Movies about American football

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List of movies about American football

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1. Two Minutes to Go (1921)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

A star of the college football team is forced to work as a milkman when his father's business begins to fail.

Director: Charles Ray | Stars: Charles Ray, Mary Anderson, Lionel Belmore, Lincoln Stedman

2. The Freshman (1925)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

A nerdy college student will do anything to become popular on campus.

Directors: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Brooks Benedict, James H. Anderson

Votes: 4,810 | Gross: $0.00M

3. Brown of Harvard (1926)

Passed | 85 min | Action, Drama, Romance

Tom Brown shows up at Harvard, confident and a bit arrogant. He becomes a rival of Bob McAndrew, not only in football and rowing crew, but also for the affections of Mary Abbott, a ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: William Haines, Jack Pickford, Mary Brian, Francis X. Bushman Jr.

Votes: 1,390

4. The Quarterback (1926)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

Elmer Stone, quarterback of the 1899 Colton College football team vows to remain a student until Colton beats its biggest rival, State University. Twenty-seven years later, Elmer is still ... See full summary »

Director: Fred C. Newmeyer | Stars: Richard Dix, Esther Ralston, Harry Beresford, David Butler

Votes: 10 | Gross: $0.27M

5. The Drop Kick (1927)

Passed | 62 min | Drama, Sport

College football player Jack Hamill finds his reputation on the line when he pays an innocent visit to a woman whose husband kills himself.

Director: Millard Webb | Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Barbara Kent, Dorothy Revier, Eugene Strong

Votes: 201

6. The Drop Kick (1927)

Passed | 62 min | Drama, Sport

College football player Jack Hamill finds his reputation on the line when he pays an innocent visit to a woman whose husband kills himself.

Director: Millard Webb | Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Barbara Kent, Dorothy Revier, Eugene Strong

Votes: 201

7. The College Widow (1927)

67 min | Comedy, Romance

The College Widow (1927) is an American silent comedy film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. and directed by Archie Mayo. The film is based on the 1904 Broadway play by George Ade ... See full summary »

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Dolores Costello, William Collier Jr., Douglas Gerrard, Anders Randolf

8. West Point (II) (1927)

Passed | 95 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Wealthy Brice Wayne enters West Point and, though he does well on the football field, angers fellow cadets with his arrogance. Disciplined by the coach he yells "To hell with the Corps!" ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Sedgwick | Stars: William Haines, Joan Crawford, William Bakewell, Neil Neely

Votes: 1,712

9. The College Hero (1927)

Passed | 54 min | Comedy, Romance

Bob and Jim start out at college as rivals, but soon become great friends. When Bob takes pretty Vivian Saunders to the prom, Jim is disappointed--he wanted to take her--but decides to make... See full summary »

Director: Walter Lang | Stars: Robert Agnew, Pauline Garon, Ben Turpin, Rex Lease

Votes: 20

10. So This Is College (1929)

Passed | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Biff and Eddie are the best of friends. They are college seniors, roommates at the fraternity, and star teammates on the USC football team. Then a flapper named Babs enters the picture. ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Elliott Nugent, Robert Montgomery, Cliff Edwards, Sally Starr

Votes: 178

11. The Forward Pass (1929)

78 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Marty Reid, the star quarterback at Sanford College, is constantly singled out by the opposition for punishment, and he swears to his pal, Honey Smith, and to Coach Wilson that he will quit... See full summary »

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Loretta Young, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Marion Byron

Votes: 43

12. Maybe It's Love (1930)

Passed | 72 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

A college football player (Joe E. Brown) persuades a beautiful young woman (Joan Bennett) to individually flirt with an entire team of All-American football players, in order to entice them... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Joe E. Brown, Joan Bennett, James Hall, Laura Lee

Votes: 229

13. Maker of Men (1931)

Passed | 71 min | Drama, Sport

Bob plays football badly so his father Coach Dudley, his girlfriend Dorothy and his school reject him. He joins a rival college team and aims to defeat his dad's team.

Director: Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Jack Holt, Richard Cromwell, Joan Marsh, Natalie Moorhead

Votes: 72

14. The Galloping Ghost (1931)

Passed | 226 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A gambling ring run out of the Mogul Taxi company is intent on fixing college football games. Football star Harold "Red" Grange is a target for the gamblers, whose thugs try to eliminate ... See full summary »

Director: B. Reeves Eason | Stars: Harold 'Red' Grange, Dorothy Gulliver, Walter Miller, Francis X. Bushman Jr.

Votes: 127

15. Touchdown! (1931)

Drama, Sport

Football coach Dan Curtis is eager for his small college team to win at all costs. However, he has a change of heart when a player is severely injured by playing when he should have been ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Richard Arlen, Peggy Shannon, Jack Oakie, Regis Toomey

Votes: 16

16. 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: 11,382

17. That's My Boy (1932)

71 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Tommy Scott goes to a Connecticut college to become a doctor, but is soon discovered to be a prodigious football talent. He becomes a national star and falls in love, but fame and ill-advised financial deals threaten to ruin his future.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Richard Cromwell, Dorothy Jordan, Mae Marsh, Arthur Stone

Votes: 97

18. The All-American (1932)

79 min | Drama, Sport

The story of the rise and fall of an All-American football player.

Directors: Russell Mack, George Stevens | Stars: Richard Arlen, Andy Devine, Gloria Stuart, James Gleason

Votes: 32

19. 70,000 Witnesses (1932)

69 min | Mystery, Sport

College football player (Phillips Holmes)is asked to dope a star teammate by his crooked gambler brother(Lew Cody).He refuses, but they player is doped anyway,and collapses and dies. A ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Murphy | Stars: Phillips Holmes, Dorothy Jordan, Charles Ruggles, Johnny Mack Brown

Votes: 36

20. The Sport Parade (1932)

Passed | 64 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Spoiled sports hero learns hard lessons.

Director: Dudley Murphy | Stars: Joel McCrea, Marian Marsh, William Gargan, Robert Benchley

Votes: 175

21. Huddle (1932)

Passed | 103 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Tony, the son of Italian immigrants, works in a smoky steel mill in Gary, Indiana. He wins a company scholarship which will enable him to attend Yale college. Over the four years of his ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Ramon Novarro, Madge Evans, Una Merkel, Ralph Graves

Votes: 186

22. Rackety Rax (1932)

Passed | 70 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Gambler/racketeer "Knucks" McGloin takes note of just how much money and action (aside from the game itself) takes place around and about the annual Rose Bowl football game, and decides ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred L. Werker | Stars: Victor McLaglen, Greta Nissen, Nell O'Day, Alan Dinehart

Votes: 12

23. College Coach (1933)

TV-G | 76 min | Drama, Sport

Coach Gore, a ruthless and cynical big-time football coach, neglects his wife in his unrelenting drive to make Calvert College a football power.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Dick Powell, Ann Dvorak, Pat O'Brien, Arthur Byron

Votes: 372

24. Saturday's Millions (1933)

77 min | Drama, Sport

Ups and downs of college football.

Director: Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Robert Young, Andy Devine, Leila Hyams, Johnny Mack Brown

Votes: 18

25. College Humor (1933)

Passed | 80 min | Action, Comedy, Music

A college professor and the school's star football player are both rivals for the same beautiful coed.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Bing Crosby, Jack Oakie, Richard Arlen, Mary Carlisle

Votes: 169

26. College Rhythm (1934)

Passed | 86 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

The story deals with the college rivalry of a piccolo player and an All-American halfback on the football team who both love the same co-ed. After graduation they carry their their feud and... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Joe Penner, Jack Oakie, Lanny Ross, Lyda Roberti

Votes: 55

27. Gridiron Flash (1934)

Approved | 64 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

The Bedford College football coach cuts a deal with a talented player who also happens to be a convicted bank robber. If he stays out of trouble, the coach will get him paroled. He also ... See full summary »

Director: Glenn Tryon | Stars: Eddie Quillan, Betty Furness, Grant Mitchell, Lucien Littlefield

Votes: 88

28. Hold 'Em Yale (1935)

61 min | Comedy, Sport

A pretty young socialite falls for a charming but shady hustler, who abandons her when he finds that she has been disowned by her wealthy father. Three of the hustler's partners, who have ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lanfield | Stars: Patricia Ellis, Cesar Romero, Buster Crabbe, William Frawley

Votes: 12

29. Pigskin Parade (1936)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, Sport

Married coaches Slug and Bessie find hillbilly football tosser Amos and the team gets invited to the Yale Bowl.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Stuart Erwin, Patsy Kelly, Jack Haley, The Yacht Club Boys

Votes: 583

30. The Big Game (1936)

Passed | 74 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Gamblers kidnap Atlantic's star quarterback Clark Jenkins.

Directors: George Nichols Jr., Edward Killy | Stars: Phillip Huston, James Gleason, June Travis, Bruce Cabot

Votes: 109

31. Fighting Youth (1935)

Approved | 85 min | Drama

Communist subversives try to take over a college.

Director: Hamilton MacFadden | Stars: Charles Farrell, June Martel, Andy Devine, J. Farrell MacDonald

Votes: 18

32. Rose Bowl (1936)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

Paddy O'Riley and Ossie Merrill, Bellport high school football heroes, enroll in distant colleges; Paddy at a small school in the East, where he is barely a substitute, and Ossie at a ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Eleanore Whitney, Tom Brown, Buster Crabbe, William Frawley

Votes: 13

33. Over the Goal (1937)

Approved | 63 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

Injured Carlton College quarterback Ken Thomas makes a promise to his girlfriend that he won't play again. Then, when she relents, crooks hoping to make money from the big game, kidnap him.

Director: Noel M. Smith | Stars: June Travis, William Hopper, Johnnie Davis, Gordon Oliver

Votes: 120

34. Saturday's Heroes (1937)

Passed | 60 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

A college football star struggles to return integrity to the game.

Director: Edward Killy | Stars: Van Heflin, Marian Marsh, Richard Lane, Alan Bruce

Votes: 129

35. Hold 'Em Navy (1937)

Approved | 64 min | Drama, Sport

Two football players fight over the same girl.

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: Lew Ayres, Mary Carlisle, John Howard, Benny Baker

Votes: 7

36. Navy Blue and Gold (1937)

Passed | 94 min | Drama, Sport

Three young men, with a common fondness for football, become roommates the at United States Naval Academy where they experience its rules and traditions.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Robert Young, James Stewart, Florence Rice, Billie Burke

Votes: 466

37. Touchdown, Army (1938)

Comedy, Sport

Prep football star Jimmy Howal gets a reception far different from what he expected when he enters West Point. His cocky attitude earns him the enmity of many upperclassmen, especially ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: John Howard, Mary Carlisle, Robert Cummings, William Frawley

Votes: 6

38. Up the River (1930)

Passed | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

When paroled trustee Steve and former inmate Judy who try to put their criminal lives behind them are blackmailed, two career criminals come to their rescue.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Claire Luce, Warren Hymer, Humphrey Bogart

Votes: 1,010

39. Hold That Co-ed (1938)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Sport

While running for governor a politician aids a needy college by plotting to assure victory for their football team. Though to be a parody of Huey Long and his machine.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: John Barrymore, George Murphy, Marjorie Weaver, Joan Davis

Votes: 157

40. The Gladiator (1938)

Not Rated | 72 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

A man returns to college and is talked into joining he football team and is a real joke on the team, until he is given a drug that gives him super strength.

Director: Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Joe E. Brown, June Travis, Man Mountain Dean, Dickie Moore

Votes: 89

41. $1000 a Touchdown (1939)

71 min | Comedy, Sport

A show-biz couple inherit a college on the brink of bankruptcy. In a bid to increase funding they attempt to build up the college football team by offering $1,000 for every touchdown scored.

Director: James P. Hogan | Stars: Joe E. Brown, Martha Raye, Eric Blore, Susan Hayward

Votes: 60

42. The Cowboy Quarterback (1939)

Approved | 56 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

Football scout for the Chicago Packers Rusty Walker signs Harry Lynn, a legendary broken-field runner. Harry won't leave his home town without his girlfriend Maizie Williams. He gets ... See full summary »

Director: Noel M. Smith | Stars: Bert Wheeler, Marie Wilson, Gloria Dickson, William Demarest

Votes: 91

43. 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

44. Too Many Girls (1940)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Music, Sport

A young lady goes to College and, without her knowledge, her father sends four football players as her bodyguards, who eventually join the college team and turn it into one of the best, while one of the players falls in love with her.

Director: George Abbott | Stars: Lucille Ball, Richard Carlson, Ann Miller, Eddie Bracken

Votes: 722

45. The Quarterback (1940)

74 min | Comedy

A comedy featuring Morris in a dual role as a dumb twin and a star football player, and a smart twin studying to become a college professor. They both are smitten with Kay Merrill as well. Of course, gamblers are also involved.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Wayne Morris, Virginia Dale, Lillian Cornell, Edgar Kennedy

Votes: 9

46. Harmon of Michigan (1941)

Passed | 65 min | Biography, Drama, Sport