American Football - Films, Shows, Movies

by BillSimms | created - 06 Nov 2017 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

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1. All the Right Moves (1983)

R | 91 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

62 Metascore

A high school football player desperate for a scholarship and his headstrong coach clash in a dying Pennsylvania steel town.

Director: Michael Chapman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson, Craig T. Nelson, Charles Cioffi

Votes: 15,141 | Gross: $17.23M

2. Any Given Sunday (1999)

R | 162 min | Drama, Sport

52 Metascore

A behind-the-scenes look at the life-and-death struggles of modern-day gladiators and those who lead them.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, Cameron Diaz, James Woods

Votes: 109,829 | Gross: $75.53M

3. The Best of Times (1986)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

57 Metascore

A small-town loser determines to have one more shot at the big time by winning a football game.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Robin Williams, Kurt Russell, Pamela Reed, Holly Palance

Votes: 6,399 | Gross: $7.79M

4. The Blind Side (2009)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

53 Metascore

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All-American football player and first-round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head

Votes: 282,194 | Gross: $255.96M

5. Blue Mountain State (2010–2011)

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy, Sport

Three incoming freshmen attending Midwestern college football powerhouse Blue Mountain State must quickly adapt to college life and juggle football, girls, classes and nonstop hazing.

Stars: Darin Brooks, Alan Ritchson, Chris Romano, Ed Marinaro

Votes: 47,409

6. Brian's Song (1971 TV Movie)

G | 73 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

62 Metascore

Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: James Caan, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Warden, Bernie Casey

Votes: 6,822

7. Brian's Song (2001 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Sport

The story of professional football players Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo, and how their friendship on and off the field was affected when Piccolo contracted a fatal disease.

Director: John Gray | Stars: Mekhi Phifer, Sean Maher, Paula Cale, Elise Neal

Votes: 1,375

8. Draft Day (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Sport

54 Metascore

At the NFL Draft, General Manager Sonny Weaver has the opportunity to rebuild his team when he trades for the number one pick. He must decide what he's willing to sacrifice on a life-changing day for a few hundred young men with NFL dreams.

Director: Ivan Reitman | Stars: Kevin Costner, Chadwick Boseman, Jennifer Garner, Frank Langella

Votes: 51,671 | Gross: $28.83M

9. The Express (2008)

PG | 130 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

58 Metascore

A drama based on the life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid, Clancy Brown, Darrin Dewitt Henson

Votes: 19,345 | Gross: $9.59M

10. Everybody's All-American (1988)

R | 127 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

A Louisiana football legend struggles to deal with life's complexities after his college career is over.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Jessica Lange, Dennis Quaid, Timothy Hutton, John Goodman

Votes: 2,864 | Gross: $12.64M

11. Facing the Giants (2006)

PG | 111 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sport

38 Metascore

A losing coach with an underdog football team faces their giants of fear and failure on and off the field to surprising results.

Director: Alex Kendrick | Stars: Alex Kendrick, Shannen Fields, Jason McLeod, Erin Bethea

Votes: 15,428 | Gross: $10.18M

12. The 5th Quarter (2010)

PG-13 | 101 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Driven by the tragic and fatal car crash that took the life of his fifteen year old brother Luke, and wearing Luke's number 5 jersey, Jon Abbate helps to lead the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to the most successful season in school history.

Director: Rick Bieber | Stars: Andie MacDowell, Aidan Quinn, Ryan Merriman, Anessa Ramsey

Votes: 1,433 | Gross: $0.40M

13. Friday Night Lights (2004)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Drama, Sport

70 Metascore

Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Jay Hernandez, Derek Luke, Lucas Black

Votes: 57,269 | Gross: $61.19M

14. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Sport

A drama that follows the lives of the Dillon Panthers, one of the nation's best high school football teams, and their head coach Eric Taylor.

Stars: Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Zach Gilford, Aimee Teegarden

Votes: 53,898

15. The Game Plan (2007)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

44 Metascore

An NFL quarterback living the bachelor lifestyle discovers that he has an 8-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

Director: Andy Fickman | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kyra Sedgwick, Madison Pettis, Roselyn Sanchez

Votes: 56,815 | Gross: $90.65M

16. Gridiron Gang (2006)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

52 Metascore

Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.

Director: Phil Joanou | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell, Leon Rippy

Votes: 51,435 | Gross: $38.43M

17. Heaven Can Wait (1978)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

72 Metascore

A Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken away from his body by an overanxious angel before he was meant to die, returns to life in the body of a recently murdered millionaire.

Directors: Warren Beatty, Buck Henry | Stars: Warren Beatty, James Mason, Julie Christie, Jack Warden

Votes: 17,796 | Gross: $81.64M

18. Horse Feathers (1932)

Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president of Huxley University, accidentally hires bumblers Baravelli and Pinky to help his school win the big football game against the rival Darwin University.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, The Marx Brothers

Votes: 11,388

19. Invincible (2006)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

63 Metascore

Based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.

Director: Ericson Core | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway

Votes: 63,984 | Gross: $57.79M

20. Jerry Maguire (1996)

R | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former colleague.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston

Votes: 234,032 | Gross: $153.95M

21. Jim Thorpe -- All-American (1951)

Approved | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The triumph and tragedy of Native American Jim Thorpe, who, after winning both the pentathlon and decathlon in the same Olympics, is stripped of his medals on a technicality.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Charles Bickford, Steve Cochran, Phyllis Thaxter

Votes: 1,798

22. Johnny Be Good (1988)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Sport

10 Metascore

Johnny's the top high-school football player and many colleges want him. His girlfriend, coach and best friend want him in the college, serving themselves most.

Director: Bud S. Smith | Stars: Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Gleason, Uma Thurman

Votes: 5,936 | Gross: $17.55M

23. Knute Rockne All American (1940)

Approved | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The story of legendary Notre Dame football player and coach Knute Rockne.

Directors: Lloyd Bacon, William K. Howard | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Gale Page, Ronald Reagan, Donald Crisp

Votes: 1,682

24. The Last Boy Scout (1991)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

52 Metascore

A private detective's protected female witness is murdered, prompting him and the victim's boyfriend to investigate the crime that leads to a corrupt politician and a crooked football team owner.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans, Chelsea Field, Noble Willingham

Votes: 90,226 | Gross: $59.51M

25. The League (I) (2009–2015)

TV-MA | 22 min | Comedy, Sport

An ensemble comedy that follows a group of old friends in a fantasy football league who care deeply about one another -- so deeply that they use every opportunity to make each other's lives miserable.

Stars: Mark Duplass, Jonathan Lajoie, Nick Kroll, Stephen Rannazzisi

Votes: 42,613

26. Leatherheads (2008)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

In 1925, an enterprising pro football player convinces America's too-good-to-be-true college football hero to play for his team and keep the league from going under.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: George Clooney, Renée Zellweger, John Krasinski, David de Vries

Votes: 30,616 | Gross: $31.20M

27. Little Giants (1994)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

Misfits form their own opposing team to an elite peewee football team, coached by the elite team coach's brother.

Director: Duwayne Dunham | Stars: Rick Moranis, Ed O'Neill, Shawna Waldron, Devon Sawa

Votes: 24,992 | Gross: $19.29M

28. The Longest Yard (1974)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

A sadistic warden asks a former pro quarterback, now serving time in his prison, to put together a team of inmates to take on (and get pummeled by) the guards.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, Michael Conrad

Votes: 16,416

29. The Longest Yard (2005)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Sport

48 Metascore

Prison inmates form a football team to challenge the prison guards.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Adam Sandler, Burt Reynolds, Chris Rock, Nelly

Votes: 157,820 | Gross: $158.12M

30. Lucas (1986)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A socially inept fourteen-year-old experiences heartbreak for the first time when his two best friends - Cappie, an older-brother figure, and Maggie, the new girl with whom he is in love - fall for each other.

Director: David Seltzer | Stars: Corey Haim, Kerri Green, Charlie Sheen, Courtney Thorne-Smith

Votes: 14,161 | Gross: $8.20M

31. Monday Night Mayhem (2002 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Sport

How ABC's Monday Night Football, a live broadcast of the National Football League, came to be.

Director: Ernest R. Dickerson | Stars: John Turturro, John Heard, Kevin Anderson, Nicholas Turturro

Votes: 740

32. Necessary Roughness (1991)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Sport

45 Metascore

Due to NCAA sanctions, the Texas State University Fightin' Armadillos must form a football team from their actual student body, with no scholarships to help, to play their football schedule.

Director: Stan Dragoti | Stars: Scott Bakula, Hector Elizondo, Robert Loggia, Harley Jane Kozak

Votes: 9,956 | Gross: $26.26M

33. North Dallas Forty (1979)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

80 Metascore

A semi-fictional account of life as a professional (American-style) football player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Nick Nolte, Charles Durning, Mac Davis, Dayle Haddon

Votes: 4,536 | Gross: $26.08M

34. The Program (1993)

R | 112 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Several players from different backgrounds try to cope with the pressures of playing football at a major university. Each deals with the pressure differently, some turn to drinking, others to drugs, and some to studying.

Director: David S. Ward | Stars: James Caan, Halle Berry, Omar Epps, Craig Sheffer

Votes: 8,800 | Gross: $23.00M

35. Quarterback Princess (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Sport

Tami, a young girl who has just moved to Oregon, stands up against her coach and the naysayers of her small town to prove that she's capable of being a talented football quarterback despite her gender.

Director: Noel Black | Stars: Don Murray, Barbara Babcock, Dana Elcar, John Stockwell

Votes: 929

36. Paper Lion (1968)

Approved | 107 min | Comedy, Sport

Sportswriter George Plimpton poses as a rookie quarterback for the Detroit Lions for a "Sports Illustrated" article.

Director: Alex March | Stars: Alan Alda, Lauren Hutton, Joe Schmidt, Alex Karras

Votes: 917

37. Radio (2003)

PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

38 Metascore

The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man who he took under his wing.

Director: Michael Tollin | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 37,430 | Gross: $52.28M

38. Remember the Titans (2000)

PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

48 Metascore

The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst

Votes: 191,980 | Gross: $115.65M

39. The Replacements (2000)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Sport

30 Metascore

During a pro football strike, the owners hire substitute players.

Director: Howard Deutch | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton, Orlando Jones

Votes: 56,690 | Gross: $44.74M

40. Rudy (1993)

PG | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

71 Metascore

Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame.

Director: David Anspaugh | Stars: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty, Greta Lind

Votes: 54,049 | Gross: $22.75M

41. Second String (2002 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

American football coach Chuck Dichter has worked wonders with the Buffalo Bills, and is even confident to crown his career with a Super Bowl victory, but before the play-offs, an oyster ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Lieberman | Stars: Jon Voight, Gil Bellows, Teri Polo, Richard T. Jones

Votes: 494

42. Semi-Tough (1977)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

68 Metascore

A three-way friendship between two free-spirited professional football players and the owner's daughter becomes compromised when two of them become romantically involved.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburgh, Robert Preston

Votes: 2,543 | Gross: $37.19M

43. Touchback (2011)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

56 Metascore

A man looks back 15 years to the injury that ended his career as a promising high-school football player.

Director: Don Handfield | Stars: Brian Presley, Kurt Russell, Melanie Lynskey, Marc Blucas

Votes: 3,796 | Gross: $0.20M

44. 23 Blast (2014)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Family, Sport

45 Metascore

When a high school football star is suddenly stricken with irreversible total blindness, he must decide whether to live a safe handicapped life or bravely return to the life he once knew and the sport he still loves.

Director: Dylan Baker | Stars: Mark Hapka, Bram Hoover, Stephen Lang, Max Adler

Votes: 1,668 | Gross: $0.49M

45. Two for the Money (2005)

R | 122 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

50 Metascore

After suffering a career-ending knee injury, a former college football star aligns himself with one of the most renowned touts in the sports-gambling business.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Al Pacino, Rene Russo, Armand Assante

Votes: 42,445 | Gross: $22.86M

46. Undefeated (2011)

PG-13 | 113 min | Documentary, Sport