In light of recent footballing events, we thought we’d supply you with something film AND football related to celebrate our victory so far. Football films are also great examples of proper British film. Whether it’s our witty banter, determination, or our ability to include social realism into all genres (even sports!)- British footie films are really underrated!
So, here they are, the top five football films OF ALL TIME! Well, according to the film pundits that work in the NYFA office…
1. Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
Directed by the national treasure, Gurinder Chadha, Bend It Like Beckham not only addresses the teenage perils of coming from a British-Indian tradition-bound family… But, it’s also a football-related film from the perspective of a female – Which is pretty unheard of in this genre.
It’s got everything from charming wit, societal issues to lots of tense football scenes (and Keira Knightly).
2. Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)
If you didn’t already know, the NYFA office is based in Newcastle – which also happens to be where Goal! is set. So, it holds a special place in our hearts. Goal! Is your classic underdog to football star film and it pastiches all of the classic sports films from the 50’s. That said, it’s a satisfying, enjoyable watch for any football fan – especially if you’re a Magpie. It’s also got surprisingly good cinematography during the football scenes!
3. Looking for Eric (2009)
This isn’t so much as a football film but maybe more of a football-fan film. It depicts the journey of a footie fanatic postman whose life is going somewhat of the rails before the philosophical footballer, Eric Cantona steps in to guide him. If your Manchester United fan, you’ll find this funny yet emotional film rather heart-warming and relatable. But, it’s definitely worth a watch – even if you only consider yourself a football fan if there is a heat-wave and the World Cup is going on.
4. The Damned United (2009)
Set back in the hey-day of Leeds United, the film follows the story of Brian Clough’s (Martin Sheen) rough 44 days as manager. Clough’s abrasive and honest approach to football causes unwanted friction and an up and down career as a manager. Although football is the main component of this film, themes of love, greed, and failure are strong contenders.
5. Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001)
After the timely death of the England Manager, it becomes a mad dash to fill the role with a new manager. But, it seems no one’s willing to step up. In comes Basset, a football manager known for taking a rather rubbish team to the Championship. Mike Bassett swears to lead England to win the World Cup. It’s an extremely funny must-see, blending the wonderful world of comedy with footie banter.