Every August, football fans get ready to kick-off the upcoming NFL season, and it all starts with the first pre-season game. But to real football lovers the preseason is just like an appetizer before your main course, it tastes great and satisfies you for a little bit, but it just doesn’t fulfill your hunger for the real deal. You know the feeling, sitting their watching your favorite teams starters for a quarter or two, only leaving you craving for more as the second and third string players enter the game. So what do you do for the next four or five weeks to help you fulfill that hunger for the game? Here’s a start, grab one of these great movies, a nice cold drink, and enjoy the show.
5 Great Football Movies
Friday Night Lights (2004)
Starring – Billy Bob Thorton, Lucas Black II, Garrett Hedlund, Derek Luke, and Jay Hernandez.
This fact based story focuses on the 1988 football season of the Odessa-Permian High School in West Texas and the obsession of winning. Throughout this fast paced sports movie most scenes are definite crowd pleasers, but it also has its dark side, as these high school kids are pushed far past a breaking point. But with all the pressures of abusive fathers, threatening townsmen, and an injured star running back, the teams unites and fights it way to the finals. The only remaining question, is can they win it all?
Starring – Sean Austin, Jon Favereau, Ned Beatty, Greta Lind, and Scott Benjaminson.
Based on a true story, Rudy stars Sean Austin as Rudy Ruettiger, a blue-collar kid who’s father lives for Notre Dame football but could never imagine the dream of watching any of his sons play for the team. It becomes Ruettiger’s ultimate goal to play for Notre Dame and fulfill his father’s unimaginative dream despite the tremendous obstacles he would face. Including being undersized, dismissed by coaches, facing his father’s envy, and several other delays of one kind or another, he continues with his commitment, in his attempt to prove his doubters wrong. Will his determination and commitment be enough to earn a chance to play for the Fighting Irish?
Remember the Titans (2000)
Starring – Denzel Washington, Wood Harris, Will Patton, Ryan Hurst, and Donald Faison.
This fact-based film is set in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1971, and is based on the integration of black and white students at T.C. Williams High School. The effort to improve race relations and help the fight against racism, is mostly felt on the school’s football team, the Titans. Bigoted tempers flare when a black head coach is appointed and his victorious predecessor reluctantly stays on as his assistant coach. With all the differences between the two coaches, the racial tensions from the townsfolk, and the team’s lack of unity because of race, will they ever overcome all their differences? Can they help unite this group of hostile young men and turn them into champions? One thing is for sure, you will definitely Remember the Titans.
Longest Yard (1974)
Starring – Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Michael, Conrad, Ed lauter, and James Hampton.
This film is a popular fable about a group of prison inmate’s integrity and group unity. It all starts when a former professional quarterback who is banned from football for shaving points, is incarcerated for a fight with his girlfriend and resisting arrest, and winds up in prison with a hard pressed warden. When he is taunted into helping the warden’s semi-professional team of guardsmen win a championship, he puts together a team of the roughest and toughest prisoners, and attempts to embarrass the warden at his own game. Can the prisoners unite and become a Mean Machine and win a victory of pride, or will the warden continue his dominance he possesses behind the walls on the football field?
Brian’s Song (1971)
Starring – Billy Dee Williams, James Caan, Jack Warden, Bernie Casey, and Shelley Fabares.
Based on the lives of Chicago Bears players Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers, this transcendent story is a sensitive film about love, friendship, racial harmony, a fight against cancer, and how football that came along at just the right time. As the two players compete for the same job, these rivals are teamed together as roommates, with enither of them expecting what was to become of them. As these two rookies become close friends because of their identical completive natures and complimentary personalities, they help each other endure through times of injuries and a life threatening disease. After an injury, Piccolo helps his teammate recover, but soon after has a battle of his own to face. When Piccolo is stricken with cancer, his relentless will to live inspires the talent Sayers to reach his athletic potential, and reach the superstardom he is destined for.
More Fottball Movies:
Any Given Sunday, We Are Marshall, North Dallas Forty, The Express, The Program, Invincible, The Blind Side, and Leatherheads.
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