20 Best Basketball Movies You Must Watch

All Time 10 Best Basketball Movies

It is the new out. People have embraced staying in the house and for many of us, watching movies is the ideal way to pass time. Movies about sports are among the most entertaining and inspiring films being produced (even if you previously had no interest in the game).

I, therefore, decided to make a list of the 20 Best Basketball Movies of all time to help you to pick them out quickly.

He Got Game

Denzel Washington is one of the best actors in Hollywood. The starring actor, called Jesus, is the top-ranked basketball prospect in the country. He finds difficulty in deciding the career path to take. His father, who was in prison, is released on parole to convince Jesus to play for the governor’s team. This is the story of the life of a young boy with no one to guide him, struggling with influence from every corner.

The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend

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

The film shows 5-foot-2-inch Maravich’s efforts to make the D. W. Daniel High School varsity team as an eighth-grader as he deals with racially charged issues in the deep south of the 1950s.

Blue Chips

In this movie, Pete Bell is a college basketball coach who wants to improve his team. His eyes are set on three talented players. To recruit these 3 players, he’ll need to do underhand techniques like paying them. This could convince the young players to play for him. However, this is illegal and if caught, will destroy his career and shame the school and the team.

Hoop Dreams

Hoop Dreams is a 1994 American documentary film directed by Steve James and Simon Schumann, and written by James and Frederick Marx, with Kartemquin Films.

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

Love and basketball

This movie is about two childhood friends who love basketball. Quincy is a natural talent. His father plays for the Los Angeles Clippers. Monica’s weakness is her emotional instability on the court. The two stars, Sanaa and Omer Epps, fell for each other but their professional lives seem to pull them apart.


Sunset Park

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

Phyllis Saroka (Perlman) is a P.E. teacher at a school in New York City, who reads a flyer at her school that Sunset Park High School is looking for a new boys basketball coach. Looking for more money to pursue opening a restaurant on St. Croix, Virgin Islands, she decides to give the job a shot despite knowing nothing of basketball.

Above The Rim

Kyle (Duane Martin) wants to play for a team managed by his school coach, but a visit to a club run by Birdie (Tupac) made him agree to play for Birdie’s team. Playing for Birdie in the local tournament as he waits for a scholarship affects his dream of going pro. His loyalty is split between a drug dealer and an ex-player.

Believe in Me

In a conservative small town, a young man’s wish to coach high school basketball is tweaked by a school board decision that makes him the new coach of the girls’ team.

Clay Driscoll, a young coach from Louisiana with dreams of being the head coach of a successful boys’ basketball team, is hired by an Oklahoma superintendent to coach basketball. Driscoll immediately finds himself in conflict with the head of the school board, Ellis Brawley, who is also the great-great-grandson of the town’s founder, the owner of the bank, and the most influential man in the town. The superintendent did not ask Brawley about the hire, and now is off recovering from a medical condition. Brawley has hired another man to coach the schools’ boys’ basketball team and has relegated newcomer Driscoll to the unenviable job of coaching the girls’ team.


A failed high school coach, Norman Dale, is given a chance at redemption. He is, however, faced with challenges at his new place of work. His star player is persuaded to quit the game, his alcoholic assistant is a source of criticism from the community, and his temper does not help the situation.

The Winning Season

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.

Bill, a divorced deadbeat dad, is estranged from his teenage daughter Molly. His friend Terry is a high school principal who gives him a job as the coach for the girls’ varsity basketball team. Bill begins to regret his decision when he meets the girls on the team: Abbie, Tamra, Mindy, Wendy, Lisa, and Kathy. They improve under Bill’s coaching and advise him on his relationship with his daughter, but their winning season does not protect the girls from their real-world difficulties.


Space Jam

Yes, I know you skimmed through this article looking for this movie. This movie combines the best NBA superstar with the most popular cartoon characters. They formed the Toon Squad which will battle the Monstars.

The Mighty Macs

In the early 70s, Cathy Rush becomes the head basketball coach at a tiny, all-girls Catholic college. Though her team has no gym and no uniforms — and the school itself is in danger of being sold — Coach Rush looks to steer her girls to their first national championship.

White Men Can’t Jump

Billy is a white basketball player who relies on black people underestimating his skills on the court. He worked with Sidney Deane (Wesley Snipes) to con streetball players all over the courts of Los Angeles. Woody Harelson, who plays Billy Hoyle, has to be cautious of the mobsters he owes money and his wife who is always running her mouth.


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.

In 1976, Jackie Moon is a singer who used the profits from his one-hit wonder, “Love Me Sexy,” to buy a basketball team in the American Basketball Association (ABA), the Flint Tropics, becoming the owner, head coach, and starting power forward. The ABA Commissioner announces a plan to merge the league with the National Basketball Association (NBA), but only four teams will move to the more established league. The Tropics, the worst team in the league, are in danger of dissolving. Jackie argues that the teams with the four best records should be merged and the Commissioner accepts.

Coach Carter

Ken Carter returns to his former high school and succeeds to get the basketball team in shape. The team is on a winning streak but after their grades start to suffer, he denies the team a chance at the championship season. Even in the face of criticism, he is determined to ensure their education is as good as their skills on the court.


Glory Road

The new coach of Texas Miners, Don Haskins, creates a team based on talent alone. The community is displeased with the racially diverse lineup even when the team is winning. It’s a fight of racial equality both on and off the court.

The Sixth Man

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 team. Sometime later, Antoine returns as a ghost and helps Kenny in the game and in life, but Kenny changes in the process and doesn’t quite like it.

Rebound – The Legend of Earl “The Goat” Manigault

This movie is about the journey of the Harlem playground legend (Don Cheadle). The star picks up the broken pieces and mends his life after drugs and despair ruined his basketball career in the ’60s.

The Air Up There

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 prodigy Jimmy glimpsed in a home movie.


Eddie is a New York limo driver and a fanatical follower of the New York Knicks professional basketball team. The team is struggling with a mediocre record when, in mid-season, “Wild Bill” Burgess, the new owner, as a public relations gimmick, stages an ‘honorary coach’ contest, which Eddie wins.


Sources: IMDB and Wikipiedia

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