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Best Football Movies of All Time

I will admit I do like watching a good football game on a Sunday afternoon or Monday night. The game will really keep my attention if the two teams are evenly matched and it is a high scoring event or one of my favorite teams is pounding another team.

I also enjoy watching a good football movie. When I was thinking about great football movies, I did have trouble putting together a huge list. While I think that some of the movies are very obvious I really had to think about what were the best.

Here is my shot at a list of the top 10:

Any Given Sunday (1999)
Brian’s Song (1971)
Friday Night Lights (2004)
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Knute Rockne All American (1940)
North Dallas Forty (1979)
Paper Lion (1968)
Remember the Titans (2000)
Rudy (1993)
The Longest Yard (1974)
The Program (1993)

Clearly there are some classics on the list. Of course I do love the original Longest Yard. Burt Reynolds and Eddie Albert were fantastic as were a number of other actors. I did think Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Renée Zellweger worked really well together in Jerry Maguire.

Brian’s Song, Remember the Titans, and Rudy are my three favorites, with Brian’s Song topping the list. I still get all choked up watching Brian’s Song. Growing up I lived in Chicago for a very short time and really liked the Bears. In fact my favorite player of all time is Walter Payton. The synergy between the actors who play Brian Piccolo (James Caan) and Gale Sayers (Billie Dee Williams) is special… in fact very special. I love the cinematography and enjoy how the director weaved in real footage into the movie. For me, I could really feel how much the two players cared for each other and Gale Sayers was deeply sad when Brian Piccolo become ill.

  • Do you agree with my choice?
  • What movies did I leave out?
  • What is your favorite of all time?

I look forward to your comments.

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