Most Inspiring American Football Movie Biopic?

by urbanemovies | created - 04 Feb 2016 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

These true story sentimental American Football biographical movies are so good they will literally make you cry!

Which of these true story* American football movies about an individual or team competing against tremendous obstacles or overwhelming odds touches you the most? * football player, coach, support staff or entire team

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1. The Blind Side (2009)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

53 Metascore

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All-American football player and first-round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head

Votes: 274,050 | Gross: $255.96M

2. Remember the Titans (2000)

PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

48 Metascore

The true story of a newly appointed African-American coach and his high school team on their first season as a racially integrated unit.

Director: Boaz Yakin | Stars: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst

Votes: 187,843 | Gross: $115.65M

3. Rudy (1993)

PG | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

71 Metascore

Rudy has always been told that he was too small to play college football. But he is determined to overcome the odds and fulfill his dream of playing for Notre Dame.

Director: David Anspaugh | Stars: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty, Greta Lind

Votes: 51,970 | Gross: $22.75M

4. Brian's Song (1971 TV Movie)

G | 73 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

62 Metascore

Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: James Caan, Billy Dee Williams, Jack Warden, Bernie Casey

Votes: 6,709

* remade in 2001 TV movie, Brian's Song (2001)

5. Friday Night Lights (2004)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Drama, Sport

70 Metascore

Based on H.G. Bissinger's book, which profiled the economically depressed town of Odessa, Texas and their heroic high school football team, The Permian High Panthers.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Jay Hernandez, Derek Luke, Lucas Black

Votes: 55,390 | Gross: $61.19M

6. We Are Marshall (2006)

PG | 131 min | Drama, Sport

53 Metascore

When a plane crash claims the lives of members of the Marshall University football team and some of its fans, the team's new coach and his surviving players try to keep the football program alive.

Director: McG | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, Anthony Mackie, David Strathairn

Votes: 54,701 | Gross: $43.55M

7. Invincible (2006)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

63 Metascore

Based on the story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philadelphia who overcame long odds to play for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles in 1976.

Director: Ericson Core | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway

Votes: 62,152 | Gross: $57.79M

8. Radio (2003)

PG | 109 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

38 Metascore

The story of a high school coach and the developmentally challenged man who he took under his wing.

Director: Michael Tollin | Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris, Debra Winger, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 36,902 | Gross: $52.28M

9. Concussion (2015)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

55 Metascore

In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.

Director: Peter Landesman | Stars: Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, David Morse

Votes: 80,033 | Gross: $34.53M

10. Gridiron Gang (2006)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

52 Metascore

Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.

Director: Phil Joanou | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell, Leon Rippy

Votes: 44,872 | Gross: $38.43M

11. The Express (2008)

PG | 130 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

58 Metascore

A drama based on the life of college football hero Ernie Davis, the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy.

Director: Gary Fleder | Stars: Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid, Clancy Brown, Darrin Dewitt Henson

Votes: 18,966 | Gross: $9.59M

12. When the Game Stands Tall (2014)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Sport

41 Metascore

The journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Chiklis, Laura Dern

Votes: 14,710 | Gross: $30.13M

13. Undefeated (2011)

PG-13 | 113 min | Documentary, Sport

71 Metascore

Chronicles three underprivileged students from inner-city Memphis and their volunteer coach who tries to help them beat the odds on and off the field.

Directors: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin | Stars: Bill Courtney, O.C. Brown, Montrail 'Money' Brown, Chavis Daniels

Votes: 6,509 | Gross: $0.56M

14. Knute Rockne All American (1940)

Approved | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The story of legendary Notre Dame football player and coach Knute Rockne.

Directors: Lloyd Bacon, William K. Howard | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Gale Page, Ronald Reagan, Donald Crisp

Votes: 1,657

15. Woodlawn (2015)

PG | 123 min | Drama, Sport

57 Metascore

A gifted high school football player must learn to embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field.

Directors: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin | Stars: Caleb Castille, Sean Astin, Jon Voight, C. Thomas Howell

Votes: 6,208 | Gross: $14.39M

16. Jim Thorpe -- All-American (1951)

Approved | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The triumph and tragedy of Native American Jim Thorpe, who, after winning both the pentathlon and decathlon in the same Olympics, is stripped of his medals on a technicality.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Charles Bickford, Steve Cochran, Phyllis Thaxter

Votes: 1,758

17. Brian's Song (2001 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Sport

The story of professional football players Gale Sayes and Brian Piccolo, and how their friendship on and off the field was affected when Piccolo contracted a fatal disease.

Director: John Gray | Stars: Mekhi Phifer, Sean Maher, Paula Cale, Elise Neal

Votes: 1,352

* remake of 1971 TV movie, Brian's Song (1971)

18. My All-American (2015)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

34 Metascore

Freddie Steinmark, an underdog on the gridiron, faces the toughest challenge of his life after leading his team to a championship season.

Director: Angelo Pizzo | Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Finn Wittrock, Robin Tunney, Sarah Bolger

Votes: 5,284 | Gross: $2.25M

19. The Longshots (2008)

PG | 94 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

52 Metascore

The true story of Jasmine Plummer who, at the age of eleven, became the first female to play in Pop Warner football tournament in its 56-year history.

Director: Fred Durst | Stars: Ice Cube, Keke Palmer, Tasha Smith, Jill Marie Jones

Votes: 3,666 | Gross: $11.51M

20. The Iron Major (1943)

Approved | 85 min | Biography, Drama

Coach Frank Cavanaugh returns to college football after World War I, then gradually goes blind.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Pat O'Brien, Robert Ryan, Ruth Warrick, Leon Ames

Votes: 184

21. Greater (2016)

PG | 130 min | Biography, Family, Sport

35 Metascore

The story of Brandon Burlsworth, possibly the greatest walk-on in the history of college football.

Director: David L. Hunt | Stars: Neal McDonough, Leslie Easterbrook, Christopher Severio, Michael Parks

Votes: 3,586 | Gross: $1.99M

22. The 5th Quarter (2010)

PG-13 | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Driven by the tragic and fatal car crash that took the life of his fifteen year old brother Luke, and wearing Luke's number 5 jersey, Jon Abbate helps to lead the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to the most successful season in school history.

Director: Rick Bieber | Stars: Andie MacDowell, Ryan Merriman, Aidan Quinn, Andrea Powell

Votes: 1,408 | Gross: $0.40M

23. 23 Blast (2014)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Family, Sport

45 Metascore

When a high school football star is suddenly stricken with irreversible total blindness, he must decide whether to live a safe handicapped life or bravely return to the life he once knew and the sport he still loves.

Director: Dylan Baker | Stars: Mark Hapka, Bram Hoover, Stephen Lang, Max Adler

Votes: 1,618 | Gross: $0.49M

24. Grambling's White Tiger (1981 TV Movie)

92 min | Drama, Sport

A young white goes to a historically-black college for the chance to be the starting quarterback. There he encounters considerable resentment and learns what it's like to be in the minority.

Director: Georg Stanford Brown | Stars: Harry Belafonte, Caitlyn Jenner, Dennis Haysbert, Bill Overton

Votes: 71

25. Brian Banks (2018)

PG-13 | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

58 Metascore

A football player's dreams to play in the NFL are halted when he is wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Years later, he fights to clear his name within an unjust system.

Director: Tom Shadyac | Stars: Greg Kinnear, Aldis Hodge, Melanie Liburd, Sherri Shepherd

Votes: 1,150 | Gross: $4.32M

added 28 August 2019



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