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10 Basketball Movies To Fill The "March Madness" Void

Wesley Snipes and Wood Harrelson in "White Men Can't Jump." 20th Century Fox

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.

Space Jam

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 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.

Teen Wolf

Starring: Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Jerry Levine

Teenager becomes a wolf, wolf happens to be skilled at basketball … A quintessential ‘80’s movie!

Hoop Dreams

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.

Air Bud

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.

Coach Carter

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.

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