Hoop Dreams: Top 10 Basketball Movies
Over the years, basketball has embedded itself in American culture. It is without a doubt that the sport has impacted us in someway. Whether its the fresh J’s that you rock or the “Derrick Rose” song blasting in your headphones, basketball is imprinted on our lives. Hooping has even made it big to the silver screen and arguably, is the topic of some of our all time favorite flicks.
Below is a list of ballin’ movies (in no particular order) available through both online streaming & DVD on Netflix:
LOVE AND BASKETBALL, 2000
Choosing between love and the love of basketball proves to be a challenge for Sanaa Lathan and Omar Epps in this Romantic Drama.
GLORY ROAD, 2006
Based on a true story, the drama is about a former high school coach, who during the civil rights era, take a struggling NCAA team to new heights through prejudicial adversity.ed on a true story, the drama is about a former high school coach, who during the civil rights era, take a struggling NCAA team to new heights through prejudicial adversity.
A modern take on Shakespeare’s Othello, Mikehi Phifer plays, Odin, a private school all-star and the only black student at the school that encounters jealousy and manipulation.
SPACE JAM, 1996
Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes team up to battle the alien MonStars while rocking the Space Jam 11s in this live-animation.
HE GOT GAME, 1998
Jesus Shuttlesworth aka Celtics’ Ray Allen stars in this Spike Lee Joint about a high school basketball prospect who is being pursued by the top colleges in the nation while struggling between relationships with his girlfriend, his father, and himself.
COACH CARTER, 2005
Sammuel L. Jackson plays as a hard nose high school coach that prioritizes books before ball despite the controversy and animosity that he faces from the outside.
White Men Can’t Jump, 1992
White and Black streetball players link up to hustle and scam unsuspecting players based off the stereotype that “white men can’t jump” on the concrete court.
ABOVE THE RIM, 1994
Late Tupac Shakur acts as Birdie in this 90’s screenplay; forcing rising basketball star, Kyle to choose between playing for the streets or playing for his coach in a Harlem Tournament.
THE 6TH MAN, 1997
A comedy featuring Marlon Waynes who is an NCAA hooper that gets assists from his brother in a unique way.
SUNSET PARK, 1996
“This shit feel like Fredro Starr was in Sunset Park stuntin’ hard in his yellow Goose.” A white, woman takes a job as a high school coach of a black, young men’s basketball team and coaches them on and off the court.