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Top Sports Movies to Watch While Stuck at Home -- Football Edition

03/25/2020, 11:45am CDT
By Colton Wilson

Governor Tony Evers announced his safer-at home order early Monday via his Twitter account, which will mean the closing of many businesses across the state that don't provide essential services.

With many more Wisconsinites about to find themselves spending their times at home, entertainment may be hard to come by. For those lovers of all things sports, sport movies can be a great substitute for the lack of live action we are accustomed to at this time of the year.

This week we'll be releasing a series of articles with top rated sports category movies according to other media sites.

Check out the previous week's lists:

Top Basketball Movies
Top Baseball Movies

Best Football Movies

Football season is hopefully a few months away. We won't begin to process the idea that that season can be postponed, at least not now. For the time being, here is a list of some of the top streaming options for football movies.

Rudy (1993)

Rudy! Rudy! Rudy! Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) plays Rudy Ruettiger in one of the all-time underdog stories. A poor, dyslexic kid with a dream, Rudy shows pure grit and determination in his dream to play a snap for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team.

Remember the Titans (2000)

During a time of turmoil in American history, a Virginia high school is forced to integrate. The football team provides the back drop to the struggles and ultimate triumphs of people coming together, regardless of their differences.

Friday Night Lights (2004)

Friday Night Lights centers around Odessa, Texas, where high school football reigns supreme. Follow coach Gary Gaines (Billy Bob Thornton) as he struggles to live up to the expectations and success of past teams after star running back, Boobie Miles (Derek Luke) suffers a gruesome injury.

Jerry Maguire (1996)

Watch as Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) is fired by his sports agency, only to start up his own with a lone client, Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.). Only Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger) follows him on his quest and the two spark a relationship as they struggle to keep their business afloat.

The Waterboy (1998)

One of the funnier movies on this list, Adam Sandler plays one his iconic characters, Bobby Boucher, a soft-spoken water boy for the South Central Louisiana State Mud Dogs football team. Follow along as he becomes a quarterback-destroying linebacker and steps away from the grasp of his momma.

Any Given Sunday (1999)

Al Pacino stars as the head coach of the Miami Sharks who after some dominating years have struggled to win and fill the stadium. Between the power struggles with coach and the new ownership and the players and the coach, how will they right the ship and make the playoffs?

We Are Marshall (2006)

Based on the real life tragedy of the 1970 plane crash that claimed the lives of over 75 of the school's football players and staff, We Are Marshall follows new coach Jack Lengyel (Matthew McConaughey) and his attempt to rebuild a program in mourning.

The Longest Yard (1974)

No, this is not the 2005 Adam Sandler remake, but the Burt Reynolds original. The once great quarterback sees himself in prison he is forced to put together a football team to play against the guards. Watch how Reynolds and the other team of misfits relish at the opportunity to be physical with those that have wronged them.

Necessary Roughness (1991)

Texas State University is hit with NCAA sanctions forcing them to field a football team from their student body, with zero scholarships available. A 34-year old quarterback, a female kicker, and the merry band of misfits are tasked with trying to win at least one game on the season.

Varsity Blues (1999)

Another movie set in the wild world of Texas high school football, Varsity Blues centers on West Canaan High School. When star quarterback Lance Harbor (Paul Walker) goes down to injury, Jonathon "Mox" Moxon (James Van Der Beek) must take on the pressure of the town's expectations. It won't be easy with vindictive and surly coach Bud Kilmer (Jon Voight).

Others to Watch

These movies didn't quite make the cut, but are all great watches.

  • The Freshman
  • Invincible
  • The Program
  • Draft Day
  • The Blind Side
  • The Replacements
  • Little Giants
  • All the Right Moves
  • The Express

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