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The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made

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Black sports movies combine the thrill of competition with athletes' desire to fight against oppression. The top Black sports movies range from completely fictitious comedies to compelling real-life documentaries. This is a list of the top Black sports films featuring everything from When We Were Kings to Love & Basketball to The Hurricane.

What movies will you find on this list of the best Black sports films? You might vote Hoop Dreams to the top. Documentarian Steve James followed two African American high school basketball stars as they set out on their quest to join the NBA. The movie examined all of the factors that contribute to the future of these young men including race, social class, education, and skills. White Men Can't Jump bridged the racial divide as Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes played a pair of b-ball hustlers who are out to make a quick buck. Other good movies featured on this top Black sports movies list include Ali, He Got Game, and Drumline.

Which Black athlete movies deserves the top spots on this list? Help us decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up. And be sure to check out our list of the best movies about racism.

  • 1

    Remember the Titans

    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling
    Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and...  more

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  • 2

    Coach Carter

    Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum
    Coach Carter is a 2005 American biographical teen sports drama film directed by Thomas Carter,...  more

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  • 3


    Chadwick Boseman, Nicole Beharie
    42 is a 2013 American biographical sports film directed by Brian Helgeland. The powerful story...  more

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  • 4

    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins
    The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and...  more

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  • 5

    Love & Basketball

    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union
    Love & Basketball is a 2000 American romantic drama film starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan....  more

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  • 6

    Above the Rim

    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac
    Above the Rim is a 1994 American drama directed by Jeff Pollack. The screenplay was written by...  more

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    White Men Can't Jump

    Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes
    White Men Can't Jump is a 1992 American sports buddy comedy film written and directed by Ron...  more

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  • 8

    Glory Road

    Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight
    Glory Road is a 2006 American drama sports film directed by James Gartner, based on a true...  more
  • 9

    He Got Game

    Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal
    He Got Game is a 1998 American sports-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee. It stars...  more

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  • 10

    The Express

    Dennis Quaid, Nicole Beharie
    The Express is a 2008 American sports film produced by John Davis and directed by Gary Fleder....  more
  • 11


    Will Smith, Jamie Foxx
    Ali is a 2001 American biographical film directed by Michael Mann. The film tells the story of...  more

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    The Hurricane

    Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber
    The Hurricane is a 1999 biographical film directed by Norman Jewison, and starring Denzel...  more

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  • 13

    Space Jam

    Michael Jordan, Bill Murray
    Space Jam is a 1996 American live-action/animated sports family/comedy film starring...  more

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  • 14

    Cool Runnings

    John Candy, Malik Yoba
    Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon,...  more

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    Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon
    Drumline is a 2002 American drama film directed by Charles Stone III. The screenplay, a...  more

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    Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac
    Pride is a 2007 biopic drama feature film released by Lionsgate Entertainment on March 23,...  more

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    Martin Lawrence, Megan Mullally
    Rebound is a 2005 comedy film directed by Steve Carr and starring Martin Lawrence as a...  more

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  • 18

    The Jesse Owens Story

    LeVar Burton, Norman Fell
    The Jesse Owens Story is a 1984 biographical film about the black athlete Jesse Owens. Dorian...  more
  • 19

    When We Were Kings

    George Foreman, B.B. King
    When We Were Kings is a 1996 documentary film directed by Leon Gast about the famous "Rumble...  more

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    Hoop Dreams

    William Gates, Arthur Agee
    Hoop Dreams is a 1994 American documentary film directed by Steve James and written by James...  more

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  • 21

    Sunset Park

    Terrence Howard, Carol Kane
    Sunset Park is a 1996 basketball film. It stars Rhea Perlman as the head coach of a high...  more
  • 22

    The Greatest

    Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones
    The Greatest is a 1977 film about the life of boxer Muhammad Ali, in which Ali plays himself....  more
  • 23

    Blue Chips

    Shaquille O'Neal, Larry Bird
    Blue Chips is a 1994 basketball drama film, directed by William Friedkin, written by Ron...  more

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  • 24

    Like Mike

    Brenda Song, Jimmy Kimmel
    Like Mike is a 2002 film directed by John Schultz and starring Lil' Bow Wow. The film was...  more
  • 25

    Men of Honor

    Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro
    Men of Honor is a 2000 drama film, starring Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. The film was...  more

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