Saturday, February 4, 2012

Boomer's Top Ten Football Movies of All-Time

With the 2011 NFL season coming to a conclusion on Sunday Night with Super Bowl XLVI, I thought it would be cool to give you all my PERSONAL Top Ten Football Movies of all-time. With this being award season and all it just makes sense to do something like this. Now, you may agree/disagree, but again these movies are ones that I have watched and believe to be worthy of being on my Top Ten Football list. I hope you all enjoy, and let me know what you all think or what your Top Ten would look like. Now here we go…

Honorable Mention

Number 10

Pacino, Diaz, Quaid, Fox; throw in a little Cool J and James Woods makes for a great football film depicting the Miami Sharks (fictional) professional football team and the life of the ones involved.

Number 9      

A football film with Marky Mark, where do I sign-up? Ha, the incredible true story of a Philadelphia bartender turned Philadelphia Eagle. Based on the true story of Vince Papale.

Number 8

I'm not sure why this one is so low on the list, but it is what it is. Still, a favorite of mine, starring Billy Bob Thornton as a Texas High School Head Football Coach, truly an awesome film about high school football in the state of Texas.

Number 7

If you grew up in the 90’s you sure saw a good amount of Adam Sandler movies. The Waterboy, mama’s boy turned college boy “freak” football player. Who didn’t want to attend South Central Louisiana State University after watching this movie?

Number 6

When I first saw this movie, I thought, “Man, is this what high school is like?” A small-town driven by their high school football program and overbearing head coach, what a great movie to watch, which included plenty of football action and beer drinking, even a late night trip to local gentlemen’s club. Starring James Van Der Beek, Jon Voight, and Paul Walker.

Number 5

The underdog of all underdog stories. A true story following the life events of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, trying to become a member of the Fighting Irish football team at Notre Dame and the ups and downs he had to face. Stars Sean Austin, Ned Beatty, Jason Miller, and Charles S. Dutton.

Number 4

What a heartfelt story with a little mixture of football tossed in. Sandra Bullock stars in this true story about the life of Michael Oher, who was adapted by Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy. Oher, from the wrong side of town, becomes a highly recruited offensive lineman, which includes plenty of highs and lows. Boy, do I love my true story sports films.

Number 3

We Are Marshall, the tragic story of the 1970 plane crash, involving the Marshall Football program and temporally ending the program. Following, the plane crash, the film follows the rebuilding process of the football program along with the healing process of the community in Huntington, WV. The film stars Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox. It’s tough leaving this one at #3.

Number 2

Yep, you guessed it another true story involving the game of football. This one is based on the story of Syracuse football player Ernie Davis, becoming the first African-America to win the Heisman Trophy. The film also addresses racism, discrimination, and athletics. This one is close to my heart, because Ernie Davis was suppose to play for the Cleveland Browns (beginning of the curse streak), tragically died, after being diagnosed with leukemia. This one could easily be 1b on this list starring Dennis Quaid and Rob Brown.

Number 1

From top to bottom, this film is my #1 all-time favorite football movie. From the cast, to the music, the football action and storylines this was one of the best films I’ve ever watched. Based on the true events, at T.C. Williams High School, a desegregated school stars Denzel Washington (Herman Boone) as the new Head Football Coach alongside Will Patton (Bill Yoast) come together to form an interracial football team, that bond together to have a successful run to a Virginia Football State Championship.