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 Movie Poster Image
Sweet dog tale has some peril and mature themes.
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(Release Year: 1997)
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Like Mike Movie Poster Image
Lil Bow Wow in family-friendly fantasy.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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The Mighty Macs Movie Poster Image
Tame girls' basketball tale is sentimental but inspiring.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Space Jam Movie Poster Image
'90s live-action-animation mix has some cartoon violence.
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(Release Year: 1996)
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Believe in Me Movie Poster Image
Sweet, feel-good sports flick is girl-powered.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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High School Musical Movie Poster Image
A modern-day Grease for tweens.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Like Mike 2: Streetball Movie Poster Image
Basketball fantasy teaches about teamwork, friendship.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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The Year of the Yao Movie Poster Image
Yao Ming's journey from Shanghai to Houston.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Hoosiers Movie Poster Image
Stirring tale of heroic sportsmanship will inspire families.
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(Release Year: 1986)
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Linsanity Movie Poster Image
Thoughtful sports docu will inspire young basketball fans.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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The Basket Movie Poster Image
An ambitious, complicated, and thoughtful story.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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More Than a Game Movie Poster Image
Inspirational basketball documentary is OK for young fans.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend Movie Poster Image
Inspiring true sports story with bullies, discrimination.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Uncle Drew Movie Poster Image
Amusing street-ball comedy has a few racy jokes, language.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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The Heart of the Game Movie Poster Image
Excellent high school sports documentary.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Lessons of Basketball and War Movie Poster Image
Well-meaning docu lacks depth but inspires empathy.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot Movie Poster Image
Inspiring docu on NBA star has some salty language.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Hoop Dreams Movie Poster Image
Stunning documentary addresses race and class issues.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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The Rebound Movie Poster Image
Inspiring docu about wheelchair basketball players; cursing.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Amateur Movie Poster Image
Provocative sports movie on amateur athletics; cursing.
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(Release Year: 2018)
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Coach Carter Movie Poster Image
Engaging film with a terrific message.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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Love and Basketball Movie Poster Image
Romance and sports mix; some strong language and sex.
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(Release Year: 2000)
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The Winning Season Movie Poster Image
Quirky indie sports flick is surprisingly serious, moving.
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(Release Year: 2010)
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High Flying Bird Movie Poster Image
Savvy sports drama about basketball politics; some cursing.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Q Ball Movie Poster Image
Moving but mature docu about prison basketball program.
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(Release Year: 2019)
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Murderball Movie Poster Image
Inspiring documentary for older teens and adults.
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(Release Year: 2005)
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The Way Back (2020) Movie Poster Image
Tons of swearing in mature Affleck alcoholism drama.
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(Release Year: 2020)
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He Got Game Movie Poster Image
Spike Lee sports drama has strong language, violence, sex.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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