Football (oval ball) Movies

by zzzorf | created - 31 Dec 2016 | updated - 31 Dec 2016 | Public

This list contains movies which are all about the sport of Football, well at least those of the Oval Ball type anyway. These include Rugby League, Rugby Union, Australian Rules and Gridiron.

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1. The Longest Yard (2005)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Crime, Sport

48 Metascore

Prison inmates form a football team to challenge the prison guards.

Director: Peter Segal | Stars: Adam Sandler, Burt Reynolds, Chris Rock, Nelly

Votes: 153,185 | Gross: $158.12M

2. Gridiron Gang (2006)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

52 Metascore

Teenagers at a juvenile detention center, under the leadership of their counselor, gain self-esteem by playing football together.

Director: Phil Joanou | Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Xzibit, L. Scott Caldwell, Leon Rippy

Votes: 44,743 | Gross: $38.43M

3. Jerry Maguire (1996)

R | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston

Votes: 226,740 | Gross: $153.95M

4. This Sporting Life (1963)

Not Rated | 134 min | Drama, Sport

Despite success on the field, a rising rugby star senses the emerging emptiness of his life as his inner angst begins to materialize through aggression and brutality, so he attempts to woo his landlady in hopes of finding reason to live.

Director: Lindsay Anderson | Stars: Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel, William Hartnell

Votes: 5,434

5. Grand Slam (1978 TV Movie)

62 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A group of Welsh rugby fans descend on Paris for the final game of the season.

Director: John Hefin | Stars: Windsor Davies, Hugh Griffith, Dewi Morris, Sion Probert

Votes: 221

6. The First Kangaroos (1988)

Drama, Sport

The story of the Australian Rugby League's first visit to England.

Director: Frank Cvitanovich | Stars: Dennis Waterman, Chris Haywood, Dominic Sweeney, Philip Quast

Votes: 27

7. Old Scores (1991)

93 min | Comedy

Former Welsh rugby hero Bleddyn Morgan has his life in New Zealand interrupted by a deathbed confession that leads to a replay of a controversial 1966 All Blacks/Wales rugby match - with ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Clayton | Stars: John Bach, Tony Barry, Roy Billing, Alison Bruce

Votes: 41

8. Up 'n' Under (1998)

99 min | Comedy, Sport

The Cobblers Arms have been the best and most feared Amateur Rugby League team for the past ten years. Ex-pro Arthur bets their boss that he could train a bunch of deadbeats to defeat them ... See full summary »

Director: John Godber | Stars: Gary Olsen, Richard Ridings, Samantha Womack, Ralph Brown

Votes: 821

10. Sye (2004)

Not Rated | 167 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Students of a college form a Rugby team and play against a violent gang of thugs to get back their college land.

Director: S.S. Rajamouli | Stars: Nithiin, Genelia D'Souza, Shashank, Rajeev Kanakala

Votes: 1,859

11. Footy Legends (2006)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

An unemployed sports fan enters an amateur rugby league tournament where losing just isn't an option if he's to keep his family together.

Director: Khoa Do | Stars: Anh Do, Angus Sampson, Lisa Saggers, Tom Simmons

Votes: 440

13. The Final Winter (2007)

Drama, Sport

A rugby league player in the early 1980's battles against the changing game and the betrayal of those he has been loyal to. Alienated and desperate, he struggles to keep an identity he fears he'll be lost without.

Directors: Brian Andrews, Jane Forrest | Stars: Matt Nable, Nathaniel Dean, Matthew Johns, John Jarratt

Votes: 278

14. Forever Strong (2008)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, Sport

37 Metascore

A rugby player is put up in a juvenile detention center. There he plays for the Highland Rugby team and ultimately plays against his father in the National Championships.

Director: Ryan Little | Stars: Sean Faris, Penn Badgley, Gary Cole, Sean Astin

Votes: 9,900 | Gross: $0.63M

15. Invictus (2009)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman), in his first term as President of South African, initiates a unique venture to unite the Apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng

Votes: 142,794 | Gross: $37.49M

17. Prep School (2015)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Sport

When the star player of an elite prep school rugby team suffers an emotional collapse, his friends and teammates respond in their own ways, ranging from heroic to horrifying.

Director: Sean Nichols Lynch | Stars: Carly Schroeder, Taylor Lambert, Ben Bellamy, Austin Scott

Votes: 213

18. The Great MacArthy (1975)

106 min | Comedy, Sport

Macarthy is a country football player who is kidnapped by the South Melbourne Football Club and made a star player in the city.

Director: David Baker | Stars: John Jarratt, Judy Morris, Kate Fitzpatrick, Sandra McGregor

Votes: 47

19. The Club (1980)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

Boardroom and dressing-room intrigues spill on to the field at the Australian Rules football club.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Jack Thompson, Graham Kennedy, Frank Wilson, Harold Hopkins

Votes: 856

20. Australian Rules (2002)

95 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

In Prospect Bay, a remote outpost on the South Australian coast, two communities, the Goonyas and the Nungas, come together on the one field they have in common, the football field. But the... See full summary »

Director: Paul Goldman | Stars: Nathan Phillips, Luke Carroll, Lisa Flanagan, Tom Budge

Votes: 746

21. Blinder (2013)

102 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

An ex footballer embroiled in a scandal returns home to clear his name and reignite an old flame.

Director: Richard Gray | Stars: Oliver Ackland, Jack Thompson, Zoe Carides, Anna Hutchison

Votes: 437

22. The Freshman (1925)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

A nerdy college student will do anything to become popular on campus.

Directors: Fred C. Newmeyer, Sam Taylor | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Brooks Benedict, James H. Anderson

Votes: 4,668 | Gross: $0.00M

23. Brown of Harvard (1926)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Romance

Tom Brown shows up at Harvard, confident and a bit arrogant. He becomes a rival of Bob McAndrew, not only in football and rowing crew, but also for the affections of Mary Abbott, a ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: William Haines, Jack Pickford, Mary Brian, Francis X. Bushman Jr.

Votes: 1,377

24. The Quarterback (1926)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

Elmer Stone, quarterback of the 1899 Colton College football team vows to remain a student until Colton beats its biggest rival, State University. Twenty-seven years later, Elmer is still ... See full summary »

Director: Fred C. Newmeyer | Stars: Richard Dix, Esther Ralston, Harry Beresford, David Butler

Votes: 10 | Gross: $0.27M

25. The Drop Kick (1927)

Passed | 62 min | Drama, Sport

College football player Jack Hamill finds his reputation on the line when he pays an innocent visit to a woman whose husband kills himself.

Director: Millard Webb | Stars: Richard Barthelmess, Barbara Kent, Dorothy Revier, Eugene Strong

Votes: 193

26. The College Widow (1927)

67 min | Comedy, Romance

The College Widow (1927) is an American silent comedy film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. and directed by Archie Mayo. The film is based on the 1904 Broadway play by George Ade ... See full summary »

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: Dolores Costello, William Collier Jr., Douglas Gerrard, Anders Randolf

27. West Point (II) (1927)

Passed | 95 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Wealthy Brice Wayne enters West Point and, though he does well on the football field, angers fellow cadets with his arrogance. Disciplined by the coach he yells "To hell with the Corps!" ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Sedgwick | Stars: William Haines, Joan Crawford, William Bakewell, Neil Neely

Votes: 1,686

28. Salute (1929)

Passed | 84 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

West Point Cadet John and Annapolis Midshipman Frank focus their fraternal rivalry on the big Army-Navy football game.

Directors: David Butler, John Ford | Stars: George O'Brien, Helen Chandler, William Janney, Stepin Fetchit

Votes: 148

29. So This Is College (1929)

Passed | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Biff and Eddie are the best of friends. They are college seniors, roommates at the fraternity, and star teammates on the USC football team. Then a flapper named Babs enters the picture. ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Elliott Nugent, Robert Montgomery, Cliff Edwards, Sally Starr

Votes: 175

30. The Forward Pass (1929)

78 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Marty Reid, the star quarterback at Sanford College, is constantly singled out by the opposition for punishment, and he swears to his pal, Honey Smith, and to Coach Wilson that he will quit... See full summary »

Director: Edward F. Cline | Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Loretta Young, Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Marion Byron

Votes: 34

31. Maybe It's Love (1930)

Passed | 72 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

A college football player (Joe E. Brown) persuades a beautiful young woman (Joan Bennett) to individually flirt with an entire team of All-American football players, in order to entice them... See full summary »

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Joe E. Brown, Joan Bennett, James Hall, Laura Lee

Votes: 211

32. Maker of Men (1931)

Passed | 71 min | Drama, Sport

Bob plays football badly so his father Coach Dudley, his girlfriend Dorothy and his school reject him. He joins a rival college team and aims to defeat his dad's team.

Director: Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Jack Holt, Richard Cromwell, Joan Marsh, Natalie Moorhead

Votes: 71

33. The Galloping Ghost (1931)

Passed | 226 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A gambling ring run out of the Mogul Taxi company is intent on fixing college football games. Football star Harold "Red" Grange is a target for the gamblers, whose thugs try to eliminate ... See full summary »

Director: B. Reeves Eason | Stars: Harold 'Red' Grange, Dorothy Gulliver, Walter Miller, Francis X. Bushman Jr.

Votes: 125

34. Touchdown! (1931)

Drama, Sport

Football coach Dan Curtis is eager for his small college team to win at all costs. However, he has a change of heart when a player is severely injured by playing when he should have been ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Richard Arlen, Peggy Shannon, Jack Oakie, Regis Toomey

Votes: 14

35. Horse Feathers (1932)

Not Rated | 68 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president of Huxley University, accidentally hires bumblers Baravelli and Pinky to help his school win the big football game against the rival Darwin University.

Director: Norman Z. McLeod | Stars: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, The Marx Brothers

Votes: 11,063

36. That's My Boy (1932)

71 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Tommy Scott goes to a Connecticut college to become a doctor, but is soon discovered to be a prodigious football talent. He becomes a national star and falls in love, but fame and ill-advised financial deals threaten to ruin his future.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Richard Cromwell, Dorothy Jordan, Mae Marsh, Arthur Stone

Votes: 89

37. The All-American (1932)

79 min | Drama, Sport

The story of the rise and fall of an All-American football player.

Directors: Russell Mack, George Stevens | Stars: Richard Arlen, Andy Devine, Gloria Stuart, James Gleason

Votes: 22

38. 70,000 Witnesses (1932)

69 min | Mystery, Sport

College football player (Phillips Holmes)is asked to dope a star teammate by his crooked gambler brother(Lew Cody).He refuses, but they player is doped anyway,and collapses and dies. A ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Murphy | Stars: Phillips Holmes, Dorothy Jordan, Charles Ruggles, Johnny Mack Brown

Votes: 34

39. The Sport Parade (1932)

Passed | 64 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Spoiled sports hero learns hard lessons.

Director: Dudley Murphy | Stars: Joel McCrea, Marian Marsh, William Gargan, Robert Benchley

Votes: 172

40. College Coach (1933)

TV-G | 76 min | Drama, Sport

Coach Gore, a ruthless and cynical big-time football coach, neglects his wife in his unrelenting drive to make Calvert College a football power.

Director: William A. Wellman | Stars: Dick Powell, Ann Dvorak, Pat O'Brien, Arthur Byron

Votes: 352

41. Saturday's Millions (1933)

77 min | Drama, Sport

Ups and downs of college football.

Director: Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Robert Young, Andy Devine, Leila Hyams, Johnny Mack Brown

Votes: 18

42. College Humor (1933)

Passed | 80 min | Action, Comedy, Music

A college professor and the school's star football player are both rivals for the same beautiful coed.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Bing Crosby, Jack Oakie, Richard Arlen, Mary Carlisle

Votes: 163

43. College Rhythm (1934)

Passed | 86 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

The story deals with the college rivalry of a piccolo player and an All-American halfback on the football team who both love the same co-ed. After graduation they carry their their feud and... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Joe Penner, Jack Oakie, Lanny Ross, Lyda Roberti

Votes: 43

44. Hold 'Em Yale (1935)

61 min | Comedy, Sport

A pretty young socialite falls for a charming but shady hustler, who abandons her when he finds that she has been disowned by her wealthy father. Three of the hustler's partners, who have ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Lanfield | Stars: Patricia Ellis, Cesar Romero, Buster Crabbe, William Frawley

Votes: 10

45. Pigskin Parade (1936)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, Sport

Married coaches Slug and Bessie find hillbilly football tosser Amos and the team gets invited to the Yale Bowl.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Stuart Erwin, Patsy Kelly, Jack Haley, The Yacht Club Boys

Votes: 570

46. The Big Game (1936)

Passed | 74 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Gamblers kidnap Atlantic's star quarterback Clark Jenkins.

Directors: George Nichols Jr., Edward Killy | Stars: Phillip Huston, James Gleason, June Travis, Bruce Cabot

Votes: 106

47. Rose Bowl (1936)

Approved | 75 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

Paddy O'Riley and Ossie Merrill, Bellport high school football heroes, enroll in distant colleges; Paddy at a small school in the East, where he is barely a substitute, and Ossie at a ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Barton | Stars: Eleanore Whitney, Tom Brown, Buster Crabbe, William Frawley

Votes: 11

48. Over the Goal (1937)

Approved | 63 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

Injured Carlton College quarterback Ken Thomas makes a promise to his girlfriend that he won't play again. Then, when she relents, crooks hoping to make money from the big game, kidnap him.

Director: Noel M. Smith | Stars: June Travis, William Hopper, Johnnie Davis, Gordon Oliver

Votes: 108

49. Saturday's Heroes (1937)

Approved | 60 min | Drama, Romance, Sport