Since the early 1960s, NFL Films has made movie and TV history by capturing the National Football League’s most exciting moments and sounds. We listed our 10 favorite NFL Films productions. What would you add—or remove? What would you put in your own list?
NFL Films was just a small production studio under a different name before becoming linked to the NFL in the ealry 1960s. Over the years, it has gone on to become the most honored film maker in sports, making film history by capturing the National Football League’s most exciting moments and sounds.
These are our 10 favorite NFL Films productions. What would you add—or remove? What would you put in your own list? Tell us in the comments below.
1. “Full Color Football: The History of the American Football League” (2010)
This five-part documentary series tells the story of the AFL from its birth to its merger with rival NFL through interviews with Joe Namath and Al Davis, among many others.
2. “Hard Knocks” series (2001-Present)
The HBO series offers a behind-the-scenes chronicle of an NFL team as its players, coaches and staff prepare for the upcoming season. In 2009, the series earned NFL Films its 100th Emmy.
3. “NFL Game of the Week” (1965-Present)
Now known as “NFL Films Game of the Week,” this series airs on NFL Network and features NFL games from the previous week.
4. “NFL Total Access” (2003-Present)
NFL Films produces featured content for this daily news show that takes a unique look inside team training facilities with exclusive video and interviews from players and coaches.
5. “Football Follies” (1968)
Football Follies collects the most comical and, at times, bizarre plays on the field, highlighting a lighter side to the intensity of the game.
6. “They Call it Pro Football” (1965)
Longtime football fans refer to this movie as a critical step in Ed Sabol’s career. It made signicant advances in portraying the sport on film.
7. “NFL Films Presents” (1967-Present)
Now the longest running television sports series, this weekly show features interviews and stories from NFL players and coaches.
8. “100 Yard Universe” (1995)
According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, where this film is exclusively screened, “100 Yard Universe” is the first live-action sports movie shot in Cinemascope.
9. “NFL Under the Helmet” (1990-Present)
This weekly TV show has become another opportunity for NFL fans to get behind-the-scenes interviews and video of their favorite teams.
10. “Road to the Super Bowl” (1974-Present)
This documentary played a critical role in NFL Films’ history, earning the studio its first Emmy win.