By Marcela Vargas // @ethne88
We’re a month away from the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game and the return of football-infused days and nights. With a few weekends left until we can put our jerseys back on to cheer for our teams, I have devised a mini-marathon of football related movies to enjoy with your fellow NFL fans.
(Also, this marks my first cinematic contribution to NFLFemale. I’ll be reviewing movies about football once a week for as long as I can find them.)
Remember the Titans (2000)
A family classic! Set in 1960’s Virginia, this movie stars Denzel Washington as Herman Boone, an African American football coach set with the task of leading a recently integrated high school team in small town Alexandria. The newly-formed Titans face a tough season, but also the need to overcome fear, ignorance, and hatred in order to become a real football team. It’s a feel-good movie –produced by Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer– and includes performances by Will Patton, Hayden Panettiere, and a young Ryan Gosling.
Draft Day (2014)
This movie follows a single stressful day –as the title implies– in the lives of several people with a professional relationship to football. Draft Day centers on the (fictional) General Manager(Kevin Costner) to the Cleveland Browns. He is on the brink of being fired if he doesn’t do the right call during the NFL draft and bring to Cleveland a fresh set of athletes to save the failing team. Around him, the team’s salary cap analyst, the team’s QB, a few college athletes and other colleagues go through what could be either their best or worst 24 hours ever. This one isn’t as sweet as Remember the Titans, but will give you a rush.
The Replacements (2000)
The turn of the century proved a nice time for football-centric movies. Starring Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Jon Favreau, Rhys Ifans, and Jack Warden, this comedy shows the struggles of a bunch of “everyday-men” hired by the NFL to play during a strike. Four games are left in the season, and the Washington Sentinels –the fictitious team– are underdogs at best. This charming flick will have you laughing and crying all at the same time. Also, it was at least partially based on the 1987 Washington Redskins’ strike, which had them playing –and winning– three games with none of their regular players. They went and won the Super Bowl that season –SB XXII–.
Heaven Can Wait (1978)
Another football film starring Jack Warden! This one might help you appease those family members who aren’t as into football as you are. Warren Beatty plays Joe Pendleton, a backup QB for the Los Angeles Rams who meets his untimely death while riding a bike. Due to a mistake made by his guardian angel, Pendleton discovers he wasn’t supposed to die yet and with the help of the repenting angel and an old coach of his, devises a plan to go back to the living and lead the Rams to victory in the upcoming Super Bowl.
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