Before it was a fantastic TV show, Friday Night Lights was a bestselling nonfiction book about a Texas high school football team that became a 2004 movie starring Billy Bob Thornton. The movie premieres on FX tonight, and it's a great mix of character drama and thrilling football action.
The movie sticks closer to the book than the TV series does, but both show the impact of the team's victories — and defeats — on a dusty, depressed small town that doesn't have a lot else going for it. Fun fact: Connie Britton, who totally deserves an Emmy for her role as the coach's wife on the "Friday Night Lights" TV show, also plays the coach's wife in the movie. To see the trailer,