The Superbowl’s today. I’d be more excited, but unfortunately my team lost… *sigh* Anyways, I’m trying to be more energetic and spirited, that way come 3:30 I’ll be fully pumped for the game. So, to try and raise my spirits, and to show my appreciation for this hollowed day, I’ve put together a list of my favorite football films. Although, in doing my research I found there are many football flicks unseen by my learned eyes.
Still, we’ll call this list the football films of my generation. Not too catchy I know, but my generation never really is.
9. Radio (2003)
the moment: Coach Jones consoling Radio after his mother’s death.
the directing: Michael Tollin
the writing: Mike Rich
the acting: Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris
the time: 109 minutes
8. Invincible (2006)
the moment: Vince Papale’s touchdown.
the directing: Eric Core
the writing: Brad Gann
the acting: Mark Wahlber, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks
the time: 104 minutes
7. Any Given Sunday (1999)
the moment: Coach Tony D’Amato’s speech.
the directing: Oliver Stone
the writing: John Logan & Oliver Stone
the acting: Al Pacino, Jamie Fox, Cameron Diaz
the time: 162 minutes/156 minutes (Director’s Cut)
6. Friday Night Lights (2004)
the moment: Charles Billingsley gives his son his ring.
the directing: Peter Berg
the writing: David Aaron Cohen & Peter Berg
the acting: Billy Bob Thornton, Lucas Black, Garrett Hedlund
the time: 118 minutes
5. The Waterboy (1998)
the moment: Bobby Boucher gets mad.
the directing: Frank Coraci
the writing: Tim Herlihy & Adam Sandler
the acting: Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Fairuza Balk
the time: 90 minutes
4. Rudy (1993)
the moment: Really…?
the directing: David Anspaugh
the writing: Angelo Pizzo
the acting: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
the time: 116 minutes
3. Little Giants (1994)
the moment: The Fumblerooski.
the directing: Duwayne Dunham
the writing: James Ferguson & Robert Shallcross
the acting: Rick Moranis, Ed O’Neill, Shawna Waldron
the time: 106 minutes
2. The Replacements (2000)
the moment: Dancing to “I Will Survive.”
the directing: Howard Deutch
the writing: Vince McKewin
the acting: Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton
the time: 118 minutes
1. Remember the Titans (2000)
the moment: Coach Boone’s speech at Gettysburg.
the directing: Boaz Yakin
the writing: Gregory Allen Howard
the acting: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Donald Faison
the time: 113 minutes