25 Greatest Football Movies of All Time

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What better way to dive into Autumn than to watch a few football flicks. See what classics made the list.

25 Greatest Football Movies of All Time:

25. “The Blind Side” (2009)

Two words: Sandra Bullock. And Tim McGraw without a hat. And SEC football.


24. Necessary Roughness (1991)

Remember when Rob Schneider was hilarious, Scott Bakula could actually act and Kathy Ireland was a sex-symbol?


23. “Little Giants” (1994)

Because it’s about peewee football, girls kicking boys’ butts, and causing a ruckus with your friends.


22. Gridiron Gang (2006)

The true story premise makes the stale formula a bit more inspiring.


21. Draft Day (2014)

What “Moneyball” is to baseball, “Draft Day” is to football. This film focuses on the strategies behind an NFL team’s front office during the draft.


20. School Ties (1992)

What better way to serve antisemitism than on a football field?


19. The Express (2008)

Don’t let the fact that it bombed at the box office keep you from watching. It’s definitely worth watching.


18. Jerry Maguire (1996

Forget the overused catchphrases— a football movie and romantic comedy have never blended so well.


17. Heaven Can Wait (1983)

Remember when Warren Beatty was a badass?


16. All the Right Moves (1983)

Remember when Tom Cruise wasn’t crazy?


15. The Replacements (2000)

It’s the best football movie with a choreographed dance routine.


14. Varsity Blues (1999)

While “Friday Night Lights” is a better football movie, “Varsity Blues” is a better film— it’s more memorable, more re-watchable, and more quotable.


13. Undefeated (2011)

Don’t be fooled by the title — this isn’t a mushy underdog story.


12. The Waterboy (1998)

The quotes alone allow this movie to serve its intended purpose.


11. Friday Night Lights (2004)

What better movie highlights the insanity that is Texas football? It’s “Varsity Blues with better acting and directing. Unfortunately, there is no whipped cream bikini scene.


10. Any Given Sunday (1999)

This football gem was made to showcase the real realness of the NFL. It’s fascinating, frustrating, and about twenty minutes too long.


9. Paper Lion (1968)

How would an average Joe fair on a professional football team?


8. We Are Marshall (2006

A true story that scores pretty high on the inspirational meter.


7. Remember the Titans (2000)

It’s all about sticking to your guns in the face of adversity. And jamming out to Marvin Gaye is an added bonus.


6. The Program (1993)

It’s everything about college football that the NCAA wants to cover up, which is what makes the movie so riveting to watch.


5. Knute Rockne: All American (1940)

If you don’t enjoy this film, you don’t like America.


4. North Dallas Forty (1979)

An old-school football movie about the way old –school football players used to play.


3. The Longest Yard (1974)

A down-and-dirty classic. Who doesn’t like putting the man in his place?


2. Brian’s Song (1971)

Two movies are guaranteed to make a man cry: “Old Yeller” and “Brain’s Song.”


1. Rudy (1993)

What do size, skill and smarts matter when you’ve got heart? Everyone loves an underdog.