With the big game coming, we have Football on the mind – that means it is time to get our list together of our “favorite” and “want to see” football movies for kids! In our house, even the one that plays baseball instead of football and the one who dances, we love Football movies for kids. There is just something about them that really pulls at your heart-strings and all 15 in this list are sure to make you grab your tissues!
Rated G: Football Movies for Kids
These football themed movies are for your youngest crowd:
1. Now you can kick off all-star family fun with this heartwarming Special Edition, featuring exclusive all-new bonus action: SPORTS CHANNEL play-by-play quarterbacked by the BUDDIES! This time out, Buddy, the hoop-shooting, hotshot canine, tackles a new sport — football. When his teenage owner reluctantly becomes the school’s new quarterback, Buddy catches the spirit and joins the team. Soon, the two find themselves leading the Timberwolves to the state championship. But victory hopes are sidelined when two sinister Russian circus owners take a bite out of everyone’s plans and dognap Buddy for their star attraction. Give three cheers for Disney’s hilarious hit that goes the whole nine yards for outrageous fun and adventure.attraction. Give three cheers for Disney’s hilarious hit that goes the whole nine yards for outrageous fun and adventure.
Bonus Features include: SPORTS CHANNEL Play-By-Play Quarterbacked By The Buddies
2. Low-ranking football team The California Atoms are at a constant loss until they recruit a new player — a mule named Gus. It turns out that Gus is an amazing placekicker with a 100-yard field goal ability! Just as the Atoms begin to leave their losing streak in the dust, crooks attempt to kidnap their new star. Whether it’s a surefooted race to the goalposts or a riotous chase down supermarket aisles, action in this Disney favorite is sure to make your family cheer!
3. Brimming with magic and miracles, Disney’s ANGELS IN THE ENDZONE celebrates the believer in all of us! Christopher Lloyd reprises the lovable role of Al the Angel from Disney’s hit movie ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD. This time out, Al touches down into the lives of two brothers (Matthew Lawrence and David Gallagher) and a footloose football team that doesn’t have a prayer! ~~Lawrence plays Jesse Harper, who’s the only talented player on his high school football team. But after the sudden death of his father, Jesse quits, and loses all hope. Things begin to turn around when his younger brother (Gallagher) sends a little late night prayer, and soon, Al and his squad of angels show up to tackle the problem. For heavenly entertainment, ANGELS IN THE ENDZONE is certain to delight and inspire one and all.
4. A student is able to save Midvale College’s football reputation using his radical invention.
5. Professor Branard’s invention of Flubber has been confiscated by the government, leaving him and his wife pennyless. By using Flubber gas, he is able to make a gun that can control the weather, however it dosen’t work according to plan. After a fight, his wife leaves him. Without funding, Medfield College will have to shut down. So when his invention gets him into trounle with the law, he tries to save the college and his marriage by helping the football team win their last game.
Rated PG: Football Movies for Kids
Your younger kids, with a bit of parental guidance, can watch any of the following movies:
1. Inspired by the true story, Jim Caviezel (The Passion of the Christ) plays high school football coach Bob Ladouceur during the season that changed everything. As coach of the Spartans Football Team, Bob always tells his players that winning doesn’t matter. Yet somehow, with the aid of assistant coach Terry Eidson (Michael Chiklis, TV’s “The Shield”), he’s led the team to a record-breaking 151 straight victories. When his wife Bev (Laura Dern, Jurassic Park) urges him to refocus on his family, Bob is blinded by the pressure to keep the streak alive. Now, in the midst of a season of crisis and tragedy when the Spartans stand to lose everything, a remarkable young player (Alexander Ludwig, The Hunger Games) helps Bob rediscover that teamwork outshines personal glory When The Game Stands Tall.
2. Based on inspiring true events of a losing high school football team. A fallen Coach (D.B. Sweeney) arrives and urges the quarterback (Logan Huffman) to lead and face his rival (Charlie Carver) earning the love of a girl (Maddie Hasson) and the town.
3. INVINCIBLE is the inspiring true story of Vince Papale, an ordinary guy who, against extraordinary odds, gets a one-in-a-gazillion shot at living every sports fan’s wildest fantasy. Like the city he lives in and his beloved hometown NFL team, the down-an-out Vince (Mark Wahlberg, THE ITALIAN JOB) has seen better days. But then the Philadelphia Eagles’ new coach Dick Vermeil (Greg Kinnear, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE) calls an unprecedented open tryout, and the 30-year-old bartender who never played college ball makes the cut. Now Vince needs every bit of his gritty, never-say-die attitude and enormous heart to survive in the high-stakes world of professional football. Heartfelt and triumphant, and filled with body-slamming NFL football action, INVINCIBLE will have you on your feet cheering for the scrappy underdog who helped his team rediscover its winning spirits, and in the process rallied a city when it needed it most.
4. Remember the Titans is the true story of a small town in Virginia during the 1970’s. The “white” high school and the “black” high school are forced to combine into one as the town explodes in racial havoc. Just as the caucasian football coach Yoast is about to enter the Virginian high school football hall of fame, he is demoted to assistant head coach when the two high schools combine. The new head coach is Coach Boone (Denzel Washington), an experienced African-American football coach that recently moved there. On top of this being between the two coaches, they have to figure out how to bring two teams into one and to end the prejudice between the players.
5. All his life, people have told Rudy he’s not good enough, not smart enough, not big enough. But nothing can stop his impossible dream of playing football for Notre Dame. From the time he’s a young boy, Rudy (Sean Astin) is determined to join the Fighting Irish. But his blue collar family only laughs at his ambitions – they know Rudy will follow his father and brothers to the local steel mill. And, for four long years after high school, he does just that. But some dreams won’t die, as Rudy proves when he goes to heroic, occasionally hilarious, lengths to win admission to Notre Dame. Once there, he becomes a walk-on player, serving as little more than a human tackling dummy against the starting players. Bloodied but unbeaten, Rudy wins the respect of legendary coach Ara Parseghian and the other Irish players, who give him one shot at gridiron glory.
Rated PG-13: Football Movies for Teens
As your kids get a bit older, they are able to understand and handle certain things a bit more. The following Football Movies for Kids are rated PG-13, so are for the older set:
1. Former football star (Brian Presley) finds himself back in time before his career-ending injury. Seeking his mentor (Kurt Russell), he must decide whether to let fate unfold or change his future.
2. No hope. No future…until a football season united a team and revealed the character that turned them into heroes. UNDEFEATED, an Academy Award® winning documentary, (2011 Best Documentary Feature — Dan Lindsay, TJ Martin and Rich Middlemas), is the inspiring and moving tale of three underprivileged student-athletes from inner-city Memphis and the volunteer coach, Bill Courtney, trying to help them beat the odds on and off the field.
3. The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.
4. A genuine stand-up-and-cheer movie about a courageous high school football team’s fight to fulfill their destiny and live their dream, Friday Night Lights is “unforgettable and real!” (Larry King) Billy Bob Thornton stars in a true American story of how one legendary Texas town made hope come alive under the exhilarating glare of Friday Night Lights! “One of the greatest sports stories ever told” (Sports Illustrated) is now “one of the greatest sports movies ever made!” (Larry King)
5. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (The Rundown, Walking Tall) stars in this gritty and inspirational movie, based on a true story about a group of teenage delinquents given a second chance to redeem themselves by playing football.
In my house full of boys, all 3 age groups love the game – we own many of these movies already and have seen pretty much all of them, plus! How about you?