Baseball may be the nation’s pastime, but football is America’s passion! The whole spectrum of human emotion can be found on a game day on any given Sunday. And no medium is better at capturing the highs and lows, and the tos and throws of football than cinema. Although any top lists of favourite movies will be subjective, we hope you enjoy our favourite movies, in no particular order, about football.
Any Given Sunday
Shouty Al has never been so shouty and brilliant as in Any Given Sunday. His speech at the end of the movie was strong enough to move mountains and showed what an inspiring coach could achieve. There is an absolutely stellar ensemble cast as well with too many names to list them all, but a few standouts were including Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jamie Foxx, James Woods and LL Cool J. Any Given Sunday looks at several interesting aspects of football from backroom politics to star power.
The Water Boy
Adam Sandler may have become a bit of a meme in the 2010s, but for those old enough to remember his films in the late 90s and early 2000s, Adam Sandler was a comedy god. One of his greatest films was about his character Bobby Boucher, Jr., who has a meteoric rise from water boy to Line Backer of College Team. As well as seeing Adam Sandler kick some legal ass while on the football pitch, the movie also illustrates how important a coach’s plays are.
Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr. team up as agent and player, respectively. Although there’s a romantic storyline woven into this plot, at its heart the film looks at what it’s like for ageing Football Players, as they come to terms with the end of their career. A lot of tension throughout the film hinges on Cuba Gooding Jr’s risk of getting an injury and not getting another big contract. Still, luckily, through his friendship with Tom Cruise, he makes it through with a big juicy contract so he can support his family.
It isn’t easy being a teenager. It’s even harder when you play for the local Highschool team as well, as the young Texan James Van Der Beek finds out. Although bits of it may be cheesy and the story is a bit predictable, it’s a great coming of age feel-good movie. There is also an outstanding cast of youthful actors who you’ll be sure to recognise including James Van Der Beek, Paul Walker, Amy Smart, Ron Lester and Scott Caan.
This Spoof moving staring David Koechner takes a satirical swing at other sports movies and probably has a few references to other films listed here. Although this film got really bad reviews, it has some very funny moments, and many references for eagle-eyed viewers. The story loosely follows a high school football team, and their haphazard coach played by David Koechner.