Best-Reviewed Pro Football Movies

Are you ready for some football? A brand new NFL season is just around the corner, so we at Rotten Tomatoes thought it was time to compile a list of the best-reviewed movies about pro football. These movies are taking it one game at a time. They aren’t afraid to get their jerseys a little dirty. And they always give 110 percent.


Concussion (2015)

Adjusted Score: 66.834%
Critics Consensus: Concussion lands a solid, well-acted hit on its impressively timely subject matter, even if its traditional sports drama structure is a little too safe to deserve a full-on dance in the end zone.
Synopsis: Based on the true story of the doctor who discovered CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in football players, and the uphill... [More]
Directed By: Peter Landesman


Black Sunday (1977)

Adjusted Score: 72.777%
Critics Consensus: A smart, tense thriller from director John Frankenheimer, Black Sunday succeeds on a technical level, even if it fails to bring its characters to vivid life.
Synopsis: With the help of international terrorists, angry Vietnam vet Lander plots to cause trouble at the Super Bowl by sending... [More]
Directed By: John Frankenheimer


Invincible (2006)

Adjusted Score: 75.009%
Critics Consensus: As simple and authentic as the gritty South Philly invirons in which it's set in, Invincible sends a uplifting and heartfelt message packed with an athletic enthusiasm that shouldn't be missed.
Synopsis: This is the true story of Vince Papale, who became a member of the Philadelphia Eagles football team as a... [More]
Directed By: Ericson Core


The Longest Yard (1974)

Adjusted Score: 84.091%
Critics Consensus: Equal parts tough and funny, and led by a perfectly cast Burt Reynolds, The Longest Yard has an interesting political subtext and an excellent climax -- even if it takes too long to get there.
Synopsis: Ex-football star Paul Crewe (Burt Reynolds) ends up in a prison run by sadistic sports-nut Warden Hazen (Eddie Albert). Strong-armed... [More]
Directed By: Robert Aldrich


Semi-Tough (1977)

Adjusted Score: 81.461%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson star as two pro-football pals who both fall for the team-owner's very rich daughter. Kind... [More]
Directed By: Michael Ritchie


Jerry Maguire (1996)

Adjusted Score: 87.497%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by dazzling performances from Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Renée Zellweger, as well as Cameron Crowe's tender direction, Jerry Maguire meshes romance and sports with panache.
Synopsis: Jerry Maguire is a man who knows the score. As a top agent at Sports Management International, Jerry is unquestionably... [More]
Directed By: Cameron Crowe


Big Fan (2009)

Adjusted Score: 88.007%
Critics Consensus: Featuring Patton Oswalt's sympathetic portrayal, Big Fan humorously and effectively captures the dark and lonely world of a sports fanatic.
Synopsis: Paul Aufiero, a 35-year-old parking garage attendant from Staten Island, is the self-described "world's biggest New York Giants fan." He... [More]
Directed By: Robert D. Siegel

Adjusted Score: 88.442%
Critics Consensus: Muddled overall, but perceptive and brutally realistic, North Dallas Forty also benefits from strong performances by Nick Nolte and Charles Durning. Football fans will likely find it fascinating.
Synopsis: Onetime Dallas Cowboy Peter Gent's tell-all novel about the big business of football is the source for Ted Kotcheff's film,... [More]
Directed By: Ted Kotcheff


Heaven Can Wait (1978)

Adjusted Score: 92.481%
Critics Consensus: A throwback to the high-gloss screwball comedies of the 1940s, Heaven Can Wait beguiles with seamless production values and great comic relief from Charles Grodin and Dianne Cannon.
Synopsis: In this film, Warren Beatty plays pro-football-player Joe Pendleton, who is whisked to Heaven before his due date by over-eager... [More]
Directed By: Warren Beatty, Buck Henry


Brian's Song (1970)

Adjusted Score: 92.739%
Critics Consensus: Buoyed by standout performances from James Caan and Billy Dee Williams, Brian's Song is a touching tale of friendship whose central relationship transcends its standard sports movie moments.
Synopsis: This football film draws on the memoirs of Chicago Bears' Gale Sayers to depict his friendship with fellow player Brian... [More]
Directed By: Buzz Kulik

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