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7 of the Greatest Football Movies Ever Made

Football will always be sensational. Hollywood capitalizes on this by producing some of the most emotionally-charged football films of all time that run back to your heart.

Below are some of the most memorable football flicks ever made.

1) Remember the Titans

History is written by the winners.

Set in a small town in Virginia in the 1970s, there is nothing more important for the locals than football. It is the lifeblood of the town, so when the football team is forced to integrate, the entire town was left reeling. Now, it’s up to an African-American football coach played by Denzel Washington to address his struggles by building the community through the sport.

2) Leatherheads

In the beginning, the rules were simple. There weren’t any.

Set in the 1920s, when football was not as popular today, a football captain (George Clooney) started a journey. His goal is to make football an exciting sport to watch. He looked for probable players and ended up with a famous war hero (John Krasinski), who was more than capable of bringing attention to football. The coach and the player wound up fighting for the love of the local newswoman (Renee Zellweger).

3) The Longest Yard

If you can’t get out, get even

The help of a dethroned football star (Adam Sandler) was commissioned to lead the football league inside the prison. An ex-NFL coach (Burt Reynolds) and fellow inmate (Chris Rock) completed a team. They played against the unscrupulous correctional officers.

4) Friday Night Lights

Hope comes alive

When unsettled social issues are disputed field, chaos may ensue. This is what happened to a Texas town that found refuge on its high school football team. However, during the first game of the season, its star player got injured, forcing the coach (Billy Bob Thornton) to keep the team as well as the town together. The highest point of the movie is it shows the thrill of the sport despite the body blows, which also make the experience complete and worth it.

5) The Replacements

Pros on strike. Everyday guys get to play.

A ragtag group of football wannabes replaced the pro football team when they went on strike. The management, stakeholders, and fans’ spirits are low, doubting the Keanu Reeves-led team could do it. But they did. The movie created Shane Falco, the greatest QB in a fictional movie.

6) Rudy

When people say dreams don’t come true, tell them about [Rudy]

Rudy is a little man who has big dreams. He always dreamed of playing football in college, especially in Notre Dame. He pursued his goal no matter what but, of course, with the help of his well-meaning friends.

7) Varsity Blues

Make your own rules.

An underdog movie, an all-star QB must be replaced in one of the games, and the only choice was a benchwarmer, Jonathan “Mox” Moxon, played by James Van Der Beek. He stepped up, backing the team carrying the whole town on its shoulders. The football coach (Jon Voight) was not helping matters, at least in the eyes of the new team’s star player. He had to make difficult decisions in the process. 

 

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Top Basketball Movies of All Time

Jesus Shuttlesworth famously said that basketball is “poetry in motion.” Court dramas of the underdog narratives aside, basketball is a sport that celebrates athleticism, power, and grace. True enough, basketball films remain to be a proud tradition in both the filmmaking and sports industries.

Here are the top basketball movies that empower the viewers.

5) Coach Carter (2005)

Samuel L. Jackson played the title role, Coach Carter. The movie tackled the sport and winning expectations, as well as academic integrity since it involved a high school basketball team. It was loosely based on the story of Ken Carter, coach to Richmond High School team. The coach was known for locking his unmotivated, ready-to-quit-any-time team members out of the game until their grades improved. Thus, the movie illustrated life’s dark realities, while taking coach responsibilities to the maximum level and teaching them what and how life outside the court should be.

4) Hoosiers (1986)

The David Anspaugh-directed flick was the quintessential must-watch basketball movie. It showed the sacrifices and struggles that a team has to face to win a coveted title. The most significant contribution of the film is that the players face the greatest battles of their lives, but they usually happened even before stepping on the court. Set in Indiana, which is the cradle of basketball then, the movie focused on the stories of Norman Dale, played by Gene Hackman, as the basketball coach and Jimmy Chitwood who was dubbed as the town’s best basketball player. It involved locker room and motivational speech scenes, which are classic to this type of films. 

3) Blue Chips (1994)

The Orlando Magic drafted Penny Hardaway thanks to this movie. Head coach Pete Bell, played by Nick Nolte, was facing a losing season. He was forced to abandon his clean program because of the practices of college basketball recruiters, implementing illegal recruiting tactics as a resort. The heartwarming story was about the perpetual temptations that prospects face and the idea that NBA team managements toy around. The film featured several collegiate and NBA players to lend authenticity to the film.

2) White Men Can’t Jump (1992)

Set in Southern California, the movie is about street basketball. It features Woody Harrelson as Billy Hoyle and Wesley Snipes as Sidney Dean. Hoyle and Dean started as foes until they realized they could earn money by playing the sport. The movie is a tale of these hustlers who used basketball to get by; it’s survival not just in terms of sustenance but also against the backdrop of racial discrimination. The best part of the movie is all-too-real basketball scenes on the court and by the bench.

1) He Got Game (1998)

This is Shuttlesworth’s story played by Ray Allen. Exploring the father-son relationship, the film also showcased the acting prowess of Denzel Washington as Jake, Jesus’s strict and overbearing father. Jesus was the no. 1 prospect in the US, trying to decide where to take his game. The film also tackled the importance of playing sports in the US and dug deeper into the shady tactics of recruiting into big leagues.

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