Fútbol Films

List compiled by Peter Alegi, Sean Jacobs, Steven Apostolov, Alon Raab, Thomas McCabe, Alejandro González (Last Updated: October 11, 2012)

Feature Films

Victory (1981) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083284/
Best (2000) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0181311/
Bend it Like Beckham (2002) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0286499/
The Game of Their Lives (2002) by Daniel Gordon [on North Korea 1966 WC] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0354594/
History of Soccer: The Beautiful Game (2003) http://amzn.to/9znNsX
The Miracle of Berne (2003) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0326429/
The Other Final (2003) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0379419/
The Football Factory (2004) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0385705/
The Game of Their Lives (2005) aka The Miracle Match http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0354595/
Goal! (2005) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0380389/
Goal! 2 (2007) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0473360/
Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos (2006) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0489247/
Offside (2006) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0499537/
The Great Match (2006, in Spanish) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0476240/
Zanzibari Soccer Queens (2007) http://irisfilmsuk.com/main/?page_id=19
More Than Just a Game (2007, South Africa) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1144914/
Maradona By Kusturica (2008) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0454976/
After the Cup: Sons of Sakhnin United (2009) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1616504/
The Two Escobars (2010) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1522863/
Pelada (2010) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1530953/
The Children of USSR (2007) http://www.israelfilmcenter.org/israeli-film-database/films/the-children-of-ussr
Lover, Fighter, Jogador: The Unbelievable Life of Heleno De Freitas (2012) http://www.soundsandcolours.com/articles/brazil/lover-fighter-jogador-the-unbelievable-life-of-heleno-de-freitas/#more-12151

Art of Football [Soccer] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0804228
The Damned United http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1226271
Fever Pitch http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119114/
Gracie http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0441007
Looking for Eric http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1242545
Joyeux Noël [aka Merry Christmas] http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0424205/
Soka Afrika http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1671728/

BBC Panaroma Hillsborough documentary: Hillsborough: How They Buried the Truth

Alejandro González’s list on Hispanic Fútbol Films (in .pdf form)

Classic Sports Movies

Olympia 1. Teil – Fest der Völker (1938) by Leni Riefenstahl
Olympia 2. Teil – Fest der Schönheit (1938)
Rocky (1976) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075148/
Pumping Iron (1977) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076578/
Breaking Away (1979) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078902/
Bull Durham (1988) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094812/
Hoop Dreams (1994) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110057/

When We Were Kings (1996) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118147/
Fists of Freedom: The Story of the ‘68 Summer Games (1999)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0275353/
Black Magic (2008) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0993848/
Invictus (2009) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1057500/

More Films and Miscellanea

ESPN: Top 20 Sports Movies of All-Time
ESPN top ten sports documentaries ever made
ESPN 30 for 30 http://30for30.espn.com/
“Soccer movies about poor, brown people,” by Sean Jacobs
The Anderson Monarchs, Documentary project in Philadelphia, PA by Eugene Martinhttp://kck.st/gFcSib

Mister Foot (1991) By Jean-Marie Téno, Cameroon/France.
Women and Football in Africa (2005), produced by FIFA.

Web Movies

Faith, Flutes and Football (1995)

Rattskiparen / The Referee

Zidane: A 21st century Portrait (2006)

Hillsborough (Liverpool FC TV documentary, 2009)

The Inter City Firm (1985) Documentary about English hooligans (6 parts)

Celtic vs Rangers Old Firm documentary (4 parts)

Twiga Stars: Tanzania’s Soccer Sisters (2010)

The 90th Minute by June Stinson


(about the Benin national team’s attempt to qualify for 2010, not clear if it was
 completed; Youtube link is in the production company’s name)

Laduma (site includes a lot of mini videos of the US’s ‘road to the World Cup’ and some World Cup footage.)

The Team http://bit.ly/rW2Pq7

Soccer City http://www.facebook.com/soccercity?sk=info

DreamTown by Betty Bastidas http://kck.st/vPdvAy

Coming soon: FSF members’ annotations and ratings of films. To add new titles and descriptions contact Alex Galarza (galarza1@msu.edu).

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