Soccer is by far the most popular sport in the world. With over billions of fans worldwide, the game seems to be gaining in popularity over the years. Although soccer themed movies have not done remarkably on the silver screen, mainly due to the inability of the director to capture the 'Beautiful Game's’ true essence, there are a few that still tell a compelling story.
While making a movie, a number of factors have to be taken into consideration, such as target audience, box office value, and the content of the film. While sports based films are not ideal box office successes, they do carry an emotional tinge that is rarely matched in other genres. Soccer movies have a lot of potential for creating an emotional connect with the audience, but very few have actually built on that potential. The few that have have not reaped significant financial dividends, and hence might be lost in the burgeoning world of sports movies.
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Luckily you don't need to look far to find these. From drama, actioncomedies to real life thrillers, there are a number of amazing soccer films available at your fingertips.
Here is a list of the top 20 soccer movies that is a must watch for any soccer fan around the world:
20. Escape to Victory (1981)
War movies have managed to occupy a large part of the entertainment industry, when it comes with a football twist, the picture looks rather captivating. Such an attempt was made by director John Huston in 1981 and the end product was Escape to Victory or Victory. It was an attempt to recreate The Great Escape of the Allied Prisoners of war from the Nazi Camp, the twist in the tale being football.
The prisoners of war were to face the all-star Nazi team in a game of football to earn their freedom from captivity. An interesting concept but the execution falls short in portraying the brutal realities of war.
Inspite of that, attention to detail was given in the game scene mainly with the contribution of several international football legends like Pele (Brazil), Bobby Moore (England), Osvaldo Ardiles (Argentine), Kazimierz Deyna (Poland), Paul Van Himst (Belgium), and Michael Summerbee (England). Overall an interesting watch for football fans not so much a war movie.