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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.

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    Remember the Titans is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Remember the Titans

    Hayden Panettiere, Ryan Gosling

    Released2000

    Directed byBoaz Yakin

    Remember the Titans is a 2000 American sports drama film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and... more on Wikipedia
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    Coach Carter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Coach Carter

    Samuel L. Jackson, Channing Tatum

    Released2005

    Directed byThomas Carter

    Coach Carter is a 2005 American biographical teen sports drama film directed by Thomas Carter,... more on Wikipedia
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    42 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    42

    Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni

    Released2013

    Directed byBrian Helgeland

    42 is a 2013 American biographical sports film written and directed by Brian Helgeland about... more on Wikipedia

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    The Blind Side is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    The Blind Side

    Sandra Bullock, Lily Collins

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    The Blind Side is a 2009 American semi-biographical sports drama film. It was written and... more on Wikipedia
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    Love & Basketball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Love & Basketball

    Tyra Banks, Gabrielle Union

    Released2000

    Directed byGina Prince-Bythewood

    Love & Basketball is a 2000 American romantic drama film starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan.... more on Wikipedia

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    Above the Rim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Above the Rim

    Tupac Shakur, Bernie Mac

    Released1994

    Directed byJeff Pollack

    Above the Rim is a 1994 American drama directed by Jeff Pollack. The screenplay was written by... more on Wikipedia

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    White Men Can't Jump is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    White Men Can't Jump

    Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes

    Released1992

    Directed byRon Shelton

    White Men Can't Jump is a 1992 American sports buddy comedy film written and directed by Ron... more on Wikipedia
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    He Got Game is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    He Got Game

    Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal

    Released1998

    Directed bySpike Lee

    He Got Game is a 1998 American sports-drama film written and directed by Spike Lee. It stars... more on Wikipedia
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    Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Space Jam

    Michael Jordan, Bill Murray

    Released1996

    Directed byJoe Pytka

    Space Jam is a 1996 American live-action/animated sports family/comedy film starring... more on Wikipedia

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    Glory Road is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Glory Road

    Emily Deschanel, Jon Voight

    Released2006

    Directed byJames Gartner

    Glory Road is a 2006 American drama sports film directed by James Gartner, based on a true... more on Wikipedia
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    The Express is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    The Express

    Dennis Quaid, Nicole Beharie

    Released2008

    Directed byGary Fleder

    The Express is a 2008 American sports film produced by John Davis and directed by Gary Fleder.... more on Wikipedia
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    The Hurricane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    The Hurricane

    Denzel Washington, Liev Schreiber

    Released1999

    Directed byNorman Jewison

    The Hurricane is a 1999 biographical film directed by Norman Jewison, and starring Denzel... more on Wikipedia
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    Ali is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Ali

    Will Smith, Jamie Foxx

    Released2001

    Directed byMichael Mann

    Ali is a 2001 American biographical film directed by Michael Mann. The film tells the story of... more on Wikipedia
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    Cool Runnings is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Cool Runnings

    John Candy, Malik Yoba

    Released1993

    Directed byJon Turteltaub

    Cool Runnings is a 1993 American sports film directed by Jon Turteltaub, and starring Leon,... more on Wikipedia

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    Drumline is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Drumline

    Zoe Saldana, Nick Cannon

    Released2002

    Directed byCharles Stone III

    Drumline is a 2002 American drama film directed by Charles Stone III. The screenplay, a... more on Wikipedia

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    Pride is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Pride

    Terrence Howard, Bernie Mac

    Released2007

    Directed bySunu Gonera

    Pride is a 2007 biopic drama feature film released by Lionsgate Entertainment on March 23,... more on Wikipedia

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    Sunset Park is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Sunset Park

    Terrence Howard, Carol Kane

    Released1996

    Directed bySteve Gomer

    Sunset Park is a 1996 basketball film. It stars Rhea Perlman as the head coach of a high... more on Wikipedia
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    Rebound is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Rebound

    Martin Lawrence, Megan Mullally

    Released2005

    Directed bySteve Carr

    Rebound is a 2005 comedy film directed by Steve Carr and starring Martin Lawrence as a... more on Wikipedia

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    The Jesse Owens Story is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    The Jesse Owens Story

    LeVar Burton, Norman Fell

    Released1984

    Directed byRichard Irving

    The Jesse Owens Story is a 1984 biographical film about the black athlete Jesse Owens. Dorian... more on Wikipedia
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    When We Were Kings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    When We Were Kings

    George Foreman, B.B. King

    Released1996

    Directed byLeon Gast

    When We Were Kings is a 1996 documentary film directed by Leon Gast about the famous "Rumble... more on Wikipedia

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    Hoop Dreams is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Hoop Dreams

    William Gates, Arthur Agee

    Released1994

    Directed bySteve James

    Hoop Dreams is a 1994 American documentary film directed by Steve James and written by James... more on Wikipedia
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    The Greatest is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    The Greatest

    Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones

    Released1977

    Directed byTom Gries, Monte Hellman

    The Greatest is a 1977 film about the life of boxer Muhammad Ali, in which Ali plays himself.... more on Wikipedia
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    Men of Honor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Men of Honor

    Charlize Theron, Robert De Niro

    Released2000

    Directed byGeorge Tillman, Jr.

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

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    Blue Chips is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Blue Chips

    Shaquille O'Neal, Larry Bird

    Released1994

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

    Blue Chips is a 1994 basketball drama film, directed by William Friedkin, written by Ron... more on Wikipedia
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    Unforgivable Blackness is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 30+ Best Black Sports Movies Ever Made
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    Unforgivable Blackness

    Samuel L. Jackson, Alan Rickman

    Released2004

    Directed byKen Burns

    Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson is a documentary by filmmaker Ken... more on Wikipedia
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