Top Ten Basketball Movies

Published by Seth Quillen in: Film,Top Ten Lists -- Date: 15 Jan 2014 Comments: 0


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March Madness, University of Kentucky, Buzzer Beaters, Michael Jordan, Lebron James and so much more make Basketball the most intense game we play. And one of the better ways to tell an underdog story. Who doesn’t love that? Here are the Ten Best Basketball Movies.

10. Hoop Dreams (1994)
A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

9. Blue Chips (1994)
A college basketball coach is forced to break the rules in order to get the players he needs to stay competitive.

8. Coach Carter (2005)
Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.

7. Teen Wolf (1985)
A highschooler discovers that he is a werewolf. And plays basketball. I know this is a stretch but it was so good.

6. Air Up There (1994)
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. But Saleh is the chief’s son and has responsibilities at home, since the tribe’s land is threatened by a mining company with its own hotshot basketball team.

5. Glory Road (2006)
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.

4. Semi-Pro (2008)
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

3. Hoosiers (1986)
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.

2. White Men Can’t Jump (1992)
Black and white basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances. Oh yeah, and the white guy can’t jump.

1. University of Kentucky: The Sixth Man (2013)
Think you have the greatest fan base in college basketball? Unless you bleed TRUE BLUE, you’ll have a nation that disagrees and doesn’t care to let you know who’s #1!

The Sixth Man is a first of it’s kind film that turns the camera away from the historic program that is UK basketball, and directs it to one of the key components to it’s success….the FANS! A story of dedication and passion, it’s a celebration of what makes The University of Kentucky Basketball program so remarkable and distinctive.

This film captures the essence of what compels people from every walk of life to embrace a tradition that binds Wildcat fans from around the globe. It’s about heritage and legacy, it requires dedication and loyalty, and when you see it, it’s unmistakable.


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