Basketball Movies

It doesn't need to be March Madness for you to enjoy a good Cinderella story. If you've got a hoops fan in your house, this list of our favorite basketball movies is sure to be a slam dunk. Whether you're in the mood to watch Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes team up on the court or be inspired by documentaries about NBA superstars like LeBron James, there's something for every basketball lover on this list. So if you're waiting for tip-off, try one of these fantastic picks. And don't forget to check out our lists of great soccer, football, and baseball movies.

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Air Bud

age 6+

Sweet dog tale has some peril and mature themes.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1997)
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Like Mike

age 7+

Lil Bow Wow in family-friendly fantasy.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2002)
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The Mighty Macs

age 7+

Tame girls' basketball tale is sentimental but inspiring.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2011)
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Space Jam

age 7+

'90s live-action-animation mix has some cartoon violence.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1996)
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Believe in Me

age 8+

Sweet, feel-good sports flick is girl-powered.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2007)
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Double Teamed

age 8+

Positive true story of twin girls' rise to pro basketball.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2002)
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High School Musical

age 8+

A modern-day Grease for tweens.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2006)
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Like Mike 2: Streetball

age 8+

Basketball fantasy teaches about teamwork, friendship.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2006)
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The Year of the Yao

age 8+

Yao Ming's journey from Shanghai to Houston.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2005)
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Hoosiers

age 9+

Stirring tale of heroic sportsmanship will inspire families.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1986)
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Linsanity

age 9+

Thoughtful sports docu will inspire young basketball fans.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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MOVIE

The Basket

age 10+

An ambitious, complicated, and thoughtful story.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2000)
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Glory Road

age 10+

Inspiring sports flick about an underdog team.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2006)
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More Than a Game

age 10+

Inspirational basketball documentary is OK for young fans.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2009)
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The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend

age 10+

Inspiring true sports story with bullies, discrimination.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2008)
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Uncle Drew

age 11+

Amusing street-ball comedy has a few racy jokes, language.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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The Heart of the Game

age 12+

Excellent high school sports documentary.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2006)
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Lessons of Basketball and War

age 12+

Well-meaning docu lacks depth but inspires empathy.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot

age 12+

Inspiring docu on NBA star has some salty language.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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Tony Parker: The Final Shot

age 12+

French docu offers insights into pioneering pro player.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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