Directed by Oliver Stone and co-written by John Logan and Stone, ‘Any Given Sunday’ is a sports drama which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the struggles of The Miami Sharks who try to make it to the Associated Football Franchises of America playoffs. The film features several high profile actors, like Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, Jamie Foxx, James Woods, LL Cool J, Ann-Margret, Lauren Holly, Matthew Modine, and John C. McGinley.
Based on Pat Toomay’s book of the same name, the film provides an intrinsic look at the functionality of football teams which one does not usually get to know. It was released on December 22, 1999, and received highly positive reviews from critics. It was not just critically well received, but was also a commercial success, grossing over $100.2 million against a budget of $55 million.
For this article, I have taken into account films that have narratives similar to this Oliver Stone flick. These are sports dramas that use the game of American football as a central narrative point to explore larger themes and issues. So, without further ado, here is the list of best movies similar to ‘Any Given Sunday’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these movies like ‘Any Given Sunday’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Gridiron Gang (2006)
A sports drama film, ‘Gridiron Gang’ stars Dwayne Johnson as Sean Porter, a counsellor at a youth detention centre, who uses the spirit and game of American football to help make the young boys a cohesive unit and teach them the spirit of compassion, friendship and teamwork. Though the film is not a very well written and directed sports drama, Dwayne Johnson’s performance as the compassionate leader helps it sail through. ‘Gridiron Gang’ released on September 15, 2006, and grossed $41 million against a budget of $30 million.