Best Basketball Movies

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers content that is meant to entertain as well as educate. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

26 Responses

  1. sara myler says:

    Love and Basketball really really a heart touching movies.

  2. I am happy to see that other people are interested in basketball movies! I really like how the list was put together, and I agree with the order.

  3. TMH says:

    Brought back some good cinematic memories, though I’d probably nudge Hoosiers a little higher. My favorite line: “Although neither of them look like they’ve ever played basketball before…” So often the case in Hollywood, eh?

    • Nick Kush says:

      You got that right! I was probably a little too young to fully appreciate Hoosiers, but I totally understand your preference!

  4. Basketball Diaries, Top flight acting and based on a true story

    • Nick Kush says:

      That’s another good one! I’ll have to check it out again I haven’t seen it in awhile.

  5. aaronpkahle says:

    As far as b-ball goes, White Men Can’t Jump is my #1 for comedy but Hoosiers is tops for drama. A few not on the list that are solid films would be Blue Chips, Love and Basketball, Above the Rim (phenomenal soundtrack), Sunset Park, and Rebound: The Legend of Earl “The Goat” Manigualt” (wonderful performance by Don Cheadle in this HBO film). Hoop Dreams is also a fantastic documentary about the trials and tribulations of trying to make it to the NBA.

    • Nick Kush says:

      Love and Basketball is #4 on the list! I need to check out Hoop Dreams I’ve heard good things!

      • aaronpkahle says:

        One of the best sports documentaries ever, hands down. It’s long but well worth the running time.

      • Nick Kush says:

        Length never bothers me if it’s good. My favorite sports documentary is OJ: Made in America and that’s eight hours long! lol

  6. Rick Elia says:

    I loved Hoosiers. When he says “My team’s on the floor” and plays with only four players he’s fulfilling the fantasy of countless coaches over the years.

  7. Slammin’ list! How about an Honorable Mention to MJ Fox’s Teen Wolf?

  8. notdonner says:

    Love Hoosiers, but Glory Road didn’t make the list? Awww

    • Nick Kush says:

      That was a tough one to leave off! I have a soft spot for both Glory Road and Coach Carter. Maybe one day I’ll expand the list to top 10!

  9. Jason says:

    Definitely has to be Space Jam for my pick. Looney Tune characters and so many various pro basketball stars throughout the film. Plus, the best line of the movie “Larry not white….Larry’s clear”…haha!

    • Nick Kush says:

      LOL I love that line! Space Jam is certainly great, I worry that the next generation won’t have the same affinity for it as we do.

  10. Damien Riley says:

    All great reviews. Hoosiers is my pick of the litter.

    • Nick Kush says:

      Can’t argue with that choice! If you asked me my list next week it might be completely different!

      • Damien Riley says:

        Gene Hackman is really an under-recognized actor, in a general sense most people don’t know who he is in 2017. So many films I love by him. Hoosiers is one of the first I really connected with.

      • Nick Kush says:

        Have you agree with you there! It’s just too difficult to get people to watch older movies these days.

      • Damien Riley says:

        Yes. And I am learning the value of challenging my attention span as well! My friend Rob (Movierob? you may know his site?) recommended Treasure of the Sierra Madre to me on a podcast, (1948), and I hung in there for an amazing experience!

      • Nick Kush says:

        It’s a great one! I need to revisit it it’s been a little while!

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