Top 10 American Football Movies

Films about American football will be of interest to almost every viewer, despite the fact that this sport has not yet become widespread in our country. First of all, you will find incredible stories of motivation and fortitude, as well as examples of achieving a goal against all odds.

Overcoming (2006)

Vince Papali is a 30-year-old former teacher who moonlights as a bartender. Left without a family and a main job, he decides to realize an old dream. The guy becomes a participant in the competition, which arranges Dick Vermeil, the coach of a professional American football team.

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Like other participants in the competition, the main character of the film wants to get the place of one of the players of the Philadelphia Eagles. To be the best of the contenders, Vince will have to show incredible perseverance.

Original title:
Invincible

Cast:
Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.1

Age limit:
16+

Blind Side (2009)

This is one of the most famous films about American football, which was based on real events. Young African-American Michael Oher finds himself without a home again. Fate brings the guy together with a wealthy Christian family, who decide to give him shelter.

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The main hobby of the young man is American football. The new family strongly supports all the undertakings of the hero, and Oher becomes a member of the school team. Finally feeling real support, the guy begins to move towards his main goal.

Original title:
The Blind Side

Cast:
Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron, Tim McGraw

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.2, IMDb – 7.7

Age limit:
16+

We are one team (2006)

The events of the film unfold after the tragedy that occurred in 1970 in the small town of Huntington. The players and coaches of the local college football team are the victims of a terrible plane crash.

Every citizen experiences this drama in their own way. Young and persistent coach Jack Lengyel decides to form a new team. Now he faces a difficult task – to make newcomers champions.

Original title:
We Are Marshall

Cast:
Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, Anthony Mackie

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.1

Age limit:
16+

All or Nothing (2005)

The protagonist of the film is Paul Crewe, who ends up behind bars. Being a professional American football player, he does not plan to leave his favorite job. The guy gathers a team of prisoners to fight on the field against the guards.

If Paul’s wards win, the head of the prison promises to reduce his term. Crewe is encouraged by the sudden prospects. He begins to actively introduce prisoners to the popular game.

Original title:
The Longest Yard

Cast:
Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Burt Reynolds

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.4

Age limit:
16+

The Express: The Story of Sports Legend Ernie Davis (2008)

The list of the best films about American football would be incomplete without a sports drama about Ernie Davis, who was born in a poor New York quarter. Despite many hardships, this purposeful guy managed to achieve a lot.

He became the first African American to win a college football championship. Ernie also scored several impressive records and subsequently became a symbol of the fight against racial sports segregation.

Original title:
The Express

Cast:
Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid, Darrin Dewitt Henson

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.3

Age limit:
16+

Remembering the Titans (2000)

Seasoned high school football coach Bill Yost retires. Instead, the guys have a new mentor – an African American Herman Boon. Such changes cause discontent of many white-skinned players of the team.

Football players begin to boycott Boone’s classes. However, nothing can unsettle the coach: he intends to overcome the hostility of the wards. The main goal of the hero of the film is to bring the team to the state championship.

Original title:
Remember the Titans

Cast:
Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.8

Age limit:
12+

Woodlawn (2015)

A life-affirming film about the events that took place in the 70s of the XX century. An amazing story of unity in an educational institution torn apart by racism, hatred and enmity…

So, 1973. A series of bad luck finally disappoints the Woodlawn players and their fans. Constant skirmishes lead to the collapse of the once promising American football team. Coach Tandy Herald finds a way to help players regain hope for success.

Original title:
Woodlawn

Cast:
Sean Astin, Nick Bishop, Caleb Castillo

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.5

Age limit:
12+

Radio (2003)

The action of one of the best films about American football takes place in the outback. James Robert Kennedy, nicknamed “The Radio”, is a mentally retarded teenager who often walks around with a radio.

In addition to listening to music, James has another hobby: watching the training of local students playing American football. Once the interest of the young man is noticed by the coach Harold Jones, who offers the boy a job in the team.

Original title:
Radio

Starring :
Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Alfre Woodard

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 6.9

Age limit:
16+

Love Out of Rules (2008)

The events of the film tell about the captain of the Duluth Bulldogs. USA, 1925. Wards Dodge Connelly have long lost their former prospects, but he does not plan to give up further training.

The protagonist believes that his players will still be able to become famous throughout the country. However, Connelly’s faith does not save the Duluth Bulldogs from impending bankruptcy. Then the coach is looking for a way to lure the talented football player Rutherford to the team.

Original title:
Leatherheads

Starring :
George Clooney, Rene Zellweger, John Krasinski

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.0

Age limit:
16+

In the beams of glory (2004)

The list of the best films about American football is completed by a sports drama about the players of the Texas school Permian. The story takes place in 1988. Coach Gary Gaines is betting big on the upcoming season.

He gives all his attention to promising striker Booby Miles, building tactics around him for the upcoming game. To Gary’s dismay, his favorite is seriously injured and unable to continue the fight. This event disorients the team, which must now completely rebuild.

Original title:
Friday Night Lights

Cast:
Derek Luke, Lucas Black, Jay Hernandez

Country:
Germany, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age limit:
12+

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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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