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Eight Great Football Movies to Ring in the Season

It's that time of year again. The kids are back in school, and pretty soon the weather will begin to feel cool and crisp. Sunday cookouts will be replaced by a bunch of friends crowded around the television with beer, chips, and dip. It will be loud, it will be energetic, and it will be a ton of fun, as it is every year. It's football season!

As we wait to see how the season plays out — whose team comes up from behind, which unexpected player becomes a star, and who crashes and burns — we shouldn't forget that there are dozens of movies specifically about this exact moment in time. Here is our round-up of the best football movies from the last few years.

8. Friday Night Lights — 2004

Before we had the hit television show (who else misses that as much as we do?!) we had the movie that inspired it, starring Billy Bob Thornton. Directed by Peter Berg, the film follows the high school football team at Permian High School. Much like in the show, the city (Odessa, Texas) is wild for its team. It's the ultimate way to get pumped about your own local high school team.

7. The Replacements — 2000

This comedy stars Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, and Jon Favreau. When a pro-football league finds itself without players due to a strike mid-season, coaches are left to finish out the season nonetheless. They hire replacement players to get the job done. We have Hackman doing a fantastic job as only he can, in a movie that was directed by Howie Deutch (director of Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful).