Americans absolutely love college sports, particularly football.  Since it’s that time of year again here are 5 of the best college football movies of all time.  All of them are a must see and they show the hard work and dedication behind a football teams struggles.

We are Marshall

After a 1970 plane crash that killed nearly all of the Marshall University football team.  The university president reconsidered his decision to indefinitely suspend the football program.  The plot follows the rebuilding of the program, and the struggles that the team faces.


Rudy is a legend but in case you don’t know what it’s about, I will elaborate.  The movie is an account of Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger who wished to play football for the University of Notre Dame.  He faced many obstacles, and initially failed to get into Notre Dame, he attends a small junior college, until he can qualify for a transfer to the university.  He gets a job on Notre Dame’s groundskeeping staff and in his final semester of transfer eligibility makes it into Notre Dame.  In his last home game, he is able to play in the final game of the season and is able to sack the opposing quarterback in the final play of the game.

Necessary Roughness

This comedy focuses on the removal of football players and coaches because of a scandal at a fictional university. Due to the lack of talented and experienced players, they have to look for players in odd places. They recruit a former high school star, a professor, and a female kicker from the school’s soccer team.  The team finds little success at first, but in the last game wins against the number one ranked team.

The Express

This football classic is based on the life of Ernie Davis the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy.  Despite coming from a difficult background, the character is able to excel on the football field as running back.  He plays for Syracuse University and concludes a regular season undefeated and ranked number one in the nation.  During his career, Ernie had to constantly fight racism and in 1960 led his team to a victory and their first national championship.  In 1961 Ernie wins the Heisman Trophy and is able to meet President Kennedy.  Later in his career he faces a serious medical condition also known as Leukemia.

The Program

This is a movie about players at a major university that come from different backgrounds and how they try to cope with the pressure. They must choose how they face the pressure, so some turn to drinking, studying, and drugs. One player after assaulting a girl, because of his football talent. After facing all these challenges, the players head to a major bowl game after scoring a victory.

These movies show the work and team spirit it takes to become winners.  These college football movies are ranked as “must see.”

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