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TOP 20 FOOTBALL MOVIES OF ALL TIME!




Some of the latest post have been a real treat to read, thanks to wiltfongjr, scespy12, etc... I've been bit by the "INSPIRATION" bug, coupled with the fact that things are kind of slow at work right now, so here we go.

 

CRITERIA:

My personal list of Top 10 movies.

9 other Top ten list from sources ranging from SI, to Playboy, Spike TV, movies.com, askmen.com, etc.

A 10 point system for each review.

Rating of movie based on points received.

In the case of a tie, which there were 3, falls in the category of author's(me) discretion.

Some of these may surprise you, some you may not agree with, some you may not have heard of before, some you may have just flat out forgotten about... But on thing is for sure... All  are "MUST SEE" in my eyes!!!

So, without further ado, here is the first part of a two part segment:

20 - WILDCATS (1986) - Interestingly enough, the list starts with a movie that was actually filmed in Chicago!  Goldie Hawn plays a "football-illiterate" track coach who takes a rag-tag team of high school misfits and molds them into a championship team in this comedy that also had a great message.

19 - ANY GIVEN SUNDAY (1999) - In Oliver Stone's look at professional football, Al Pacino stars as Tony D'Amato, the aging head coach of the fictional Miami Sharks. He has to deal with the team's demanding president/co-owner, a washed-up star quarterback, and the"hot" but unproven rookie QB in line to replace him. Worth mentioning is a "star-studded" cast.

18 - VARSITY BLUES (1999) - What do you get when you mix one part Texas football culture, one part realistic football scenes, one part drama, one part comedy, one part hilarious teenage antics, and one part strippers and whipped cream bikinis? The answer is Varsity Blues, which -- despite all indications that it would be just another movie in the high-school story mold -- managed to surpass that bland category and become a memorable pigskin pick.

17 -  THE FRESHMAN (1925) - This movie is a comedy that tells the story of a college freshman trying to become popular by joining the school football team.  In 1990, The Freshman was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant", going in the second year of voting and being one of the first 50 films to receive such an honor.

16 - ALL THE RIGHT MOVES (1983) - Steffen "Stef" Djordjevic (Tom Cruise) is a high school DB(woot, woot!) seeking a college football scholarship to escape the economically depressed small PA town of Ampipe. Ampipe is a "company town" whose economy is dominated by the town's main employer, American Pipe & Steel, a steel mill struggling through the downturn of the early 1980s recession.

15 - THE PROGRAM (1993) - This film touches on the season of the fictional college football team, the ESU Timberwolves, as they deal with the pressure to make a bowl game, drug and alcohol abuse, and overall college life. It follows the trials of Coach Sam Winters, the Heisman Tropy candidate Joe Kane, the freshman RB Darnell Jefferson, their girlfriends, and other team members.

14 - SEMI-TOUGH (1977) - A comedy about two football players and their mutual girlfriend. Includes many spoofs and parodies about various self-help groups and personal self-improvement seminars that were wildly popular during the 1970's.  Some reviews lamented the film's departure from the novel Semi-Tough, which dealt more with football and less with the new age movement.

13 - THE REPLACEMENTS (2000) - A comedy, based on the 1987 professional football players' strike, unfolds when the NFL's Washington Sentinels goes on strike. The team's owner calls former NFL coach Jimmy McGinty out of retirement to coach a rag-tag team of replacement players to finish the season's last four games.

12 - INVINCIBLE (2006) - When the the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Dick Vermeil, announces that he will hold open tryouts for the team, Vince Papale, a down-on-his-luck bartender, reluctantly decides to give a try. In an almost unheard of feat, he manages to make the team and enjoyed a three year career as a professional football player. Based on a true story.

11 - WE ARE MARSHALL (2006) - In November, 1970, virtually the entire football team and coaches of Marshall University (Huntington, W.V.) die in a plane crash. That spring, led by Nate Ruffin, a player who was ill and missed the fatal flight, students rally to convince the board of governors to play the 1971 season.  Also, based on a true story.

 

STAY TUNED FOR THE EXCITING CONCLUSION...

<em>This FanPost was written by a Windy City Gridiron member, and does not necessarily reflect the ideas or opinions of its staff or community.</em>

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