Friday Top Five: Are you ready for some football?
February 3rd, 2012
11:51 AM ET

Friday Top Five: Are you ready for some football?

Even if you're not into the actual pigskin, you're probably nonetheless looking forward to the party that comes along with Super Bowl, so consider this week's Friday Top Five to be your warm-up.

The football film is as time-honored a tradition as the Super Bowl itself, and narrowing the playing field isn't easy. Even the less well-executed in this genre can warm the heart and lift the spirits with tales of teamwork, persistence and (eventually) triumph.

But the best football movies, in our opinion, also reflect the ugly side of that success as well, be it on the high school football field or in the pros.

Undoubtedly we're guilty of leaving off your favorite football film, so take to the comments and show us how it's done.

1. "Friday Night Lights" (2004) - So good, director Peter Berg is trying to make another one based on the NBC series that was inspired by his 2004 film.

2. "Rudy" (1993) - As Sean Astin's 1993 star turn teaches us, it's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.

3. "The Longest Yard" (1974) - We're going with the Burt Reynolds original, not the 2005 remake with Adam Sandler.

4. "Remember the Titans" (2000) - "History is written by the winners."

5. "Brian's Song" (1971) - A TV movie release, but nonetheless one of the best football films out there.

Honorable mentions:

"Any Given Sunday" (1999) - Because life is a contact sport.

"Jerry Maguire" (1996) - The sports agent is the star in this movie, but it's a classic nonetheless. Remember the days of "Show me the money!" Cuba Gooding Jr.?

"Varsity Blues" (1999) - Aside from the infamous whipped cream bikini, this take on the Teaxan football movie also included Dawson Leery James Van Der Beek and the line of the film, "I don't want your life!"


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    November 18, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. KajinPL

    Everyone forgets "The Program".

    February 7, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Steve Jones

    No "North Dallas 40" . That seems wrong.

    February 7, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. original nunya

    You forgot to mention ohh whats the name of that movie where the underdogs come from behind to win it all oh yeah every football ever made except friday night lights because they suck

    February 4, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sasha

    I think honorable mention should have went to the replacements. a bunch of nobodies who got to play int he nfl for a while as a team, awesome movie

    February 4, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Obvious Oldguy

    Any Top 5 Football Movie list that fails to include "North Dallas Forty" is a flawed list.

    February 4, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. original nunya

    jerry maguire sucks you had me at its all trash

    February 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LoJenk

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EleZkeIPMkc&w=640&h=390]

    February 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |

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