As promised, the second, and final part of the "TOP FOOTBALL MOVIES OF ALL TIME!" I just wanted to remind everybody that although i did in fact use my own list in conjunction with the other nine, the "complete" list on is based on a numerical equation. DON'T SHOOT THE MESSENGER!!!

10 - HORSE FEATHERS (1932) - The film revolves around, among other things, college football, and a game between the fictional Darwin and Huxley Colleges.  Many of the jokes about the amateur status of collegiate football players and how eligibility rules are stretched by collegiate athletic departments remain remarkably current.The climax of the movie is often referenced as one of the greatest football-related scenes in movie history. 

9 - HEAVEN CAN WAIT (1978) - A Los Angeles Rams quarterback, accidentally taken away from his body by an over-anxious angel before he was supposed to die, comes back to life in the body of a recently-murdered millionaire. Warren Beatty, who also directed the movie, had initially wanted Muhammed Ali to play the central character, but due to Ali's continued commitment to boxing, Beatty changed the character from a boxer to an American football player and played it himself.

8 - KNUTE ROCKNE, ALL AMERICAN (1940) - This is a biographical film which tells the story of Knute Rokne, perhaps the most famous of all of the football coaches at Notre Dame, one of the most successful football programs in history.  During his tenure as head coach at the school, he develops such outstanding players as George "The Gipper" Gipp, who dies prematurely from a strep infection, and the Four Horseman while introducing many innovative tactics including the backfield shift.

7 - FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (2004) - A straight arrow coach leads his team to the 1988 Texas state semifinals in the west Texas city of Odessa, where high school football is king. Expectations of classmates, coaches, family, and community members exact a toll on the athletes central to the story. Economic and racial undertones pervade this adaptation of H.G. Bissinger's book by the same name.

6 - NORTH DALLAS 40 (1979) - A semi-fictional account of life as a professional Football (American-style) player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970sThrough its use of drama, comedy, and satire, many consider North Dallas Forty a classic sports film, giving insights into the lives of professional athletes.


5 - REMEMBER THE TITANS (2000) - Denzel Washington plays Herman Boone, who is hired as the T.C. Williams High football coach over a white coach in Alexandria, Virginia in the early 1970's during a time when the school has just been integrated to allow blacks into the school. Based on a true story.

4 - JERRY MAGUIRE (1996) - When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent with the only athlete who stays with him. "Show Me the Money!" and "You Had Me At Hello!" were quotes from the movie that have gained an almost iconic status in pop culture.

3 - THE LONGEST YARD (1971) - A football player-turned-convict organizes a team of inmates to play against a team of prison guards. His dilemma is that the warden asks him to throw the game in return for an early release, but he is also concerned about the inmates' lack of self-esteem. Not to EVER be confused with the 2005 remake!

2 - RUDY (1993) - Rudy grew up in a steel mill town where most people ended up working, but wanted to play football at Notre Dame instead. There were only a couple of problems. His grades were a little low, his athletic skills were poor, and he was only half the size of the other players. But he had the drive and the spirit of 5 people and has set his sights upon joining the team.

1 - BRIAN'S SONG (1971) - Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.  Despite the fact that Sayers is black and Piccolo white, they become roommates on the road and very close friends, especially when Sayers is injured and Piccolo helps his recovery.





Thank you for your time, i had ALOT of fun putting this together, as it not only brought back "SERIOUS" memories, but it also gives me something to do next weekend(2 movies on the list i haven't seen)...

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