juvenile detention. An ESPN Original Entertainment production. (2003) Rated NR

Runtime: 120 minutes
Second String
Coach Chuck Dichter has worked wonders with the Buffalo Bills, and is even confident to crown his career with a Super Bowl victory, but before the playoffs, an oyster food-poisoning wipes out his first team for a month. Dan Heller, an insurance salesman and former college quarterback, who was hired just for practice, now has to captain and train a bunch of rookies and old-timers against the hardest adversaries. Dichter decides to sign up triple Super Bowl-winner Tommy Baker in Dan's place. (2002) Starring: Gil Bellows, Jon Voight, Teri Polo.

Rated PG

Runtime: 100 minutes
Semi-Tough
A comedy about two football players and their mutual girlfriend. Includes many spoofs and parodies about various self-help groups and personal self-improvement seminars that were wildly popular during the 1970's. (1977) Starring: Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson.

Rated R

Runtime: 108 minutes
The Slaughter Rule
A young man finds solace with a young woman, his mother, and a high-school football coach who recruits him to quarterback a six-man team. (2002) Starring: David Morse, Ryan Gosling, Clea Duvall.

Rated R

Runtime: 116 minutes
Something For Joey
In 1973 while John Cappeletti was winning the Heisman Trophy as the Outstanding College football player in America his younger brother Joey was suffering from leukemia. John had a very special medicine for Joey. They were Touchdowns and John scored them in bunches because they were " Something for Joey". (1977) Starring: Geraldine Page, Gerald S. O'Laughlin, Marc Singer, Jeff Lynas, Linda Kelsey, Steven Guttenberg, Paul Picerni.

Rated NR

Runtime: 96 minutes
The Split
Thieves fall out when over a half million dollars goes missing after the daring and carefully planned robbery of the Los Angeles Coliseum during a football game, each one accusing the other of having the money. (1968) Starring: Jim Brown, Diahann Carroll, Ernest Borgnine, Julie Harris, Gene Hackman, Jack Klugman, Warren Oates, James Whitmore, Donald Sutherland.

Rated R

Runtime: 91 minutes
Superdome
TV-movie about a killer stalking the New Orleans Super Bowl. A remake of Two Minute Warning. (1978) Starring: David Janssen, Edie Adams, Ken Howard, Van Johnson, Donna Mills, Jane Wyatt, Peter Haskell, Clifton Davis, Tom Selleck, Bubba Smith, Dick Butkus.

Rated NR

Runtime: 100 minutes
That's My Boy
The greatest player in Ridgefield College history uses his influence and reputation to get his only son, a sickly, uncoordinated nerd, on the college football team with comic results. (1951) Starring: Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Ruth Hussey, Eddie Mayehoff, Marion Marshall.

Rated NR

Runtime: 104 minutes
Third And A Mile
Based on the book by sports columnist William C. Rhoden, the documentary "Third and a Mile: The Emergence of the Black Quarterback" chronicles the racial injustice encountered by black athletes in the long history of American football. This program was first aired on ESPN as part of Black History Month and features vintage footage and photographs, alongside exclusive interviews with numerous NFL legends. (2007)

Starring: Warren Moon, JC Watts, Daunte Culpepper, Steve McNair, Vince Young.

Rated: NR

Runtime: 46 minutes.

This Sporting Life
In Northern England in the early 1960s, Frank Machin is mean, tough and ambitious enough to become an immediate star in the rugby league team run by local employer Weaver. Machin lodges with Mrs Hammond, whose husband was killed in an accident at Weaver's, but his impulsive and angry nature stop him from being able to reach her as he would like. He becomes increasingly frustrated with his situation, and this is not helped by the more straightforward enticements of Mrs Weaver. (1963) Starring: Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel, William Hartnell.

Rated NR

Runtime: 134 minutes
Triumph Of The Heart: The Ricky Bell Story
This is the tale of Ricky Bell, an all-pro running back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who died of a rare muscle disease in the prime of his career. The plot centers on Bell's relationship with a father-less handicapped boy, and his efforts to be a big brother to him. The boy ends up being an inspiration for Bell when his disease makes the athlete more afflicted than the boy. (1991) Starring: Mario Van Peebles, Susan Ruttan, Lane Davis, Lynn Whitfield.

Rated NR

Runtime: 100 minutes
Trouble Along The Way
Struggling to retain custody of his daughter following his divorce, football coach Steve Williams finds himself embroiled in a recruiting scandal at the tiny Catholic college he is trying to bring back to football respectability. (1953) Starring: John Wayne, Donna Reed, Charles Coburn.

Rated NR

Runtime: 110 minutes
Two For The Money
After suffering a career-ending injury, a former college football star aligns himself with one of the most renowned touts in the sports-gambling business. (2005) Starring: Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey, Rene Russo.

Rated R

Runtime: 100 minutes
Two Minute Warning
A psychotic man, armed with a hunting rifle and acting alone, goes on a sniping spree and is hunted by the police and a SWAT team. Sniper and SWAT converge at a crowded major-league football game, where at the two-minute warning shots ring out and mass panic ensues. (1976) Starring: Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes.

Rated R

Runtime: 136 minutes
Varsity Blues
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. In his 35th year as head coach, Bud Kilmer is trying to lead his West Canaan Coyotes to their 23rd division title. When star quarterback Lance Harbor suffers an injury, the Coyotes are forced to regroup under the questionable leadership of John Moxon, a second-string quarterback with a slightly irreverent approach to the game. (1999) Starring: James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight.

Rated R

Runtime: 100 minutes
The Waterboy
A football team water boy discovers he has a unique tackling ability and becomes a member of the team. (1998) Starring: Adam Sandler, Blake Clark, Clint Howard, Fairuza Balk, Henry Winkler, Jerry Reed, Kathy Bates, Larry Gilliard Jr., Rob Schneider.

Rated PG-13

Runtime: 90 minutes
We Are Marshall
We Are Marshall Movie
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. (2006)
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Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, Ian McShane, Anthony Mackie.

Rated PG

Runtime: 127 minutes
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Two media moguls get into a nasty power struggle for the ownership of a pro football team which takes a drastic effect on their personal and professional lives. (1997) Starring: Ben Kingsley, Gabriel Byrne.

Rated R

Runtime: 100 minutes
Wildcats
Molly is a highschool track coach who knows just as much about football as anyone else on the planet. When the football coach's position becomes vacant, she applies for the job, despite expecting sniggers from fellow staff and her former husband. (1986) Starring: Goldie Hawn, Swoosie Kurtz, Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes.

Rated R

Runtime: 106 minutes
Windrunner: A Sprited Journey
A high-school football player receives guidance from a Native American possessed by the spirit of Jim Thorpe. (1994) Starring: Jason Wiles, Russell Means, Margot Kidder, Amanda Peterson, Kellie Beames, Zane Parker, Bruce Weitz.

Rated PG

Runtime: 108 minutes
Year Of The Bull
Year of the Bull is a stunning look into the life of one high-school football player determined to get out of the inner-city and into a Division I collegiate program. This documentary football movie follows an entire season with the Miami Northwestern Bulls and Taurean Charles, an All-American, blue-chip prospect battling standardized tests, societal pressures, family conflict and internal struggles. (2003) Starring: Chuck Amato, Nellie Charles, Taurean Charles, Steve Gallon, Tim Lester, Roland Smith.

Rated NR

Runtime: 84 minutes





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