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10 Football (Soccer) Films Worth Seeing
Looking for a new film to watch?, perhaps you've ran out of Footy films, theres bound to be at least one film here that you were unaware of or simply forgot about, so look no further for inspiration for that film you were planning to watch tonight.
A film based on Football hooliganism within England, staring Danny Dyer.
The Game of Their Lives
Wasn't very popular in England at all, probably largely in part because it portrayed a much celebrated 1 - 0 victory to USA over England in the 20th Century. Fronted by Gerrard Butler (300), some good Footy scenes and a good little bit of Football/Soccer history, a film which was always gonna appeal to Americans more than the European audience.
Kicking and Screaming
The film has Will Ferrell in it, need i say more? worth some laughs, perhaps not the best Football wise but funny enough. It is possibly the greatest ever grossing Football/Soccer film and its appeal draws further than just Football fans, this is both its best asset and greatest downfall.
Mike Bassett England Manager
Comedy Football film, surrounding the position of England international manager, stars Ricky tomlinson, probably best known for playing the dad on the UK sitcom Royle Family, great comedic actor.
Bend It Like Beckham
DOES NOT CONTAIN BECKHAM! This film comically tackled nearly every single issue that existed within Football quite effortlessly, gender issues, sexism, racism, religion, homophobia, professional conduct... the lot! It performed very well in sales and helped catapult Keira Knightly into full on celebrity status, Keira Knightley playing Football, what more do you want?
Elijah Wood makes the fascinating switch from Hobbit to English Football Hooligan in Green Street, talk about breaking type-casting. He is supported by Charlie Hunamn who you may know from the American TV series 'Sons of Anarchy', who both form part of a Hooligan organisation for the Football club West Ham. This film makes violence seem worryingly appealing but don't worry, it will take you through the full range of emotions.
Theres Only One Jimmy Grimble
A film that never quite got the recognition it deserved, despite starring Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting, The beach) and Ray Winston (Beowulf). Its been described as The full monty meets Football and it has all the wit and charm of any social realist film. Jimmy Grimble is a kid who is bullied and lacking confidence, one day he is given an old battered pair of magical Football boots which he thinks gives him the power to play better. This is a comedy.
The Damned United
A film that follows enigmatic character Brian Clough, one of the greatest managers in English Footballing history, in his very brief spell as Manager of Leeds United, Michael Sheen plays a blinder as Brian Clough, a must watch for any Football fan.
Goal : The Dream Begins
Goal 1... NOT Goal 2 and 3!! Goal follows a young mexican trying to make it as a Professional Footballer in England, this is the typical fairytale rollercoaster, anybody whoever wanted to be a Football who watches this just cannot help but cheer him on, upon arriving in England, he fails his first trial and it looks for all purposes like this won't be a fairytale for Santiago.
The film has lots of Football action and i had to put this first simply for that, couldn't have a film with only a Football THEME at Number 1, afterall its the Football that's key and this film doesn't let you down, with cameo appearances from Premier league legends, such as Alan Shearer, a real feel good Football film.
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Another Football Hooliganism film, set in the late 70's/early 80's, it really sets the mood of the Football hooligan movement existing at the time and the group which called themselves 'The Casuals', packed with great music and era defining fashion, it all helps to create a great mood, a film which gets better and better as it goes on.