Any former or current athlete knows what it takes to give everything you’ve got on the field and the nostalgia that stirs when watching the emotional, climactic moments for the players on screen is palatable.
While we are lucky to have football on TV 4 days of the week, there are moments when we want to be inspired. Fill in the gaps with our all-time favorite football films.
Friday Night Lights
Billy Bob Thornton, Derek Luke and Tim McGraw lead the cast in this emotional adaptation of the true story of a small Texas town losing it’s star player, Boobie Miles to a career-ending injury in the first game of the season. Coach Gaines, played by Thornton manages to inspire not only his team, but the town to find purpose outside of football.
The movie’s soundtrack is memorable and Thornton’s closing speech lingers with many high school football players and athletes as he acknowledges their final opportunity to leave it all on the field.
Remember The Titans
Denzel Washington joined forces with Disney to tell the story of a Virginia high school that was integrated in 1971 and as a result, how its football program was forever changed. The film explores segregation, racial tensions and the unity of sports. How could it not be inspiring? #Sunshine
The Blind Side
Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for her portrayal of mom and Ole’ Miss football fan, Leigh Anne Touhy. The emotional film retells the story of current NFL player, Michael Oher and his road from homeless teen to professional football star. The story of The Blind Side is a tale of perseverance, kindness, and the positive impact of love and family.
Jerry Maguire takes a non-traditional approach to a football movie and instead of focusing on a specific player, it follows the agony and struggle of his agent. Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding, Jr. tackle the football aspect of the film and rom-com star, Renee Zellweger offers a look at the challenges of dating life as a single, working mom in her portrayal as Cruise’s love interest.
If you’re looking for football mixed with the drama of on-screen romance, this classic is for you. #YouHadMeAtHello
This movie marries sports with teen drama while managing to tie in a little bit of that Texas trouble that brings football films to life. Varsity Blues tells the story of the hard road of a back-up quarterback in replacing a team’s star player after injury. James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight and Paul Walker lead the cast in this emotional fight for victory and self-discovery.