The NFL season is FINALLY here! There are a lot of lists out there ranking teams, ranking logos, ranking uniforms. BUT what about the best movies featuring NFL teams? What about the movies featuring FAKE NFL teams? Here are my top 10. If you're like me and a fan of a team that has disappointed you your entire life (Dolphins) these lists are all we have.
10: Draft Day (2014) Featuring the Cleveland Browns
Gotta admit, it takes some balls to make a movie centered around the factory of sadness but that's exactly what happened. I mean look at this plot summary: "Kevin Costner plays a gruff, but likeable loner who wants to build a football team his own way. Can he take the Cleveland Browns to the promised land?"
We all know the answer, it's no. But after watching Hard Knocks this season I've got some hope for the Dogs
9. Invincible (2006) Featuring The Philadelphia Eagles
This is just an all out classic. Anybody who has ever thought they passed their prime can watch this movie and in the back of their head think that MAYBE they could still have a shot. The crazy thing is that this was based on the true story of Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender from South Philly who overcame long odds to play for the Eagles in 1976. Need a feel good sports movie? This is it
8. The Game Plan (2007) Featuring the Boston Rebels
Here's our first fake NFL team of the list. This movie was surprisingly good and really funny. I'm not gonna lie and say I didn't shed a tear or two either. Also the Boston Rebels seemed like a solid organization. Gotta say I'm pretty happy this movie made the list
7. The Replacements (2000) Featuring the Washington Sentinels
The Replacements is by no means a brilliant movie. It only has a 41 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. But it's sure as hell fun. It has everything, Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, even Jon Favreau! This is one of those movies I could watch over and over again and not get tired of it. Also you can't go wrong with classic John Madden and Pat Summerall
6. Jerry Maguire (1996) Featuring the Arizona Cardinals
An instant classic. There were so many iconic scenes and quotes from this movie that to not put it on this list would be a flat out insult. Plus it gave us a killer Cuba Gooding Jr. Oscar acceptance speech.
5. Any Given Sunday (1999) Featuring The Miami Sharks
Now we're getting to the big dogs. The top 5. Any Given Sunday tops it out. Al Pacino gives us one of the greatest speeches of all time. Jamie Foxx commanded that movie and showed he could do drama. Dennis Quaid was the classic vet and James Woods was a sleezball doctor. It was perfect. It was crazy. It was a classic
4. Little Giants (1994) Featuring The New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys
Ok ok, so this movie doesn't REALLY feature an NFL team. But do you really think I'm going to NOT rank this movie? Rick Moranis and Ed O'Neil facing off in a coaching duel! I will forever make the Annexation of Puerto Rico play call in whatever sport I'm playing. This movie is a classic and I wish it was streaming on Netflix or Hulu. #TeamIceBox
3. The Blindside (2009)Featuring The Baltimore Ravens
Again, kind of cheating because Michael Oher didn't get drafted by the Ravens until the end of the movie (spoiler). BUT it's an all around great movie not only about football, but about family, acceptance, and a look at cultural differences.
2. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) Featuring The Miami Dolphins
It was REALLY hard to not put this movie at number 1. I haven't met anyone who doesn't like this movie. Mostly because I don't associate myself with such filth. Ace Ventura is still quotable to this day. The gags are still funny and this movie didn't helped propel me into the sad Dolphins fan I am today. Not to mention the sequel was just as funny as the first. Please come back classic Jim Carey. We miss you . So who dethroned the pet dick?
1. Brians Song (1971) Featuring the Chicago Bears
I'm not sure any movie will ever dethrone Brian's Song. It's made grown men cry and tackled some very taboo issues of the day. I mean look at the synopsis of this movie: "Based on the real-life relationship between teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers and the bond established when Piccolo discovers that he is dying." Brian's song tops out the list and it's not even close
Are there any I left off the list?