List of basketball films

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This is a list of films about basketball, featuring notable films where basketball plays a central role in the development of the plot.



The Fair Co-Ed 1927ComedySilent film about a college girl (Marion Davies) who plays basketball to hook the coach.
Campus Confessions 1938ComedyA college president's son inspires a bad team and attracts a reporter (Betty Grable).
The Big Fix 1947DramaArmy vet Ken Williams, a basketball hero, is threatened to fix his school's games.
Big Town Scandal 1948DramaA newspaper editor agrees to coach a team made up of juvenile delinquents.
The Basketball Fix 1951DramaA college player in need of money agrees to shave points for a gambler.
The Harlem Globetrotters 1951DramaA new kind of basketball team dazzles audiences with its skills.
Go Man Go 1954BiographicalOrigin of the Harlem Globetrotters, featuring Sidney Poitier as a player.
Tall Story 1960ComedyA co-ed (Jane Fonda) tries to win the heart of the team's star (Anthony Perkins).
The Absent-Minded Professor 1961ComedyMiracle substance called "Flubber" invented by a college professor (Fred MacMurray) enables school's basketball players to bounce sky-high.
Drive, He Said 1971DramaDirected by Jack Nicholson, story of a college player who becomes a campus activist.
Maurie 1973BiographicalLife-changing injury's impact on NBA teammates Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman.
Mixed Company 1974ComedyA Phoenix Suns coach and his wife adopt children of various ethnic backgrounds.
Cornbread, Earl and Me 1975DramaTeen about to get basketball scholarship (Jamaal Wilkes) is mistaken for a rapist and shot by police.
One on One 1977DramaA highly recruited college freshman (Robby Benson) runs afoul of a demanding coach.
Coach1978DramaA basketball coach (Cathy Lee Crosby) hired by mistake is harassed by her superior.
Fast Break 1979Comedy Gabe Kaplan as a New Yorker who dreams of being a coach and finally gets a shot.
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh 1979ComedyA laughing-stock basketball squad transforms itself as the Pittsburgh Pisces.
The Great Santini 1979DramaA high school star's life is complicated by his father (Robert Duvall), a mean Marine.
Inside Moves 1980DramaWhen a bartender's injury heals, he becomes a player for the Golden State Warriors.
That Championship Season 1982DramaA reunion of a Pennsylvania state championship team turns into an angry confrontation, starring Robert Mitchum and Bruce Dern.
Teen Wolf 1985ComedySci-fi slapstick starring Michael J. Fox.
Hoosiers 1986Drama Gene Hackman in story based loosely on the 1953–54 Milan High School basketball team.
Amazing Grace and Chuck 1987DramaAn NBA superstar (real-life NBA star Alex English) joins the anti-nuclear protest of a Montana Little League pitcher (see also "Baseball" section above).
The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend 1991DramaBiographical film based on the early life of Pete Maravich.
Heaven Is a Playground 1991DramaA coach and lawyer team up to help an urban high school team stay out of trouble.
White Men Can't Jump 1992ComedyOutdoor court hustlers (Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson) con opponents as well as each other.
Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story 1992DramaTV film, biographical film about doomed Loyola Marymount star.
Hardwood Dreams 1993Documentary Wesley Snipes narrates a look at a Los Angeles-area high school team.
Blue Chips 1994Drama Nick Nolte as a successful college coach who violates the rules to recruit new stars.
Hoop Dreams 1994DocumentaryA pair of Chicago high school athletes try to succeed on the court and make it to college.
Above the Rim 1994DramaStory about a New York high school player who falls in with a bad crowd.
The Air Up There 1994Comedy Kevin Bacon as a college coach who goes to Africa searching for new talent.
The St. Tammany Miracle 1994FamilyStory of an Episcopalian all-girl team.
The Basketball Diaries 1995DramaHarrowing true story of drug addiction starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Forget Paris 1995Rom-comA temperamental NBA referee (Billy Crystal) tries to make his new marriage work.
Slam Dunk Ernest 1995ComedyFeaturing the character played in many films by Jim Varney.
Space Jam 1996ComedyCombines live action and animation, featuring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny.
Eddie 1996Comedy Whoopi Goldberg as a New York Knicks fan who becomes their head coach.
Celtic Pride 1996Comedy Boston fans (Daniel Stern and Dan Aykroyd) kidnap opposition's top player (Damon Wayans).
Sunset Park 1996DramaA woman (Rhea Perlman) becomes coach of an all-male team.
Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault 1996BiographicalTV film starring Don Cheadle as the New York playground legend.
Air Bud 1997ComedyFamily adventure about a basketball-playing dog.
The 6th Man 1997ComedyGhost of a teammate returns to inspire a University of Washington player.
My Giant 1998ComedyA man nearly 8 feet tall (Gheorghe Mureșan) is found by a guy (Billy Crystal) with big ideas.
Bad as I Wanna Be: The Dennis Rodman Story1998DramaTV film, biographical film of NBA star.
He Got Game 1998DramaAn imprisoned man (Denzel Washington) tries to convince his son, a top-ranked high school basketball player, to attend the governor's college alma mater in return for a reduced sentence.
City Dump: The Story of the 1951 CCNY Basketball Scandal 1998DocumentaryHBO's look at a New York college team's point-shaving disgrace.
Michael Jordan: An American Hero 1999DramaBiographical film of former NBA great.
Passing Glory 1999DramaA 1960s priest (Andre Braugher) organizes a game between racially segregated teams.
That Championship Season 1999DramaRemake of 1982 film, based on Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Jason Miller.
Love and Basketball 2000RomanceMale and female basketball players attend college together and fall in love.
Michael Jordan to the Max 2000DocumentaryIMAX documentary narrated by Laurence Fishburne.
Finding Forrester 2000DramaA reclusive author (Sean Connery) mentors a prep-school student-athlete.
The Luck of the Irish 2001ComedyTV family film about a junior high school student.
O 2001DramaAn adaptation of Othello , updated to a modern American high school and its team.
Juwanna Mann 2002Rom-comA basketball player becomes a female impersonator.
The Red Sneakers 2002FantasyTV film about a player with a lucky pair of shoes, directed by Gregory Hines.
Like Mike 2002ComedyMagical shoes turn a 14-year-old (Lil' Bow Wow) into a basketball sensation.
A Season on the Brink 2002DramaTV film based on the book, documenting 1985–86 season of Bob Knight and Indiana University.
Double Teamed 2002BiographicalDisney Channel biopic of Heather and Heidi Burge, twins from Palos Verdes who end up in the WNBA.
Crossing the Line 2002DramaA coach of a girls' team clashes with angry parents.
Something to Cheer About2002DocumentaryAbout the Crispus Attucks Tigers, first all-black high school team to win a state championship against white teams, behind future NBA star Oscar Robertson.
Full-Court Miracle 2003FamilyStory of a team from a Hebrew academy in a big tournament.
Sky Walker – The David Thompson Story2004DocumentaryA look at North Carolina State and NBA star David Thompson.
The Year of the Yao 2004DocumentaryChronicles Yao Ming's first season in the NBA.
The Cookout 2004ComedyA neighbor tries to get even with a New Jersey Nets player by selling memorabilia.
Rebound 2005ComedyA coach banned from college ball (Martin Lawrence) ends up teaching middle-school kids.
Coach Carter 2005DramaBased on a true story, starring Samuel L. Jackson as a high school coach.
The Heart of the Game 2005DocumentaryBehind-the-scenes look at a Seattle high school girls team.
Hardwood 2005Documentary Hubert Davis reflects on his Harlem Globetrotters player father.
Crossover 2006ActionA college student tries to concentrate on both basketball and medical school.
Like Mike 2 2006ComedyDirect-to-DVD sequel to Like Mike.
Glory Road 2006DramaBased on true story of the 1965–66 Texas Western College team.
Believe in Me 2006DramaAssigned to an Oklahoma girls' team against his will, coach takes it to state title game.
Home of the Giants 2007Crime dramaA robbery creates complications for an Indiana high school team.
Quantum Hoops 2007Documentary Caltech's team tries to end 21-year losing streak in conference play during 2005–06 season.
The First Basket 2008DocumentaryExplores the influence of professional basketball on Jewish culture.
Game of Change2008DocumentaryA segregated Mississippi State team, defying a court order, plays integrated Loyola in 1963 NCAA Tournament. Produced and directed by Jerald Harkness, son of 1963 Loyola star Jerry Harkness.
Road to Redemption 2008Documentary Nike-produced film.
Semi-Pro 2008ComedyThe owner/coach/player (Will Ferrell) of a hapless American Basketball Association team makes various attempts to increase wins, and attendance.
Hurricane Season 2009DramaBased on true story of a Louisiana coach (Forest Whitaker) rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina.
Kobe Doin' Work 2009DocumentaryTV movie directed by Spike Lee that focuses on one day in the life of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant.
The Mighty Macs 2009DramaBased on 1972 Immaculata College women's team, coached by Cathy Rush, that won first official women's national championship.
More Than a Game 2009DocumentaryChronicles the high school careers of LeBron James and four of his hometown friends.
Sonicsgate 2009DocumentaryExplores the controversial relocation of the Seattle SuperSonics to Oklahoma City.
No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson 2009DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A look at a fight and subsequent trial when Allen Iverson was in high school.
The Winning Season 2009ComedyA has-been coach (Sam Rockwell) with a drinking problem takes over a girls' varsity team.
Just Wright 2010RomanceA physical therapist (Queen Latifah) falls for a player from NBA's New Jersey Nets.
Without Bias 2010DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores career of Len Bias and his death from a cocaine overdose shortly after he was selected in the 1986 NBA draft.
Guru of Go 2010DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. On 1985–1990 coaching tenure of Paul Westhead at Loyola Marymount, team's frenzied offensive pace and star players Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble.
Once Brothers 2010DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Story of Croat Dražen Petrović and Serb Vlade Divac, teammates on Yugoslavia national team, and how the Yugoslav Wars broke their friendship.
Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks 2010DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A look at Reggie Miller's rivalry with New York Knicks in 1990s, especially 1994 and 1995 playoffs and interaction with Knicks fan Spike Lee.
The Fab Five 2011DocumentaryMade for TV follow-up to ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Documents the University of Michigan's early-1990s Fab Five ups and downs.
Off the Rez2011DocumentaryMade for TV. Focuses on high school career of future WNBA player Shoni Schimmel, a Native American who grew up on an Oregon reservation.
Unguarded2011DocumentaryMade for TV follow-up to ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Chronicles life and career of former NBA player Chris Herren, battle with drug addiction and ongoing recovery.
The Announcement 2012DocumentaryMade for TV follow-up to ESPN's 30 for 30 series. About the impact of Magic Johnson's 1991 announcement that he had tested positive for HIV.
Benji 2012DocumentaryExamines 1984 killing of Ben Wilson, a high school superstar from Chicago's South Side.
The Other Dream Team 2012DocumentaryOn the resurrection of the Lithuania national team after restoration of the country's independence in 1990, and its journey to the 1992 Olympics.
There's No Place Like Home2012DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series looking at the attempt to bring James Naismith's Original Rules of Basketball back to the University of Kansas, where Naismith worked for over 40 years.
Thunderstruck 2012FamilyA teenager who idolizes Kevin Durant (who stars as himself) switches talents with the NBA star, becoming a phenom while Durant is mired in a slump.
Winning Favor2012DramaTwo childhood friends meet each other in the state championship.
Dream Team 1935 2012DramaLittle-known true story of origins of basketball in Europe, culminating with first European Basketball Championship Tournament, held in Geneva, Switzerland in 1935.
Bernie and Ernie2013DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. About friendship between NBA players Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld, which began when both played for the Tennessee Volunteers in the 1970s.
Free Spirits2013DocumentaryMade for TV as a part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series taking a look at The Spirits of St. Louis ABA basketball team, and how the team's owners kept them involved with the NBA for decades after the Spirits folded.
The Hot Flashes 2013ComedyMiddle-aged women challenge the state high school champs.
Linsanity 2013DocumentaryOn the sudden fame of NBA guard Jeremy Lin.
Medora 2013DocumentaryStruggles of an Indiana high school with just 70 students.
Survive and Advance2013DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A 30-year retrospective on North Carolina State's improbable run to win the 1983 ACC and NCAA Tournaments.
Swoopes2013DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's Nine for IX series. A look at Sheryl Swoopes, sometimes called the female Michael Jordan.
Pat XO2013DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's Nine for IX. Examines the Tennessee coach Pat Summitt and her battle with early-onset Alzheimer's.
The Doctor 2013Documentary NBA TV documentary about the ABA and NBA career of Julius Erving.
Coach2013DocumentaryMade for TV short film - part of ESPN's Nine for IX. Examines renowned basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer.
1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story 2014DramaDirect-to-DVD film based on the real story of Cory Weissman, a high school star who suffered a stroke while at Gettysburg College, and his battle to return to the court despite initial paralysis.
Bad Boys2014DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A look back at the Detroit Pistons of late 1980s and early 1990s.
Nowitzki: The Perfect Shot2014DocumentaryGerman film on development of Dirk Nowitzki into an NBA superstar, featuring shooting coach Holger Geschwindner.
Playing for the Mob2014DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores how Mafia associate Henry Hill orchestrated a massive point-shaving scheme at Boston College.
Requiem for the Big East2014DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A history of the Big East Conference, founded in the same year as ESPN itself, examining what led to its 2013 split into two leagues.
When the Garden Was Eden2014DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A look back at early-1970s teams of the New York Knicks.
Villinam2014DramaA college student in India fights the cricket establishment to start a basketball program.
Down in the Valley2015DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A look back at the fight of Sacramento and its mayor, former NBA star Kevin Johnson, to keep the Kings from moving to Seattle.
I Hate Christian Laettner 2015DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Examines the life and career of Christian Laettner, and intense dislike some fans still harbor toward the former Duke star, more than 20 years after his last game for the Blue Devils.
Sole Man2015DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores the rise of Sonny Vaccaro from Pennsylvania steel-town roots to his prominent position in the basketball and athletic shoe industry.
Son of the Congo2015DocumentaryExplores the journey of Serge Ibaka from childhood in war-torn Republic of the Congo to NBA stardom.
We Will Be the World Champions 2015DramaSerbian film about the development of basketball in the former Yugoslavia, culminating in the national team's victory in the 1970 FIBA World Championship.
Wolves 2016DramaGambling of a college professor (Michael Shannon) complicates life for his son, a high school basketball star.
One & Done 2016DocumentaryMade for TV. Explores the life of Australian prospect and eventual NBA player Ben Simmons, focusing on his only season at LSU.
Phi Slama Jama 2016DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A look back at the University of Houston's iconic Phi Slama Jama team of the 1980s.
This Magic Moment2016DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A look back at the 1990s Orlando Magic and cultural phenomenon inspired by Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway.
Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies 2017DocumentaryThree-part documentary made for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Examines the Celtics–Lakers rivalry, including its impact on the NBA as a whole.
Disgraced2017DocumentaryA made-for-TV examination of the 2003 murder of Baylor player Patrick Dennehy by a teammate and the massive violations of NCAA rules uncovered in its wake.
Going Vertical 2017DramaFilm about the controversial victory of the Soviet national team over the US Olympic team, ending the USA's 63-game winning streak, at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.
My Other Home 2017BiographyChinese film about Stephon Marbury and his career resurrection in China.
On the Map2017DocumentaryA 40-year retrospective of the 1976–77 season of Maccabi Tel Aviv, who in the words of their New Jersey-born star Tal Brody put Israel "on the map" with victory in that season's European Champions Cup.
One and Not Done2017DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. Explores the life and career of John Calipari against the backdrop of his 2015–16 Kentucky team.
Slamma Jamma2017DramaA once promising college basketball player (Chris Staples) is released from prison after serving six years in prison for armed robbery.
The Last Days of Knight2018DocumentaryMade as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series and initially released on the company's new ESPN+ streaming service. A retrospective of the events leading to Indiana University's 2000 firing of Bob Knight, directed by the reporter whose investigation led to Knight's dismissal.
Uncle Drew 2018ComedyA streetball coach loses the team he planned to enter in a big tournament, and turns to an elderly group of players in a desperate bid to win the tournament. Spin-off of a series of Pepsi Max commercials featuring NBA star Kyrie Irving as the title character; also features Hall of Fame players Lisa Leslie, Reggie Miller, and Shaquille O'Neal as well as many other prominent basketball figures.
The Dominican Dream2019DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. A look at the life and career of Felipe López, the son of Dominican immigrants who enjoyed great success in high school and college, and the contentment he finds after a middling professional career.
Rodman: For Better or Worse2019DocumentaryMade for TV as part of ESPN's 30 for 30 series. An unrestrained look at the life and career of Dennis Rodman.
The Way Back 2020DramaAn alcoholic construction worker (Ben Affleck) is recruited to become head coach of the basketball team at the high school he used to attend.
The Last Dance 2020DocumentaryA ten part documentary showcasing Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls
All-Star Weekend TBAComedyTwo friends find themselves fans of opposing NBA stars LeBron James and Stephen Curry.

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