The Greatest Football Movies of All Time

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9. Knute Rockne All American (1940)
> Combined score: 2.18 — #3,554 out of 17,159 movies
> IMDb rating: 6.8
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 61%
> Starring: Pat O’Brien, Gale Page, Ronald Reagan, Donald Crisp

There may be no bigger name in Notre Dame football lore than Knute Rockne, who coached the Fighting Irish for 13 seasons. Pat O’Brien portrays Rockne is this film that The New York Times called “one of the best pictures for boys in years.” Notably, Ronald Reagan, who later became president of the United States, plays George Gipp — as in “Win one for the Gipper.”

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8. North Dallas Forty (1979)
> Combined score: 2.26 — #3,029 out of 17,159 movies
> IMDb rating: 7.0
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 70%
> Starring: Nick Nolte, Charles Durning, Mac Davis, Dayle Haddon

In this satire of professional football, Nick Nolte plays an aging wide receiver who wants little more than to play football, retire and live on a horse farm. Along the way he indulges in sex, drugs and alcohol to the dismay of the team’s owners. The movie marked the film debut of country singer Mac Davis.

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7. The Blind Side (2009)
> Combined score: 2.31 — #2,701 out of 17,159 movies
> IMDb rating: 7.6
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 85%
> Starring: Quinton Aaron, Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Jae Head

In this biographical drama, Quinton Aaron plays Michael Oher, an impoverished young black man who goes on to play in the NFL after being adopted by a white couple, Sean and Leigh Anne Touhey. Sandra Bullock won an Academy Award in the role of Leigh Anne. Keep a box of tissues handy.

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6. Happy Valley (2014)
> Combined score: 2.32 — #2,595 out of 17,159 movies
> IMDb rating: 7.1
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 70%
> Starring: Jay Paterno, Andrew Shubin, ., .

This documentary, written and directed by Amir Bar-Lev, recounts the scandal at Penn State University after Jerry Sandusky, the longtime defensive coordinator, was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse.

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5. Brian Banks (2018)
> Combined score: 2.35 — #2,413 out of 17,159 movies
> IMDb rating: 7.2
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 97%
> Starring: Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear, Sherri Shepherd, Melanie Liburd

Based on a true story, Brian Banks, a young football player, sees his dream of playing in the NFL die after he is wrongly convicted of rape. Banks, played by Aldis Hodge, tries to revive that dream after he is released from prison.

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