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The Best Basketball Movies

Updated March 6, 2020 8.2k votes 1.7k voters 134.4k views55 items

List RulesFilms 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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    White Men Can't Jump
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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 WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    He Got Game
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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 WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Hoosiers
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    Hoosiers

    Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper

    Released1986

    Directed byDavid Anspaugh

    Hoosiers is a 1986 sports film directed by David Anspaugh. A coach with a checkered past (Gene... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Space Jam
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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 WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Coach Carter
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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 WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Glory Road
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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 WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Above the Rim
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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 WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Love & Basketball
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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 WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Blue Chips
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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 WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 10
    Hoop Dreams
    Hoop Dreams is a 1994 American documentary film directed by Steve James and written by James... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    Semi-Pro
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    Semi-Pro

    Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig

    Released2008

    Directed byKent Alterman

    Semi-Pro is a 2008 American sports comedy film from New Line Cinema. The film was directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend
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    The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend

    Millie Perkins, John Richardson

    Released1991

    Directed byFrank C. Schroder

    The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend is a 1991 biographical sports film about the 1959 8th grade... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Like Mike
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    Like Mike

    Brenda Song, Jimmy Kimmel

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn Schultz

    Like Mike is a 2002 film directed by John Schultz and starring Lil' Bow Wow. The film was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Basketball Diaries
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    Basketball Diaries

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg

    Released1995

    Directed byScott Kalvert

    The Basketball Diaries is a 1995 American drama film directed by Scott Kalvert, starring... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    High Flying Bird
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    High Flying Bird

    André Holland, Zazie Beetz

    Released2019

    Directed bySteven Soderbergh

    High Flying Bird is a 2019 American sports drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh. A sports... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault
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    Released1996

    Directed byEriq La Salle

    Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault is a 1996 HBO television film about Earl... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 17
    Finding Forrester
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    Finding Forrester

    Anna Paquin, Matt Damon

    Released2000

    Directed byGus Van Sant

    Finding Forrester is a 2000 American drama film written by Mike Rich and directed by Gus Van... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 18
    Air Up There
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    The 6th Man
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    The 6th Man

    Marlon Wayans, Michael Michele

    Released1997

    Directed byRandall Miller

    The 6th Man, sometimes titled The Sixth Man, is a 1997 American sports comedy film directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Celtic Pride
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    Celtic Pride

    Larry Bird, Deion Sanders

    Released1996

    Directed byTom DeCerchio

    Celtic Pride is a 1996 American comedy written by Judd Apatow and Colin Quinn, and directed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    One on One
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    One on One

    Melanie Griffith, Annette O'Toole

    Released1977

    Directed byLamont Johnson

    One on One is a 1977 drama film starring Robby Benson and Annette O'Toole. It was written by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Teen Wolf
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    Teen Wolf

    Michael J. Fox, Doug Savant

    Released1985

    Directed byRod Daniel

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    Uncle Drew
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    Uncle Drew

    Kyrie Irving, Lil Rel Howery

    Released2018

    Directed byCharles Stone III

    Uncle Drew is a 2018 sports comedy film directed by Charles Stone III. After losing to his...Amazon buy button
  • 24
    Sunset Park
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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 WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    BASEketball
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    BASEketball

    Jenny McCarthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Released1998

    Directed byDavid Zucker

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