The Top 10 College or High School Basketball Movies of All Time
I don't know about the rest of you, but I LOVE a good sports movie. I will watch even bad ones. Heck I will even watch the sequels. I even like movies like "Eight Men Out," which if you aren't a baseball fan would bore you to tears.
Here is a list of high school and college basketball movies I like. Now there are a few I haven't seen that I will get around to one of these days. "A Season on the Brink" and "Final Shot" are two I can think of. Some of the movies on the list you will have to be a real hoops junkie to appreciate. Others are just good movies. This is the list from No. 10 to No. 1.
"More Than a Game"
This is a documentary about Lebron James' high school team. It actually follows four guys who started out as eighth graders and all went to the same private high school so they could play together. If you're not a hoops junkie, you'll probably find it boring. A similar movie is "Hoops Dreams." Only this one has somebody who actually made it to the big time.
"Above The Rim"
This movie is a bit on the dark side. It's especially creepy since...well, maybe I shouldn't give away the ending in case you haven't seen it. If you are into the whole rap, gangsta and street ball thing, you will like this one.
"The Air Up There"
Ok, sue me. I liked this movie. Yeah it was a bit corny, but so what? The guy in the Logitech commercial highly recommends it. He gives it two thumbs way up.
Upshot is Kevin Bacon sees a guy in a video feed from Africa dunking in the background and decides to chase after him so he can play for his college team.
This movie is worth watching just to see what happens when the station wagon Gabe Kaplan is hauling four inner city hoops players to some obscure college in Nevada in is being pulled over by the cops.
"White Men Can't Jump"
Woody Harrelson is an ex-college basketball star from Indiana with a deadly outside shot. He makes his money hustling people on the playgrounds of Los Angeles. Wesley Snipes is also a hustler. Money and partners change hands real quick in this movie. Rosie Perez is great playing Woody's girl.
Good movie about the dilemma that faces college coaches who would like to run a clean program, but realize clean means mediocre. Nick Nolte plays a coach who finally gives in to the boosters and alumni and turns his head to the shady deals it takes to get Shaq, Penny and the guys to come play for him in order to win.
"One On One"
A good flick about college hoops and how when you're on the end of the bench, the coach doesn't care about you at all. But win him a game or two and all of a sudden he's your best friend. I get the feeling the coach in the movie is patterned after a certain ESPN commentator who used to coach in a red sweater.
A true story about a coach who cleaned up a high school basketball program in an inner city school. He would not let those kids use poverty and crime in the streets be their excuse. They would tow the line or they would not play, even if it meant padlocking the gym and forfeiting games. This movie will have you cheering for the coach.
Another true story about Coach Don Haskins and the 1966 Texas Western basketball team. They were the first team to start five black players and win the NCAA tournament. In the title game, they faced an all-white Kentucky team coached by the legendary Adolph Rupp. How can you not like a movie where UK loses? And Pat Riley is on UK's team, which makes it even better.
THE greatest basketball movie of all time. Has Gene Hackman ever been in a bad movie? I can't think of one.
In this true story, Gene takes over as coach of a really small Indiana high school team. He barely has enough players to field a team, forget about a bench. At the first practice, two or three quit because of his "my way or the highway" rules. This leaves him with five. However, the best player in the school is not going out for the team. It seems he has some personal demons, but is one SWEET jumper.
One of the teachers at the school doesn't get he whole "basketball is life" attitude of the state of Indiana and does not want the coach hounding this kid about playing on the team.
It's just your basic David vs.Goliath/boy meets girl story, with a drunk father and embarrassed son who make up and become friends twist thrown in. A Fantastic movie even if you don't care for basketball.