Top 10 Basketball Movies

Looking for a great sports movie to watch over the weekend? Here a list of what’s best in the basketball world.

  1. Like Mike

Like Mike

This is great if there are younger people watching the movies with you. Two versions of these were made with the 2002 movie ranking better than the 2006 sequel. In the 2002 movie the plot follows the lives of three orphans, one of whom finds himself in the national league basket ball.

  1. Space Jam

This is a 1996 flick featuring the legendary Michael Jordan and Wayne Knight. It is a PG rated movie that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

  1. Semi-Pro

A 2008 movie that is great for laughs on a Saturday afternoon. The owner of basket ball team has an uphill task of getting his team into the NBA. To achieve this he has to undertake several measures that are quite hilarious.

  1. He Got Game

This is a 2006 movie featuring great actors like Denzel Washington and Ray Allen. It is a little old (1998) but it has remained popular over the years and part of the popularity can be attributed to the fact that this is a true story.

  1. Glory Road

This is another true story featuring on this list. It is a story of a team determined to make it work against all odds facing them. It made its appearance to the world in 2006. This movie explores challenges that have featured strongly in many sports basketball included. It covers students training to be professional athletes, discrimination on and off the court and racism.

  1. Love and Basketball

The movie follows the path of two childhood friends who later become lovers and also have one common uniting goal and passion, basketball. The movie released in 2000 shows the trial, errors and triumphs of these two actors.

  1. Rebound: The Legend of Earl ‘The Goat’ Manigault

Rebound: The Legend of Earl ‘The Goat’ Manigault

There are plenty of times when talent is followed by money. However with the pressure that comes with making the money and using the same money pleasure it is easy to get derailed. This  is a movie that follows such an example, the star is a basketball player who becomes a drug junkie. The story shows his journey through the drugs and until reformation.

  1. Hoop dreams

The plot of the story features two youth who are trying to make their way it to the top league NBA. It was released in 1994 and is more of a documentary.

  1. Coach Carter

This is a true story of a coach, Ken Carter, whose role is played by Samuel L Jackson in 2005, who decides to bench his undefeated team for poor grades back in 1999.

  1. Hoosiers


This movie joins the list of not just great basketball movies but also great true stories.  It is a 1986 story starring Barbara Hershey and David Neirdof. It is about a real life coach, Norman Dale, who takes a normal team to state championships.

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