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15+ Basketball Movies (List)

Here’s a selection of basketball movies worth checking out:

Hustle (2022)

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Adam Sandler stars as a washed-up basketball scout who discovers a raw talent overseas and sees his chance for a comeback.

A great mix of heart and basketball grit.

The Way Back (2020)

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Ben Affleck plays a former basketball star struggling with alcoholism who finds a shot at redemption coaching his old high school team.

A moving story about second chances on and off the court.

High Flying Bird (2019)

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A thought-provoking film about a sports agent who attempts to disrupt the power dynamics of the NBA during a lockout.

Intriguing and offers a unique perspective on the business side of basketball.

Amateur (2018)

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A talented young basketball player struggles to navigate the world of elite prep schools and intense recruiting pressure.

A realistic look at the less glamorous path to basketball stardom.

Space Jam: A New Legacy (2021)

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LeBron James takes over from Michael Jordan, teaming up with the Looney Tunes crew for a high-stakes basketball game in a virtual world.

It’s silly but fun, especially if you’re into the original Space Jam.

Hoosiers (1986)

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Hoosiers is arguably the most famous basketball movie of all time.

Based on a true story, a small-town Indiana high school team with a new coach overcomes adversity to aim for the state championship.

Hoop Dreams (1994)

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A powerful documentary that follows two young basketball players from inner-city Chicago as they chase their dreams of playing in the NBA.

A raw and poignant look at the realities of the sport.

White Men Can’t Jump (1992)

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Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes play streetball hustlers with amazing skills and hilarious trash talk.

A classic buddy comedy with some great playground basketball action.

He Got Game (1998)

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A Spike Lee film starring Denzel Washington as a convict offered temporary release if he can convince his top-ranked son (played by NBA star Ray Allen) to sign with the governor’s alma mater.

Explores family dynamics and the pressures of big-time college basketball.

Blue Chips (1994)

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Nick Nolte as a struggling college coach who resorts to unethical recruiting practices, highlighting the dark side of college athletics.

Features Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway as prospects.

Love & Basketball (2000)

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Follows two childhood friends as their lives and basketball careers intertwine.

A heartwarming story with a strong female lead.

Above the Rim (1994)

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A talented high school player gets mixed up with a dangerous older brother and must decide between a future in basketball or a life on the streets.

Features Tupac Shakur in a supporting role.

Sunset Park (1996)

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Rhea Perlman stars as a high school teacher forced to coach a troubled and undisciplined basketball team.

A feel-good story with a focus on mentorship.

The Air Up There (1994)

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A college basketball coach travels to Africa in search of a new star and finds a player with extraordinary talent but from a remote village.

A bit lighthearted and predictable, but still an entertaining watch.

The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (1979)

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A truly bizarre film featuring Julius “Dr. J” Erving.

A struggling Pittsburgh basketball team gains a winning streak thanks to the help of an astrologer. Outlandish, but a cult classic for some.

Coach Carter (2005)

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Samuel L. Jackson plays a controversial coach who locks his undefeated high school team out of the gym and emphasizes academics over sports. Inspired by a true story.

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