Soccer Movies

Title

Year

Genre

Notes

The Great Game 1930 Comedy British film about fictional Manningford F.C.
Sportszerelem 1936 Comedy
The Arsenal Stadium Mystery 1939 Crime comedy When a player is poisoned during a match, Detective Inspector Slade must investigate.
Das große Spiel 1942 Comedy
O Leão da Estrela 1947 Comedy-drama This Arthur Duarte movie includes original images of the Portuguese cup final Porto – Sporting
The Great Game 1953 Comedy-drama The chairman of a British club is penalized for approaching a player from a rival team.
Két félidő a pokolban 1961 Drama Based on 1942’s The Death Match between team in modern-day Ukraine (including players from Dynamo Kyiv) and a German Wehrmacht side.
Dhanyee Meye 1971 Comedy
Mohunbaganer Meye 1976
Yesterday’s Hero 1979 Drama Ian McShane as a former football player turned alcoholic.
Escape to Victory 1981 War Loosely based on The Death Match, with Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine; released in North America as Victory.
Gregory’s Girl 1981 Comedy Scottish teen tale directed by Bill Forsyth.
Ultra 1991 Drama Italian film.
Cup Final 1991 Drama Israeli film about a kidnapping during the 1982 FIFA World Cup.
Ladybugs 1992 Comedy Rodney Dangerfield as a football coach who makes a boy suit up as a girl.
Do I Not Like That! 1994 Documentary
The Big Green 1994 Family Comedy A British woman teaches football to Texas school kids.
Fever Pitch 1997 Romantic comedy Colin Firth in an adaptation of Nick Hornby’s book about Arsenal.
When Saturday Comes 1996 Drama A factory worker (Sean Bean) is recruited by professional football clubs.
Soccer Dog: The Movie 1999 Family comedy An orphan’s dog has an uncanny skill at football.
Home Team 1999 Family comedy Ex-pro football player (Steve Guttenberg) is sentenced to serve as a handyman at a boys’ home.
Switching Goals 1999 Family comedy Twin sisters (Olsen twins), total opposites, become soccer opponents.
Air Bud: World Pup 2000 Family comedy Direct-to-video film in the Air Bud series.
There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble 2000 Comedy-drama A 15-year-old’s goal is to play for Manchester City.
Shaolin Soccer 2001 Comedy Hong Kong comedy about a football-playing monk.
A Shot at Glory 2001 Drama A coach (Robert Duvall) tries to get his team to the Scottish Cup final.
Mean Machine 2001 Comedy-drama Adaptation of The Longest Yard with association football instead of American football. Stars former footballer Vinnie Jones.
Mike Bassett: England Manager 2001 Comedy Manager from lower leagues becomes manager of England National Football Team, aims for World Cup in Brazil.
The Game of Their Lives 2002 Documentary Chronicles North Korea national team that made surprising run to quarterfinals of 1966 FIFA World Cup.
Bend It Like Beckham 2002 Comedy-drama Two teenaged girls in England (Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley) try out for football.
The Miracle of Bern 2003 Comedy-drama Set against backdrop of 1954 FIFA World Cup Final, which became known in Germany as the “Miracle of Bern”.
The Other Final 2003 Documentary Match between Bhutan and Montserrat, lowest-ranked teams in FIFA World Rankings, held on same day as 2002 FIFA World Cup Final.


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