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7 Football Films To Watch This Fall

Alex Reed |
September 8, 2014 | 11:20 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Football fans everywhere can rejoice now that high school, college and professional football are back in season. Whether you’re a football enthusiast who can’t get enough or you’d rather watch a 2-hour movie than a 4-hour game, we’ve rounded up the must-watch football films for this fall.

1. Friday Night Lights (2004)

Most people know of the hit show by the same name, but the movie is equally inspiring as it follows a Texas high school football team, their motivational coach (played by Billy Bob Thornton), and the pressure placed on several key players as they play their way to the state championship game.

2. The Blind Side (2009)

Based on a true story, the film follows Michael Oher, an impoverished teenager who gets taken in by a wealthy family and given the opportunity to play football at a private Christian high school. He gets offers from numerous university football programs and eventually goes on to play for the NFL. Sandra Bullock, who plays Michael’s adoptive mother, won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in this film.

3. Rudy (1993)

This underdog film tells the story of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger (played by Sean Astin) whose lifelong dream of attending and playing football for Notre Dame is derailed by his dyslexia and lack of money and athletic ability. He takes classes at a nearby college until he is eligible to transfer and walks on to the football, though he never plays. During his last game of his senior year, with the support of his teammates, he is allowed to lead the team out of the tunnel and take the field for the final plays of the game.

4. The Replacements (2000)

This football comedy follows Shane Falco (played by Keanu Reeves), who played quarterback at Ohio State University, but never got to play professionally. When a fictional professional team in Washington loses all its players to a strike over salary, he finally gets a second chance at a football career, as well as relationship with one of the team’s cheerleaders.

5. Little Giants (1994)

In this comedy, two brothers and former football players (played by Ed O’Neill and Rick Moranis) square off when they coach rival Pee-Wee football teams.

6. The Waterboy (1998)

Adam Sandler plays Bobby Boucher, college football team waterboy with anger issues, in this football comedy. After repeated taunts by the players, Bobby channels his anger and tackles the quarterback, making him the team’s newest and most feared linebacker.

7. Remember the Titans (2000)

Based on a true story, this football classic follows Herman Boone (played by Denzel Washington), a newly hired high school football coach, as he tries to unite his newly integrated football team and lead them to a state championship.

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