Entertainment 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 get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling, Denzel Washington
Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Boaz Yakin. The screenplay, written by Gregory Allen Howard, is based on the true story of ...more

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50 7
Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Channing Tatum, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashanti
Coach Carter is a 2005 American biographical sports drama film directed by Thomas Carter. It is based on a true story of Richmond High School basketball coach Ken Carter portrayed by Samuel L. ...more

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54 10
42 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie
42 is a 2013 American biographical sports film written and directed by Brian Helgeland about the racial integration of American professional baseball by player Jackie Robinson, who wore jersey ...more

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51 13
Love & Basketball is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union, Sanaa Lathan
Love & Basketball is a 2000 American romantic drama film starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan. The film tells the story of Quincy McCall and Monica Wright, two next-door neighbors in Los ...more

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40 10
The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins, Kathy Bates
The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael ...more

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33 6
Above the Rim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac, Marlon Wayans
Above the Rim is a 1994 American drama directed by Jeff Pollack. The screenplay was written by Pollack and screenwriter Barry Michael Cooper, from a story by Pollack and Benny Medina. Starring ...more

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31 7
White Men Can't Jump is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, Rosie Perez
White Men Can't Jump is a 1992 American sports buddy comedy film written and directed by Ron Shelton, starring Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson as streetball hustlers. The film was released in ...more

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32 8
The Express is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Dennis Quaid, Nicole Beharie, Clancy Brown
The Express is a 2008 American sports film produced by John Davis and directed by Gary Fleder. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Charles Leavitt from a book titled Ernie ...more

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27 8
Glory Road is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight, Tatyana Ali
Glory Road is a 2006 American drama sports film directed by James Gartner, based on a true story surrounding the events leading to the 1966 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. Don ...more

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20 4
The Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber, Rod Steiger
The Hurricane is a 1999 biographical film directed by Norman Jewison, and starring Denzel Washington. The script was adapted by Armyan Bernstein and Dan Gordon from the books Lazarus and the ...more

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22 7
He Got Game is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Milla Jovovich
He Got Game is a 1998 American sports-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee. It stars Denzel Washington as Jake Shuttlesworth, a prison inmate convicted for an act against his wife. He is ...more

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17 4
Pride is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac, Tom Arnold
Pride is a 2007 biopic drama feature film released by Lionsgate Entertainment on March 23, 2007. Loosely based upon the true story of Philadelphia swim coach James "Jim" Ellis, Pride ...more

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16 4
Hoop Dreams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
William Gates, Arthur Agee
Hoop Dreams is a 1994 American documentary film directed by Steve James and written by James and Frederick Marx, with Kartemquin Films. It follows the story of two African-American high school ...more

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19 7
Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
John Candy, Malik Yoba, Jay Brazeau
Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon, Doug E. Doug, Rawle D. Lewis, Malik Yoba and John Candy. The film was released in the United States on ...more

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17 6
Ali is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Will Smith, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith
Ali is a 2001 American biographical film directed by Michael Mann. The film tells the story of the boxer Muhammad Ali, played by Will Smith, from 1964-74 featuring his capture of the heavyweight ...more

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21 10
Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird
Space Jam is a 1996 American live-action/animated sports family/comedy film starring basketball player Michael Jordan and featuring the Looney Tunes characters. The film was produced by Ivan ...more

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15 5
Sunset Park is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Terrence Howard, Carol Kane, Rhea Perlman
Sunset Park is a 1996 basketball film. It stars Rhea Perlman as the head coach of a high school boys' basketball team from the Sunset Park neighborhood in New York City. The film also stars ...more

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18 9
Drumline is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon, Orlando Jones
Drumline is a 2002 American drama film directed by Charles Stone III. The screenplay, a fictional story about a historically black college and university marching band, was written by Tina ...more

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11 3
Brian's Song is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Dick Butkus, James Caan, Billy Dee Williams
Brian's Song is a 1971 ABC Movie of the Week that recounts the details of the life of Brian Piccolo, a Wake Forest University football player stricken with terminal cancer after turning pro, ...more

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12 4
Men of Honor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr.
Men of Honor is a 2000 drama film, starring Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. The film was directed by George Tillman, Jr. It is inspired by the true story of Master chief petty officer Carl ...more

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9 2
The Jesse Owens Story is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
LeVar Burton, Norman Fell, Tom Bosley
The Jesse Owens Story is a 1984 biographical film about the black athlete Jesse Owens. Dorian Harewood plays the Olympic gold-winning athlete. The drama won a 1985 Primetime Emmy Award and was ...more

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9 2
When We Were Kings is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
George Foreman, B.B. King, Don King
When We Were Kings is a 1996 documentary film directed by Leon Gast about the famous "Rumble in the Jungle" heavyweight championship match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. The ...more

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10 3
The Greatest is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones, Ernest Borgnine
The Greatest is a 1977 film about the life of boxer Muhammad Ali, in which Ali plays himself. It was directed by Tom Gries and Monte Hellman. The film follows Ali's life from the 1960 Olympics ...more

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10 5
Blue Chips is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Shaquille O'Neal, Larry Bird, Kevin Garnett
Blue Chips is a 1994 basketball drama film, directed by William Friedkin, written by Ron Shelton and starring Nick Nolte as a college coach and real-life basketball stars Shaquille O'Neal and ...more

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13 8
Rebound is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
Martin Lawrence, Megan Mullally, Tom Arnold
Rebound is a 2005 comedy film directed by Steve Carr and starring Martin Lawrence as a disgraced college basketball coach who returns to his old middle school to coach the boys' basketball team. ...more