Sports and movies often go hand in hand and of all the sports out there that have had movies about them, I don’t think any work better than basketball. Of course, there are some hockey, football and golf movies that are great, but the basketball films seem to just be a step above. Here are three of the best of all time.
This film is constantly ranked as one of the best sports and best underdog stories of all time and that is very hard to argue. This film, which was released in 1986, tells the story of a small-town high school basketball team that wins the state championship. While this isn’t a new or original plot, they knocked this one out of the park. It was well done all the way from the acting to the soundtrack and is one that still stands the test of time if you watch it today.
2. Space Jam
This was without a doubt one of the favorite sports movies of the 90’s and starred Michael Jordan, making it one of the rare feature films that stars an athlete that is still in his prime. It was a very fun movie for both children and adults to watch and received a ton of great reviews. Not only that, but the film also grossed a massive $230 Million at the box office, making it the highest grossing basketball movie of all time.
3. Coach Carter
Now personally, this is probably my favorite basketball movie of all time because of just how real and accurate I feel it is. The film stars Samuel L. Jackson as a high school basketball coach who sees his players need discipline and will whatever it takes to teach it to them, including benching his undefeated team due to bad academic performance. The show is based off of a true story and is one of the best dramatic sports films out there and Samuel L. Jackson absolutely knocks it out of the park in this one.