The Best Football Movies of All Time (part 2)

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Friday Night Lights

A Texas town disputes its social issues on the football field via a successful high school team. However, unfortunately, the star player of the team is injured in the first game, so it’s up to the new coach (by Billy Bob Thornton) to keep the team and the town, together.

The Replacements

During a pro football team’s strike, the big-time wannabes’ ragtag group take their field as their replacements. The stakeholders and fans of the team haven’t much faith, and on behalf of the unbalanced new team, the foolery does little to settle their stress.


The movie tells the story of little man Rudy, whose big dreams are leaving his small town to play college football for his beloved Notre Dame. He pursues his dreams with the assistance of an odd cast of characters and avenues.

Varsity Blues

Benchwarmer Jonathon “Mox” Moxon (played by James Van Der Beek) must step up to replace a quarterback in a team which carries an entire town. Under the pressure of pleasing his merciless coach (played by Jon Voight), he has to make some very hard decisions.


This movie is based on the true story of Vince Papale (played by Mark Wahlberg), a 30-year-old bar-tender with nothing to lose but remarkable talent for the game. He overcame long odds to play for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1976 when they hold an open tryout for the public.

Silver Linings Playbook

If you’re searching for a football movie which is more about the fans than the game itself, Silver Linings Playbook should be your choice. The movie tells the story of an unstable divorcee (starred by Bradley Cooper), who returns to his chaotic family home after a mental institution stint and tries to rebuild a relationship with his difficult father, a Philadelphia Eagles-lover, and perhaps fosters a new person with an equally unstable family friend (starred by Jennifer Lawrence).