Ranking the Top 10 Basketball Movies of All Times
Top 10 Basketball Movies of All Time
Get the popcorn -- it's move time.
You want to settle in on the couch and watch a movie, but you are feeling the sports angle. No surprise, just think of all the great sports movies out there. Well, we are going to dive into the basketball angle of things. Over the course of the past few decades, there have been a number of great basketball-related movies that are certainly worth checking out.
From documentaries to comedic flicks to everything in between, the sport of basketball has been portrayed well on the big screen. From award-winning films based on true events to cartoon flicks involving one of the sport's greatest athletes, movie directors and producers have not been shy to combining the whole "great actor" and "great player" angle, as well. We are going to take a look at a few films that just need to be included amongst the greatest of all-time that portray those exact angles.
That's what makes these movies that much worth watching and that much more entertaining. It all depends on what angle you are interested in watching.
Long story short however, if you are looking to sit down, grab the popcorn and tune into a great basketball-related movie, you need to consider these ten.
Without further ado, let's take a look at the top ten basketball movies of all time:
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No. 10- Glory Road
Glory Road depicts the true story of the 1966 NCAA National Champion Texas Western squad that was coached by Don Haskins. Haskins led Texas Western -- which featured the first-ever all-back starting lineup -- to the championship by knocking off Kentucky in the title game. Glory Road is a great story about student athletes fighting racism and discrimination in the 1960s and prevailing through it all.
No. 9- Celtic Pride
If you're looking for a comedy, look no further than Celtic Pride. This Boston-based film depicts a pair of loyal, middle-aged Boston Celtics fans who kidnap the best player on the Utah Jazz during the NBA Finals.
No. 8- Above the Rim
Above the Rim was released in the 1994 and it portrays a promising New York City basketball star and his relationship with a drug dealer and a former basketball star who works at his high school. A loaded cast, which includes the late Tupac Shakur, makes this one a can't miss movie.
No. 7- Hoop Dreams
Hoop Dreams is a documentary that follows two, African American high school athletes in Chicago. It originally started out as a short film, but ended up being a nice hit in the box office. If you're looking for an old-school documentary-like portrayal, Hoop Dreams is worth checking out.
No. 6- White Men Can't Jump
Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson star in this comedy about street ball hustlers. It's a classic film with a number of good lines. If you haven't seen it yet, you probably should.
No. 5- Love & Basketball
Love & Basketball is an instant classic for any basketball fan. It portrays a boy and a girl growing up as neighbors with increasing star potential on the basketball court. They each end up committing to USC, but their relationship faces a number of real-world issues. The sport of basketball however, helps them overpower them all in the end
No. 4- Coach Carter
Coach Carter is another film that is based off true events. A new high school coach takes over a program that he once played for and teaches a group of young men the values in life and in basketball. From the streets to an undefeated run to the state tournament in California -- Coach Carter is a can't miss.
No. 3- He Got Game
Combine Denzel Washington with a young Ray Allen (Jesus Shuttlesworth) and you already have the potential at a smash hit. Directed by Spike Lee, Washington plays a convicted murder who is released on parole, just in time to impact his son -- a top high school recruit -- on his college decision.
No. 2- Space Jam
Space Jam is just a classic. It combines state of the art basketball superstars with the Looney Tunes -- who wouldn't like that? You don't have to be a kid to enjoy this movie, that's for certain.
No. 1- Hoosiers
Hoosiers is one of the greatest sport movies of all-time. Hoosiers is loosely based on the 1954 Milan High School basketball team that won the state championship that season and brings about the small-town success story that truly has that "Cinderalla-like" basketball feel.