Happy Super Bowl Sunday! With the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers facing off for Super Bowl LIV, it’s time to turn your attentions to the greatest football films of all time. There are all kinds of football-based movies out there to enjoy — from dramas to comedies, and even an award-winning documentary — and we’ve collected 12 of the best here in our photo gallery, ranked from worst to best.
In paring down the list, we had to answer the question: “Just what is a football movie?” We didn’t include “The Blind Side,” for example, because though its central character plays football, the film is primarily about many other things. And while Act 3 of Robert Altman‘s “M*A*S*H” is made up of what is arguably the funniest football game ever put to film, its main concerns are elsewhere.
We did include two films with limited on-the-field action — Ivan Reitman‘s “Draft Day” (starring Kevin Costner), which is a fascinating look at the machinations behind the scenes of the NFL Draft, and Cameron Crowe‘s “Jerry Maguire” (Tom Cruise) which takes a similarly incisive look at the world of sports agentry. Others in our gallery include “Friday Night Lights” (Billy Bob Thornton), “The Longest Yard” (Burt Reynolds), “Remember the Titans” (Denzel Washington), and “Rudy” (Sean Astin).
After the game (or even the post-game), if you still have a yen for gridiron action, give these dozen football movies a try. Grab some buffalo wings, barbeque and a favorite beverage while touring our photo gallery.
Original text by Tom O’Brien.
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