22 World Class Football Movies

15. She’s the Man (2006)

Director: Andy Fickman

A staple of many a childhood and one of the most quotable teen comedies of its decade, She’s the Man makes the most of Amanda Bynes’ comedic talent to offer a film football fans may enjoy but anyone can fall in love with.

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16. The Four Year Plan (2011)

Director: Mat Hodgson

Go behind the scenes of one of the most farcical football ownerships in history, and watch as the delusions of the mega-rich come to make a mockery of respectable London football club Queens Park Rangers.

What was revealed in this tell-all documentary led to worldwide financial restrictions within the game, including the introduction of financial fair play, in order to save football clubs (which are historical landmarks and social gathering places in many communities) from being abused and transformed in such wicked ways ever again.

17. There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble (2000)

Director: John Hay

What is a dream to a young, down-on-his-luck kid from a single parent home?

There’s Only One Jimmy Grimble takes inspiration from the films of Ken Loach and the likes of Brassed Off to offer a football film that captures the magic of the beautiful game’s working class dream, tackling issues of poverty, abuse, mental health and so much more than just the actions within those famous white lines.

18. The Damned United (2009)

Director: Tom Hooper

A period drama chronicling iconic history-making manager Brian Clough’s 44 days in charge of famous British football club Leeds United, Tom Hooper’s adaptation of David Peace’s novel “The Damned United” does an excellent job of transporting you to a bygone era, Michael Sheen spectacular at the head of another terrific British ensemble.

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