13. CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME FROM NORTH DALLAS FORTY (1979)
From players intentionally breaking the legs of their opponents to a botched extra-point snap, the conference championship game from North Dallas Forty breaks all of the typical Hollywood rules by featuring the seedy side of football and a loss for the stars of the film.
This dramedy starring Nick Nolte took a long, hard look at the addiction to painkillers and booze that pollute most football locker rooms in the '70s, and this game is no different. There aren’t many feel-good moments or triumphant music as the North Dallas Bulls fall short of their ultimate goal. It’s a heart-breaking scene that also takes a look at the physical toll that the game entails.