Who can resist a good Football movie if done properly? With the plethora of Football movies out there it was hard to narrow it down to just 10 so the Movie Monkey has compiled a list of the Top 10 Coolest Football related films.
Top 10 Coolest Football Movies
#10 Friday Night Lights (2004) Peter Berg
#9 School Ties (1992) Robert Mandel
Even though School Ties has just about 15 minutes of real Football, Brendan Fraser plays a public high school quarterback that gets a scholarship to a prestigious prep school for his senior year. Little does he know that he will have to overcome anti-Semitism from his neo nazi teammates after they discover he is Jewish.
#8 The Last Boy Scout (1991) Tony Scott
The Last Boy Scout was Bruce Willis best post Die Hard action film. Also starring Damon Wayans as a disgraced ex quarterback who must team up with Willis’ cynical, burn out detective to solve a case involving corrupt politicians and the owner of the fictional L.A. Stallions. The opening scene where Billy “Tae-Bo” Blanks shoots the opposing team members while running for a touchdown then killing himself in front of thousands of screaming fans is well worth the price of admission.
#7 The Waterboy (1998) Frank Coraci
After a recent string of absurd failures and ridiculous films, The Waterboy is by far Adam Sandler’s funniest film. Sandler stars as Bobby Boucher, the dimwitted, passive aggressive Waterboy that gets a shot at joining the local college Football team after the coach discovers his tenacious tackling abilities. Oscar winner Kathy Bates costars as the overprotective Mama Boucher who vehemently teaches her son that everything is the Devil.
#6 Jerry Maguire (1996) Cameron Crowe
Tom Cruise as the hotshot sports agent Jerry Maguire who falls in love with Renee Zellweger doing her best ant-eater face as the sweet love interest. Not really a great film although Cuba Gooding Jr. does know how to channel his inner self obsessed douchebag football player for full comedic effect.
#5 Rudy (1993) David Anspaugh
Long before Sean Astin went on his homoerotic journey with Frodo, he was Rudy, the greatest underdog who wouldn’t take no for an answer. His lifelong dream of playing for Notre Dame is sidetracked by every obstacle you could think including being too short and sucking at football yet Rudy still has the drive to succeed and ends up playing for his favorite team.
#4 Remember the Titans (2000) Boaz Yakin
#3 Any Given Sunday (1999) Oliver Stone
Al Pacino stars as the Head Coach of the fictional Miami Sharks in this Oliver Stone film. Jamie Foxx is the third string QB Willie Beaman who must get his shit together and lead the team back to their glory days.
#2 The Program (1993) David S. Ward
The Program makes it in at Number 2 simply for the controversial scene where the team lays down in the middle of traffic to prove their courage. Not only did this foolish act of bravery inspire thousands of idiotic Football fans to try the same thing to tragic results, it was so controversial they had to cut it out of the DVD and all future releases. Good luck trying to find the uncut version and if you are dumb enough to actually try it out in real life, Darwinism is right on track.
#1 Invincible (2006) Ericson Core
Invincible is by far the best Football film on the list for a number of reasons. Not only is it based on the true Cinderella story of Philly Eagles underdog Vince Papale, it has a kick ass classic rock soundtrack and a decent performance from Marky Mark. The highlight of this film however is the sexy Elizabeth Banks trying her best New York accent and failing miserably.
The Fighter *****
Method actors are truly the 8th wonder of the world. While watching The Fighter, one of the best movies of 2010, I couldn’t help but wonder if the incredible Christian Bale really was smoking crack and jumping out of windows during his preparation for his role as former boxer and trainer Dicky Ecklund. This man is no longer just an actor. He is a force to be reckoned with. I don’t think I have ever witnessed an actor immerse themselves and completely lose themselves in a role since the great Robert De Niro in Raging Bull.
I know what your thinking, the great Robert De Niro is an oxymoron, but believe me Movie Monkeys, at one point in his career before he was getting poked in the dick with a needle by Ben Stiller, De Niro was an amazing method actor.
Christian Bale in his quest to become the most committed and talented Method Actor of this generation and next, summons the courage and dedication of a young Marlon Brando. This man is truly amazing. His Best Supporting Actor Oscar was definitely well earned.
The Fighter tells the incredible true story of former welterweight WBU boxing champ Mickey Ward and his struggles inside and out of the ring with his eccentric Lowell, Massachusetts family including the aforementioned drug addict and half-brother Dicky Ecklund.
With any other mediocre Hollywood actors this would have been just another underdog sports film, but what these actors do with this excellent script is truly sublime. Each actor brings an intensity to their performance rarely seen in modern cinema anymore. Mark Wahlberg has reached a new level of acting with his humble and honest portrayal of the torn Mickey Ward. His dysfunctional but loving family is the only thing keeping him from achieving true greatness but yet he can’t bring himself to leave them until he finds his one true love that gives him the motivation to actually want to make something of his fading career. This struggle forms the basis of one of modern cinemas truly great dramas. Amy Adams plays Mickey Ward’s tough talking but extremely supportive Boston girlfriend to perfection while the amazing Melissa Leo (another very deserving Oscar winner) portrays the overbearing and misguided mother who is in completely denial over her son’s shortcomings, to a whole new level of acting. They could not have picked better actor’s for this film. While watching this film the viewer is witness to a superb acting clinic before your very eyes.
As in most Boxing movies (the good ones no less) the actual boxing aspect of the story takes a backseat to the tragedy and triumphs of these characters lives outside of the ring. The direction by the extremely talented and short tempered David O. Russel is superb. He knows how to elicit a remarkable performance from his actors. The set design, cinematography, even the music are all top notch. The fact that the film-makers could convince the notoriously protective Led Zeppelin to allow them to use “Good Times, Bad Times” during one of the films most important scenes speaks volumes to the quality of this film. If you have not already seen this amazing film SEE IT NOW! You will not be disappointed.
The Fighter (2010)
Drama, Biography, Sports
Directed by David O. Russell
Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo