There is a serious dearth of Hollywood productions based on the world’s most popular game. But there are some gems that are must-see for any football fan and as expected most of them are British productions.
Here is our list of the top nine movies based on football:
9. Goal I and II:
These movies capture the rise of lead character Santiago Munez from Los Angeles to Newcastle United to Real Madrid. These movies were made with assistance from FIFA and hence feature some of the biggest names in the world of football.
8. Bend It Like Beckham:
It’s a story of Punjabi girl based in London who wants to be a footballer. And as the title suggests her hero is David Beckham.
7. Mike Bassett: England Manager
It’s based on a fictional story of Norwich City manager Mike Bassett, who is later appointed as the manager of the England national team.
6. Green Street Hooligans:
This movie explores the hooligan culture associated with the Premier League club West Ham United.
This movie is about an eleven-year-old orphan Will, who is a Liverpool fan, and his journey across the Europe to watch the historic 2005 Champions League final at Istanbul.
4. Escape To Victory:
This 1981 movie is about Allied prisoners of war, in German prison camp, who have to play an exhibition match against a German team. It features the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Pele.
3. Fever Pitch:
This movie is based on Nick Hornby’s autobiographical book. It features Colin Firth as a die-hard Arsenal fan during the 1988-89 league winning season.
2. Looking For Eric:
It’s a British-French co-production and as the name suggests, features Eric Cantona.
1. The Damned United
This movie is based on a bestselling novel of the same name. It tells a fictional account of Brian Clough’s ill-fated spell at the helm of Leeds United in 1974.