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10 Football (Soccer) Films Worth Seeing

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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.


Football Factory

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?


Green Street

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.



CCahill (author) from England on November 26, 2012:

heh yeah you still see loads of bubbles at upton park, funny tho, not exactly the first thing you think of when you think organized violence.. pretty bubbles :p

luca1937 on November 25, 2012:

my friend wanted to watch football factory i`ve seen green street hooligans is was quite good west ham fans singing im forver blowing bubbles. that's good i loved green street hooligans

markfo from Middlesex, England on October 14, 2012:

Lol, Bobby Moore in escape to victory was a better actor than Danny Dyer.

Francescad from London on October 14, 2012:

Or is that Malcolm Smith?

CCahill (author) from England on October 11, 2012:

Whaaaa? but he plays such a range of characters!... oh wait

markfo from Middlesex, England on October 11, 2012:

Football Factory and Danny Dyer.

If ever a man was appropriately named - Dyer by name and dire by


nlazar on October 09, 2012:

The Mean Machine should be up among the honorable mentions if not number 9 or 10, but a great list! I gotta watch some of these.

CCahill (author) from England on October 09, 2012:

Problem with most of em is, you know what's gonna happen, team starts off poor, struggles and then has a montage, battles through some sort of issue/trouble and then goes onto win the match/cup/league, its the classic sports film formula :)

James Vernon from UK on October 09, 2012:

They don't seem to make too many good football films or sports films in general. Sometimes a bit too corny/unbelievable. But i thought 'The Damned United' was good and i would have put 'Fever Pitch' in there too.

CCahill (author) from England on October 08, 2012:

to be fair, the coverage of the whole sport of American Football as a whole is pretty special, also their training facilities and stat indexes, i do believe Soccer ironically has some things to learn from American Football.

'Different ball game' but hey as a lover of Sports generally, ill be sure to check them out cheers Steve ;)

Steve Wright from Norwich, England on October 08, 2012:

Our football movies aren't a shade on those from across the pond though, movies that are actually true accounts such as Rudy, Invincible, Remember The Titans and The Blind Side, make all of ours look pretty lame. If you ever get a chance to watch these CCahill you should check them out, you don't necessarily have to be a fan of American Football to appreciate the stories they tell.

CCahill (author) from England on October 04, 2012:

Ha well to be fair, it was a concious effort to miss looking for Eric out, wasn't sure if it could be appreciated by anyone who ISN'T a United fan

What's this "Manchester United ruined my life" about?

Liam Hallam from Nottingham UK on October 04, 2012:

As a united fan missing looking for Eric is quite a mishap.

I'm just waiting on an adaptation of Colin Schindlers 'Manchester United ruined my life'. That has real promise on being a proper football history lesson. I'm not a city fan but the story behind the club over the years makes it more appealing.

CCahill (author) from England on October 03, 2012:

Neither of the 1st two had such a profound effect on me when i watched em but then i was young at the time, might give em another crack, Mean Machine was in contention, maybe on a different day it would be in there too..

Im more bothered that i missed out Looking for Eric and United :p

Liam Hallam from Nottingham UK on October 03, 2012:

What about When Saturday Comes? Or Fever Pitch? You've missed off a couple of absolute classics! Or even Mean Machine?

Can't agree to any will Ferrell film in any top 10- he's just not funny!

CCahill (author) from England on October 03, 2012:

its funny you should say that, since your from Pakistan, i wondered how well Bend it like Beckham was received there

mmsu from Pakistan on October 03, 2012:

Goal series and the bend it like Beckham one's are the best.

CCahill (author) from England on October 03, 2012:

@AnthonyBinks Same logic :) I thought about Escape to victory simply for its star cast but then, that's about it ha

Mean Machine was one for the consideration

CCahill (author) from England on October 03, 2012:

@Francescad amazingly i have never seen "United", so that's what ill be watching tonight :)

i've seen many documentaries but didn't realise this one was kinda a reinacted film

CCahill (author) from England on October 03, 2012:

@ A M Werner ha Will Ferrell is a marmite character for sure!

Anthony Binks from Northern Ireland on October 03, 2012:

Thank god you didn't put Escape to victory in there...

Mean Machine is another good one but wouldn't be in the top 10.

Francescad from London on October 03, 2012:

A couple on there that I haven't seen! Football Factory as a book is worth a read. Quite a lot in there that doesn't get translated to screen.

'United' about the Munich air disaster is a good watch. Doesn't have the feel good factor but very interesting an entertaining.

Allen Werner from West Allis on October 02, 2012:

I haven't seen four of them but I would remove the Kicking and Screaming film (not a fan of Will Ferrell). Everyone should see Goal, That Damned United, and Bend It Like Beckham. And probably don't want to watch Green Street Hooligans with your kids. Peace

CCahill (author) from England on October 02, 2012:

to be fair it did have me in stitches, especially with the lesbian couple and their kid when the other guy picks him up at the end... but i couldn't bring myself to place it any higher with it just being a silly film :)

Peter V from At the Beach in Florida on October 02, 2012:

Good hub. I love kicking and screaming. That was a hilarious movie. There are a few on here I haven't heard of, which may be worth a look! Voted up and shared!

CCahill (author) from England on October 02, 2012:

@JMartin oh aye definitely! its Ricky Tomlinson, ya don't get any more British! guess it'll remind you of home, as an aspiring director you should tottally do a Football film, theres simply not enough of them for such a massively watched thing

CCahill (author) from England on October 02, 2012:

@Rich Seriously!? Oh well we know what you'll be doing over the next few weeks!! I actually purposely included a couple american Soccer films, surprised you haven't seen even them

CCahill (author) from England on October 02, 2012:

@SteveW Yeah good call, Forgot all about Purely belter and Fever pitch only just missed out, its been way too long since i've seen Fever pitch actually, definitely need to give that another watch, can barely remember it now

jmartin1344 from Royal Oak, Michigan on October 02, 2012:

Mike Bassett always cracks me up, true British humor!

Nice hub!

Richard-Murray on October 02, 2012:

i haven't seen any of these films, in the states baseball movies tend to predominate the sport movie landscape

Steve Wright from Norwich, England on October 02, 2012:

Cool hub, a couple more I can think of are Purely Belter, Fever Pitch and When Saturday Comes, off the top of my head. Sheen played Cloughy brilliantly in The Damned United, loved that.

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