5 Great Football Movies to Put You in a Super Mood
The best sports movies have action, drama and a bit of comedy and give the audience several opportunities to cheer for the underdog. Any time of year is a good time to watch a football movie, but why not get in the mood for the Super Bowl by watching some of the best football movies before the biggest game of the year on Super Sunday. Here are five winners.
Based on the true story of football player Michael Oher, who coincidentally is playing in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII for the Baltimore Ravens! The movie chronicles how Oher went from homeless to playing in the NFL and stars Sandra Bullock and Quinton Aaron as Oher. Bullock won the Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy, the woman who took Oher in and gave him a home and a family.
In 1976, 30-year old Vince Papale overcame multiple hurdles to earn a spot on the Philadelphia Eagles. Based on a true story, Mark Wahlberg stars as Papale, and Greg Kinnear plays Dick Vermeil, the Eagles head coach.
This Disney film stars Denzel Washington as Coach Herman Boone, who led the T.C. Williams Titans to a perfect football season in 1971. Based on a true story, this movie poignantly tells the story of a racially integrated high school team and its struggles to unite despite local and national racial prejudices.
Directed by Oliver Stone, this blockbuster hit focuses on a professional football team and its star quarterback, who suffers an injury and is replaced by a third-string player. It stars Al Pacino as the coach, Dennis Quaid as the quarterback and Jamie Foxx as the young upstart. The movie also features Cameron Diaz and James Woods.
Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger was a true underdog. His dream was to play football for Notre Dame, but at 5-foot-6, his chances were slim. The story of Rudy shows how perseverance and determination can make dreams come true. ESPN ranks it in the top 20 of all sports movies.
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