Football Flicks

Horse Feathers or Semi-Tough? The Longest Yard (Burt Reynolds) or The Longest Yard (Adam Sandler)? What’s your favorite football movie?

Story-telling and cinema require conflict. Familiar rules, regulations, painted pastures and heroes only help. With their automatic underdogs, villains and anything-could-happen/distracting-love-interest/all-hope-lost/crowd-roaring-last-minute-saves, football movies qualify as a distinctive and attention-worthy genre.

And they only get better in season. We’ve teed up the library collection’s finest football features and documentaries: