The Game of the Millions: The 18 Best Football Movies

Incredible plot dynamics, competitive spirit, unpredictable ending, unexpected plot twists – all this is present in films about football. In this compilation, we have collected the stories of great athletes and ordinary guys, and each of them is equally exciting! We offer you to get acquainted with the most interesting films about football of the 2000s.

Goal! (trilogy)

The list of the best films about football opens with the story of a simple guy Santiago Muñez. He loves the game and one day catches the attention of former sportsman Glen. The football player will have to leave for England, but he promises to introduce Santiago to the famous coach if the guy comes to London. Munez begins to save money for the trip, although his relatives do not share his aspirations. To fulfill his dream, the hero will have to overcome many serious obstacles…

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Original Title :
Goal!

Cast:
Kuno Becker, Stephen Dillane, Alessandro Nivola

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:
12+

Will (2011)

Among children’s films about football, the story of eleven-year-old Will Brennan deserves attention. The hero lives in an English school for boys and is a fan of the Liverpool club. Left a complete orphan, Will runs away from school and decides on a big trip to Turkey, to the Champions League Final. On the way, the hero meets Alec, who was once a football “star”. The man feels sorry for the boy and offers him his company on the way to Istanbul.

Original title:
Will

Cast:
Damian Lewis, Bob Hoskins, Rebeca Staton

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.9

Age limit:
12+

United. Munich tragedy (2011)

Winter 1958. A plane crash claims the lives of the players and staff of one of the best British teams, Manchester United. These guys were called “Baby Busby”, because the average age of the players was only 22 years old, and they were all alumni of the club. The country is going through a tragedy. Young assistant coach Jimmy Murphy shows incredible fortitude against all odds. The hero decides to reassemble a team of players worthy of representing one of the best football clubs in the world.

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Original title:
United

Cast:
David Tennant, Dougray Scott, Jack O’Connell

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.4

Age limit:
16+

Damn United (2009)

Among the best films about football players is the story of striker Brian Clough, who has to end his playing career before the age of 30 due to a serious injury. He becomes the coach of the inconspicuous club Derby County. Football has always been Brian’s main passion – and he proves it again by leading his charges to the championship title. The successes of the coach give his career a serious impetus – the hero is offered to lead the “star” club.

Original title:
The Damned United

Cast:
Michael Sheen, Colm Meaney, Timothy Spall

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.6

Age limit:
16+

Pele: Birth of a Legend (2016)

The plot of this film focuses on the other side of big sport, telling about the most famous football star – Pele. The story of the difficult life of a guy who once became the best in his business. Before demonstrating impressive success and gaining worldwide recognition, this talented Brazilian went through a difficult path that tempered his character. The sports drama describes Pele’s childhood and his first serious victories.

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Original title:
Pelé: Birth of a Legend

Cast:
Kevin de Paula, Leonardo Lima Carvalho, Seu Jorge

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.2

Age limit:
12+

Bonebreaker (2001)

The sports comedy soccer film tells the story of Danny Meehan (played by former soccer player Vinnie Jones). The player goes from the star of English football to the coach of the team of prisoners. A tense plot and a well-chosen cast make this film a classic of the sports genre. Surprisingly, this is the only feature film directed by Barry Skolnick.

Original title:
Mean Machine

Cast:
Vinnie Jones, Jason Statham, Jason Fleming

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 6.5

Age limit:
16+

Miracle of Bern (2003)

The miracle of Bern is called the victory of the German national team at the World Cup in 1954. This event is dedicated to the film by the German director Sönke Wortmann. The motivating story of professional footballer Helmut Rahn and 11-year-old boy Matthias. The interweaving of destinies and lives of the post-war period against the backdrop of the most important football competition.

Original title:
Das Wunder von Bern

Cast:
Lois Klamroth, Peter Lohmeyer, Johanna Gastdorf

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:
12+

Maradona (2008)

A festival film by Emir Kusturica about one of the most legendary football players of all time. The film tells about the brightest moments in the life of Argentina striker Diego Maradona. The biography covers seven key stages in the life of a football player (including the story about the famous “Hand of God”) shown not in chronological order.

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Original title:
Maradona by Kusturica

Cast:
Diego Maradona, Emir Kusturica, Ernesto Lezek

Country:
Spain, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:
16+

Coach (2001)

The film tells about football coach Michael Bassett, who unexpectedly led the national team. Michael was the only one who agreed to take the helm of an unpromising team. The film is full of references, self-irony, near-sporty jokes, he skillfully plays on emotions, for which he received high marks from the audience.

Original title:
Mike Bassett: England Manager

Cast:
Ricky Tomlinson, Amanda Redman, Bradley Walsh

Country:
UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.9

Age limit:
12+

The Price of Victory (2000)

The plot tells about the manager of the Scottish football club, who has to go through a lot of trouble. Everything suddenly falls on him at once: problems with work and personal life. In parallel, he is forced to seek mutual understanding with the new owner of the team. However, the hero does not have time to think about all the problems, because his guys are now faced with a serious task – to win the Cup of the country.

Original title:
A Shot at Glory

Cast:
Robert Duvall, Michael Keaton, Cole Houser

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.3

Age limit:
16+

Rudo and Kursi (2008)

Two brothers, Rudo and Kursi, spend all their free time playing yard football in a poor area of ​​Mexico. Once they are noticed by an agent from the capital club, who can take only one, everything will be decided by a penalty. Carlos Cuaron made a sports drama that describes the thorny path of the guys from street football to professional football, removing all the attributes of motivational films, leaving people’s lives without embellishment.

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Original title:
Rudo y Cursi

Cast:
Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Guillermo Francella

Country:
Mexico, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:
16+

Killer Football (2002)

The events of this film about sports and about football revolve around six brothers who begin classes with a talented coach. An experienced mentor makes a strong team out of guys. To do this, he combines the most valuable experience of kung fu masters with modern football tactics. After grueling training, the heroes decide to take part in the football championship.

Original title:
Siu Lam juk kau

Cast:
Stephen Chow, Ng Man-Tat, Vicki Zhao

Country:
Hong Kong, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.3

Age limit:
16+

She is a man (2006)

17-year-old Viola plays football very well – better than any boy. Suddenly, she learns that the women’s team is not allowed to participate in the football tournament. After considering the situation, the heroine decides to take a desperate step – to impersonate her twin brother Sebastian. Now she has to portray a young man and play for a team of guys. The matter is complicated by the fact that the heroine falls in love with a guy – a local football “star”. However, all personal experiences fade into the background on the day of the decisive match.

Original title:
She’s the Man

Cast:
Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Laura Ramsey

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.3

Age limit:
16+

Gracie (2007)

This feature film stands apart from other films about women’s football. Davis Guggenheim managed to take a real life story, wrap it in a sports drama and tell the viewer. The heroine of the story is Grace Bowen, who, after the tragic death of her brother, seeks to replace him in the school football team, despite the protests of her parents, coach, and club partners.

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Original title:
Gracie

Cast:
Carly Schroeder, Dermot Mulroney, Elisabeth Shue

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.2

Age limit:
16+

Play It Like Beckham (2002)

The list of the best films about football is hard to imagine without this comedy melodrama. 18-year-old Jess firmly believes that she wants to dedicate her life to the game she loves. The idol of the girl is the legendary football player David Beckham. The heroine’s parents are against such hobbies, which is not surprising for a traditional Indian family. During the next training, the girl meets a young American Jules, who invites her to become a member of the women’s football section.

Original title:
Bend It Like Beckham

Cast:
Parminder K. Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Country:
UK, Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.7

Age limit:
16+

Dream Team (2012)

Patrick was once one of the top soccer players in the country. Life seriously shook the guy – now he is an ordinary drunkard. He still manages to become the coach of a provincial amateur team. Now Patrick has to teach the technique of playing on the field of ordinary accountants, postmen and simple hard workers. The affairs of the heroes in the football field are not going well. Then an amazing idea comes to the head of the newly minted coach – to invite former professional players to the team.

Original title:
Les seigneurs

Cast:
José Garcia, Jean-Pierre Mariel, Franck Dubosc

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.3

Age limit:
12+

Match (2012)

The feature film is dedicated to the memorable football “death match” between the Soviet team “Start” and the German team “Flakelf” in 1942. Films about football players are made all over the world, many are based on real events, but few of them evoke similar emotions. The picture tells about the unbending will, courage, courage of Soviet football players, even in the face of death.

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Cast:
Sergey Bezrukov, Elizaveta Boyarskaya, Eduard Bezrodny

Country:
Russia, Ukraine

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+

Dream League (2014)

The film tells the story of the formation of the world’s main football association FIFA based on real events. The picture shows many of the complex vicissitudes faced by the leaders of the largest sports organizations. The association sponsored the film with about $25 million, but received mixed reviews from critics. The audience was more supportive, noting the game of Tim Roth.

Original title:
United Passions

Cast:
Tim Roth, Sam Neill, Gerard Depardieu

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 2.1

Age limit:
6+

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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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