15 Best Basketball Movies Of All Time

What are the benefits of watching a movie? Yeah, there is certainly entertainment. Also gives you the relief from a stressful day to day life. Meanwhile there is a message delivered to you. They pass the little simple truths of life to you. That plays a big part on your life than what you’d expected

There is almost everyone who wants to watch something that somehow relates to their life. Even if that means, you are a basketball lover, you probably wish to see the transformation of your hero from an ordinary guy to a chosen one and all on your eyes. These movies about basketball should motivate you to do greater things in the near future. Your perception about the game will be changed forever. You should realize the true value of being yourself

Over the decades, we have been really blessed with a number of sumptuous basketball movies. Therefore, we have enlisted some of the movies that will always have a special place in our hearts. So, check out all our picks in this basketball movies list and let us know which one we forgot to mention here. Here goes the list of best basketball movies of all time and also don’t call yourself a basketball freak if you have not watched any

  1.  Movie name: Hoosiers
       Directed by: David Anspaugh
      Written by: Angelo Pizzo
      Acting: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper
      Languages: English, French, Spanish
      Running time: 115 minutes
      Distributed by: Orion pictures
      Release: November 14, 1986

In 1986 David Anspaugh directed “Hoosiers” the sports film. The story narrates how a small town basketball team Indiana high school wins the state championship. Actually, in the real life Milan high school team won the 1954 state championship. The movie is based on those events. The details, the characters, excellent performances made this movie special. Chicago Sun-times critic Roger Elbert commented then “ it’s a movie that is all heart”

  2.  Movie name: Hoop Dreams
        Directed by: Steve James, Frederick Marx
        Acting By: William Gates, Arthur Agee
        Languages: English
        Running time: 170 minutes
        Distributed by: Fine line Features
        Release: October 14, 1994

Critics say that it is one of the greatest documentary films of all time. Directed by Steve James and produced by James, Marx and Peter Gilbert. It tells the story of two African-American high school students in Chicago and their dreams to play as a professional basketball player

  3. Movie Name: White Men Can’t Jump
        Directed by: Ron Shelton
        Written by: Ron Shelton
        Acting: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez
        Languages: English, French, Spanish
        Running time: 115 minutes
        Distributed by: 20th Century, Fox
        Release: March 27, 1992

A movie about a white guy and a black one who cons some of them and is conned by the others. Clearer script and charismatic leads were praised

  4. Movie Name: Blue Chips
          Directed by: William Friedkin
          Written by: Ron Shelton
      Acting: Nick Nolte, Mary McDonnell, Ed O’Neill, Alfre Woodard, Shaquille O’Neal
         Languages: English
        Running time: 108 minutes
        Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
        Release: February 18, 1994

An American basketball drama film. It starred many star Basketball characteristics

  5.  Movie Name: Glory road
         Directed by: James Gartner
         produced by: Jerry Bruckheimer
        Acting: Josh Lucas, Derck luke, Jon Voight
        Languages: English
       Running time: 106 minutes
       Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures
       Release: January 13,2006

If you talk about basketball movies based on true stories, this movie glory road tops the chart for sure. yeah, Based on a true story to the events that led to 1966 NCAA University Division Basketball Championship. A coach inspired his underdog team to win the battle

  6.  Movie Name: He Got Game
         Directed by: Spike Lee
         produced by: Jon Kilik
         Acting: Denzel Washington, Ray Allen
         Languages: English
         Running time: 136 minutes
         Distributed by: Buena Vista Pictures
         Release: May 1,1998

An American sports drama film which follows the dynamic father and son relationship. The chemistry , the love and care of a father for his son has been expressed so splendidly

  7. Movie Name: Love and basketball
         Directed by: Gina Prince-Bythewood
         Written by: Gina Prince-Bythewood
         Acting: Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan, Alfre Woodard
         Languages: English
        Running time: 124 minutes
        Distributed by: New Line Cinema
        Release: April 21, 2000

Love, romance and basketball all in one film. While two athletes love each other and at the same time they try to make a career out of the game

  8. Movie Name: The Basketball Diaries
         Directed by: Scott Kalvert
         Written by: Jim Carroll(novel), Bryan Goluboff(screenplay)
         Acting: Leonardo Dicaprio, Bruno Kirby, Lorraine Bracco, Jams Madio, Emie Hudson
         Languages: English
         Running time: 104 minutes
         Distributed by: New Line Cinema
         Release: January 27, 1995

A basketball movie with drug addiction, sexual abuse and violence. The scene when Jim locked out and his mother chained him still hurts me badly

  9.  Movie Name: Space jam
           Directed by: Joe Pytka
       Written by: Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick, Timothy harris, Herschel Weingrod
       Acting: Michael Jordan. Billy West, Wayne Knight
       Languages: English, French
       Running time: 88 minutes
       Distributed by: Warner Bros, Family Entertainment
       Release: November 15, 1996

An alternate history of what happened between Michael Jordan’s initial retirement from NBA and then his comeback. Combination of greatest NBA superstar with cartoon legends make it hard to resist

  10.  Movie Name: Coach Carter
              Directed by: Thomas Carter
              Written by: Mark Schwahn
              Acting: Samuel L Jackson, Rob Brown, Ashanti
              Languages: English
              Running time: 136 minutes
              Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
              Release: January 14, 2005

Thomas Carter directed this American biographical sports drama film. The story narrates how the coach learns about his athletes characteristics and he quickly understand that they are in dire need of discipline both in academic and sports section

  11.  Movie Name: Semi Pro
             Directed by: Kent Alterman
             Written by: Scot Armstrong
             Acting: Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, Andre Benjamin
             Languages: English
             Running time: 92 minutes
             Distributed by: New Line cinema
             Release: February 19, 2008

You can fulfill your long time dream if you have the courage to face the tough situation and move on from thereafter. This is what Jackie Moon’s team showed us by plotting this film where they had the worst team in the league. But they eventually overcame everything and won the title

  12.  Movie Name: The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh
              Directed by: Gilbert Moses
              Written by: David Dashev, Gary Stromberg, Jaison Starkes
              Acting: Julius Erving, Jonathan Winters, Stockard Channing
              Languages: English, French
              Running time: 102 minutes
              Distributed by: United Artists
              Release: November 6, 1979

Believe me before watching this movie, I too was not 100% sure whether I will be able to take some lesion from it or not. But when I was done with the film, from thereafter my whole conception changed. A struggling basketball team was looking forward to finding some solutions. But they could not find any. Then an astrologer told a water boy/ ball boy to match players to his basketball team’s star, whose sign was Pisces

  13. Movie Name: Once Brothers
             Directed by: Michael Tolajian
             Written by: Michael Tolajian
             Acting: Viade Divac ( narrator)
             Languages: English, Serbo-croatian
             Music Composed by: Joel Goodman
             Release: October 12, 2010

A film describing what the yugoslavian civil war did to the friendship, relation, among various individuals and great Yugoslavia national basketball team particularly

  14. Movie Name: The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend
              Directed By: Frank C Schroder
              Written by: Darrel Campbell
              Acting: Tom Lester, Millie Perkins, Boots Garland, Adam Guier
              Release: January 17, 1991
              Music: Brent Havens
              Language: English
              Running Time: 104 minutes

Oops! How can I forget this biographical film of professional basketball player Pete Maravich. His whole life was about basketball. It was only his dad who had faith in him. Great inspirational movie, I must recommend it

  15.  Movie Name: Above The Rim
             Directed by: Jeff Pollack
             Produced by: James D Brubaker
             Acting: Duane Martin, Leon, Tupac Shakur
             Languages: English
             Running time: 96 minutes
             Distributed by: Newline Cinema
             Release: March 23, 1994

How a high school basketball star is torn by loyalties to a drug dealer is shown here. Criminals exploit the athletes in many ways. Good storyline indeed and you won’t regret after watching the movie

Relax, have a good time, watch and enjoy these greatest basketball movies of all time. In all movies mentioned above, you will find too many motivational lesson to digest. How so called normal people like us can become the superheroes simply by working hard, great awareness of the game and remaining persistent to reach new heights, you gotta see this for sure. May be all these little things are enough to change you as a person and a player. It can be the start of something new, something different than ever before. We wish you a very good luck

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