10 feel-good streaming football movies in time for NFL kickoff
Streaming football movies like the classics "Friday Night Lights," "The Blind Side," and "Remember the Titans" will get you ready for the NFL season this fall.
Football season is right around the corner, and if you can't wait until your weekends are filled with tailgating and action-packed games on the big screen, you can tide yourself over by watching the best streaming football movies. From recent releases to decades-old classics, these 10 feel-good football movies will get you ready for the upcoming season of the National Football League.
This recent release from Disney tells the story of Ray McElrathbey, a college football player who hides his younger brother in his dorm because their mother is struggling with addiction, all while pursuing his dreams on the field.
2. "Friday Night Lights"
If you've ever heard the quote, "clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose," it comes from "Friday Night Lights," a popular football movie released in 2004. "Friday Night Lights" was later made into a television series as well. The film is based on the true story of the 1988 Permian High School football team striving to win a state championship.
JustWatch: "Friday Night Lights"
3. "The Blind Side"
"The Blind Side" is another iconic football movie based on a true story. Released in 2009, "The Blind Side" follows the story of Michael Oher, a boy who is adopted by Leigh Anne (Sandra Bullock) and Sean Tuohy (Tim McGraw). With their guidance, Oher goes on to become a star football player and first-round NFL draft pick. The movie was nominated for two Oscars.
JustWatch: "The Blind Side"
4. "Remember the Titans"
Denzel Washington stars in "Remember the Titans," a film released in 2000 that's based on the true story of coach Herman Boone. The movie takes place in Virginia during the '70s, when Boone was tasked with coaching a newly racially integrated high school football team.
JustWatch: "Remember the Titans"
"Invincible" chronicles the true story of Vince Papale (played by Mark Wahlberg), a 30-year-old bartender who overcame numerous setbacks—including his wife leaving and other players disrespecting him—to play for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1976. The movie was released in 2006.
6. "We Are Marshall"
In 1970, a plane crash killed 37 players from the Marshall University football team, along with five coaches, two athletic trainers, and the athletic director. "We Are Marshall" depicts the aftermath of this immense tragedy as the new head coach, played by Matthew McConaughey, rebuilds the school's football team. It's based on a true story.
JustWatch: "We Are Marshall"
7. "Air Bud: Golden Receiver"
For a streaming football movie that focuses on lighthearted family fun, turn on "Air Bud: Golden Receiver." The 1998 film is about Buddy, a sweet golden retriever with a special talent for football who helps the town's junior high football team make it all the way to the championships.
JustWatch: "Air Bud: Golden Receiver"
If you're looking for football movies on Netflix, one of the top picks is "Greater," a 2016 film that tells the true story of Brandon Burlsworth. The college student is determined to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks, and he eventually joins the team as a walk-on and goes on to become an All-American. Tragically, Burlsworth died in a car crash just 11 days after being drafted into the NFL.
9. "Gridiron Gang"
In "Gridiron Gang," Dwayne Johnson portrays Sean Porter, a counselor at a juvenile detention center who starts a football team to help the teenagers there gain self-esteem and a sense of responsibility. The film, released in 2006, is a remake of the classic 1993 movie directed by Lee Stanly.
JustWatch: "Gridiron Gang"
10. "Varsity Blues"
"Varsity Blues" is a classic coming-of-age movie that was released in 1999. It tells the story of a small-town team's backup quarterback, played by James Van Der Beek, who's forced to take over when the star QB is injured.
JustWatch: "Varsity Blues"
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