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Best Basketball Movies of All Time

Pragya T
Wondering, which are the best basketball movies of all time? Hoosiers, The Air Up There, He Got Game... Read on, to know the complete list...
There are quite many basketball movies out there, so it's little difficult to figure out which are the best ones. Selected below are two list - the first has 10 best movies of all time and the second has other honorable basketball flicks.

Top 10 Basketball Movies of All Time

The Harlem Globetrotters (1951)

This is a classic movie which is about the world famous 'Harlem Globetrotters'. In the movie young Bill Townsend drops out of college to join the famous independent Trotter team, he becomes the team star and gets married regardless of team regulations and is injured.
Due to this, the team loses an important game and Bill is fired, he signs up for a big money contract with another team. However, when his old team needs him, he forgoes the money and rejoins Globetrotters.

One On One (1977)

In this movie small town high school star Henry Steele is trying to make it big in college, despite corruption and a tough coach. The movie shows how a clean cut athlete can rise above such conditions and still succeed.

Hoosiers (1986)

The movie stars Gene Hackman as coach Norman Dale. This inspirational movie is based on the real life of coach Marvin Wood who guided the 1954 Milan High School basketball team to a miraculous victory.

Heaven is a Playground (1991)

This movie explores the situation of inner city basketball. The movie revolves around Truth Harrison, who is on the verge of signing his first pro contract, becomes addicted to cocaine.

White Men Can't Jump (1992)

This Hollywood movie stars Wesley Snipes (Sidney) and Woody Harrelson (Billy). Bill and Syndey are the best basketball hustlers in the town, and when they come together nothing can stop them, except for each other.

The Air Up There (1994)

This is a very unique basketball movie, which is about a college basketball coach who needs to make a dramatic find, so that he can get a big promotion. He finds Saleh in Africa, a huge basketball prodigy. However, Saleh is the chief's son and has responsibilities at home.

Blue Chips (1994)

In this movie Pete Bell who is a college basketball coach is under a lot of pressure, as his team isn't winning and he can't attract new players. The new players are secretly being paid, which is a forbidden practice.

He Got Game (1998)

This awesome movie is about Jesus Shuttlesworth, who is the most sought-after high school basketball prospect in the country. However, Jesus's dream to make it big is overshadowed by his father, who is in prison for killing Jesus's mother.

Love & Basketball (2000)

It is about a unique romance between two star high school players.

Glory Road (2006)

This is a very entertaining movie with great acting and fun basketball scenes. In this movie Haskins is looking for best talented players and finds 7 blacks and 5 white players. The team is mocked and ridiculed, but against all odds the team reach the National Championship game.

Other Honorable Mentions

  • Fast Break (1979)
  • The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979)
  • That Championship Season (1982)
  • Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)
  • Pistol: The Birth Of A Legend (1991)
  • Above the Rim (1994)
  • Hoop Dreams (1994)
  • Home of the Giants (2007)
  • Crossing the Line (2002)
  • Finding Forrester (2000)
  • Space Jam (1996)
  • The Basketball Diaries (1995)
  • Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (1996)
  • Passing Glory (1999)
  • Red Sneakers, The (2002)
  • Coach Carter (2005)
  • Semi-Pro (2008)
These were the greatest basketball movies and other honorable mentions. So, watch the unseen movies and enjoy the story and great basketball scenes!