For some of us, fall means boots, pumpkin spiced lattes, cooler weather . . . and football? Whether you’re a fan or not, football season is upon us and isn’t going away until the Super Bowl in February. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, so we put together a list of the top eight football movies to get non-fans excited.
“Remember the Titans” (2000)
This classic film is about perseverance over racism as Denzel Washington’s character works to reconcile the newly integrated high school football team while fighting a prejudiced education system.
“The Longest Yard” (2005/2974)
It’s two versions of the same underdog tale. “The Longest Yard” is about a group of inmates challenged with beating their abusive prison wardens in a game of football. Lots of raunchy comedy ensues.
“Jerry Maguire” (1996)
Full of cheesy, romantic drama and pre-insanity Tom Cruise, “Jerry Maguire” is in a very special era of the ‘90s. In this film, Cruise plays a washed up sports agent struggling with his eccentric client while building a meaningful relationship with a single mom.
Set before the professional sport was taken seriously, this film combines humor and romance as George Clooney and John Krasinski compete for the attention of an attractive journalist.
“The Game Plan” (2007)
Dwayne Johnson stars as a hot-headed quarterback who gets a surprise visit from the daughter he never met. Over time, he has to learn the importance of family and teamwork. Sure, it’s corny but it’s okay to indulge sometimes.
“Friday Night Lights” (2004)
Telling the inspiration story of the team from the poor, football-obsesed town of Odessa, Texas, this movie is gritty but will completely inspire you to love the game (or at least watch the undeniable TV show of the same name).
“The Last Boyscout” (1991)
It’s ‘90s action at its best when Bruce Willis, as expected, plays the tough PI beside Damon Wayan’s bombastic football star. It’s the classic buddy cop formula found in movies like “Lethal Weapon” and “Rush Hour,” but with sports!