Top Football Movies for the Super Bowl
Prepping for the Super Bowl? Need some inspiration before you get your game face on for ‘Super Sunday?’ The toughest weekend for football fans is the weekend between the Championship games and the Super Bowl. The Pro Bowl doesn’t quite cut it for most fans, so why not watch a couple of great football flicks instead?
NJ football fans have even more reason for Super Bowl excitement, as the game will be played right in our backyard this year at MetLife Stadium! Whether you’re rooting for your favorite team, you’re in a box pool at the office or just excited to see some funny commercials, there is something for everyone during Super Bowl week. While you’re hanging around this weekend, we’ve listed (in no particular order) some of the best football movies of all time to get you in the mood.
If you’re a football fan, you love a great story about the underdog. It doesn’t get much more inspirational than a young man named Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, who followed his dream to play for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
The Longest Yard (1974)
Yes, there is a more recent version of this movie with Adam Sandler, but this is the version you need to watch. Burt Reynolds as Paul “Wrecking” Crewe, the captain of a group of inmates playing football against the prison guards.
North Dallas Forty
When older football fans talk about when they enjoyed the game “back in the day,” this movie exemplifies what they are talking about. The movie details what life was like for an NFL player both on and off the field.
Even the toughest of football fans reaches for a tissue when watching the story of Brian Piccolo, a football star stricken with cancer and his close bond to Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers.
Knute Rockne – All American
Former President Ronald Regan starred as George ‘The Gipper’ Gip who legendary coach Knute Rockne used as inspiration to motivate his team to victory. The term “win one for the Gipper” is still used as motivation for sports teams today.
A great movie about Ernie Davis, the first African American player to win the Heisman trophy.
Remember the Titans
Denzel Washington stars as the head coach in this family-friendly movie. The movie grips you with the amazing bond that develops between the coach and his players.
Invincible is the true story of Philadelphia hero Vince Papale, a bartender turned player. Papale played from 1976-1978 and lived every fans dream of going fro sitting in the seats to playing on the field.
The Blind Side
Another semi-true story and this one is based on an athlete that is actually playing in this year’s Super Bowl. The movie is based on the life of Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher.
Although it never really did well in the box office, this movie has some funny moments while telling the story of the early days of pro football.
Friday Night Lights
The movie stars Billy Bob Thornton and follows the Perriman High School football team from Texas. The movie was based on the award-winning novel and then later was also turned into a tv show for NBC.
James Caan portrays the head coach of a large college football program in this underrated film. The coach deals with the difficulty of putting a winning team on the field without compromising all of his principles to do so.
Any Given Sunday
Olive Stone directed this drama about the highs and lows of a professional football team. The movie includes great casting with Al Pacino as the embattled head coach, Dennis Quaid as the veteran quarterback and Jamie Foxx as the young up-and-coming player.
While you may shy away from wanting to believe “Dawson’s Creek” star James Van Der Beek could make a believable quarterback for a Texas high school team, he actually does a good job of convincing you. It doesn’t hurt having Ali Larter sporting a whip cream bikini in one scene either.
Keanu Reeves stars as quarterback Shane Falco in this comedy. Falco is given the chore of leading a group of substitute football players.
Ever wondered what would happen if you put a woman in charge of a high school football team? Goldie Hawn shows you by taking on a group of rough inner-city kids and turning them into a contender. A young Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes all play supporting roles in this comedy.
The Best of Times
What it you could take one of your biggest mistakes and have a chance to makeup for it years later? That’s exactly what happens to Robin Williams as he tries to re-write history years after he lost a high school football game.
Adam Sandler stars as waterboy Bobby Boucher who starts taking out his inner anger on opposing players and becomes part of the team. How can you not love a movie that has Henry Winkler (aka “The Fonz”) as head coach?
While it isn’t the greatest movie on the list by a long shot, the movie has enough funny lines to put a smile on your face. A young Kathy Ireland as the placekicker doesn’t hurt either.
Were you one of the one’s who were always picked last or never picked to play at all? If so, then you’ll root for coach Rick Moranis and his cast of pee wee misfits, the Little Giants, as they take on the town team coached by Ed O’Neill.
The movie is somewhat based on the story of the Kilpatrick Mustangs, a team made up of juvenile delinquents. Their coach is portrayed by WWE Superstar and former Miami Hurricane, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
We Are Marshall
Matthew McConaughey portrays the college coach who has been given the daunting cause of rebuilding a football program after the entire team was lost in a plane crash.