The NCAA March Madness tournament may be cancelled this year, but you can still sit and watch your favorite sport through the magic of cinema! Give these ten basketball movies a shot, and they just might keep you from going “mad” during your self-quarantine.
Love & Basketball
Starring: Sanna Lathan, Omar Epps, Dennis Haysbert
From childhood to adulthood, watch Monica and Quincy fall in love and play ball through many life challenges.
Starring: Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Bugs Bunny
Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes recruit Michael Jordan to play in a basketball game against aliens to win back their freedom. (Have you been to spacejam.com lately?)
White Men Can’t Jump
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson
Two basketball hustlers become partners to double their chances of winning money on the courts.
Starring: Gene Hackman, Dennis Hopper, Barbara Hershey
A new coach with a spotty past gets a chance at redemption as he attempts to lead a small-town Indiana high school team to victory.
Starring: Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Jerry Levine
Teenager becomes a wolf, wolf happens to be skilled at basketball … A quintessential ‘80’s movie!
Switch gears with a documentary that follows two inner-city Chicago boys who dream of playing for the NBA.
Starring: Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, André Benjamin
See ‘70s hair and short-shorts in all their glory as NBA benchwarmer, Jackie Moon, returns to his hometown of Flint, Michigan, to prepare his former team for the playoffs.
He Got Game
Starring: Denzel Washington, Ray Allen, Milla Jovovich, John Turturro
In this Spike Lee drama, a basketball player's father convinces him to go to college at the New York governor’s alma mater in order to get his dad a shorter prison sentence.
Starring: Air Buddy, Kevin Zegers
The first of many in the “Air Bud” series … A golden retriever brings his tricks to the court; inspiring a boy and his teammates.
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Ri’chard, Rob Brown, Channing Tatum, Ashanti
After breaking their academic contracts, a coach teaches his players that there is more to life than basketball in this true-life story.