22 World Class Football Movies

10. Looking for Eric (2009)

Director: Ken Loach

Ken Loach linked football to grassroots movements for equality, acceptance and socialist values in this sensational tale of bucking corporate ownership.

One man, ostracised from the club he loves by raising ticket prices, fantasises about his hero Eric Cantona guiding him through his toughest moments, the Manchester United legend acting as a guiding angel of sorts for a man navigating troubles way bigger than the game itself.

11. The Two Escobars (2010)

Directors: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist

When Colombian footballer Andres Escobar scored an own goal at the 1994 World Cup, he paid for it with his life. The Two Escobars tells of how he, his fate, and the story of drug lord Pablo Escobar were linked in a country torn apart by gangs.

12. Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In (2021)

Director: Jason Ferguson

This is more than a football documentary, it’s a tale of one man dedicating his life to a cause in the face of inequality, religious prejudice and untold pressures; a moving portrait of the greatest football manager in history.

13. Ronaldo (2015)

Director: Anthony Wonke

See what makes Manchester United, Real Madrid and Portugal legend Cristiano Ronaldo the record-breaking all-time great footballer he is in Ronaldo, a documentary that looks beyond the on-pitch performances of the world’s highest ever international goalscorer.

14. Mean Machine (2001)

Director: Barry Skolnick

Football icon Vinnie Jones leads an all-star British cast (including Jason Statham, Jason Flemyng and Danny Dyer) in this hilarious, sometimes brilliant, sometimes hard-hitting UK remake of American Football comedy The Longest Yard (1974), pitting inmates versus prison guards in a game of good old-fashioned “soccer”.

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