My top 20 movies about basketball

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1.
Coach Carter (2005)
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Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him. (136 mins.)
Director: Thomas Carter
 
2.
Heaven Is a Playground (1991)
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A coach and a lawyer team up to provide incentives for an urban high school basketball team to stay out of trouble. (106 mins.)
Director: Randall Fried
 
3.
Glory Road (2006)
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In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship. (118 mins.)
Director: James Gartner
 
4.
He Got Game (1998)
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A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence. (136 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee
 
5.
Soul in the Hole (1997 Documentary)
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(98 mins.)
 
6.
Hoosiers (1986)
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A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship. (114 mins.)
Director: David Anspaugh
 
7.
Above the Rim (1994)
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Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard. (96 mins.)
Director: Jeff Pollack
 
8.
Love & Basketball (2000)
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In 1981 in L.A., Monica moves in next door to Quincy. They're 11, and both want to play in the NBA, just like Quincy's dad... (124 mins.)
 
9.
More Than a Game (2008 Documentary)
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This documentary follows NBA superstar LeBron James and four of his talented teammates through the trials and tribulations of high school basketball in Ohio and James' journey to fame. (105 mins.)
 
10.
Space Jam (1996)
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In a desperate attempt to win a basketball match and earn their freedom, the Looney Tunes seek the aid of retired basketball champion, Michael Jordan. (88 mins.)
Director: Joe Pytka
 
11.
White Men Can't Jump (1992)
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Black and white basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances. (115 mins.)
Director: Ron Shelton
 
12.
Sunset Park (1996)
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A white school teacher takes over a talented, but undisciplined black high school basketball team and turns them into a winning team. (99 mins.)
Director: Steve Gomer
 
13.
Like Mike (2002)
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A 14-year-old orphan becomes an NBA superstar after trying on a pair of sneakers with the faded initials "M.J." inside. (99 mins.)
Director: John Schultz
 
14.
Ball Don't Lie (2008)
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A skinny high school junior and basketball prodigy from Venice, California burdened with early life tragedy (callous foster care) and Obsessive-Compulsive disorder, Sticky manages to surpass his limits whenever he has a ball in his hands.
Director: Brin Hill
 
15.
The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend (1991)
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Biography of pro basketball player "Pistol" Pete Maravich, who died suddenly in 1988 at age 40 from a heart attack. (90 mins.)
 
16.
Hoop Dreams (1994 Documentary)
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A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional. (170 mins.)
Director: Steve James
 
17.
Blue Chips (1994)
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A college basketball coach is forced to break the rules in order to get the players he needs to stay competitive. (108 mins.)
 
18.
Passing Glory (1999 TV Movie)
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A talented all-black high school basketball team challenges the top all-white team in civil-rights-era New Orleans. (100 mins.)
Director: Steve James
 
19.
O (2001)
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An update of Shakespeare's 'Othello' with a young cast, set in an upper class prep school, & centered around basketball player Odin. (95 mins.)
 
20.
The Sixth Man (1997)
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Antoine and Kenny Tyler are NCAA college basketball players, and Antoine is the star. Suddenly Antoine... (107 mins.)
Director: Randall Miller