Hooligan movies provide an entertaining, fictional introduction into the dark side of football supporters culture. If you love football and are interested in the phenomenon of football hooliganism, you will likely enjoy these films.
Below, you will find a list of the best football hooligan movies that you can watch today.
Awaydays tells the story of a group of casuals who follow Tranmere Rovers in the 1980s. From the fashion and the music to the characters and the cinematography, Awaydays stands out as one of the best hooligan films around.
Cass tells the true story of former West Ham United football hooligan Cass Pennant. Based on Cass’s biography, the film tells the story of an immigrant in the 1970s who joins the infamous Inter City Firm.
The Football Factory (2004)
Football Factory is perhaps the best hooligan film that has ever been made. An excellent cast, which includes everyone’s favourite Essex boy, Danny Dayer, delivers a great performance, amplified by a killer soundtrack. The story follows a group of Chelsea hooligans as they face off against their bitter rivals Millwall.
Green Street Hooligans (2005)
Green Street Hooligans – starring Elijah Wood and Charlie Hunnam – tells the story of an American journalist joining a West Ham United firm. As he becomes part of the gang, he experiences the ups and downs of running with a firm.
Hooligan Wars (2014)
Hooligan Wars tells the story of an aspiring footballer who gets injured in a fight leaving him without a career. As a result, and out of desperation, he joins a criminal enterprise selling drugs out of an ice creme van. Soon, competition shows up and things turn ugly.
I.D. is one of the earliest football hooligan films that were made. As such, it has somewhat of a cult status. The movie tells the story of a group of undercover policemen who infiltrate a casual firm where the lines between cop and yob quickly become blurred as the officers become more integrated into the firm.
The Firm (1989)
The Firm is a 1989 football movie classic starring Gary Oldman. The film tells the story of two rival firms who want to join up for the Euro 1988 but its leaders are not happy about it.
The Firm (2009)
The Firm is a loose adaption of the 1989 classic with the same name that plays in the early 1980s. The character-focused story follows a wannabe hooligan who joins a firm only to find out that he wants out again. Quickly, he realizes it’s not that simple.
Rise of the Footsoldier (2007)
Rise of the Footsoldier tells the story of a football hooligan who moves up the ranks of the criminal underworld to become one of East London’s most notorious gangsters. The movie starts out like a classic hooligan film but then takes a turn and becomes a classic British gangster flick.
The movies in this list are the who’s who of football hooligan films. If they don’t give you the fix you need, you will have to go to the stadium.