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This is a pretty good list of movies about football.  So far I have 32 movies listed.

All movies are in DVD format unless otherwise noted.

Air Bud - Golden Receiver (1998)
Tim Conway, Dick Martin

The creators of the original AIR BUD score once again with this all-new, hilarious heartwarming hit! This time out, Buddy, the hoop-shooting, hotshot canine, tackles a new sport -- football. When his teenage owner reluctantly becomes the school's new quarterback, Buddy catches the spirit and joins the team. Soon, the two find themselves leading the Timberwolves to the state championship. But victory hopes are sidelined when two sinister Russian circus owners take a bite out of everyone's plans and dognap Buddy for their star attraction.

All the Right Moves (1983)
Tom Cruise, Craig T. Nelson

Sensitive study of a headstrong high school football star who dreams of getting out of his small Western Pennsylvania steel town with a football scholarship. His equally ambitious coach aims at a college position, resulting in a clash which could crush the player's dreams.

Angels in the Endzone (1997)
Paul Dooley, Matthew Lawrence

The football team Jesse is on is terrible, after the death of his father Jesse quits the team. Then angels come to help the team get better and nobody can see them but Jesse's little brother.

Any Given Sunday (1999)
Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, James Woods, Jamie Fox

Life is a contact sport and football is life when three-time Academy Award winning filmmaker Oliver Stone and a dynamic acting ensemble explore the fortunes of the Miami Sharks in Any Given Sunday.

Black Sunday (1977)
Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern

Terrorist organization Black September is planning an attack on the United States. A woman called Dahlia is the one overseeing the operation. She was in the Middle East with the other members of the organization, discussing the operation when some Israelis came in; the leader, Major Kobakov had his gun on her but didn't shoot her. Kobakov then informed the US what they found. Though they don't know what their operation is, Kobakov assures them that it will be devastating. So, with FBI man, Corley, they try to find out what it is before it's too late. But they both have different ways of doing things, and since Kobakov is the visitor, he is warned to watch it. Dahlia's "partner in crime" is Michael Lander, a Vietnam P.O.W., who is psychologically scarred by that experience, thus making him very susceptible to her machinations.

The Best of Times (1986)
Robin Williams, Kurt Russell

A small-town loser determines to have one more shot at the big time by winning a football game.

Brian's Song (1971)
James Caan, Billy Dee Williams

Gale Sayers joins the Chicago Bears and is befriended by Brian Piccolo, an over-achieving running back. Although they compete for the same spot on the team, and despite the fact that Sayers is black and Piccolo white, they become roommates on the road and very close friends, especially when Sayers is injured and Piccolo helps his recovery. Later, they and their wives must both deal with the harsh reality of Piccolo's cancer.

Brian's Song (2001)
Sean Maher, Mekhi Phifer

The story of professional football players Gale Sayes and Brian Piccolo, and how their friendship on and off the field was affected when Piccolo contracted a fatal disease.

Code Breakers (2005)
Scott Glenn, Zachery Ty Bryan

In 1951, a cheating scandal rocks West Point academy, as 83 cadets -- including the son of the school's football coach (Glenn) -- are implicated and ultimately dismissed.

Everybody's All-American (1988)
Jessica Lange, Dennis Quaid

When the cheering and MVP perks stop, what then? Babs, the Louisiana State homecoming queen marries college sweetheart and football star Gavin while Donnie, Gavin's cousin, secretly pines for the neglected Babs.

Facing the Giants (2006)
James Blackwell, Bailey Cave

A Christian high school football coach uses his undying faith to battle the giants of fear and failure. In six years of coaching, Grant Taylor has never led his Shiloh Eagles to a winning season. After learning that he and his wife Brooke face infertility, Grant discovers that a group of fathers are secretly organizing to have him dismissed as head coach. Devastated by his circumstances, he cries out to God in desperation. When Grant receives a message from an unexpected visitor, he searches for a stronger purpose for his football team. He dares to challenge his players to believe God for the impossible on and off the field. When faced with unbelievable odds, the Eagles must step up to their greatest test of strength and courage. What transpires is a dynamic story of the fight between faith and fear.

Friday Night Lights (2004)
Billy Bob Thornton, Lucas Black (II), Garrett Hedlund

"Friday Night Lights" tells of the 1988 Odessa, Texas high school football team. In Texas, football is king, and the hopes and dreams of entire towns can ride on their team. Odessa won state championships before, but this team is perhaps a bit smaller than usual, and the coach is new and untested. Fortunately, they have Boobie Miles, a star player who could possibly carry them to the state championship. The movie follows these players over the season, as the town alternates between rallying around them and vilifying them.

Gridiron Gang (2006)
The Rock, Xzibit

Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.

Heaven Can Wait (1978)
Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, James Mason

A gung-ho and merciful angel pulls Joe Pendleton (Beatty), a football star, out of his body before his time, forcing the higher powers to come up with a substitute host. Joe settles on a vicious multimillionaire whose wife and partner are trying to kill him.

Invincible (2006)
Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear

From the producers of "The Rookie", this inspiring sports movie will star Mark Wahlberg as a Philadelphia Eagles fan who has just lost his wife and his teaching job. He decides one day to show up for an open tryout for his favorite NFL team, only to see his wildest dreams come true.

Johnny Be Good (1988)
Anthony Michael Hall, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Gleason, Uma Thurman

It's recruiting time and despite being short and scrawny, Johnny Walker is America's hottest young football prospect. His dilemma: should he take one of the many offers from college talent scouts or should he attend the local state college with his girlfriend and give up his football career?

The Junction Boys (2002)
Tom Berenger, Fletcher Humphrys

Story of Bear Bryant's first summer as head football coach at Texas A&M. Bear takes his charges out onto the scorched plains and sees who survives.

The Last Boy Scout (1991)
Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans

Willis plays an ex-secret service agent turned private detective who is hired to protect a stripper (Halle Berry) and then teams up with the stripper's boyfriend (Wayans), a disgraced NFL star who was kicked out of football for gambling. They catch on to a criminal plot leading all the way up to a corrupt football team owner who wants to legalize gambling on pro football. Willis and Wayans get in and out of all sorts of trouble along the way, and naturally there are plenty of explosions to go along with the brutal beatings and gunfire.

Little Giants (1994)
Rick Moranis, Ed O'Neill

Danny O'Shea has forever lived in the shadow of his brother, the great football player Kevin O'Shea. Kevin was stronger, faster, and more popular. But when his daughter is cut from Kevin's pee-wee football team, Danny brings together a squad of picked-lasts and losers to prove to Kevin that he can still learn a lot from his brother.

The Longest Yard (2005)
Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Burt Reynolds

THE LONGEST YARD tells the story of pro quarterback Paul Crewe (Sandler) and former college champion and coach Nate Scarboro (Reynolds) who are doing time in the same prison. Asked to put together a team of inmates to take on the guards, Crewe enlists the help of Scarboro to coach the inmates to victory in a football game fixed to turn out quite another way.

The Longest Yard (1974)
Burt Reynolds, Eddie Albert

A football player-turned-convict organizes a team of inmates to play against a team of prison guards. His dilemma is that the warden asks him to throw the game in return for an early release, but he is also concerned about the inmates' lack of self-esteem.

Necessary Roughness (1991)
Scott Bakula, Hector Elizondo, Robert Loggia

Due to NCAA sanctions, the Texas State University Fightin' Armadillos must form a football team from their actual student body, with no scholarships to help, to play their football schedule. With fewer players than most teams, the makeshift team must overcome obstacles that the best teams in the country couldn't deal with. Using a 34 year old quarterback, a female placekicker and a gang of misfits, Ed "Straight Arrow" Genero must take his team to play the number one Texas Colts.

North Dallas Forty (1979)
Nick Nolte, Mac Davis

A semi-fictional account of life as a professional Football (American-style) player. Loosely based on the Dallas Cowboys team of the early 1970s.

Radio (2003)
Cuba Gooding Jr., Ed Harris

A South Carolina high school football coach takes under his nurturing wing a mentally challenged young man, Radio. This does not play well with the school's patient but questioning principal; the school's biggest athletic booster who views Radio as a distraction; the man's son, the team's star player who plays cruel pranks on the trusting Radio; and the Coach's teenage daughter who feels neglected. Almost all will be won over by Radio's trusting and good nature.

Remember the Titans (2000)
Denzel Washington, Will Patton

Suburban Virginia schools have been segregated for generations, in sight of the Washington Monument over the river in the nation's capital. One black and one white high school are closed and the students sent to T.C. Williams High School under federal mandate to integrate. The year is seen through the eyes of the football team where the man hired to coach the black school is made head coach over the highly successful white coach. Based on the actual events of 1971, the team becomes the unifying symbol for the community as the boys and the adults learn to depend on and trust each other.

The Replacements (2000)
Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman

A comedy based on the 1987 professional football players' strike. Gene Hackman plays the coach of the team, Jack Warden is the owner, Brett Cullen is the All-Pro quarterback that goes on strike and Keanu Reeves is the "scab" who replaces the star QB.

Rudy (1993)
Sean Astin, Jon Favreau

All his life, people have told Rudy he's not good enough, not smart enough, not big enough. But nothing can stop his impossible dream of playing football for Notre Dame.

Semi-Tough (1977))
Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson

A comedy about two football players and their mutual girlfriend. Includes many spoofs and parodies about various self-help groups and personal self-improvement seminars that were wildly popular during the 1970's.

The Slaughter Rule (2002)
Ryan Gosling, David Morse

Roy gets cut from his high school football team just days after his estranged father dies. For him, football is more than a proving ground; it is a promised escape from his lonely rural existence and salvation from the paralyzing passivity that dominates his life. Enter Gideon, a loner living on the roughneck fringe who is looking for gamers--kids who scrap hard--to play on his six-man football squad. Roy joins the Renegades, and he and Gideon enter into tenuous friendship that pushes the limits of male bonding.

Varsity Blues (1999)
James Van Der Beek, Amy Smart, Jon Voight

The story of a back-up quarterback who gets a chance to replace the injured starter. Soon he is in direct conflict with his hot-headed coach but everyone realizes there's a new star and hero on the team.

The Waterboy (1998)
Adam Sandler, Fairuza Balk, Kathy Bates

Bobby Boucher, a backwoods Cajun and a mentally challenged individual with a fixation on water, specifically on serving the coolest, most refreshing H2O available to the college football team he has served since he was an adolescent. But when he's fired from his position, he takes up a similar job with a lowlier college team coached by neurotic Henry Winkler. One day at practice, Bobby loses his temper and delivers a bone-shaking tackle to the starting quarterback and he's the star of the team and leading it to a bowl game. But it's all against the wishes of his overprotective mother (Kathy Bates), who wants to keep her Bobby to herself--and that includes keeping him away from the floozy girlfriend (Fairuza Balk) who's sweet on him.

Wildcats (1986)
Goldie Hawn, Swoosie Kurtz

Molly is a high school track coach who knows just as much about football as anyone else on the planet. When the football coach's position becomes vacant, she applies for the job, despite expecting sniggers from fellow staff and her former husband.