Top 10 Football Movies You Absolutely Must Watch This Fall

WOODLAWN

Quality:
***
Content:
-1 Discretion advised for older children.
WOODLAWN is about a High School football team in Alabama in the 1970’s that was transformed by the Gospel and saw forgiveness, racial reconciliation and transformation as a result. WOODLAWN has some flaws in its writing, but it also has wonderful moments of faith, drama and inspiring transformation that will bring audiences to tears.

RADIO

Quality:
***
Content:
-1 Discretion advised for older children.

RADIO is a redemptive story starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., and Ed Harris about a mentally handicapped man nicknamed Radio who’s befriended by the coach of the local high school football team, Harold Jones. The great ending may bring tears to your eyes, but RADIO takes a while to get going and contains some gratuitous foul language.

HURRICANE SEASON

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Discretion advised for older children.
HURRICANE SEASON: WALKING ON DEAD FISH is a documentary about the effects of Hurricane Katrina on some high school football players, narrated by football legend Terry Bradshaw. WALKING ON DEAD FISH is so well crafted that it could have been a drama. Writer/Director Franklin Martin builds a tremendous story of Christian faith and values, but there is some salty language.

INVINCIBLE

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Discretion advised for older children.
INVINCIBLE tells an incredible, entertaining story about a regular guy from Philadelphia who tries out for the Philadelphia Eagles football team and becomes a star player. Rated PG, INVINCIBLE has a strong moral outlook, with only a few plot problems and very little foul language.

FACING THE GIANTS

Quality:
****
Content:
+4 Biblical worldview, with no questionable elements whatsoever.
FACING THE GIANTS is a thoroughly entertaining high school football movie with a strong evangelistic thrust. When Coach Grant realizes that the importance of the football team is not winning the game but serving God, he completely rebuilds the team, revival breaks out in the school, and miracles start to happen. MOVIEGUIDE® commends the filmmakers for producing such an inspiring, entertaining movie.

WE ARE MARSHALL

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Discretion advised for older children.
WE ARE MARSHALL is an inspiring movie about dealing with the grief of an actual plane crash that killed most of the Marshall University football team and coaching staff in 1970. MOVIEGUIDE® heartily recommends WE ARE MARSHALL, with the caution that there is too much brief foul language and an instance of players drinking beer.

RUDY

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Discretion advised for older children.
RUDY is the heroic, basically true struggle of a little guy trying to reach the impossible dream of playing football at Notre Dame. Through his perseverance, he becomes a real life role model in reaching a desired goal. Regrettably, the depiction of Catholicism is somewhat skewed, although a sovereign God is implicitly extoled; and, the film is marred by some foul language, although the character using the most profanity is reformed by his girlfriend.

KNUTE ROCKNE, ALL AMERICAN

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements.
Knute Rockne is the famed football player and coach of Notre Dame. This classic movie stars Ronald Reagan and Pat O’Brian.

THE BLIND SIDE

Quality:
****
Content:
-1 Discretion advised for older children.
THE BLIND SIDE is a compelling, feel great drama that tells the true story of Michael Oher, a homeless young black teenager who is welcomed into a caring Christian family. Though there are unneccessary elements requiring caution, this wonderful drama is a faith filled, truly inspiring movie with overt Christian values.

REMEMBER THE TITANS

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements.
Based on a true story, REMEMBER THE TITANS depicts the forced integration of an all black high school with an all white school and its impact on football in 1971 Alexandria, Virginia. Faced with the need to unify their team, two coaches, one of them played by Denzel Washington, must help the team to learn that the real victory lies in changed hearts. Humorous as well as dramatic, TITANS is a moral, uplifting, well-acted tale.
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