Super Bowl Sunday is bittersweet. It is always a great reason to spend the day with family and friends, but it also means the end of the NFL season. And since the college season ended a couple of weeks ago with another Championship for Alabama, what the heck are we supposed to watch? You watch football movies because until the NCAA tournament, ‘fake’ football is more entertaining than basketball. Be sure to check out the top five grossing football movies, including some of my favorites, to tie you over until March Madness!
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1. “The Blind Side” (2009) is based on the story of Michael “Big Mike” Oher, played by Quinton Aaron earned $255,959,475. Originally a homeless boy, Big Mike becomes an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring family. “The Blind Side” also starred Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw.
2. “The Waterboy” (1998) casted Adam Sandler as main character Bobby Boucher, a water boy for a college football team. Boucher moved from the sidelines to the field when his coach discovered his talent for tackling people larger than him! “The Waterboy” cast included Kathy Bates and Henry Winkler which grossed $161,491,646.
3. “The Longest Yard” (2005) remake is about a long ago football star who lands in prison and is given the task of creating a team of convicts to face-off against the prison guards. Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Burt Reynolds were cast in the film that made $158,119,460.
4. “Remember the Titans” (2000) featured Denzel Washington as Coach Herman Boone, the newly selected African-American coach of T.C. Williams High School. The film based on a true story takes you through the ups and downs of the team’s first season as a racially integrated group. Will Patton and Wood Harris also starred in “Remember the Titans” which earned $115,654,751.
5. “Any Given Sunday” (1999) grossed $75,530,832 with a popular cast including Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz and Dennis Quaid. In “Any Given Sunday,” a third-string quarterback has a series of outstanding performances when he replaces an injured all-star. His performances makes the aging coach realize it’s time to reassess his game plan and outlook on life all while struggling with the pressure of winning from the team’s new owner.