World Cup Soccer Edition – Top Ten Soccer Movie Reviews

In this episode of the He Said, She Said Movie Reviews, Tim and April celebrate the 2018 World Cup in In this episode of the He Said, She Said Movie Reviews, Tim and April celebrate the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with a look at their Top Ten Soccer Movies. Yes, if you look at the list below, you will actually count 11 movies, but we are lumping Goal I and Goal II together (We ask that you ignore Goal III).

So, in no particular order, here is our list:

Top Ten Soccer Movies.

Gracie (2007)

A teenager faces an uphill battle when she fights to give women the opportunity to play competitive soccer.

Director:  Davis Guggenheim

Writers:  Lisa Marie Petersen, Karen Janszen

Stars: Carly Schroeder, Andrew Shue, Elisabeth Shue

Bend it Like Beckham (2002)

The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents’ traditionalism and joins a football team.

Director:  Gurinder Chadha

Writers: Gurinder Chadha

Stars:  Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Archie Panjabi

She’s the Man (2006)

When her brother decides to ditch for a couple weeks, Viola heads over to his elite boarding school, disguised as him, and proceeds to fall for one of his soccer teammates, and soon learns she’s not the only one with romantic troubles.

Director:  Andy Fickman

Writers:  Karen McCullah, Karen Janszen

Stars:  Amanda Bynes, Laura Ramsey, Channing Tatum

Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)

The extremely talented Santiago Munez is given a chance at professional football, after being spotted by a scout who has ties with Newcastle United.

Director:  Danny Cannon

Writers:   Mike Jefferies, Adrian Butchart

Stars: Kuno Becker, Alessandro Nivola, Anna Friel

Goal II: Living the Dream (2007)

When Newcastle United soccer star Santiago Munez is offered a spot with Real Madrid, he accepts, but the move – accompanied by big money and fame – tests his ties and loyalties to family, friends and business acquaintances.

Director:  Jaume Collet-Serra

Writers:   Mike Jefferies, Adrian Butchart

Stars: Kuno Becker, Alessandro Nivola, Anna Friel

Mean Machine (2001)

A soccer star jailed for assault leads a group of inmates in a match against prison guards.

Director:  Barry Skolnick

Writers:   Tracy Keenan Wynn, Charlie Fletcher

Stars: Vinnie Jones, David Kelly, David Hemmings, Jason Statham

Lady Bugs (1992)

To climb the corporate ladder to success, a guy agrees to coach the company’s all girl soccer team with the help of his secret weapon: his fiance’s son.

Director:  Sidney J. Furie

Writers:   Curtis Burch

Stars: Rodney Dangerfield, Jackée Harry, Jonathan Brandis

Kicking and Screaming (2005)

Family man Phil Weston, a lifelong victim of his father’s competitive nature, takes onthe coaching duties of a kids’ soccer team, and soon finds that he’s also taking on his father’s dysfunctional way of relating.

Director:  Jesse Dylan

Writers:   Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick

Stars: Will Ferrell, Robert Duvall, Josh Hutcherson

Pele: Birth of a Legend (2016)

Pele’s meteoric rise from the slums of Sao Paulo to leading Brazil to its first World Cup victory at the age of 17 is chronicled in this biographical drama.

Director:  Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist

Writers:   Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist

Stars:  Vincent D’Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro, Diego Boneta

The Damned United (2009)

The story of the controversial Brian Clough’s 44-day reign as the coach of the English football club Leeds United.

Director:  Tom Hooper

Writers:   Peter Morgan & David Peace

Stars:  Colm Meaney, Henry Goodman, David Roper

A Shot at Glory (2000)

Gordon McLeod is the manager of a second tier Scottish football team. Faced with pressure from his American owner, he is forced to bring on a marquee player to improve the fortunes of the team and prevents its being moved from the fiercely loyal town it’s been for a century. Along the way, McLeod must battle his own demons, including long-standing tiffs with both his daughter and a former colleague who betrayed him.

Director:  Michael Corrente

Writers:  Denis O’Neill

Stars:  Robert Duvall, Michael Keaton, Andy Gray

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