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11 Best Football Movies & Shows on Netflix

Updated January 24, 2020
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From exceptional football documentaries to powerful dramas, Netflix has a lot to offer for football fans. Even if you are not a fan of this sport, we would still encourage you to check this list. Football movies and TV shows are about way more than just the sport. It is about teamwork, friendship, and perseverance. And also, they often stand the test of time since its stories continue to be relevant .So, next Sunday try checking out Netflix for a documentary or drama that might surprise you instead. Here is the list of top football movies on Netflix. You can also watch some of these really good football movies and TV shows  on Hulu or Amazon Prime.

11. Carter High (2015)

During the 1980s Carter High School in Dallas, Texas was a football powerhouse. “Carter High” tells the story of four of its student-athletes whose bad decisions had severe consequences. A must see for real football fans, “Carter High” tells an accurate and important story about how one wrong decision can forever change the future. Because of this powerful message, it is also a good film for children and teens. Moreover, director Author Muhammed did an excellent job by giving light to a different perspective and by trying to stay accurate.

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10. Friday Night Tykes (2014-)

“Friday Night Tykes” is documentary series that explores the world of youth football in Texas. With four seasons, we follow a group of kids that face a tremendous amount of pressure from both coaches and parents to win and be the best. Although it is entertaining, this series is surrounded by some controversy because it shows a horrible side of our society. It sparks a lot of conversation and debate about the potential danger of the sport and how kids should be taught football.

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9. The Waterboy (1998)

Adam Sandler is Bobby Boucher, a waterboy for a college football team with a surprising talent. He becomes a member of the team when its coach discovers he can tackle people much bigger than him. Boucher is one of Sandler’s most iconic characters. Besides a good cast (that includes Kathy Bates and the amazing Adam Sandler), this film has a compelling cartoon-like comedy. “The Waterboy”’s absurd script and humor are just perfect for a late-night film session.

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8. 23 Blast (2014)

Travis Freeman is a high school football star with big dreams. But when he completely loses his sight because of a sinus infection, he sees his life falling apart. Now he must decide if he wants to live a safe life or return to the sport he loves so much. Based on true events, this inspirational movie focuses on the depression and rehabilitation of the main character and his love for football. It is a fantastic family movie that explores themes such as perseverance and the importance of family and friendship. Additionally, “23 Blast” has a fine cast that is able to make you care about the characters.

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7. Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story (1988)

Based on true events, “Quiet Victory” is a powerful movie about high school teacher and football coach Charlie Wedemeyer who is suddenly diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Directed by Roy Campanella II, this drama follows how Wedemeyer’s life changed with the disease but that his love for football and his students never stopped. With the unconditional support of his wife Lucy, the teacher remained leading his football team despite becoming his disease. With a good leading and supporting cast and a well-written script, “Quiet Victory” will make you look at the power of sports with other eyes.

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6. Triumph of the Heart (1991)

“Triumph of the Heart” focuses on the relationship between football star Ricky Bell and Ryan Blanckenship, a disabled boy. The movie follows how the young boy become an inspiration for Bell when he was diagnosed with a rare muscle disease in the prime of his career.  Directed by Richard Michaels and written by Jeff Andrus, “Triumph of the Heart” is a truly inspirational drama about an unlikely friendship.

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5. Happy Valley (2014)

The program of coach Joe Paterno and assistant coach Jerry Sandusky in Penn State University was applauded for many years because of its success on the field and outside of it, especially in the classroom. However, in 2011, Sandusky was charged with forty counts of child sex abuse. Filmed over the course of one year, “Happy Valley” explores how something like that happened for such a long time without anyone noticing. Director Amir Bar-Lev created an impactful documentary about how one man’s crime completely changed the community and the University of Penn State.

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4. Two Days in April (2007)

This documentary follows four college football players as they are signed by the sports agency IMG. We get the chance to get an insider’s view into the world of NFL as they move to the training facility in Florida and prepare themselves for such a stressful and exciting situation. “Two Days in April” gives us a compelling look into the world of football without forgetting the human side of life. Besides having excellent direction, it is an impressive documentary because it has humor, sadness, excitement, desperation, and drama.

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3. Undefeated (2011)

Winner of an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, “Undefeated” follows the Manassas Tigers football team, an underfunded and underprivileged football team that thanks to coach Bill Courtney fights against all odds. This inspirational documentary is not only about football but also about the important lessons that a team sport can teach. The real dreams and real problems portrayed in it are going to reaffirm your faith in human nature and make you love football even more. “Undefeated” is a brilliant movie that all families and avid football followers across the world should watch.

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2. Last Chance U (2016-)

“Last Chance U” is a very interesting look at the life of student-athletes. It follows a group of young men, at East Mississippi Community College (EMCC), training to become the future stars of the NFL. If you are a football fan, “Last Chance U” will keep you engaged from beginning to end. Director Greg Whitely did a fantastic job at capturing the highs and lows on and off the field of these young men. Because of that, you will quickly become invested in the different coaches and players and their stories.

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1. Blue Mountain State (2010-2011)

Set in the fictional University of Blue Mountain, “Blue Mountain State” follows three freshmen who must quickly adapt to college life and survive the constant juggling between football, classes, and girls. If you like the humor of American Pie, you should try this TV show. “Blue Mountain State” is considered by one of the best sport-comedy shows. Besides having a great lead cast (especially Alex Moran and Thad Castle), its script is hilarious with many incredible jokes and funny characters. With three seasons, this is the next big thing you should binge-watch.

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