Football is clearly on the nation’s mind (coincidence that that Draft Day trailer just premiered?) as the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks prepare to battle in the Super Bowl this Sunday.
Hollywood is no stranger to getting put under the spell of the sport that has become the nation’s most popular. To help get you in the mood for the big game, and beyond, we present 7 football movies that score much more than a touchdown... they get the extra point too!
Many of them are true stories, and that speaks volumes about how the gridiron serves as a metaphor for life for so many.
From the film that makes grown men cry, Rudy, to the one that will clearly have you inspired after sitting down to watch Remember the Titans online, these football movies lift us up and make us want to yell touchdown!
Rudy is as inspirational as any movie can get, much less a football movie. The true story of Rudy, who dreamed of Notre Dame glory, is impeccably captured by star Sean Astin.
2. Remember The Titans
Remember the Titans is another true story as there must be something about the game of football that brings out the best in us! Denzel Washington stars in a movie that has power in droves.
3. The Blind Side
This is the unlikely true tale of how a suburban family adopts a homeless teen and he goes on to become a football titan. Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Toughy, the mother who is tough as nails, with a heart of gold.
4. Jerry Maguire
Cameron Crowe wrote and directed this film about a sports agent who loses everything, except one football player who believes in him. Tom Cruise stars, and Cuba Gooding Jr. co-stars... and won an Oscar!
5. Friday Night Lights
Friday Night Lights is one amazing football film. Long before it became a hit TV show, Billy Bob Thornton played the small town Texas football coach with dreams of glory for his team.
6. Any Given Sunday
Oliver Stone crafts an entertaining and realistic portrayal of professional football in the modern era. Jamie Foxx broke out as a movie star as the flashy quarterback who learns to win through his older and wise coach (Al Pacino).