1. Heaven Can Wait
When a Rams quarterback is accidentally taken out of his body by a rookie escort before he was supposed to die. To correct the mistake Mr. Jordan has to get him a new body that can fulfill his destiny. He ends of in the body of a recently murdered millionaire and falls in love. This rom-com is my favorite movie of all time. It is very funny, romantic and just plain brilliant.
2. Brian's Song
Based on the real-life relationship of teammates Brian Piccolo and Gale Sayers. When Piccolo discovers he is dying their bond is further intensified. A touching poignant film about friendship that will have you reaching for a hanky.
3. The Longest Yard (1974)
Paul, a former pro quarterback now serving time in prison is asked by the warden to put together a team of inmates to play the guards in a tune-up game. The guards are expected to pummel them but not if Paul has anything to say about it. There is some typical Burt Reynolds humor but it is an intense action film with lots of great football.
4. The Blind Side
Based on the true story of Michael Oher, who was a homeless and traumatized high schooler who is taken in by a caring family and becomes an All American and first round NFL draft pick. This is a touching film about family and determination.
5. We Are Marshall
In November 1970 the Marshall University football team and coaches die in a plane crash. The next spring the students convince the board of governors to play the 1971 season. The new coach must find players and get them ready to play a competitive schedule. An emotional film that fills you with optimism.
6. Jerry Maguire
A sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired after making it known. He goes independent with the only player who stays with him, a flamboyant wide receiver. And, of course, there is the love story. A well done rom-com with heart and an inside look at football and sports management.
7. Silver Linings Playbook
After a stay in mental hospital a former teacher moves in with his parents and tries to get his ex-wife back. A mysterious girl with problems of her own complicates things as does his compulsive gambler father. A terrific rom-com with a serious look at mental illness and a side of football fanaticism.
A three way friendship between two pro football players and the owner's daughter gets complicated when two of them become romantically involved. Based on the book by Dan Jenkins this is a very funny comedy with a touch of philosophy.
9. Remember the Titans
The first year that a high school football team is racially integrated their new coach happens to be a African-American. Based on a true story it shows how teamwork builds a unit that can overcome anything. A powerful film.
10. Friday Night Lights
High School football in Texas. Based on a non-fiction book about what a winning football team means to an economically depressed small town. When a key player is injured in the first game all appears to be lost but a determine coach brings them back to make a run at the state championship.
THE TOP TEN FILMS OF 2015