50 American Football Films, Docs, & TV Shows....

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1. 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: 1,612

2. 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 BFF want him in the college serving themselves most.

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

Votes: 5,691 | Gross: $17.55M

3. Uppercut (1978)

110 min | Action, Comedy, Sport

After his fishing boat is "periscoped", ex US footballer Bulldozer docks in an Italian port, where local criminals and American soldiers fight each other. Locals discover Bulldozer's talents and challenge the Yanks to a football game.

Director: Michele Lupo | Stars: Bud Spencer, Raimund Harmstorf, Ottaviano Dell'Acqua, Nando Paone

Votes: 4,475

4. 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: 4,349 | Gross: $26.08M

5. 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: 107,261 | Gross: $75.53M

6. The Long Gray Line (1955)

Approved | 138 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

In 1898, Irish immigrant Martin Maher is hired as a civilian employee at West Point where, during a 50-year career, he rises to the rank of NCO and instructor.

Director: John Ford | Stars: Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Robert Francis, Donald Crisp

Votes: 2,194

7. The Last Game (2002 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 88 min | Documentary, Sport

Tagline: There may be thousands of high school football teams in America, but the story of CB West is one in a million. In the end, The Last Game is about a man who faces so much drama, ... See full summary »

Directors: T. Patrick Murray, Alex Weinress | Star: Mike Pettine

Votes: 125

8. Underdogs (2013)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Family, Sport

Set in rural Ohio, the birthplace of football, a small-town high school football team rises to play their cross-town rival, a perennial powerhouse, while standing up for an entire community.

Director: Doug Dearth | Stars: D.B. Sweeney, William Mapother, Richard Portnow, Logan Huffman

Votes: 884 | Gross: $0.03M

9. 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: 54,853 | Gross: $61.19M

10. Friday Night Lights (2006–2011)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Sport

In the small town of Dillon, Texas, one night matters: Friday Night. Eric Taylor has recently been hired as the head football coach for the Dillon High School Panthers, the town's pride and... See full summary »

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

Votes: 51,847

11. 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: 15,761

12. 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: 55,060 | Gross: $44.74M

13. Wildcats (1986)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Sport

A rookie high school football coach has a harder time than she expected trying to whip her tough inner city team into shape.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Goldie Hawn, Swoosie Kurtz, Robyn Lively, Brandy Gold

Votes: 11,177 | Gross: $26.29M

14. 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: 152,300 | Gross: $158.12M

15. NFL Films Presents (1967– )

Documentary, Biography, History

A look at the films produced by NFL Films that highlight the game of football and the legends of the game.

Stars: Steve Sabol, Tom Coughlin, Katie Nolan, Bill Belichick

Votes: 87

16. A Football Life (2011– )

Documentary, Biography, Sport

Profiles the most important and influential figures in the history of the National Football League.

Stars: Jenn Brown, Bill Belichick, Troy Aikman, Jimmy Johnson

Votes: 472

17. Varsity Blues (1999)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

A back-up quarterback is chosen to lead a Texas football team to victory after the star quarterback is injured.

Director: Brian Robbins | Stars: James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight, Paul Walker, Ron Lester

Votes: 39,544 | Gross: $52.89M

18. NFL Monday Night Football (1970– )

Sport

Coverage of professional football featuring teams from the National Football League airing on Monday nights during the NFL's regular season.

Stars: Frank Gifford, Al Michaels, Howard Cosell, Dan Dierdorf

Votes: 1,273

19. When the Game Stands Tall (2014)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Sport

41 Metascore

The journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Chiklis, Laura Dern

Votes: 14,620 | Gross: $30.13M

20. 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: 42,511 | Gross: $38.43M

21. Super Bowl (1976 TV Movie)

47 min | Documentary, Comedy, Sport

Football like you've never seen it before! This hilarious and insightful documentary featuring Christopher Guest and Bill Murray takes you behind the scenes of the 1976 Super Bowl X between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys.

Stars: Christopher Guest, Brian Doyle-Murray, Bill Murray, Terry Bradshaw

Votes: 17

22. Gridiron Gang (1992 TV Movie)

Documentary

Losers in the game of life, these juvenile prisoners-the most violent of street criminals-are taught the game of football to take on 'straight schools' and learn what can happen when they commit themselves 100%.

Director: Lee Stanley | Stars: Louis Gossett Jr., Glen Bell, Michael Black, Mario Castillo

Votes: 272

23. 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: 61,508 | Gross: $57.79M

24. Hard Knocks (2001– )

55 min | Documentary, Reality-TV, Sport

Hard Knocks is a reality sports documentary produced by the NFL and HBO. Each season the show follows an NFL team during training camp in preparation for the upcoming season.

Stars: Liev Schreiber, Vontaze Burfict, Todd Heap, Jared Goff

Votes: 1,479

25. We Are Marshall (2006)

PG | 131 min | Drama, Sport

53 Metascore

When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team's new coach and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive.

Director: McG | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, Anthony Mackie, David Strathairn

Votes: 54,258 | Gross: $43.55M

26. 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: 186,186 | Gross: $115.65M

27. 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: 8,547 | Gross: $23.00M

28. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2019)
Episode: The Garbage Picking Field Goal Kicking Philadelphia Phenomenon (1998)

78 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A Philadelphia garbageman who develops his leg muscles from kicking the hydraulic lever on his truck is discovered by the Philadelphia Eagles and signed by them to become a kicker.

Director: Tim Kelleher | Stars: Tony Danza, Jessica Tuck, Art LaFleur, Jaime Cardriche

Votes: 785

29. 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: 18,843 | Gross: $9.59M

30. 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: 46,317

31. 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: 270,997 | Gross: $255.96M

32. 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: 51,225 | Gross: $22.75M

33. The Junction Boys (2002 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama, Sport

Story of Bear Bryant's first summer as head football coach at Texas A&M. Bear takes his charges out onto the scorched plains and sees who survives.

Director: Mike Robe | Stars: Tom Berenger, Bernard Curry, Fletcher Humphrys, Ryan Kwanten

Votes: 862

34. 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: 2,749 | Gross: $12.64M

35. 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: 14,719 | Gross: $10.18M

36. 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: 10,989

37. 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: 23,845 | Gross: $19.29M

38. Necessary Roughness (1991)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Sport

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: 9,624 | Gross: $26.26M

39. Hometown Legend (2002)

PG | 120 min | Drama, Family, Sport

A teenage drifter finds an opportunity to turn his life around when he joins a high-school football program with a hard-nosed coach.

Director: James Anderson | Stars: Terry O'Quinn, Lacey Chabert, Nick Cornish, Kirk B.R. Woller

Votes: 694

40. 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: 30,057 | Gross: $31.20M

41. Possums (1998)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

Will Clark loves his job as radio announcer for the local high school football team, the Nowata Possums. He loves it so much that he continues announcing even after the town decides to ... See full summary »

Director: Max Burnett | Stars: Mac Davis, Cynthia Sikes, Greg Coolidge, Andrew Prine

Votes: 266

42. Fighting Back: The Story of Rocky Bleier (1980 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 95 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Football jock Rocky Bleier (Robert Urich) makes it all the way to the pros with the Pittsburgh Steelers, only to be drafted in the Vietnam War. Wounded by a hand grenade overseas, Bleier ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Lieberman | Stars: Robert Urich, Bonnie Bedelia, Richard Herd, Howard Cosell

Votes: 131

43. 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: 897

44. The Best of Times (1986)

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

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: 6,111 | Gross: $7.79M

45. 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: 1,710

46. 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: 54,393 | Gross: $90.65M

47. 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: 892

48. 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: 14,661 | Gross: $17.23M