The Top 10 Football Movies of All Time of Ever
I know this whole year just feels like a blur. Maybe I’m just repeating myself over and over – I don’t know. But, it feels like we blinked and it’s suddenly September and we’re gearing up for cooler weather and all that comes along with it. It’s just like the meme that’s been going around – this feels more like March 184th than September 14th. Nonetheless, it’s time to start getting our hoodies out of the closet and doing the things that make fall so great – like, in my household, watching some good old fashioned football movies.
So, that’s why I’m here today – I’ll be counting down my top 10 football movies of all time of ever. The criteria is incredibly selective and to make this list means a film ran through the constructs I’ve made based on the scientific method. That’s right – we only do real journalism here. So, hey – check it out, and if you’re in the mood for some more discussion, check out our episode on football movies in The Vick’s Flicks Podcast archives.
Top 10 Football Movies
10. Little Giants – Gotta start this off with one of the greatest football movies from my childhood. If you don’t look back upon the days of Little Giants with fondness in your heart, you may not have a soul. I hate to be the one to break that to you, but here we are.
9. The Replacements – You just can’t beat Gene Hackman…oh WAIT…you CAN if you add Keanu Reeves into the mix. How Dan Snyder made it through this re-brand without naming the team the Washington Sentinels is beyond me. You dropped the ball, Dan – but every fan of the Washington Football Team is used to that.
8. Varsity Blues – It’s a fun light-hearted tale that brings back the glory days of high school, but I don’t have the same sense of adulation for this one that some others might have.
7. The Waterboy – Callin’ it here: this flick from the heyday of Adam Sandler comedies is the greatest football comedy of all time. To this day, people still quote it like crazy, but maybe that’s just me and my 30-something year old bro cohorts….or….brohorts…that are keeping this (and Step Brothers) alive.
6. Radio – People sleep on this classic heartwarming tale starring the impeccable Ed Harris and Cuba Gooding, Jr.. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll get into the spirit of football season. It’s one of those total package type movies.
5. Rudy – No list of football movies would be complete or credible without one of the greatest stories of determination ever told. Rudy is that classic, quintessential football movie.
4. Draft Day – This may be a hot take to some, but Draft Day has arrived as an elite football movie. It’s a veritable rite of passage in the spring time to watch Kevin Costner wheeling and dealing ahead of the NFL Draft. Specifically, the morning of the first round to be exact – gotta watch it…every year.
3. Any Given Sunday – I’m going to step out on a limb here and say this is probably not one you wanna watch with the whole family, but hot damn is it electric. Al Pacino, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, James Woods – what a fucking cast!
2. Remember the Titans – Call me basic if you want, but we have to recognize Remember the Titans as the pillar of football movies that it is. It’s an inspiring story, and you just can’t beat Denzel Washington.
1. Friday Night Lights – *SPOILER ALERT* There is no other movie on this list that makes me feel the way Friday Night Lights does when Tim McGraw hands his ring to his boy. That shit was transcendent and I will not hear otherwise.
Brandon and I recently talked about this on an episode of The Vick’s Flicks PodcastListen to “Ep. 57: Football Movies” on Spreaker.
What’s your favorite football movie? Chime in down in the comments section below.
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