Basketball Movies

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Basketball Movies

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1. Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

98 Metascore

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Director: Steve James | Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates

Votes: 22,538 | Gross: $7.83M

94 (5) Criterion Collection

Blu-ray (Criterion)

2. Hoosiers (1986)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Sport

76 Metascore

A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.

Director: David Anspaugh | Stars: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper, Sheb Wooley

Votes: 40,195 | Gross: $28.61M

82 (5)

Blu-ray

3. Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (1996 TV Movie)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

A dramatization of the life of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (Don Cheadle), with a lot of factual based occurrences. A reformed junkie returns from prison to clean up his act and devote the ... See full summary »

Director: Eriq La Salle | Stars: Don Cheadle, James Earl Jones, Michael Beach, Ronny Cox

Votes: 2,692

78 (1)

DVD

4. Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Sport

A 12-year-old is traumatised by the murder of his friend, a star basketball player.

Director: Joseph Manduke | Stars: Moses Gunn, Rosalind Cash, Bernie Casey, Madge Sinclair

Votes: 694

75 (2)

Blu-ray

5. Love & Basketball (2000)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

70 Metascore

Monica and Quincy love and play basketball together through many life challenges from childhood to adulthood.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood | Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Glenndon Chatman, Jess Willard

Votes: 16,910 | Gross: $27.44M

74 (5)

Blu-ray

6. He Got Game (1998)

R | 136 min | Drama, Sport

63 Metascore

A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Milla Jovovich, Ray Allen, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 41,648 | Gross: $21.55M

71 (5)

Blu-ray

7. White Men Can't Jump (1992)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

65 Metascore

Black and white basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances of winning money on the street courts and in a basketball tournament.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez, Tyra Ferrell

Votes: 70,038 | Gross: $76.25M

66 (4)

Blu-ray

8. One on One (1977)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Sport

Henry Steele is a basketball phenom at his small town high school, but when he matriculates to a big city university on a scholarship, soon realizes that he has few skills outside the sport... See full summary »

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Robby Benson, Annette O'Toole, G.D. Spradlin, Gail Strickland

Votes: 1,417

74 (2)

DVD

9. The Basketball Diaries (1995)

R | 102 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

46 Metascore

A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction.

Director: Scott Kalvert | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, Marilyn Sokol, James Madio

Votes: 95,439 | Gross: $2.42M

59 (5)

Blu-ray

10. Glory Road (2006)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

58 Metascore

In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.

Director: James Gartner | Stars: Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Austin Nichols, Jon Voight

Votes: 40,363 | Gross: $42.64M

62 (5)

Blu-ray

11. Coach Carter (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

57 Metascore

Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Rick Gonzalez, Robert Ri'chard, Rob Brown

Votes: 114,004 | Gross: $67.26M

63 (5)

Blu-ray

12. Above the Rim (1994)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.

Director: Jeff Pollack | Stars: Duane Martin, Tupac Shakur, Leon, David Bailey

Votes: 12,772 | Gross: $16.04M

60 (2)

DVD

13. Space Jam (1996)

PG | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

59 Metascore

In a desperate attempt to win a basketball match and earn their freedom, the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan.

Director: Joe Pytka | Stars: Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle, Manner Washington

Votes: 144,159 | Gross: $90.46M

54 (5)

Blu-ray

14. Blue Chips (1994)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Sport

54 Metascore

A college basketball coach is forced to break the rules in order to get the players he needs to stay competitive.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Nick Nolte, Mary McDonnell, J.T. Walsh, Ed O'Neill

Votes: 11,249 | Gross: $22.36M

49 (2)

DVD

15. Drive, He Said (I) (1971)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

Hector is a star basketball player for the College basketball team he plays for, the Leopards. His girlfriend, Olive, doesn't know whether to stay with him or leave him. And his friend, ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Nicholson | Stars: William Tepper, Karen Black, Michael Margotta, Bruce Dern

Votes: 1,226

55 (3) Criterion Collection

Blu-ray (Criterion)

16. Fast Break (1979)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Sport

David Greene is a New York basketball enthusiast, who wants to coach. He is then offered the coaching job at a small Nevada college. He brings along some players, who are a bit odd but good... See full summary »

Director: Jack Smight | Stars: Gabe Kaplan, Harold Sylvester, Michael Warren, Bernard King

Votes: 644

60 (1)

DVD

17. Sunset Park (1996)

R | 99 min | Drama, Sport

A white school teacher takes over a talented, but undisciplined black high school basketball team and turns them into a winning team.

Director: Steve Gomer | Stars: Rhea Perlman, Fredro Starr, Carol Kane, Terrence Howard

Votes: 1,431 | Gross: $10.00M

36 (2)

DVD

18. Slam (2008)

Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Drama, Family

Our story begins on the last day of school during final exams in Beijing, China. Mouth, a shy insecure 15-year-old, and his best friend Monkey, an undersized energetic loudmouth, get ready ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Lim | Stars: Yishan Zhang, Andrew Chou, Xiaofan Lin, Wenqi Zhao

Votes: 325

66 (2)

DVD

19. The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend (1991)

G | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Biography of pro basketball player "Pistol" Pete Maravich, who died suddenly in 1988 at age 40 from a heart attack.

Director: Frank C. Schroeder | Stars: Millie Perkins, Nick Benedict, Adam Guier, Murrell Garland

Votes: 1,170

70 (1)

Blu-ray

20. Go Man Go (1954)

82 min | Drama, Sport

The story of Abe Saperstein and the creation of the Harlem Globetrotters.

Director: James Wong Howe | Stars: Dane Clark, Patricia Breslin, Sidney Poitier, Anatol Winogradoff

Votes: 90

21. Guarding Eddy (2004)

PG | 96 min | Drama, Sport

A developmentally handicapped young man comes to L.A. to pursue his dream of playing professional basketball for the Clippers.

Director: Scott McKinsey | Stars: Brian Presley, Kiko Ellsworth, Anna Maria Horsford, Lee Garlington

Votes: 130

22. Teen Wolf (1985)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Fantasy

25 Metascore

An ordinary high school student discovers that his family has an unusual pedigree when he finds himself turning into a werewolf.

Director: Rod Daniel | Stars: Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Susan Ursitti, Jerry Levine

Votes: 42,402 | Gross: $33.09M

23. Finding Forrester (2000)

PG-13 | 136 min | Drama

62 Metascore

A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham, Anna Paquin

Votes: 79,507 | Gross: $66.40M

24. Forget Paris (1995)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Romance

Mickey, an NBA referee, meets Ellen, an American airline official, in Paris. It develops into a relationship of ups and downs.

Director: Billy Crystal | Stars: Billy Crystal, Debra Winger, Joe Mantegna, Cynthia Stevenson

Votes: 10,664 | Gross: $33.19M

25. O (2001)

R | 95 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

53 Metascore

An update of Shakespeare's 'Othello' with a young cast, set in an upper class prep school, & centered around basketball player Odin.

Director: Tim Blake Nelson | Stars: Mekhi Phifer, Julia Stiles, Martin Sheen, Josh Hartnett

Votes: 18,657 | Gross: $16.02M

26. Wo ist Fred? (2006)

107 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

In order to catch a basketball from the favorite team of his girlfriend's spoiled son, Fred poses as a numb, wheelchair-bound fan. But when he catches the ball, he also catches the ... See full summary »

Director: Anno Saul | Stars: Til Schweiger, Alexandra Maria Lara, Jürgen Vogel, Christoph Maria Herbst

Votes: 5,295

27. Believe in Me (2006)

PG | 131 min | Drama, Sport

In a conservative small town, a young man's wish to coach high school basketball are tweaked by a school board decision that makes him the new coach of the girls' team.

Director: Robert Collector | Stars: Jeffrey Donovan, Samantha Mathis, Bruce Dern, Bob Gunton

Votes: 892 | Gross: $0.21M

28. Jumping for Joy (2002)

G | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

United States, 1964. Bobbie Dean is a boyish girl who has an extraordinary talent for basketball. Because she's a girl, Bobbie is limited in her playing. She can only compete in girl's ... See full summary »

Director: Timothy J. Nelson | Stars: Lindsay Pulsipher, Wayne Sable, Carlton Bluford, Haleigh Danielle DeBruyn

Votes: 102

29. The Winning Season (2009)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Sport

53 Metascore

A comedy centered on a has-been coach who is given a shot at redemption when he's asked to run his local high school's girls basketball team.

Director: Jim Strouse | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Emma Roberts, Rob Corddry, Emily Rios

Votes: 5,668

30. The Mighty Macs (2009)

G | 99 min | Drama, Sport

49 Metascore

In the early 70s, Cathy Rush becomes the head basketball coach at a tiny, all-girls Catholic college. Though her team has no gym and no uniforms -- and the school itself is in danger of being sold -- Coach Rush looks to steer her girls to their first national championship.

Director: Tim Chambers | Stars: Carla Gugino, Marley Shelton, Ellen Burstyn, David Boreanaz

Votes: 1,308 | Gross: $1.86M

31. Space Jam 2 (2021)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Filming

NBA superstar LeBron James teams up with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes for this long-awaited sequel.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee | Stars: Don Cheadle, Cassandra Starr, Sonequa Martin-Green, Martin Klebba

32. Home of the Giants (2007)

PG-13 | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

Gar is a high school journalist who covers the basketball team as it heads toward a state championship; when his best friend Matt, the team's star, is asked by a drug dealer to throw the big game, Gar inevitably gets caught in the middle.

Director: Rusty Gorman | Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Ryan Merriman, Eugene Osment, Robert Garlati

Votes: 619

33. American Citizen (1992)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama, Sport

An Israeli sports journalist befriends an American basketball pro playing in Israel. Although from very different backgrounds, their love for the game deepens their friendship. Each learns to value the other's culture.

Director: Eitan Green | Stars: Seffie Adir, Icho Avital, Chaim Banai, David Baruch

Votes: 47

34. The Harlem Globetrotters (1951)

Approved | 78 min | Drama, Sport

Abe Saperstein, owner/manager of the world-famous "Harlem Globetrotters", an all-Negro professional basketball team, signs Billy Townsend, an All-American, to play with the "Globetrotters."... See full summary »

Directors: Phil Brown, Will Jason | Stars: Harlem Globetrotters, Thomas Gomez, Dorothy Dandridge, Bill Walker

Votes: 110

35. Just Wright (2010)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

51 Metascore

A physical therapist falls for the basketball player she is helping recover from a career-threatening injury.

Director: Sanaa Hamri | Stars: Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton, James Pickens Jr.

Votes: 12,643 | Gross: $21.52M

36. Heaven Is a Playground (1991)

R | 106 min | Drama, Sport

A coach and a lawyer team up to provide incentives for an urban high school basketball team to stay out of trouble.

Director: Randall Fried | Stars: La Taunya Bounds, Terry Bradley, Cylk Cozart, Stavon Lovell Davis

Votes: 309

37. Semi-Pro (2008)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Sport

47 Metascore

Jackie Moon, the owner-coach-player of the American Basketball Association's Flint Michigan Tropics, rallies his teammates to make their NBA dreams come true.

Director: Kent Alterman | Stars: Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, André Benjamin, Maura Tierney

Votes: 75,024 | Gross: $33.47M

38. The Old Music (1985)

108 min | Drama, Sport

The new coach of the basketball team of Lugo arrives from Uruguay. He really knows nothing about training a basketball team so he keeps the previous coach on and in the meantime tries to ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Camus | Stars: Federico Luppi, Antonio Resines, Assumpta Serna, Jim Wright

Votes: 43

39. The Sixth Man (1997)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Antoine and Kenny Tyler are NCAA college basketball players, and Antoine is the star of the team. Suddenly Antoine dies of a heart attack and Kenny has to fill his shoes as leader of the ... See full summary »

Director: Randall Miller | Stars: Marlon Wayans, Kadeem Hardison, David Paymer, Michael Michele

Votes: 5,139 | Gross: $14.71M

40. Streetballers (2009)

R | 119 min | Drama, Sport

Streetballers is for basketball, what Field of Dreams was for baseball. Defining street basketball as America's new favorite pastime, it is a story driven by passion, faith, and achieving ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Krentz | Stars: Jimmy McKinney, Matt Krentz, Adrieanne Perez, Eric Fletcher

Votes: 340 | Gross: $0.03M

41. The Air Up There (1994)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

Jimmy Dolan is a college basketball coach who wants a big promotion. To get it, he needs to make a dramatic find. He ends up deep in Africa, hoping to recruit Saleh, a huge basketball ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Michael Glaser | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Charles Gitonga Maina, Yolanda Vazquez, Winston Ntshona

Votes: 8,106 | Gross: $21.01M

42. Game Day (1999)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

Richard Lewis plays coach Steven Adler, a one time high profile division one college basketball coach haunted by the demon of having lost five championship titles. Now he finds himself ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Klein | Stars: Richard Lewis, Sean Squire, Gerry Becker, Alicia Minshew

Votes: 204

43. The Basketball Fix (1951)

Passed | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A college basketball star collaborrates with organized crime and becomes involved in 'point shaving.' A sportswriter tries to get him back on the right track.

Director: Felix E. Feist | Stars: John Ireland, Marshall Thompson, Vanessa Brown, William Bishop

Votes: 125

44. Playoff (2011)

107 min | Drama, Sport

Playoff tells the story of legendary Israeli basketball coach Ralph Klein. He became a national hero, when he made Maccabi Tel Aviv into European Champions in the late Seventies, one of ... See full summary »

Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Danny Huston, Amira Casar, Mark Waschke, Max Riemelt

Votes: 249

45. The St. Tammany Miracle (1994)

Unrated | 90 min | Drama, Sport

A girls' Episcopalian high school basketball team fights to make a name for themselves through the help of their new female coach.

Directors: Joy N. Houck Jr., Jim McCullough Sr. | Stars: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Soleil Moon Frye, Jamie Luner, Jeffrey Meek

Votes: 93

46. Thunderstruck (I) (2012)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

When Brian, a hopelessly uncoordinated young fan magically switches talents with his hero, basketball star Kevin Durant, he becomes the star of his high school team, while Kevin Durant suddenly can't make a shot to save his life.

Director: John Whitesell | Stars: Kevin Durant, Taylor Gray, Jim Belushi, Brandon T. Jackson

Votes: 4,320

47. Celtic Pride (1996)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Sport

Two over-loyal Celtic fans kidnap their opponent's star player in order to guarantee their team the championship.

Director: Tom DeCerchio | Stars: Damon Wayans, Daniel Stern, Dan Aykroyd, Gail O'Grady

Votes: 9,223 | Gross: $9.26M

48. Air Bud (1997)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

An unexpected player joins the school basketball team - a circus dog who escaped from a cruel master.

Director: Charles Martin Smith | Stars: Michael Jeter, Kevin Zegers, Wendy Makkena, Bill Cobbs

Votes: 15,389 | Gross: $24.63M

49. Like Mike (2002)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

47 Metascore

A 14-year-old orphan becomes an NBA superstar after trying on a pair of sneakers with the faded initials "M.J." inside.

Director: John Schultz | Stars: Shad Moss, Jonathan Lipnicki, Morris Chestnut, Brenda Song

Votes: 17,805 | Gross: $51.43M

50. Like Mike 2: Streetball (2006 Video)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Family, Sport