Basketball movies

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1. Above the Rim (1994)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.

Director: Jeff Pollack | Stars: Duane Martin, Tupac Shakur, Leon, David Bailey

Votes: 12,773 | Gross: $16.04M

2. Blue Chips (1994)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, Sport

54 Metascore

A college basketball coach is forced to break the rules in order to get the players he needs to stay competitive.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Nick Nolte, Mary McDonnell, J.T. Walsh, Ed O'Neill

Votes: 11,249 | Gross: $22.36M

3. Celtic Pride (1996)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Sport

Two over-loyal Celtic fans kidnap their opponent's star player in order to guarantee their team the championship.

Director: Tom DeCerchio | Stars: Damon Wayans, Daniel Stern, Dan Aykroyd, Gail O'Grady

Votes: 9,223 | Gross: $9.26M

4. Coach Carter (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

57 Metascore

Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Rick Gonzalez, Robert Ri'chard, Rob Brown

Votes: 114,005 | Gross: $67.26M

5. Crossover (2006)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Sport

30 Metascore

A naturally talented basketball player, Noah Cruise is determined to become a doctor using his basketball scholarship to UCLA pre-med, rather than succumb to the lure of former sports agent... See full summary »

Director: Preston A. Whitmore II | Stars: Anthony Mackie, Wesley Jonathan, Wayne Brady, Eva Marcille

Votes: 8,882 | Gross: $7.01M

6. Finding Forrester (2000)

PG-13 | 136 min | Drama

62 Metascore

A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham, Anna Paquin

Votes: 79,507 | Gross: $66.40M

7. Glory Road (2006)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

58 Metascore

In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.

Director: James Gartner | Stars: Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Austin Nichols, Jon Voight

Votes: 40,364 | Gross: $42.64M

8. He Got Game (1998)

R | 136 min | Drama, Sport

63 Metascore

A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Milla Jovovich, Ray Allen, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 41,648 | Gross: $21.55M

9. Home of the Giants (2007)

PG-13 | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Sport

Gar is a high school journalist who covers the basketball team as it heads toward a state championship; when his best friend Matt, the team's star, is asked by a drug dealer to throw the big game, Gar inevitably gets caught in the middle.

Director: Rusty Gorman | Stars: Haley Joel Osment, Ryan Merriman, Eugene Osment, Robert Garlati

Votes: 619

10. Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

98 Metascore

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Director: Steve James | Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates

Votes: 22,538 | Gross: $7.83M

11. Hoosiers (1986)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Sport

76 Metascore

A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship.

Director: David Anspaugh | Stars: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper, Sheb Wooley

Votes: 40,195 | Gross: $28.61M

12. Michael Jordan: His Airness (1999 Video)

Not Rated | 55 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

From his days as a child in North Carolina to his retirement from the Chicago Bulls in 1999, His Airness takes you on a journey through Michael Jordan's career.

Director: Larry Weitzman | Stars: Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Clyde Drexler

Votes: 529

14. Playground (1990 Video)

Not Rated | 42 min | Documentary, Short

This made-for-video production mixes highlights of Michael Jordan from the '80s with a fantasy storyline of a high school teen named Walt, who has been cut from his basketball team. ... See full summary »

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Michael Jordan, Tyrin Turner, Christopher Reid, Christopher Martin

Votes: 414

15. Michael Jordan to the Max (2000)

Not Rated | 46 min | Documentary, Sport

57 Metascore

A documentary that follows Michael Jordan's basketball career, stint in baseball, and his last championship season with the Chicago Bulls in 1998.

Directors: Don Kempf, James D. Stern | Stars: Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, Doug Collins, Bob Greene

Votes: 1,936 | Gross: $18.64M

16. Michael Jordan: Come Fly with Me (1989 Video)

Not Rated | 42 min | Documentary, Short, Sport

Get an inside look at Michael at home, on the golf course and in the air. Features rare footage from his days at the University of North Carolina. Relive spectacular highlights from his NBA... See full summary »

Director: David Gavant | Stars: Michael Jordan, Jay Thomas

Votes: 415

17. Michael Jordan: Air Time (1993 Video)

Not Rated | 50 min | Documentary, Sport

"Michael Jordan: Air Time" documents Jordan and the Chicago Bulls' 1991-92 season, including Jordan dealing with his friend and rival Magic Johnson's retirement announcement, gambling ... See full summary »

Stars: Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Mark Giangreco, Michael Jordan

Votes: 337

18. Kobe Doin' Work (2009 TV Movie)

84 min | Documentary, Sport

A documentary following Kobe Bryant during one day during a game against the San Antonio Spurs.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Stephen A. Smith, Tony Parker

Votes: 1,325

19. Like Mike (2002)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

47 Metascore

A 14-year-old orphan becomes an NBA superstar after trying on a pair of sneakers with the faded initials "M.J." inside.

Director: John Schultz | Stars: Shad Moss, Jonathan Lipnicki, Morris Chestnut, Brenda Song

Votes: 17,805 | Gross: $51.43M

20. Like Mike 2: Streetball (2006 Video)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

Another young boy with 'hoop dreams' finds an old pair of Michael Jordan's sneakers and can suddenly play ball like the greatest player in the world.

Director: David Nelson | Stars: Jascha Washington, Kel Mitchell, Michael Beach, Brett Kelly

Votes: 2,372

21. Linsanity (2013)

PG | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

52 Metascore

The life story of basketball sensation, Jeremy Lin.

Director: Evan Jackson Leong | Stars: Jeremy Lin, Daniel Dae Kim, Ming Yao, Daryl Morey

Votes: 1,852 | Gross: $0.30M

22. Love & Basketball (2000)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

70 Metascore

Monica and Quincy love and play basketball together through many life challenges from childhood to adulthood.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood | Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Glenndon Chatman, Jess Willard

Votes: 16,911 | Gross: $27.44M

23. More Than a Game (2008)

PG | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

59 Metascore

This documentary follows NBA superstar LeBron James and four of his talented teammates through the trials and tribulations of high school basketball in Ohio and James' journey to fame.

Director: Kristopher Belman | Stars: LeBron James, Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis, Sian Cotton

Votes: 4,895 | Gross: $0.94M

24. 30 for 30 (2009– )
Episode: No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson (2010)

80 min | Documentary, Biography, History

There has always been questions raised about Allen Iverson's conviction for a fight he was involved in as a young man. The film maker goes back to his home town to try and understand the ... See full summary »

Director: Steve James

Votes: 997

25. One on One (1977)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Sport

Henry Steele is a basketball phenom at his small town high school, but when he matriculates to a big city university on a scholarship, soon realizes that he has few skills outside the sport... See full summary »

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Robby Benson, Annette O'Toole, G.D. Spradlin, Gail Strickland

Votes: 1,417

26. Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (1996 TV Movie)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

A dramatization of the life of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (Don Cheadle), with a lot of factual based occurrences. A reformed junkie returns from prison to clean up his act and devote the ... See full summary »

Director: Eriq La Salle | Stars: Don Cheadle, James Earl Jones, Michael Beach, Ronny Cox

Votes: 2,692

27. Rebound (2005)

PG | 86 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

36 Metascore

An acclaimed college basketball coach is demoted to a junior varsity team after a public meltdown.

Director: Steve Carr | Stars: Martin Lawrence, Megan Mullally, Breckin Meyer, Wendy Raquel Robinson

Votes: 11,858 | Gross: $16.81M

28. Semi-Pro (2008)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Sport

47 Metascore

Jackie Moon, the owner-coach-player of the American Basketball Association's Flint Michigan Tropics, rallies his teammates to make their NBA dreams come true.

Director: Kent Alterman | Stars: Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, André Benjamin, Maura Tierney

Votes: 75,024 | Gross: $33.47M

29. Space Jam (1996)

PG | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

59 Metascore

In a desperate attempt to win a basketball match and earn their freedom, the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan.

Director: Joe Pytka | Stars: Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle, Manner Washington

Votes: 144,166 | Gross: $90.46M

30. Sunset Park (1996)

R | 99 min | Drama, Sport

A white school teacher takes over a talented, but undisciplined black high school basketball team and turns them into a winning team.

Director: Steve Gomer | Stars: Rhea Perlman, Fredro Starr, Carol Kane, Terrence Howard

Votes: 1,431 | Gross: $10.00M

31. The Air Up There (1994)

PG | 107 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

Jimmy Dolan is a college basketball coach who wants a big promotion. To get it, he needs to make a dramatic find. He ends up deep in Africa, hoping to recruit Saleh, a huge basketball ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Michael Glaser | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Charles Gitonga Maina, Yolanda Vazquez, Winston Ntshona

Votes: 8,106 | Gross: $21.01M

32. The Basketball Diaries (1995)

R | 102 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

46 Metascore

A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction.

Director: Scott Kalvert | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, Marilyn Sokol, James Madio

Votes: 95,442 | Gross: $2.42M

33. The Dream Team (2012)

68 min | Documentary, Sport

A documentary going in depth about the creation and success of the greatest basketball team ever created. The Dream Team. Takes place in the 92 Olympics, where team USA and it's eleven Hall... See full summary »

Director: Zak Levitt | Stars: Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Clyde Drexler, Patrick Ewing

Votes: 528

34. The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend (1991)

G | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Biography of pro basketball player "Pistol" Pete Maravich, who died suddenly in 1988 at age 40 from a heart attack.

Director: Frank C. Schroeder | Stars: Millie Perkins, Nick Benedict, Adam Guier, Murrell Garland

Votes: 1,171

35. The Winning Season (2009)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Sport

53 Metascore

A comedy centered on a has-been coach who is given a shot at redemption when he's asked to run his local high school's girls basketball team.

Director: Jim Strouse | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Emma Roberts, Rob Corddry, Emily Rios

Votes: 5,668

36. The Other Dream Team (2012)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Sport

69 Metascore

The incredible story of the 1992 Lithuanian basketball team, whose athletes struggled under Soviet rule, became symbols of Lithuania's independence movement, and - with help from the Grateful Dead - triumphed at the Barcelona Olympics.

Director: Marius A. Markevicius | Stars: Sarunas Marciulionis, Arvydas Sabonis, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Jonas Valanciunas

Votes: 3,343 | Gross: $0.13M

37. The Sixth Man (1997)

PG-13 | 107 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Antoine and Kenny Tyler are NCAA college basketball players, and Antoine is the star of the team. Suddenly Antoine dies of a heart attack and Kenny has to fill his shoes as leader of the ... See full summary »

Director: Randall Miller | Stars: Marlon Wayans, Kadeem Hardison, David Paymer, Michael Michele

Votes: 5,139 | Gross: $14.71M

38. Through the Fire (2005)

103 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

65 Metascore

"Through the Fire" chronicles the journey of Coney Island basketball star, Sebastian Telfair, from famed Lincoln High School straight to the NBA.

Directors: Alistair Christopher, Jonathan Hock | Stars: Sebastian Telfair, Rick Pitino, Asher Beard, Nyan Boateng

Votes: 640 | Gross: $0.03M

39. White Men Can't Jump (1992)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

65 Metascore

Black and white basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances of winning money on the street courts and in a basketball tournament.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez, Tyra Ferrell

Votes: 70,038 | Gross: $76.25M

40. Warrior Pride (2018)

136 min | Drama, Sport

Life imitates game time when it comes to the basketball court and as the head coach of the Michigan Warriors AAU basketball team, Dylan Baxter, finds himself at a perpetual cross-roads as ... See full summary »

Director: Janaya Black | Stars: Alijah Adams, Mike Adams, Bacari Alexander, Hassaan Ayoub

Votes: 76



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