Football is a game that ignites passion in millions of fans across the country, with the fever spreading further across the globe every year. As a sport it often plays out a very human drama in the compressed space and time. It can symbolize us at our very best, and at our very worst, but there’s certainly something very special about the haphazard flight of an oddly shaped ball thousands of miles away that make strangers cheer and hug a cry in bars across the country on any given Sunday.

As such, it’s been easy fodder for movies throughout the years, both great and terrible. Perhaps this would have been better timed last week, to coincide with the kick off of the football season (the NFL anyway, the college game burst out of the gates a few weeks ago, but now I’m mixing metaphors), but we thought what better time to count down some of the greatest football movies of all time. There are tons to choose from, and I openly admit at least a few of my selections are very questionable. Let us know what you think of this list, and what changes you would have made, in the comments section below.

10. Wildcats
Right out of the gate I know I’m going to get grief for this one, but since I was a kid, I’ve loved the hell out of Wildcats. Goldie Hawn plays an assistant high school football coach who no one takes seriously because she’s a woman, despite a lifelong love of the game, a deep knowledge, and more skills than any of her colleagues. When she finally gets her shot, it’s the job no one wants, at the head of a predominantly black team full of misfits that have a long history of losing. Sure, there’s a definite white savior complex going on, but the film actually hits on race, class, and gender issues, has a cast that includes Wesley Snipes, Mykelti Williamson, Woody Harrelson, and more, and is damn funny to boot. And Goldie Hawn raps.

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