Since we are approaching the end of the season in the NBA, it is time to find something else to fuel our passion for basketball. One of the things that might provide as much entertainment as a basketball game is a good basketball movie.
Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world reaching a fan base of more than 500 million people. This shows that the sport is more than just a professional competition. Basketball changed many people’s lives and has built an incredible culture around the sport that many people follow.
That’s why the sports genre has become very popular in movies, and directors are trying to recreate events, tell true-life stories from athletes, and inspire other people to do the same with movies.
In today’s article, we will highlight some of the best basketball movies any fun must watch.
The Last Dance
This was one of the most highly anticipated TV series (documentary) ever since the announcement, and there is a good reason for that. The Last Dance came out in 2020 as a Netflix Original Series and gives you a behind-the-curtains look at Michael Jordan’s career.
The Last Dance is a 10-part documentary that highlights the best year for the Chicago Bulls 1997-98 with hours of never-before-seen footage. The documentary had actually been postponed, until it was released mid-way through the global pandemic.
Even though everybody knows how things will turn out at the end, it is still an exciting series that can inspire you to chase your dreams.
This is an almost 30-year-old movie and still reaching top ratings when it comes to basketball-inspired movies. This is a documentary-style movie that is almost 3 hours long following Chicago high school students Arthur Agee and William Gates for eight years as they are trying to pursue their dream of playing in the professional league.
This is a great movie that showcases the path of every NBA athlete and it is truly inspiring for all people who are just starting this sport. With that said, Hoops Dreams earned more than $12 million at the box office and became the second documentary ever to be nominated for an Academy Award.
The Way Back
Now we move on to a more modern movie with Ben Affleck in the leading role. This movie is about a former basketball hotshot that turned into an alcoholic without a purpose in life. However, basketball gives him another chance and he becomes a coach for a high school team.
This is a feel-good movie that will inspire you a lot. Even though the story is far from uplifting, this is one of Ben Affleck’s top career performances, so make sure you watch it.
tThis is a story about a high-minded believer played to perfection by Samuel L. Jackson. Carter is a big believer in the educational system and decides to shut down Richmond’s hoops program until his students don’t start learning more and improve their grades.
It is a very fun movie to watch with a somehow predictable outcome, but with that said it is still one of our top choices that every basketball fan should watch.
He Got Game
This is another movie featuring big Hollywood superstars like Denzel Washington. The movie is more than 23 years old and is still one of the best when it comes to basketball.
The movie shows the connection between basketball and life and it is about a felon who is trying to reduce his sentence by persuading his estranged son to play for the governor’s alma mater. Jake Shuttlesworth (Denzel Washington) is in prison for killing his wife and he gets released for a week in order to peruse his son to help him reduce his prison sentence.
Alongside Denzel, we have Ray Allen which is a former professional basketball player playing the song in the movie. He is a deeply conflicted teen, that lets his game do the talking.
He Got Game earned $22.4 million at the box office which shows that it a great movie filled with emotions, impressive storytelling, and some incredible acting, even from former NBA stars like Ray Allen.
There you have it, some of the best basketball movies to watch whenever you can. If you like basketball you can also click here to read some fun facts about NBA, like the tallest players in the history of the league. Check it out!