Top 10 Superbowl films paired with winning snacks

As Feb 2 roles around, it gets me thinking about those tense football movies. You know the ones… the team is full of players from diverse backgrounds, they’ve never played together before and their opposition just laughs at them. But add one dedicated coach who not only has football know-how but heart to boot and you’ve got an underdog team inspired who actually starts winning games. Cheer now!

Sound familiar? Yup! These are the movies that get our pulses racing, our seats barely used (cos we’re only using the edge) and our pride-full tears welling in our sympathetic and slightly competitive eyes.

The Superbowl is the perfect time to put on your favourite team’s colours, sit back and watch a few football themed movies while eating amazing snacks. So here’s a few movies and recipes to kick you off to Superbowl glory.

Top 10 Superbowl films paired with winning snacks

10. School Ties (1992)

A Jewish teenager played by Brendan Fraser is awarded a football scholarship to a fancy-pants prep school. But when he realises his new pals are prejudiced against his religion he tries to hide it from them. Drama builds and they play gridiron. This is a deeper kinda football movie with serious themes and great characters. Check it out!

9. Brian’s Song (1971)

Now don’t freak out! I know I’m including a telemovie in this list but according to some in the know it is one of the best ever made and it’s about true Gridiron story so yay! James Caan plays a football player who falls ill with Cancer after getting a break in the pro leagues. His best friend and teammate helps him through this difficult time. It’s heartwarming and inspiring.

Superbowl snack 1:

This is a  perfect Superbowl snack! It ticks all the boxes: snack-sized, dippish, delicious and colourful! Let’s go make it… It’s Individual Seven-Layer Dip from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

8. Any Given Sunday (1999)

Directed by the amazing Oliver Stone this movie is jam-packed full of movie stars including Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Dennis Quaid, James Woods and Jamie Foxx! Once again a football team is struggling and their star is injured! Eek. What to do? Enter the new Quarterback who is a bit shaky at the start but soon gets the hang of things! Think Friday Night Lights.

7. Remember the Titans (2000)

This amazing movie combines good old football and racial tensions. When an African-American coach (Denzel Washington) tries to unite a passionately divided team, fighting over racial differences, the team goes from pretty darn poor to incredible! Woo-hoo! Go Denzel.

Superbowl snack 2:

Another classic Superbowl treat has to be potato skins. Crispy on the outside, fluffy and flavourful on the inside. Pick your filling but I’m going with this one… Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins recipe from Simple Comfort Food.

6. The Longest Yard (1974)

Burt Reynolds with a super-hairy chest, a bit of a giggle and a whole heap of testosterone with a pig skin. An ex-football star heads to jail and his fellow inmates aren’t impressed. The horrible warden demands that the ex-star coach his football team made up of guards. He refuses then decides to train a team of prisoners to play the guards. Funny and action-packed!

5. Friday Night Lights (2004)

A town obsessed with football, a coach (Billy Bob Thornton) trying to hold his team together. Injuries, successes and failures, this film has it all! But it’s not all about football. It’s about the town, the players and their families. A classic gridiron movie with heart. If you loved the TV show you might see some familiar faces in the film that started it all.

Superbowl snack 3:

How cute are these mini pie football creations? Pretty cute I say! They’re really easy to make as well. They are Football Pizza Pockets from Princess Pinky Girl.

4. Jerry Maguire (1996)

“Show me the money!” Yep it’s Tom Cruise as reformed sports agent looking to change his ways and go out on his own. His first client is a cocky football player, Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jnr) who makes him work for every dollar he earns. There’s a girl, humility and, ultimately success. If you haven’t seen it check it out.

3. Invincible (2006)

Ready to be inspired? It’s the 70s and the Philadelphia Eagles are in deep poo. To boost morale the new coach decides to hold open tryouts for anyone to join their professional ranks. Poor, struggling Vince Papale (Mark Wahlberg) heads out to the tryouts and catches the eye of the new coach. Cue soaring music here…

Superbowl snack 4:

Now for the sweets! When your team is winning and you’re feeling rather great, one of these will put you over the edge with excitement. They are Football Whoopie Pies from Bella Baker.

2. The Blind Side (2009)

Oh The Blind Side, how I love thee. It’s another true story, this time about a wealthy family who takes in a poor young fella with a talent for football. Although they take him under their wings, he struggles with his new life vs his old life but ultimately finds peace with the love his new family has for him. Sandra Bullock won an oscar for this so it’s well worth a look. Here’s my comprehensive review if you want to make a night of it: The Blind Side movie matched with Superbowl snacks.

1. North Dallas Forty (1979)

Nick Nolte stars as an ageing football star who struggles to stay at the top of his game. He relies too much on painkillers to keep his old body going. All he wants is to play the game and retire when he’s ready but the world of football is turning too much into a world of partying and business and has lost its focus on what’s really important… the game!

Superbowl snack 5:

And to finish, something a little healthy and a little unhealthy. A touch of chocolate and a bit dose of fruit. How sweet are these Chocolate Covered Strawberry Footballs from Domestic Fits? They look pretty simple to make as well. A perfect end to a perfect few hours!

Which team are you going for this year? What will you be eating?

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