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Thailand is a captivating country to visit. It offers its locals and tourists a host of things to do and places to see that are indeed soul-filling. Expats also love the fact that the country gives them plenty of avenues where they can enjoy the things that they love back home. Some huge fans of American football appreciate that they can also enjoy the sport whilst they are living in Thailand by watching live streams of tournaments of their favourite teams. However, when it is not football season and sports betting is still far and there’s this craving for some field action, the best way to satisfy it is by binge-watching these best football movies ever made.
Starring: Jessica Lange, Dennis Quaid, Timothy Hutton, John Goodman, and Carl Lumbly
This 1988 film is one of the best American football movies of all time as it covers the whole 25 years of a college football star who dreams of making it in the professional arena but unfortunately must settle for a normal life. Dennis Quaid stars as Gavin Grey, a competitive football player who eventually succumbs to the pressures of professional football. Will reminiscing about the good old college days and his successes be able to bring back his old glory? Find out by watching Everybody’s All American.
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron, Lily Collins, Tim McGraw, and Jae Head
Portraying the no-nonsense Leigh Anne Tuohy, Sandra Bullock won an Oscar for delivering a towering performance in The Blind Side. The film follows the story of Michael Oher, a homeless teenager who becomes an All American football player and first-round NFL draft pick.
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Dunn, Xzibit, and L. Scott Caldwell
This 2006 American football drama film is loosely based on the real-life story of the Kilpatrick Mustangs, a football team in Camp Kilpatrick. Camp Kilpatrick is a juvenile detention camp located in Santa Monica Mountains of western LA, California. Dwayne Johnson stars as ex-professional football player turned coach of juvenile delinquents, teaching the young ones about self-esteem and motivation as they play.
Starring: Rick Moranis, Ed O’Neill, and John Madden
Little Giants is a 1994 sports comedy film about sibling rivalry. The film follows two adult brothers as they settle their difference on the football field as they coach two different teams. Danny O’Shea played by Rick Moranis has always stayed in the shadows of his older brother Kevin (Ed O’Neill), a local football hero. Danny was forced to challenge his older brother when his daughter was cut off from the pee-wee football team coached by Kevin just because she was a girl despite being the best player in the team.
Will they settle their sibling rivalry on the field?
Starring: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston
An oldie but definitely one of the best American football films of all time is The Freshman. The silent era classic tells the story of the young college student Harold Lamb (Harold Lloyd) as he tries to impress Peggy (Jobyna Ralston) with his athleticism on the university football playing field.
Directed By: Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin
Undefeated is a documentary movie released in 2011. The film shows the different struggles the underfunded Manassas High School football team, the Manassas Tigers of Memphis, had to face in their journey into a winning season. Bill Courtney, the team’s coach, turned the young students into an athletic team with good academics to boot.
Kudos also to Martin and Lindsay who patiently and diligently served as the directors, sound recorders, cinematographers and editors of the documentary.
Starring: Scott Bakula, Robert Loggia, Harley Jane Kozak, Sinbad, and Hector Elizondo
Necessary Roughness is a 1991 film that follows the story of the Texas State University as they struggle to fill in their school’s football team as most of the previous players but one were banned from playing after a scandal. The lone player forms a new team filled with misfits including a female kicker and a middle-aged quarterback to bring a hilarious football season that American football fans of all ages can enjoy.
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton, Jon Favreau, and Jack Warden
This 2000 American football film directed by Howard Deutch tells the story about a retired football coach played Gene Hackman who was called to coach again during a strike by NFL players. Quarterback Shane Falco (Keanu Reeves) leads the team of replacements in order to finish the last four games of the season. This feel-good comedy will surely give you a solid laugh.
Starring: Nick Nolte, Mac Davis, Charles Durning, Dayle Haddon, Bo Svenson, John Matuszak, Steve Forrest, G.D. Spradlin, Dabney Coleman, and Savannah Smith Boucher
The film North Dallas Forty tackles the professional American football industry in the late 1970s based on the best-selling novel penned by Peter Gent, a former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver. Phil Elliot (Nick Nolte) has the best hands in the team but has been benched as he ages and heavily relies on painkillers. Follow their story as they weave around the sex-, drug-, and alcohol-infused era of football.
Starring: Corey Haim, Charlie Sheen, Kerri Green, and Courtney Thorne-Smith
Lucas is a coming of age 80’s teen flick that stars Corey Haim as a 14-year old insignificant but nerdy high school student who uses football to prove his worthiness to his classmates and friends. Will he finally prove his worth or will it uncover more damning secrets Lucas has been hiding?
Starring: George Clooney, John Krasinski, Renee Zellweger, Jonathan Pryce, Stephen Root, Wayne Duvall, Keith Loneker, and Robert Baker
Learn how the truly American sport burgeoned into what it is today by taking the trip back to 1925 in this period film starring George Clooney, John Krasinski, and Renee Zellweger as they try to save Duluth Bulldogs from the brink of collapse.
Starring: Tom Cruise, Craig T. Nelson, and Lea Thompson
All the Right Moves follows the story of Stefen (Tom Cruise) a short-tempered high school football player gunning for a college sponsorship as a way to escape from the poor and depressed Ampipe in western Pennsylvania and hopefully become an engineer instead of working at a dead-end job like his father and brother. Will Stefen make all the right moves to finally make something for himself?
Starring: James Caan, Halle Berry, Omar Epps, Craig Sheffer, and Kristy Swanson
The Program gives its viewers a closer look at what really goes on in university football as James Caan playing Coach Sam Winters must do everything he must to assemble a team good enough to bring home the national title or else he’ll lose the job.
Starring: James Caan, Billy Dee Williams
Brian’s Song is a captivating made-for-TV drama film that tells the story of the friendship of Chicago Bears running back Brian Piccolo (James Caan) and Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams) during the Civil Rights period and the struggles they had to face when Brian was diagnosed with a fatal disease.
Starring: Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert, Ed Lauter, and Michael Conrad
Nope, we’re not talking about the Adam Sandler remake. The 1974 film starring Burt Reynolds is a far better version of prison football. Paul “Wrecking” Crewe used to be a professional football quarterback who was caught driving a Maserati-engined Citroen SM without his girlfriend’s permission, which earns him an 18-month stint in the Citrus State Prison where he leads a team of prisoners to football greatness.
Starring: James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight, Paul Walker, Ron Lester, and Scott Caan
Varsity Blues is a story about a small town high school football team living in a football-obsessed community and an overbearing coach. Players must overcome the pressures of preparing for a high-stakes season.
Starring: Denzel Washington, Will Patton, Donald Faison, and Nicole Ari Parker
Produced by Disney, Remember the Titans is a sentimental civil rights film about a man who brings together white and black football players in Virginia high school. Coach Boone is someone the world needs right now – a man who would teach the youth of today invaluable life lessons that will guide their way.
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez, Lucas Black, Garrett Hedlund, Tim McGraw, and Amber Heard
Friday Night Lights was a feature film before it became a hit TV show. The film makes its viewers experience all the drama and excitement associated with high school football teams in a closely knit and football-devoted Texas town.
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Matthew Fox, Ian McShane, Anthony Mackie, Kate Mara, and January Jones
This star-studded film is among the best American football movies to watch. It follows the story of a new coach who must rebuild a new football team as the former Marshall University players died in a fatal plane crash. Aside from building a new team, the coach must also re-evaluate the sports program whilst boosting the student’s morale after the accident.