The Goal! Trilogy
By DAVID WEINER
Release: Goal! (2005); Goal II: Living the Dream (2007); Goal III: Taking on the World (2009)
Stars: Kuno Becker, Alessandra Nivola, Stephen Dillane, Anna Friel, JJ Field, Leo Gregory
Plot: Tracking the epic rise in the world of soccer by the son of an illegal Mexican immigrant in the United States, Kuno Becker plays Santiago Muñez, who turns his dreams into reality while grappling with the dramas of his life.
Why It Scores: Putting a human face on the hopes and dreams of countless of aspiring soccer players, the Goal! trilogy tends to get a little melodramatic, but ultimately succeeds as the die-hard soccer fan's trilogy worth staying 'til overtime for.