World CupThe 2010 World Cup -- the biggest non-Olympic sporting event on the planet -- has begun.

So while you're prepping the grill for Saturday's big match between the United States and England (coverage begins 1:30PM ET on ABC), we thought we'd get the ball rolling by counting down the best soccer movies ever (or football, depending on where you live).

Check out our list below. World CupThe 2010 World Cup -- the biggest non-Olympic sporting event on the planet -- has begun.

So while you're prepping the grill for Saturday's big match between the United States and England (coverage begins 1:30PM ET on ABC), we thought we'd get the ball rolling by counting down the best soccer movies ever (or football, depending on where you live).

Check out our list below.

Bend it Like Beckham'Bend it Like Beckham.' This inspirational 2002 flick stars Parminder Nagra ('ER') as Jess, whose traditional family fails to understand her obsession with David Beckham and his sport, soccer. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers ('The Tudors'), Keira Knightley ('Pride & Prejudice') and Archie Panjabi ('The Good Wife') co-star.





Once in a Lifetime'Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos.' Soccer may not be the biggest sport in America, but it did catch fire in the '70s and '80s, when Brazilian legend Pele joined a group of world all-stars and introduced Manhattan glitterati to the sport. The film zeroes in on striker Giorgio Chinaglia, pot-stirrer and goal-scorer extraordinaire.




Victory'Victory.' If your Sly Stallone experience is limited to 'Rocky' and 'Rambo,' you may want to give this John Huston film a shot. In World War II Germany, Nazi officials organize a soccer game comprising allied prisoners of war. Stallone's team includes real-life soccer legend Pele, who plays a fellow-soldier. That almost guarantees a win for the team; however, the real victory lies in escape.




Shaolin Soccer'Shaolin Soccer.' For those who like a little kung fu in their soccer and a little soccer in their kung fu, this is the film for you. Released in 2001, 'Shaolin Soccer' follows a team of soccer-mad monks who set their sights on winning the coveted Super Cup. To do so, they must marshal their martial arts skills in order to take down fearsome Team Evil. The insane final showdown has elements of 'Victory', 'The Matrix', 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' and The Three Stooges.




Gracie'Gracie.' A labor of love for the First Family of American soccer -- the Shues -- 'Gracie' is partly based on the experiences of actress Elisabeth Shue, who played on an all-boys soccer team years before Mia Hamm's superstardom. One-time pro soccer player (and Elisabeth's brother) Andrew Shue cameos in 'Gracie.' Davis Guggenheim, Elisabeth's husband, directs.




The Damned United'The Damned United.' What does Michael Sheen have to do to get an Oscar nomination? In one of his many films with writer Peter Morgan ('Frost/Nixon', 'The Queen'), Sheen is compelling as British folk hero Brian Clough, a genius and a bit of a fool -- just ask him. Clough claws his way up to dream job of manager (i.e., head coach) at powerhouse Leeds United, only to get kicked around, both literally and figuratively.




Ladybugs'Ladybugs.' We can't force you to love soccer, but who doesn't love Dangerfield? In this 1992 quest for respect, Rodney finds it coaching a girls' soccer team. 'Ladybugs' is an early entry on Vinessa Shaw's strange resume -- she followed this with movies by Stanley Kubrick ('Eyes Wide Shut') and Woody Allen ('Melinda and Melinda')




Kicking It'Kicking It.'Narrated by Colin Farrell (whose father played professional soccer for Ireland's Shamrock Rovers) 2008's 'Kicking It' is a no-frills account of one team's journey to the Homeless World Cup, also held in South Africa. You can watch this stirring film now at SnagFilms.




Goal!: The Dream Begins'Goal! The Dream Begins.' The best film in the 'Goal!' trilogy, this opener follows the story of inner-city kid Santiago (Kuno Becker), whose stand-out talent for soccer carries him all the way to England and the Premier League. Its familiar story elements are elevated by the cast, including Stephen Dillane ('John Adams') as the scout who discovers Santiago.




Fever Pitch'Fever Pitch.' There have been at least three studio films in the last 30 years called 'Fever Pitch,' but critics agree the one that's a kick is this '90s tribute to English soccer. Colin Firth ('A Single Man') stars as an everyman whose world is turned upside-down as his favorite soccer team -- Arsenal F.C. -- nears a championship season.




'Nike: Write the Future.' Directed by Oscar-nominated auteur Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu ('Babel'), this is some of the best filmmaking of the year. In an electric three minutes, Inarritu makes a compelling case for the global impact of the World Cup (and, of course, Nike). Soccer giants Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo are front and center, but stay alert for appearances by Kobe Bryant, Homer Simpson and American soccer star Landon Donovan. (Donovan and Rooney face off in this Saturday's USA vs. England matchup.)


'Nike: Write the Future'


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