The Best Soccer Movies

The Best Soccer Movies

Complete list of soccer movies--including soccer movies for kids, international hits and funny soccer movies. Soccer movies are some of the most-loved sports movies because they feature a sport that many of us played as children and have fond memories of. How many have you seen?

The Damned United

Release Date 2009-03-27
Rating : 7.3 Production Companies: BBC Films / Columbia Pictures Corporation / Director: Tom Hooper / Tom Hooper / Stars: Colm Meaney  /  Henry Goodman  /  Michael Sheen

Summary: Taking over Leeds United, Brian Clough's abrasive approach and his clear dislike of the players' dirty style of play make it certain there is going to be friction. Glimpses of his earlier career help explain both his hostility to previous manager Don Revie and how much he is missing right-hand man Peter Taylor

Goal! The Dream Begins

Release Date 2005-09-29
Rating : 6.5 Production Companies: Touchstone Pictures / Milkshake Films / Director: Angela Wharton / Angela Wharton / Stars: Kuno Becker  /  Alessandro Nivola  /  Anna Friel

Summary: Like millions of kids around the world, Santiago harbors the dream of being a professional footballer...However, living in the Barrios section of Los Angeles, he thinks it is only that--a dream. Until one day an extraordinary turn of events has him trying out for Premiership club Newcastle United.

Escape to Victory

Release Date 1981-06-17
Rating : 6.8 Production Companies: Paramount / Lorimar / Director: Sylvester Stallone / Sylvester Stallone / Stars: Michael Caine  /  Sylvester Stallone  /  Max von Sydow

Summary: A group of POWs in a German prison camp during World War II play the German National Soccer Team in this powerful film depicting the role of prisoners during wartime.

Shaolin Soccer

Release Date 2001-07-12
Rating : 6.7 Production Companies: Star Overseas / Universe Entertainment / Director: Andy Lau / Andy Lau / Stars: Stephen Chow  /  Ng Man-Tat  /  Patrick Tse Yin

Summary: A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage.

Bend It Like Beckham

Release Date 2002-04-11
Rating : 6.2 Production Companies: Fox Searchlight Pictures / Kintop Pictures / Director: Gurinder Chadha / Gurinder Chadha / Stars: Parminder Nagra  /  Keira Knightley  /  Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Summary: Jess Bhamra, the daughter of a strict Indian couple in London, is not permitted to play organized soccer, even though she is 18. When Jess is playing for fun one day, her impressive skills are seen by Jules Paxton, who then convinces Jess to play for her semi-pro team. Jess uses elaborate excuses to hide her matches from her family while also dealing with her romantic feelings for her coach, Joe.

Fever Pitch

Release Date 1997-04-04
Rating : 6.4 Production Companies: Director: David Evans / David Evans / Stars: Colin Firth  /  Ruth Gemmell  /  Mark Strong

Summary: A romantic comedy about a man, a woman and a football team. Based on Nick Hornby's best selling autobiographical novel, Fever Pitch. English teacher Paul Ashworth believes his long standing obsession with Arsenal serves him well. But then he meets Sarah. Their relationship develops in tandem with Arsenal's roller coaster fortunes in the football league, both leading to a nail biting climax.

Kicking and Screaming

Release Date 1995-10-06
Rating : 7 Production Companies: Castleberg Productions / Sandollar Productions / Director: Noah Baumbach / Noah Baumbach / Stars: Josh Hamilton  /  Olivia d'Abo  /  Carlos Jacott

Summary: After college graduation, Grover's girlfriend Jane tells him she's moving to Prague to study writing. Grover declines to accompany her, deciding instead to move in with several friends, all of whom can't quite work up the inertia to escape their university's pull. Nobody wants to make any big decisions that would radically alter his life, yet none of them wants to end up like Chet, the professional student who tends bar and is in his tenth year of university studies.

United

Release Date 2011-01-02
Rating : 7 Production Companies: Lipsync Productions / World Productions / Director: James Strong / James Strong / Stars: David Tennant  /  Jack O'Connell  /  Sam Claflin

Summary: United is based on the true story of Manchester United's legendary "Busby Babes", the youngest side ever to win the Football League and the 1958 Munich Air Crash that claimed eight of the their number. The film draws on first-hand interviews with the survivors and their families to tell the inspirational story of a team and community overcoming terrible tragedy.

The Football Factory

Release Date 2004-05-13
Rating : 6.5 Production Companies: Vertigo Films / Director: Nick Love / Nick Love / Stars: Danny Dyer  /  Neil Maskell  /  Frank Harper

Summary: The Football Factory is more than just a study of the English obsession with football violence, it's about men looking for armies to join, wars to fight and places to belong. A forgotten culture of Anglo Saxon males fed up with being told they're not good enough and using their fists as a drug they describe as being more potent than sex and drugs put together.

Will

Release Date 2011-11-04
Rating : 6.7 Production Companies: Director: Ellen Perry / Bob Hoskins / Stars: Damian Lewis  /  Bob Hoskins  /  Rebekah Staton

Summary: Will is an 2012 British sports drama directed by Ellen Perry and starring Damian Lewis, Jane March and Bob Hoskins. .At the start of the film, eleven year-old Liverpool fan Will Brennan is at a boarding school in the south of England, due to his father Gareth's (Lewis) inability to look after him following the death of his mother. Gareth arrives one day out of the blue, with two tickets to see Liverpool play AC Milan in the 2005 Champions' League Final in Istanbul. Unfortunately, before they can go, Gareth dies suddenly. Will is determined to go and honour his father's memory. He runs away and makes it as far as France. He then meets Alek, a former Yugoslavian footballer who stopped playing during his country's civil war. Despite Alek's initial reluctance to get involved, he is inspired by Will's determination and tries to help him to fulfil his dream. After many trials and tribulations, Will gets his wish and has a better experience at the match than he could ever have imagined.