After months of waiting, NCAA football and the NFL are back on TV. For millions of Americans, this is a major reason to celebrate! But what about the millions more who don’t really care about the weekly gridiron grind?
If you’re someone who enjoys the drama of football, but don’t want to spend hours every Saturday and Sunday waiting for those rare big plays, here are five great football movies you can watch instead.
1. Remember the Titans (2000)
This modern sports classic stars Denzel Washington as coach Herman Boone, an African-American coach tasked with integrating a Virginia high school football team in 1971. Based on a true story, Remember the Titans is a moving film that shows how the love of sports can help transcend social barriers and unite people of all backgrounds.
While some critics complained that Remember the Titans was too predictable and overly simplistic in handling race issues, audiences were inspired by it, driving the film to an impressive $115 million at the box office.
2. Any Given Sunday (1999)
This gritty sports drama from Oliver Stone won praise for diving into the complicated world of professional football, where big egos and big business clash on and off the field. With a large ensemble cast including Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, and Aaron Eckhart, Any Given Sunday is a star-studded movie that delivers enough bone crunching action (and profanity) to earn its R rating.
3. Rudy (1993)
Often cited as one of the greatest sports movies ever made, Rudy tells the true story of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, a young man who dreams of playing football for the University of Notre Dame.
Featuring a compelling lead performance from Sean Astin, who perfectly captures the real-life Rudy’s unwavering optimism and dedication, Rudy is a great reminder that if you work hard, you can achieve almost anything. Plus, who doesn’t like to chant “Rudy, Rudy, Rudy,” right?
4. The Longest Yard (1974)
For a more unconventional football film, check out The Longest Yard. Featuring Burt Reynolds in his 1970s prime, the movie is focused on disgraced former pro quarterback Paul “Wrecking” Crewe, who winds up in prison after leading police on a chase in a stolen car. Crewe is coerced by the prison warden into leading a team of convicts against the prison guards in an exhibition game.
Combining action, comedy and drama, The Longest Yard earned Reynolds a Golden Globe nomination and is regularly ranked as one of the top sports films of the last 50 years. If you want something a little more modern, consider watching the 2005 remake of The Longest Yard which featured Adam Sandler in the lead role and Burt Reynolds as the coach of the prison team.
5. Little Giants (1994)
For a football film that the whole family can enjoy, nothing beats Little Giants. Starring Rick Moranis and Ed O’Neill as competing brothers who are head coaches of two wildly mismatched peewee football teams, Little Giants is a sweet underdog story that gets a ton of laughs from its charming cast of kids.
Throw in some cameos from real-life football legends John Madden, Emmitt Smith and Bruce Smith, and it’s got everything you’d want for a nice Sunday alternative to the real gridiron action.
If you want to check out the movies on this list, or any of your other football favorites, Cox makes it easy to order through Cox Movies on Demand. For the real football fans, Cox offers the Contour sports app. With the Contour sports app you can see live in-game stats, team and player comparisons, fantasy football updates and more. All you have to do is say “sports app” into your Contour Voice Remote.
So whether you love watching football, or just watching movies about football, Cox Contour has you covered. Enjoy!