Football movie classics
The Best of Times (1986)
A forgotten 80s classic, Best turns the unrelenting pressures of small-town football into neurotic farce. Robin Williams, at his squirmiest, plays the guy who dropped the ball in the big game in high school; 13 years later, he still cant get on with his life. So he talks his old quarterback (Kurt Russell) and the other players into a replay. Its broad and predictable but it gets me every damn time it turns up on cable especially the return of Kid Lester. Ron Shelton (Bull Durham) wrote the script. - Ty Burr
From left: Robin Williams as Jack Dundee and Kurt Russell as Reno Hightower.