Top 10 Football Movies
Author – Vaibhav Biradar
(Reading time ~ 3 mins)
Football is the most popular sport in the world. It’s popularity has drawn the attention of film makers and this coming together has brought about some fine master pieces on the 70mm screen. Here is our have made a list of top 10 football movies ever made.
The Two Escobars is a story about two Colombians. One is a football player, other a drug lord. The player, Andres Escobar, led the Colombian national team to new heights at the football pitch, and helped them become the surprise package of the 1994 World Cup. The drug lord, Pablo Escobar, led Colombia into a war on the streets as rival drug cartels fought a bloody battle for supremacy. The tale of two men whose lives crossed paths, and changed a country, a national team and a sport forever. It is riveting, emotional and powerful. A must watch.
The movie focuses on Colin Firth as Paul Ashworth, a north London school teacher. He is a die-hard Arsenal fan who falls for a fellow teacher Sarah Hughes played by Ruth Gemmell. The movie documents Ashworth’s attempts to stabilize his two love lives – Sarah and Arsenal as they continually clashed.
Based on David Pearce’s 2007 novel, the film stars Michael Sheen as Clough, and Timothy Spall as his right hand man, Peter Taylo. The Damned United follows the story of eccentric football manager, Brian Clough, through his success at Derby County and his 44 days in charge of Leeds United.
The story centers around a group of allied prisoners of war who are challenged for a football match by the German officers. Unknown to them is an escape plan being made by the prisoners to coincide with the match. Sylvester Stallone, Michael Caine, Pele and Bobby Moore come together for this classic football movie from 1981. The film is an interpretation of a 1961 Hungarian film called “Two Halftimes in Hell.” That film was inspired by true events that took place in Ukraine during WWII.
A wrongfully expelled Harvard undergrad Matt Buckner, played by Elijah Wood, moves to London. Shortly after arriving, Matt is introduced to Pete, a member of West Ham football firm Green Street Elite. Pete and his company introduce Matt to their world of boozing, violence and football.
Keira Knightly (Juliet) and Parminder Nagra (Jess) star in this feel-good comedy about an English-born Indian girl’s desire to become a professional footballer. After she befriends Juliet, Jess joins a local football club and must keep her secret away from her family.
This 2004 British film stars Danny Dyer, and spawned the documentary TV show of the same name. The film follows Dyer’s character Tommy Johnson, a Chelsea supporter and a hooligan, who is beginning to doubt his rough and tough lifestyle.
This is the story of a Santiago Munez, a young Hispanic man, living in a poor area of Los Angeles. Santiago’s dream is to play professional football. However, the closest he can get to this dream is playing in the local leagues with other Hispanic workers. Until one of these local league games that Santiago’s skills are seen by former Newcastle United player and scout Glen Foy. And his journey to top flight football begins!
This is the movie that helped inspire films like The Football Factory and Green Street Hooligans. The film is based on the activities of West Ham’s Inter City Firm, and their mischievous acts during the 1970s and 1980s.
A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage. The movie has a lot for unrealistic but enjoyable action scenes on the football pitch.
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