Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world. It is a discipline that engages a large number of athletes and gathers together many fans at every event. Over the years, soccer has inspired many film producers. Since the late 1930s, more than 50 movies presented the sports discipline. Also, the stories of some important athletes or teams and the feelings that one experiences during a soccer game were the subjects of some movies.
Here are five of the best soccer movies, launched after 2000 and selected after considering their ratings from IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.
#5 ‘Looking for Eric’
The 2009 movie is a comedy-drama that presents the friendship between a postman and the former soccer player Eric Cantona, who gives life advice to his fan. Steve Evets played the role of the postman, Eric Bishop, while Cantona played himself.
The film has 7.2 out of 10 points on IMDb after 13,116 persons rated it. It also has a Metascore of 66 points, based on 23 reviews. Moreover, on Rotten Tomatoes, “Looking for Eric” has a 78 percent audience score and an 85 percent on the Tomatometer.
#4 ‘The Two Escobars’
The film is an episode of the documentary series made by ESPN Films. Released in 2010, it tells the story of the rise of Colombian soccer and the drug cartels involved in the financing. Francisco Maturana, Alexis Garcia, and Jhon Jairo Velasquez were part of the cast.
Sometimes it really is a matter of life and death.
The movie received 8.6 out of 10 points after it was rated by 2,693 people, on IMDb. Furthermore, it has a Metascore of 73 points based on six critic reviews, while on Rotten Tomatoes “The Two Escobars” has an 85 percent on the Tomatometer and an audience score of 97 percent.
#3 ‘Shaolin Soccer’
The film is a sports comedy that relays the story of a Shaolin follower who forms a soccer team with his brothers. The crew gains popularity due to the players’ martial arts skills. Stephen Chow, Ng Man-tat, and Wong Yat-fei played the roles of some of the protagonists.
On IMDb, the movie released in 2001 gathered 7.3 points out of 10 after being rated by 57,483 people. Moreover, on Rotten Tomatoes it has a 91 percent on the Tomatometer and an audience score of 84. “Shaolin Soccer” also has a Metascore of 68 out of 100, based on 24 critic reviews.
#2 ‘The Damned United’
The movie, released in 2009, tells the story of Brian Clough, a coach of the English soccer team, Leeds United, in 1974. Michael Sheen starred as manager Clough.
I wouldn’t say I was the best manager in the country. But I’m in the top one.
The film received 7.6 out of 10 points, after 32,626 persons rated it, on IMDb. “The Damned United” also has a Metascore of 81 points out of a possible 100, based on 27 reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has a 93 percent on the Tomatometer and an audience score of 85 percent.
The 2006 movie is an Iranian sports comedy-drama that presents the struggles of women who are not allowed to enter the stadiums in Iran. Shima Mobarak-Shahi, Safar Samandar, and Ayda Sadeqi played the role of some Iranian girls.
On IMDb, the movie gathered 7.3 points out of 10 after 5,912 persons rated it. Moreover, on Rotten Tomatoes it has a 95 percent on the Tomatometer and an audience score of 73 percent. “Offside” also has a Metascore of 85 out of 100, based on 25 critic reviews.
Bonus: ‘Gregory’s Girl’
Being one of the first movies about soccer, “Gregory’s Girl” relates the story of a teenage couple who fall in love while playing on the same team. It is a romantic comedy released in 1981, which starred John Gordon Sinclair, Dee Hepburn, and Clare Grogan.
In another million years, there’ll be no men, no women. There’ll just be people.
The film has 7.1 points out of 10 on IMDb after 6,019 persons rated it. Moreover, on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has an 82 percent audience score and a 93 on the Tomatometer.
Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world, engaging many spectators. It requires excellent athletic features and hard work. However, players believe that the rewards received from both the public and their teams are worth the tough moments.
Moreover, the sport of soccer has amazing stories and heroes. Thus, there is no doubt why it was the subject of so many films in the last nearly 80 years.
Opinion News by Bianca-Ramona Dumitru
Edited by Jeanette Smith
IMDb: Gregory’s Girl (1981)
Rotten Tomatoes: Gregory’s Girl (1981)
IMDb: Looking for Eric (2009)
Rotten Tomatoes: Looking for Eric (2010)
IMDb: Offside (2006)
Rotten Tomatoes: Offside (2006)
IMDb: The Damned United (2009)
Rotten Tomatoes: The Damned United (2009)
IMDb: The Two Escobars (2010)
Rotten Tomatoes: Two Escobars (2010)
IMDb: Shaolin Soccer (2001)
Rotten Tomatoes: Shaolin Soccer (2004)
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