Football movie classics
Before Mark Wahlberg put on boxing gloves for the real-life drama The Fighter, he donned a Philadelphia Eagles uniform for this real-life saga about Vince Papale, a down-on-his-luck South Philly bartender plucked from obscurity in 1976 to play for the Eagles. From the opening credits of a rundown working-class neighborhood to Vinces gutsy moves on the field, veteran cinematographer and first-time director Ericson Core overcomes underdog-to-hero clichés to give this film authentic grit. -Loren King
Pictured: Mark Wahlberg as Vince Papale.