17 Best Football Movies to watch on Netflix

Best Football Movies to watch on Netflix

Football and Netflix….. what’s not to love? There are so many football movies that you can watch on Netflix, but what’s right for you? If you are a football fan, then you have probably watched plenty of football movies. However, there still might be some that you haven’t watched or maybe even forgotten about! In this article, I have compiled 17 Best Football Movies To Watch On Netflix, which I hope can help you on your quest to find the best football movies to watch on Netflix. I’m sure there is at least one movie that will appeal to any football fan.

Let’s get started…..

17. Fired Up

  • Year: 2009
  • IMDb Rating: 6.1/10
  • Director: Will Gluck
  • Cast: Adhir Kalyan, AnnaLynne McCord, Danneel Ackles, David Walton
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 29m

Nick Brady and Shawn Colfax are two popular high school football players who decide to quit summer football camp and enroll at a cheerleading camp after overhearing a conversation about its 300 female cheerleaders. While attending the cheer camp, they realize that they actually enjoy cheering and they begin to care about their squad. Shawn falls for Carly Davidson, the head cheerleader and Nick develops feelings for Diora, their camp coach’s wife. Later, they help the squad in the cheer competition.

16. The Match

  • Year: 2020
  • IMDb Rating: 6.2/10
  • Director: David Anspaugh
  • Cast: Charles S. Dutton, Christopher Erwin, Christopher Reed, David Anspaugh
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 54m

The film is inspired by true events from the spring of 1944 and is told in flashback when the Nazis organized a football match to commemorate Adolf Hitler‘s birthday. They organized the match between a team of camp inmates made up of ex-footballers and an elite Nazi team. When the inmates start winning they are given an assurance that if they lose the match deliberately they will get freedom. But the prisoners are determined to win at any cost.

15. Two for the Money

  • Year: 2005
  • IMDb Rating: 6.3/10
  • Director: D.J. Caruso
  • Cast: Al Pacino, Armand Assante, Carly Pope, Craig Veroni, Gedde Watanabe
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 57m

Brandon Lang, a former college football star, suffers a career-ending injury and takes a job handicapping football games after the injury. He needs money, so he leaves Vegas for Manhattan to join hands with a sports-gambling tycoon, Walter Abrams. Soon, Walter and Brandon make huge amounts of money.

14. The Merger

  • Year: 2018
  • IMDb Rating: 6.4/10
  • Director: Mark Grentell
  • Cast: Angus McLaren, Damian Callinan, Fayssal Bazzi, Josh McConville, Kate Mulvany
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 43m

A former professional football player, Troy Carrington, returns to his hometown of New South Wales town of Bodgy Creek after his sporting career suddenly ends. His hometown is struggling with drought, job scarcity, and racism. And the people of his town blame him for the decline of the town. But he gets a chance for redemption by taking on the position of coach for the local footy team, the Roosters, which is facing financial issues.

13. Woodlawn

  • Year: 2015
  • IMDb Rating: 6.5/10
  • Director: Andrew Erwin, Jon Erwin
  • Cast: Andrew Erwin, C. Thomas Howell, Caleb Castille, DeVon Franklin, Jon Erwin
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 2h 3m

The film follows the growing racial tensions in 1973, Tony Nathan, a black high school star footballer joins fellow African-American students at Woodlawn High School. As racial tensions and violence rise in the city, their coach Tandy Gerelds calls for an outsider to inspire his team. His words of hope and love inspire Tony, his teammates, and the locals to overcome the hateful environment.

12. When the Game Stands Tall

  • Year: 2014
  • IMDb Rating: 6.7/10
  • Director: Thomas Carter
  • Cast: Alexander Ludwig, Clancy Brown, Jessie Usher, Jim Caviezel
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 55m

Bob Ladouceur is a high-school football coach of the De La Salle Spartans who have amazingly won 151 consecutive games. While the team’s seniors receive coaching offers at the college level, the juniors also look forward and work hard to make their mark by breaking the California state record. Due to Bob’s personal problems, the Spartans face the most-challenging season of their life against the renowned team of Long Beach Polytechnic High School.

11. Gridiron Gang

  • Year: 2006
  • IMDb Rating: 6.9/10
  • Director: Phil Joanou
  • Cast: Brandon Mychal Smith, Brandon Smith, David V. Thomas, Dwayne Johnson
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 2h 5m

Sean Porter is a counselor at Kilpatrick Juvenile Detention Center in Los Angeles where the children are suffering from low self-esteem. So to make them responsible and build their morale, Porter decides to turn the inmates into a winning football team by naming them the Kilpatrick Mustangs. But he faces resistance from high school coaches because they don’t want that their students face the criminals in the game.

10. Brian Banks

  • Year: 2018
  • IMDb Rating: 7/10
  • Director: Tom Shadyac
  • Cast: Aldis Hodge, Dorian Missick, Greg Kinnear, Jose Miguel Vasquez
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 39m

The film is based on the true story of Brian Banks, a former American high school football star who was wrongly convicted of raping his classmate, Kennisha. Due to the lack of evidence, he is sentenced to 6 years of prison. But things change when his team, a criminal defense lawyer, Justin Brooks, and the California Innocence Project fight for him to unfold the truth and fulfill his dreams of playing in the National Football League.

9. Go Eight

Go Eight (2013)
  • Year: 2013
  • IMDb Rating: 7.1/10
  • Director: Andibachtiar Yusuf
  • Cast: Deddy Mahendra Desta, Hengky Solaiman, Ibnu Jamil, Mathias Muchus
  • Language: Indonesian
  • Runtime: 2h 5m

Gabriel Omar Baskoro is a football rising star of Jakarta Metropolitan Football Club who has brought the Indonesian National Football Team into the 2014 World Cup final. But his career in football is threatened due to a rumor about his connection to a ruthless Indonesian crime organization. While, Andini, a dedicated sports journalist works on an investigative report on Gabriel, the hero of Indonesian football, and mafioso’s influence on it. And the report unfolds the truth and clears Gabriel’s name.

8. The Figo Affair: The Transfer that Changed Football

  • Year: 2022
  • IMDb Rating: 7.1/10
  • Director: Ben Nicholas, David Tryhorn
  • Cast: Roberto Carlos, José Ramón de la Morena, José Félix Díaz, Luis Figo
  • Language: European Spanish
  • Runtime: 1h 45m

This documentary film focuses on one of the most controversial deals in the history of football and also Luís Figo, an incredible player at the center of the storm.

7. Rudy

  • Year: 1993
  • IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
  • Director: David Anspaugh
  • Cast: Charles S. Dutton, Christopher Erwin, Christopher Reed, David Anspaugh
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 54m

Rudy Ruettiger dreams to play football at the University of Notre Dame, but he has neither the money nor the grades for a scholarship and has always been told that he has nothing to play for Notre Dame. But he is determined and increases his efforts to overcome all odds. With the help of his friend and tutor, D-Bob, he gets admission to Notre Dame and begins to play on the school’s football team.

6. United

  • Year: 2011
  • IMDb Rating: 7.5/10
  • Director: James Strong
  • Cast: David Tennant, Natalie Burt
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 33m

The film is based on the true story of Busby Babes, a legendary football team who plays for Manchester United and becomes the youngest team ever to win the Football League. However, in 1958 the team meets with the Munich air crash and eight of them died. The film focuses on the interviews of the survivors and their families and also shares their experiences of overcoming the tragedy.

5. The Blind Side

  • Year: 2009
  • IMDb Rating: 7.6/10
  • Director: John Lee Hancock
  • Cast: Adriane Lenox, Catherine Dyer, Jae Head, Kathy Bates, Kim Dickens
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 2h 8m

Michael Oher is a homeless African-American teenager who is adopted by Leigh Anne Tuohy and her husband, Sean. They help him overcome his learning difficulties and transform his life. With the help of Tuohys and his kind and devoted tutor Miss Sue, he realizes his potential. Due to his giant size and protective instincts, he achieves excellence in American football and plays in the National Football League.

4. Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story

Quiet Victory (1988)
  • Year: 1988
  • IMDb Rating: 7.7/10
  • Director: Roy Campanella II
  • Cast: Bess Meyer, James Handy, Kyle Chandler, Michael Nouri, Pam Dawber
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 33m

Quiet Victory is a 1988 American film, based on the true story of Charlie Wedemeyer, a former football player. He has a loving wife, Lucy, and two children. When he turned high school coach, he is diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease at the age of 32 and he has about a year to live. When the school expects him to retire from coaching, he refuses to give in and is determined to guide his players to their first state championship.

3. Undefeated

  • Year: 2011
  • IMDb Rating: 7.7/10
  • Director: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin
  • Cast: Bill Courtney, Chavis Daniels, Montrail ‘Money’ Brown, O.C. Brown
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 1h 53m

The movie follows the struggles of Manassas High School in North Memphis whose football team has never won a playoff game. Bill Courtney, a former high-school coach helps the Manassas Tigers to win the playoff in 2009. He nurtures his players physically and emotionally and with his help, the Tigers, have a chance to attempt a winning season after the school’s 110-year of losses. And finally, they won a playoff game.

2. Crazy for Football

  • Year: 2016
  • IMDb Rating: 7.8/10
  • Director: Volfango De Biasi
  • Language: Italian
  • Runtime: 1h 15m

This documentary film follows a team of patients from many mental health departments throughout Italy. It starts with the selection of a team of 12 players, as they compete in the first five-a-side football world cup for psychiatric patients in Osaka. With the help of a psychiatrist, a former five-a-side football player as a coach, and a world boxing champion as an athletic trainer, the team wins a match in 2016. And soccer becomes powerful therapy for psychiatric patients.

1. Take the Ball, Pass the Ball

  • Year: 2018
  • IMDb Rating: 8.1/10
  • Director: Duncan McMath
  • Cast: Andrés Iniesta, Fabio Capello, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Cruyff, Leo Messi
  • Language: European Spanish
  • Runtime: 1h 49m

The movie is a Spanish documentary film, that focuses on the story of the greatest football team ever. For four consecutive years at Barcelona, Pep Guardiola’s Barça produced the greatest football team in world history. In the film, the players reveal the emotion of Eric Abidal‘s fight back from cancer to lift the European Cup, Guardiola and José Mourinho‘s intense rivalry, and the making of Lionel Messi, the world’s best footballer.

Wrapping Up:

We hope that this list was helpful to you in selecting the best one for you! Now you can enjoy a good football movie without worrying about other criteria. Of course, there are plenty of other great football movies that we didn’t mention in the above list, too, but the 17 above are a solid starting point. If we miss any of your favorite football movies do let us know in the comment below!

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