Updated: July 10, 2016


Gary Norris Gray-BASN-Staff Reporter

OAKLAND, CA.- There have been many movies about football but these are my classics 1 through 10. Anyone that loves the game of football must view them at least once. Number 1. Any Given Sunday puts you on the field, in the press box, and in the coaches corner. It is simply the best football movie of our time. The movie is partly based on the novel On Any Given Sunday by famed NFL defensive end Pat Toomay; the title is derived from a line in the book (also used in the film) that a team can win or lose on “any given Sunday”, said by the fictitious coach Tony D’Amato. It featured cameo appearances by ex NFL players and coaches.

1.  ANY GIVEN SUNDAYany given sunday

2.  REMEMBER THE TITANSremember the titans


This is a movie every football team must see. Discussing what team work really means and how difference can be overcome with great effort and will. An African American coach has to integrate his all Black team with a rival all white high school team.

3.  BRIAN’S SONGbrian's song

This is a love story between teammates and what it means to really care about each other, as one player becomes terminally ill with cancer and passes away.

4.  THE REPLACEMENTSthe replacements

This is a story about what leadership can achieve over adversity and division. It is also a story about players unions, love, and diversity.

5.  THE EXPRESSthe express

This is a story about one of the best players of our time (Ernie Davis) who never got a chance to show the world how great he was. In 1961, Davis won the Heisman Trophy following his senior season in college. He later becomes a professional athlete in the National Football League and signs a contract with the Cleveland Browns.

6.  HEAVEN CAN WAITHeaven can wait

Heaven Can Wait is a feel good movie about a player coming back to earth to guide his team to the Super Bowl. Joe Pendleton (Warren Beatty), a backup quarterback for the American football team Los Angeles Rams, is looking forward to leading his team to the Super Bowl. While riding his bicycle through the older west side of tunnel one on Kanan-Dume road in Malibu, he collides with a truck. An over-anxious guardian angel (Buck Henry) on his first assignment plucks Joe out of his body early, in the mistaken belief that his death is imminent, and Pendleton arrives in the afterlife. It was very interesting because one year later The real Los Angeles Rams(before the move to St. Louis) played the real Pittsburgh Steelers

7.  NORTH DALLAS 40north dallas 40

Everything bad you wanted to know about football. This is a classic in every way. As one player (John Matuszak) finally erupts to a coach (Charles Durning): “Every time I call it a game, you call it a business. They say every time I call it a business, you call it a game.”  After the last two Super Bowl games we all know where the NFL stands.

8.  THE LONGEST YARD-ORIGINALthe longest yard

This was a The Prisoners vs. The Guards movie about aging star ex players, The goal line stand and the upset  vindictive warden make this movie another classic. The original is so much better than the second – re-make because of the drama.  Many  NFL players at that time made cameo appearances in this movie.

9.  BLACK SUNDAYblack sunday

The inspiration of the story came from the Munich massacre, perpetrated by the Black September organization against Israeli athletes at the 1972 Summer Olympics. This incident gave both the novel and film its title. Michael Lander is a actor and a pilot who flies the Goodyear Blimp over National Football League games to film them for network television. This is another Super Bowl football movie with the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers

10. TWO MINUTE WARNINGtwo minute warning

An unknown sniper (Warren Miller) positions himself at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum prior to a professional football championship dubbed as “Championship X” (Ten) between “Baltimore” and “Los Angeles” similar to the Super Bowl. In the movie he is spotted by a Goodyear Blimp camera. Police and SWAT team are immediately called in by the stadium manager Sam McKeever (Martin Balsam).


I have never seen the movie UNDEFEATED but from all the reviews about this movie. It is a must see movie because of the historical event of a Black quarterback (Charles Ealey) who never lost a high school game at Notre Dame High School in Portsmouth, Ohio, or college game at University of Toledo. This fete has never been repeated.


Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network, Disabled Community Activist. Email at

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