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The movies selected for this Football Movies Film Festival include dramatic feature films, documentary
shorts & features, and video & DVD box set collections, plus a few books on the subject.

This page is about American football; for movies & television about Futbol & Soccer & Rugby, go here.

“Football combines two of the worst things in American life. It is violence punctuated by committee meetings.”
— conservative columnist George Will


an American 'pigskin' football
Selected Football Movies, A to Z
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"A Game of Honor" documentary [] looks at the Division I football programs of both the Army and Navy

"Air Bud 2: Golden Receiver" feature film [#2 = Keystone/Miramax/Disney Aug 1998]
'Air Bud 2: Golden Receiver' Disney movie  Same boy, same dog, new sport: football! Teenager Josh has developed a great throwing arm, so he and Buddy join the football team; meanwhile, Russian circus people try to kidnap the dog.
Directed by Richard Martin; written by Paul Tamasy & Aaron Mendelsohn; starring Kevin Zegers, Tim Conway, Dick Martin, Cynthia Stevenson, Gregory Harrison, Nora Dunn, Perry Anzilotti, Robert Costanzo, Shayn Solberg, Suzanne Ristic & Buddy the Dog {played by six actor-dogs}
Walt Disney Studios Home Ent. Special Edition widescreen color DVD [2/2010] for $5.00
Alliance Films color DVD [8/98] for $4.61
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediawatch 2/2012 official trailer [2:11] at YouTube
more on Disney's 'Air Bud' Movie & Video Series Page

"Angels In The Endzone" TV movie [Disney 1997] /tt0118618/

listed #15 on Empire Magazine's Top 50 Sports Movies, July 2012  Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday" football movie [1999]
http://www.amazon.com/Any-Given-Sunday-Directors-Blu-ray/dp/B001AQT0OA/

"Big Fan" [2009] starring Patton Oswalt

"The Blind Side" [2009] starring Sandra Bullock

"Blue Mountain State" college football comedy [Spike TV 2009-?]

"Brian's Song" TV movie [1971] /tt0068315/ /B00004TJQJ/

"Brian's Song" TV movie [2001] /tt0289873/

"Coach Carter" [2005]
http://www.amazon.com/Coach-Carter-Widescreen-Samuel-Jackson/dp/B00005JNNZ/

"College Coach" [Nov 1933] /tt0023899/ Starring Dick Powell, Ann Dvorak, Pat O'Brien
http://www.amazon.com/College-Coach-Dick-Powell/dp/B00478ED36/

"The Cowboy Quarterback" [Warner Bros. July 1939] /tt0031188/
football version of Broadway baseball play "Elmer The Great" [1928] and 1933 movie /tt0023982/
Directed by Noel M. Smith; screenplay by Fred Niblo Jr., based on the play by Ring Lardner & George M. Cohan

"Draft Day" [for 2013? release]
Announced 10/2012: Kevin Costner signed to star in Ivan Reitman’s dramedy about the general manager of the Buffalo Bills football team
who is trying to get the number one pick in the N.F.L. draft, while dealing with family & romantic issues; script by Rajiv Joseph & Scott Rothman;
added 12/2012: put into turnaround by Paramount Pictures • latest info at IMDb

"The Express: The Ernie Davis Story" [2008] /tt0469903/
http://www.theexpressmovie.com/

"The 5th Quarter" [Rocky Mountain Pictures release March 2011]
producer-writer-director Rick Bieber; starring Aidan Quinn & Andie MacDowell

"1st & Ten" comedy TV series on H.B.O. - 80 episodes on 6 disks

"Football, Now and Then" cartoon short [Oct 1953] /tt0045778/

listed #6 on Empire Magazine's Top 50 Sports Movies, July 2012  "Friday Night Lights" [2004] /tt0390022/

"Friday Night Lights" TV series [2006] /tt0758745/
based on H.G. Bissinger's book

"Friday Night Lights Complete TV Series" 19 disks on DVD [4/2011]
http://www.amazon.com/Friday-Night-Lights-Kyle-Chandler/dp/B005CA4SOM/

"Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, and A Dream" [Da Capo Press 1990] by H.G. 'Buzz' Bissinger
After publication of this nonfiction book, the anger toward the author in the city of Odessa, Texas was so strong that he had to cancel the Odessa portion of his tour; ostensibly
a chronicle of the 1988 season of the Permian Panthers high school football team, the book is also a social history and expose of an economically devastated region.
http://www.amazon.com/Friday-Night-Lights-25th-Anniversary/dp/0306824213/

"Half Back Hannah" silent short [Christie/Paramount April 1928] /tt0473948/
starring Anne Cornwall & Jack Duffy; strikes an early blow for feminism: an all-girl freshman football team battles the male sophomores
in a no-holds-barred contest; doddering Professor Dudd coaches the girls to victory even though it costs him his pants.

"Happy Valley (working title)" [in development?]  
Announced 2/2013: Producer Edward R. Pressman optioned feature film rights to New York Times best seller “Paterno” by sports journalist
Joe Posnanski; co-producer & manager Rick Nicita intends for his client Al Pacino to star as disgraced Penn State football coach Joe Paterno;
possibly directed by Brian De Palma; still in development Spring 2016 • latest info at IMDb

"Harvard Beats Yale 29-29" documentary [indep Nov 2008] /tt1286800/
105-minute color documentary by Kevin Rafferty; interviewees include Tommy Lee Jones

"Horse Feathers" [Paramount Pictures Aug 1932]
'Horse Feathers' movie starring The Marx Brothers & Thelma Todd  The new president at Huxley College bends the rules in order to win the annual football contest against arch-rival Darwin College. Produced by Herman J. Mankiewicz; presented by Adolph Zukor; directed by Norman Z. McLeod; written by S.J. Perelman, Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby & Will B. Johnstone; starring The Marx Brothers, Thelma Todd, Reginald Barlow, David Landau, Robert Greig, E.H. Calvert, Nat Pendleton, James Pierce, Theresa Harris, Walter Brennan & Ben Taggart
Universal Studios b&w DVD [6/2011] for $5.00
Universal Studios b&w DVD [8/98] for $27.95
MCA Universal b&w VHS [undated] for $5.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

listed #10 on Empire Magazine's Top 50 Sports Movies, July 2012  "Jerry Maguire" [1996] /tt0116695/
starring Tom Cruise, Renée Zellweger & Cuba Gooding Jr.

"Knute Rockne All American" [] starring Ronald Reagan
http://www.amazon.com/Knute-Rockne-All-American-OBrien/dp/B000FTCLSA/

"Leatherheads" [2009] directed by & starring George Clooney /tt0379865/

listed #49 on Empire Magazine's Top 50 Sports Movies, July 2012  "The Longest Yard" [1974] prison football

"The Magician" [2012?]
Announced 1/2012: Barry Josephson will exec produce this biopic of Marlin 'The Magician' Briscoe, pro football’s
first black starting quarterback; script by Gregory Allen Howard details Briscoe’s rise to the top, his meteoric fall,
and his 'journey to self-fulfillment' • not yet listed at IMDb

"M*A*S*H" [1970]
Directed by Robert Altman

"M*A*S*H" TV series [1972]

"My All American" [11/2015] /tt3719896/  11/2015
official movie site

"Namath" TV special [H.B.O. Jan 2012]

"Quarterback Princess" TV movie [CBS-TV Dec 1983] /tt0086161/
Starring Helen Hunt

"The Real All Americans" TV series [A.M.C. 2013?]
Announced 3/2012: A period football drama based on Sally Jenkins’ book about Pennsylvania’s Carlisle Indian
Industrial School [1879–1918] and its football program, which had an outstanding record; participants included
coach Glenn 'Pop' Warner and Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe; Nicholas Meyer is writing the script, Tommy Lee Jones
is in talks to direct the pilot • not yet listed on IMDb

"Remember The Titans" []
http://www.amazon.com/Remember-Titans-Widescreen-Denzel-Washington/dp/B000056VP4/ + afro

"Rudy" (1993) /tt0108002/
http://www.allposters.com/-st/Rudy-Posters_c1982_s44308_.htm
http://www.amazon.com/Rudy-Special-Sean-Astin/dp/B00004W221/

"Touchback" [Freedom Films/Anchor Bay April 2012]
Touchback football fantasy movie   Filmed in Michigan, Ohio, and California; a high school teen already designated best football player in the USA injures his knee in the last game of the season, ending his potential career; then 15 years later he gets a chance to go back and alter history. Written & directed by Don Handfield; starring Brian Presley, Kurt Russell, Melanie Lynsky & Christine Lahti
Anchor Bay color Blu-ray [undated] for $28.95
Anchor Bay color DVD [undated] for $19.99
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediawatch official trailer [2:31] online at YouTube

"Trouble Along The Way" [1953] /tt0046463/
directed by Michael Curtiz, starring John Wayne

"Undefeated: Character Will Be Revealed" inspirational football documentary
[Spitfire/Weinstein Feb 2012]
won Oscar for Best Documentary Feature    Undefeated Oscar-winning football documentary  "Character Will Be Revealed"; film about volunteer (white) football coach Bill Courtney at (black) Manassas High School in Memphis, Tennessee and the 2009 team that overcame the school's longtime losing streak to win games against better-funded schools. Exec produced by Sean Combs; co-produced & co-directed by Daniel Lindsay; co-directed by T.J. Martin; featuring coach Bill Courtney, Montrail 'Money' Brown, O.C. Brown & Chavis Daniels; won Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, won awards at Chicago Intl. Film Festival & Philadelphia Film Festival
The Weinstein Company widescreen color Blu-ray [2/2013] for $13.99
Anchor Bay widescreen color DVD [2/2013] for $9.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia
watch 2/2012 official trailer [2:19] online at YouTube

"Varsity Blues" [1999] /tt0139699/

"The Waterboy" [Nov 1998] /tt0120484/ starring Adam Sandler
http://www.amazon.com/Waterboy-Adam-Sandler/dp/630529142X/

"We Are Marshall" [2006] /tt0758794/
http://www.allposters.com/-st/We-are-Marshall-Posters_c1982_s90504_.htm

"When The Game Stands Tall" [2014] /tt2247476/
the incredible winning streak of the De La Salle High School football team was 151 straight victories over 12 years


Books  About  Football  &  Movies

"King Football: Sport and Spectacle In The Golden Age of Radio & Newsreels, Movies & Magazines, The Weekly & Daily Press" [10/2000] by Michael Oriard
http://www.amazon.com/King-Football-Spectacle-Newsreels-Magazines/dp/0807826502/

"Sports Illustrated Book of Football (Expanded)" [2009] www.SI.com/expandedfootballbook
http://www.amazon.com/Sports-Illustrated-Football-Book-Expanded/dp/1603200843/

"The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football" [Doubleday, 9/2013] by Jeff Benedict & Armen Keteyian
http://www.amazon.com/System-Scandal-Big-Time-College-Football-ebook/dp/B00C0AM2XG/
http://www.amazon.com/System-Scandal-Big-Time-College-Football/dp/0345803035/
http://www.amazon.com/System-Scandal-Big-Time-College-Football/dp/0385536615/

"League of Denial: The NFL, Concussions and … " [] by Mark Fainaru-Wada
http://www.amazon.com/League-Denial-Concussions-Battle-Truth/dp/0770437540/

"The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football" [] by Jeff Benedict & Armen Keteyian
Doubleday, $27.95 hardcover, 9780385536615

Sports Cinema 100 Movies  "Sports Cinema: 100 Movies - The Best of Hollywood's Athletic Heroes, Losers, Myths & Misfits of The Silver Screen" [2006]
by Randy Williams

Limelight Editions 10½x8¼ pb [10/2006] for $18.96
Ultimate Book of Sports Movies by Didinger & Macnow  "The Ultimate Book of Sports Movies: Featuring The 100 Greatest Sports Films of All Time" [2009]
by Ray Didinger & Glen Macnow, Foreword by Gene Hackman

Running Press bargain edition 10x8 pb [9/2009] for $7.98
Running Press 10x8 pb [9/2009] for $10.99
Encyclopedia of Sports Films book by Edgington, Erskine & Welsh  "Encyclopedia of Sports Films" [2011]
by K. Edgington & Thomas Erskine, with James M. Welsh

Kindle Edition from Scarecrow Press [1/2011] for $61.26 {sic]
Scarecrow Press 10½x7½ hardcover [1/2011] for $68.07

Football, The Very Best Writing About the National Sport anthology from Library of America  "Football: Great Writing About The National Sport" [2014]
Edited by John Schulian

Kindle Edition from Library of America [8/2014] for $14.99
Library of America 9¾x6 hardcover [8/2014] for $22.23
"A Special Publication of The Library of America" • contributing writers include Jennifer Allen, Tom Archdeacon, Ira Berkow, H.G. Bissinger, Roy Blount Jr., John Ed Bradley, Jimmy Breslin, Jimmy Cannon, Gary Cartwright, Myron Cope, Bryan Curtis, Frank Deford, Frederick Exley, Pat Forde, W.C. Heinz, Paul Hemphill, Jerry Izenberg, Nate Jackson, Dan Jenkins, Mark Kram, Jerry Kramer & Dick Schaap, Arthur Kretchmer, Jeanne Marie Laskas, Stuart Leuthner, Michael Lewis, David Maraniss, Larry Merchant, Leigh Montville, Jim Murray, Charles B. Pierce, George Plimpton, Shirley Povich, Richard Price, Rick Reilly, Grantland Rice, Peter Richmond, editor Schulian, Al Silverman, Gary Smith, Red Smith (2), Paul Solotaroff, Rick Telander, and Wright Thompson

"Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto" [Melville House, 8/2014] by Steve Almond
http://www.amazon.com/Against-Football-Fans-Reluctant-Manifesto-ebook/dp/B00IW4DOWM/
http://www.amazon.com/Against-Football-Fans-Reluctant-Manifesto/dp/1612194915/
http://www.amazon.com/Against-Football-Fans-Reluctant-Manifesto/dp/161219415X/

"Billion-Dollar Ball: A Journey Through the Big-Money Culture of College Football
(The Broken College Football System)" [8/2015] by Gilbert M. Gaul
http://www.amazon.com/Billion-Dollar-Ball-Journey-Big-Money-Football-ebook/dp/B00SI0B6IO/
http://www.amazon.com/Billion-Dollar-Ball-Journey-Big-Money-Football/dp/067001673X/

Standard Catalog of Vintage Football Cards book from Sports Collectors Digest  "Standard Catalog of Vintage Football Cards" [2008]
from Sports Collectors Digest

Krause Publns 11x8¼ pb [9/2012] for $9.51



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