As the air turns crisp and cool and the Friday night lights hum over stadiums across the country, there’s no mistaking that football season is in the air. Football is ingrained in our country’s culture, so it’s no surprise that many of our favorite movies center on the sport. Here are our football film picks for your next movie night.
Rudy: A movie responsible for making many grown men cry, Rudy’s short-statured title character dreams of joining Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish football team. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the money or the grades to go to Notre Dame. After some help from some kind folks along the way, Rudy learns he has dyslexia, but continues working his job at the stadium. The end of the movie will leave you chanting Rudy’s name.
Remember The Titans: A strong-willed coach, portrayed by Denzel Washington, forces a newly-integrated high school football team of white and African American students to learn to work together and play together. A brotherhood forms between the players, but not without some serious struggles along the way.
The Replacements: When the Washington Sentinels goes on strike, the NFL puts together a ragtag team of players led by Falco, a star player portrayed by Keanu Reeves. He pulls together a team including a gangster, a SWAT leader, a deaf player and a convict on a work release program. The movie follows the key characters through challenges of playing professional football and their newfound fame.
Friday Night Lights: In this film, the racially and economically divided town of Odessa, Texas unites over one thing—high school football. The team experiences some struggles along the way, but finds their only way to state championship is to be undefeated in their highly competitive environment. The most important thing the team learns is to work together and support one another.
Jerry Maguire: Released in 1996, this movie takes on football from a different angle: that of the agent. Jerry (played by Tom Cruise) is a sports agent who loses his job and most of his clients when he experiences a moral dilemma and is fired for doing what he believed to be the right thing. He experiments with the one player who stayed with him and finds success.