4. Friday Night Lights (2004)
> Combined score: 2.42 — #1,930 out of 17,159 movies
> IMDb rating: 7.2
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 85%
> Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Jay Hernandez, Derek Luke, Lucas Black
Based on a book by H.G. Bissinger, this film portrays the culture and the drama of a high school football team in Odessa, Texas, as it makes a run for the state football championship. The movie won an ESPY Award for Best Sports Movie.
3. Rudy (1993)
> Combined score: 2.46 — #1,617 out of 17,159 movies
> IMDb rating: 7.5
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 90%
> Starring: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty, Greta Lind
In this movie based on a true story, Sean Astin portrays Rudy Ruettiger, a young man who dreams of playing football for Notre Dame. Despite lacking the talent, size and money needed to accomplish his dream, Rudy decides to go for it anyway. This film has been known to make grown men — and women — cry.
2. Remember the Titans (2000)
> Combined score: 2.48 — #1,509 out of 17,159 movies
> IMDb rating: 7.8
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 93%
> Starring: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Wood Harris, Ryan Hurst
Based on a true story, this movie recounts the struggles of Coach Herman Boone, played by Denzel Washington, as he tries to integrate a high school football team in Alexandria, Virginia, in 1971. Even though Boone says that it doesn’t matter to him whether a player is black or white, the coach has to deal with much more than X’s and O’s.
1. Undefeated (2011)
> Combined score: 2.66 — #453 out of 17,159 movies
> IMDb rating: 7.7
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 89%
> Starring: Bill Courtney, O.C. Brown, Montrail ‘Money’ Brown, Chavis Daniels
This documentary, directed by Daniel Landsay and T.J. Martin, looks at a struggling high school football team in Memphis, Tennessee, as it attempts to post a winning season after years and years of losses. The movie won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.