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Top Football Movies

There's plenty of football games to watch this weekend. But maybe there are no match-ups that are appealing to you. You may not care about this weekend's Red River Rivalry game between Oklahoma and Texas. And the Dallas Cowboys won't be on TV this weekend – it's their bye week. Well, you can always go out and try to find a good football movie. has put together a list of the top football movies ever made. Their criteria to make this list?

-The plot of the movie must revolve around football, rather than just featuring a single scene with the sport.

-The movie must be good enough that you'd be interested in watching it a second or even third time.

Keep in mind – this is their list, presumably put together by one of their writers, and not the results of a readers poll. You and I will most certainly have our own opinions on which movies should make the list and the order in which they should appear. That said, here's the top 5 from's list of the Top Football Movies.


The Longest Yard (1974)



Burt Reynolds, Mr. Douglas from “Green Acres” (Eddie Albert), and a bunch of former football stars. Way better than the 2005 remake.



North Dallas Forty (1979)



Nick Nolte and Mac Davis were quite a pair in this one.



The Program (1993)



James Caan and Halle Berry are in this one.



Brian’s Song (1971)



This was an ABC Movie of the Week in 1971. James Caan as Brian Piccolo and Billy Dee Williams as Gayle Sayer. Should bring a tear to your eye if you have a pulse.



Knute Rockne, All American (1940)



Remember the famous Knute Rockne quote, “…win one for the Gipper”? The role of “George 'The Gipper' Gipp” by Ronald Reagan gave him the nickname of “The Gipper” for the rest of his life.


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