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List Rules Films about or featuring a basketball player or team

A list of the best basketball movies. There are the top, best movies about basketball. A portion of them are based on true stories. Basketball is one of the few sports to have been invented in North America, it is also easily the most popular. Today, basketball is played by high school, college, and professional teams world wide.

What are the best basketball movies? Basketball films have been popular for decades, but they really took off in the 90's. The ones on this list, are the most popular, the greatest, and the best. This list includes basketball comedies, dramas and basketball movies based on true stories.
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Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey Hoosiers is a 1986 sports film written by Angelo Pizzo and directed by David Anspaugh. It tells the story of a small-town Indiana high school basketball team that wins the state championship. It ...more

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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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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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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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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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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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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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wiabux added 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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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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wiabux added 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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Brenda Song, Jimmy Kimmel, Jonathan Lipnicki Like Mike is a 2002 film directed by John Schultz and starring Lil' Bow Wow. The film was produced by NBA Productions and features many cameo appearances by NBA stars.

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Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Woody Harrelson Semi-Pro is a 2008 American sports comedy film from New Line Cinema. The film was directed by Kent Alterman and stars Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, André Benjamin and Maura Tierney. The ...more

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Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Sean Connery Finding Forrester is a 2000 American drama film written by Mike Rich and directed by Gus Van Sant. An African-American teenager, Jamal Wallace, is invited to attend a prestigious private high ...more

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Juliette Lewis The Basketball Diaries is a 1995 American drama film directed by Scott Kalvert, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, James Madio, and Mark Wahlberg from the non-fiction work of the same ...more

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Larry Bird, Deion Sanders, Dan Aykroyd Celtic Pride is a 1996 American comedy written by Judd Apatow and Colin Quinn, and directed by Tom DeCerchio. It stars Daniel Stern and Dan Aykroyd as Mike O'Hara and Jimmy Flaherty, two ...more

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josie-maxwell added Millie Perkins, John Richardson, Tom Lester The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend is a 1991 biographical sports film about the 1959 8th grade basketball season of Pete Maravich and his father Press Maravich. The film, which presents his early ...more

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Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant, James Hampton Teen Wolf is a 1985 American fantasy comedy film released by Atlantic Releasing Corporation starring Michael J. Fox as Scott Howard, a high school student who discovers that his family has an ...more

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Kevin Garnett, James Earl Jones, Don Cheadle Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault is a 1996 HBO television film about Earl Manigault, an American street basketball legendary player famous under his nickname of "The ...more

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Marlon Wayans, Michael Michele, David Paymer The 6th Man, sometimes titled The Sixth Man, is a 1997 American sports comedy film directed by Randall Miller, starring Marlon Wayans and Kadeem Hardison. The film was released in the United ...more

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BrandyBrandiceMaeJohnson added Lil Wayne, Taraji P. Henson, Forest Whitaker Hurricane Season is a sports drama film directed by Tim Story and starring Forest Whitaker, Taraji P. Henson, Isaiah Washington, and Bow Wow. The screenplay was written by Robert Eisele and the ...more

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Logan2011 added Jenny McCarthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Victoria Silvstedt BASEketball is a 1998 American sports comedy film by David Zucker starring South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Dian Bachar, Robert Vaughn, Ernest Borgnine, Yasmine Bleeth, ...more

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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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Neither rain, nor snow, nor gloom of night...can keep these hoops junkies off the asphalt courts. MORE THAN A GAME is a rollicking and oft-times heartbreaking account of Chicago playground ...more

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Donald Trump, Dennis Rodman, Whoopi Goldberg Eddie is a 1996 comedy film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Frank Langella. The film barely broke even at the box office, grossing $31,387,164 in the US. The film was directed by Steve Rash.

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pigonthewing added Julius Erving, Stockard Channing, Jonathan Winters The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh is an American sports/fantasy comedy film that was released in 1979. The movie was directed by Gilbert Moses and co-produced by David Dashev and Gary Stromberg. It ...more

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Melanie Griffith, Annette O'Toole, Robby Benson One on One is a 1977 drama film starring Robby Benson and Annette O'Toole. It was written by Benson and Jerry Segal, and shot on location in 1976 at Colorado State University. The film features ...more

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Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Queen Latifah Just Wright is the 2010 American romantic comedy film starring Queen Latifah and Common that tells the story of a physical therapist who falls in love with a professional basketball player. The ...more

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SohamKurup added The Air Bud film series is an American film franchise based on a sports-playing golden retriever named Buddy, portrayed by Air Buddy. The franchise began in 1997 with the theatrical release of ...more

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ElyGarcia added Miguel A. Núñez, Jr. Juwanna Mann is a 2002 American sports romantic comedy film directed by Jesse Vaughan. The film stars Miguel A. Núñez, Jr. as Jamal Jeffries, a basketball star becoming a female ...more

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coachneighbors added Laurence Fishburne, Michael Warren, Bert Remsen Fast Break is a 1979 American comedy film. Fast Break stars Gabe Kaplan as David Greene, Harold Sylvester as D.C. and Bernard King as Hustler. It was directed by Jack Smight and produced by ...more

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john-michael-amores-lapinig added Kel Mitchell, Michael Beach, Moneca Delain Like Mike 2: Streetball is an American direct-to-video film, and stand-alone sequel to Like Mike. It was directed by David Nelson and released on June 6, 2006. This film does not feature any of ...more

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kittyind added Bruce Dern, Jeffrey Donovan, Heather Matarazzo Believe In Me is a 2006 American drama film directed by Robert Collector. The film stars Jeffrey Donovan, Samantha Mathis, and Bruce Dern. The film was shot in various locations in New Mexico. ...more

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robert.mendoza00 added Charles Barkley, Maya Angelou, Cornel West On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of the Greatest Team You Never Heard Of is a 2010 documentary film written by Anna Waterhouse and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and directed by Deborah Morales.

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WillRussell added 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

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Kyrie Irving, Lil Rel Howery, Shaquille O'Neal Uncle Drew is a 2018 sports comedy film directed by Charles Stone III. After losing to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll) in a street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) stumbles upon ...more

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Thunderstruck is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Basketball Movies
WillRussell added Thunderstruck Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller Thunderstruck is a 2012 children's film starring Kevin Durant, along with Taylor Gray, Brandon T. Jackson, Doc Shaw and Jim Belushi, and directed by John Whitesell. It was released on August 24,

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WillRussell added Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jim Varney, Jay Brazeau Slam Dunk Ernest is a 1995 sports comedy film, and the eighth full-length feature film starring Jim Varney as Ernest P. Worrell. It was released direct-to-video, and was directed by long-time ...more

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WillRussell added Adam Francisco Linsanity is a documentary film about the rise of Asian-American basketball player Jeremy Lin. The film was directed by Evan Jackson Leong. The film traces Lin's life from his childhood in Palo ...more

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A Season on the Brink is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Basketball Movies
WillRussell added A Season on the Brink Brian Dennehy, James Lafferty, Benz Antoine A Season on the Brink is a 2002 television film directed by Robert Mandel. Based on a book by John Feinstein entitled A Season on the Brink which detailed the turbulent 1985-86 season of Indiana ...more

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Hoovey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Basketball Movies
Will Russell added Hoovey Cody Linley, Patrick Warburton, Lauren Holly

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WillRussell added Martin Sheen, Robert Mitchum, Bruce Dern That Championship Season is Jason Miller's 1982 film version of his 1973 Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway play of the same name. It stars Robert Mitchum, Martin Sheen, Bruce Dern, Stacy Keach and ...more

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WillRussell added Wayne Brady, Anthony Mackie, Eva Marcille Imagining tomorrow’s America today, FUTURESTATES is a series of independent mini-features — short narrative films created by veteran filmmakers and emerging talents transforming today’s complex ...more

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Will Russell added Emma Roberts, Rooney Mara, Sam Rockwell The Winning Season is a 2009 sports comedy film written and directed by James C. Strouse, starring Sam Rockwell. The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and had a limited ...more

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WillRussell added Vincent D'Onofrio, Gregory Hines, Scott Thompson The Red Sneakers is a 2002 fantasy film directed by Gregory Hines.

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Will Russell added Casey Kasem, Frank Welker, Scatman Crothers

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WillRussell added Debbie Allen, Michael Jace Michael Jordan: An American Hero is an American television film that aired on April 18, 1999 on Fox Family Channel. It stars Michael Jace as Michael Jordan.

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WillRussell added Cassie Steele, Erik Knudsen, Alex D. Linz Full-Court Miracle is a 2003 Disney Channel Original Movie. It premiered on November 23, 2003. Inspired by the true story of University of Virginia basketball star Lamont Carr, the film centers ...more

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Will Russell added The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island Dawn Wells, Martin Landau, Alan Hale The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island is a 1981 made-for-television movie. It is the third of three movies that reunited the cast of the 1964-67 sitcom Gilligan's Island.

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Will Russell added Game Day Christian Keyes, Mario Bailey, David Alan Graf Game Day is a 2007 comedy film written by Lee Eric Smith and directed by Shane Trace.