Top 9 Movies Built Around Football
Who doesn’t love a great football flick? Even the least of football fans can be swept away in the drama that blossoms from the blood, sweat and tears of the gridiron. Regarding most football films, there is even some exceptionally well written — or tacked on — romance, which makes most of them wonderful for date night. Right fellas? Giving consideration to the actual film, story and mass appeal (honorable mentions to films such as Knute Rockne All American and Paper Lion), here are our 9 best movies built around football.
9. Brian’s Song
This film has been made a couple of times as TV movies. The original, 1971 film starred James Caan and Billy Dee Williams as Chicago Bears legends, Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers. The film resonates due to its historical significance, and it’s chronicling of a friendship that developed on the football field and ushered one man to an early grave, and the other to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. When Gale Sayers accepted the George S. Halas Award in 1970, an award that is offered to the league’s most courageous player, Sayers humbly stated they were giving the award to the wrong player, then turned his attention to best friend, Brian Piccolo. Brian’s Song is a timeless, biopic classic, set in the world of pro football.
8. Jerry Maguire
Sure, Jerry Maguire was about the man Jerry Maguire, but the fabric of Jerry Maguire’s universe was sports, and the sport featured in this mix: NFL Football. Cameron Crowe did a knockout job with Jerry Maguire, creating iconic moments and lines that will forever be spouted when it’s time to get paid: “Show me the money!” Diving below the business of football, Crowe focused on the creation of legacy, and applied it to the characters of Jerry Maguire and Rod Tidwell. They were two guys with big hearts, a desire for legacy and each facing a crossroad. Add to the mix a funny little kid named Ray, some stellar football action and one of the most romantic scenes in film history, and you’ve got a winner. Jerry Maguire is a stellar reminder of the pro football world of the mid-1990s.