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7/18/2007 12:53:00 PM
Alex Smith's Top Five Football Films
Remember the Titans had all the elements that make a sports movie special.
Photo by AP
By Richard Deitsch, SI.com
If the quarterback thing doesn't work out, Alex Smith might have a career as a film critic. The Niners third-year QB is a serious movie buff who loves nothing more than heading to the cinema on his off-day. SI.com recently caught up with Smith and asked him for his top five football movies of all time. His list:
2.Any Given Sunday
3.Remember the Titans
Says Smith: "When I was little and dreamed about playing college football. The Program was kind of the movie then. Remember the Titans is based on a true story and besides football, there are a lot of things going on. The movie makes you feel good and it's really well done. Rudy is about heart and work ethic and how much you put into it, and that's the kind of guy I am with football. I think it's a game where you get out what you put in. Brian's Song is a classic. I remember watching it when I was younger and I loved the look of the old Bears camp. It's a touching story. There's a lot to take away from that film besides football."
i agree remember the titans is an excellent movie but not a sports movie. only because if you call it a sports movie you are degrading the point of the movie which is racism. the best sports movie is field of dreams. dustin
SI must be terribly disappointed that Semi-Tough didn't make the list.
Personally, I prefer North Dallas Forty ("Hell coach, I love needles."), the original version of The Longest Yard ("But shaving points off of a football game, man that's un-American."), and M*A*S*H ("Hot Lips, you incredible nincompoop. It's the end of the quarter.").
Alex Smith is as bad at picking movies as he is at playing football. Any Given Sunday? Not only does it not belong on the list but it's also one of the worst movies ever made. Pacino in the same room as Diaz is a joke.
Where's The Program?!?!?! "Place at the table! Oh yeah!"
1.North Dallas Forty-One of my all time favorites 2.Rudy 3. Remember the Titans 4.The Longest Yard(1974) 5.The Waterboy 6.Brian's Song 7.The Program 8.Varisty Blues 9. Any Given Sunday 10.Friday Night Lights
1. Friday Night Lights 2. Varsity Blues 3. Any Given Sunday 4. Rudy 5. The Program
Remember the Titans is NOT a football movie. It is a movie about race and acceptance with football in the background. Friday Night Lights and Varsity Blues capture high school football to a T. This is the HS Football that I lived and breathed. I could relate to those kids.
Any Given Sunday may be a little over the edge in portraying pro football, but it does a pretty good job.
Rudy is just a great movie that could make any grown man cry.
to me, it's Friday Night Lights without question. that movie is about what football is about - the men with whom you play and the team you form. i love all the other movies mentioned here, but they're about the business of football, or a social issue, or about a specific person,... Friday Night Lights is about football as we grew up playing it - in front of our families and neighbors, and with our classmates and friends.
1. Remember The Titans (and I agree with geoff, it's not even close) 2. Rudy 3. North Dallas Forty 4. Trouble Along The Way (anyone else remember this John Wayne movie?) 5. All The Right Moves 6. We Are Marshall 7. Brian's Song 8. Invincible (would be higher if it wasn't so similar to Rudy) 9. The Program (good movie, but too cliche) 10. The Longest Yard (the original - dumbed down for non-footballers, but still pretty good)
1. Rudy (ND fans and haters have to find this inspirational) 2. The Program (PLACE AT THE TABLE!!) 3. Varsity Blues (whipped cream bikini & Ms. Davis) 4. The Longest Yard (Ray Nitsche was great) 5. Friday Night Lights (great casting and almost as good as the book)
First of all, anyone who does not put RUDY # 1 obviously doesn't even know what a football feels like. Secondly, any one who includes Any Given Sunday would have to include (by default) the Replacements and Gridiron Gang, all movies that had the game of football in them in order to support a terrible plot with bad actors. Finally, The Program deserves a nod, but Remember the Titans are my # 2 and Brian's Song my # 3 because last time I checked, Varsity Blues didn't leave me chocked up or ispired, it only left me wondering when the unrated DVD was coming out. Enough said.
Hey Alex, I can't audibilize your choices of "Any Given Sunday", "Remember The Titans" (which was way better than it had any right to be) and "Brian' Song", but you should really try catching the best football movie of all-time, "North Dallas Forty" (it was a great novel as well) and "Everybody's All-American" starring Dennis Quaid with John Goodman.
Well, at least someone included Invincible....It's Rudy, but walking on to the NFL and actually doing something on the team (as opposed to participating in two plays). Add to the fact that it is the Eagles (woo hoo!) and not Notre Dame (BOOOOO) even makes it better.