If music is the soundtrack to our lives films would be the second best visual representation of how many of us live and feel. Movies are ultimately a form of entertainment but great films tell a story that connects with the audience on many levels. Great films make us laugh and cry while allowing the viewers to truly connect with the characters and actors on personal levels that will last a lifetime. Here at Sports Unbiased several of our writers discussed their best basketball film selections of All-time, here is what the writers had to say beginning with the number 8 best basketball films of all time.
As a kid, I must have watched this movie dozens of times. Why did I enjoy it so much? Because it was a clash of two things I loved: Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes. It also featured NBA stars Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Shawn Bradley, Muggsy Bogies, and Larry Johnson who all lost their skills to the Monstars. In the end, Jordan would help the Looney Tunes characters and lead them to victory even over the improved villainous team and prove why he is the greatest of all-time.
Coach Carter was a very inspirational movie that taught the values of education. It was based on the true story of Richmond High School that saw Coach Ken Carter come in and not only set a high-standard for basketball success, but academic success as well. Carter was just as concerned, if not more, with the low rate of students that graduated Richmond than he was with basketball. He drilled into his team that academics would come first and that they would not play if their grades were not up to par. The beauty of it all was that the team went undefeated most of the season and would compete in the regional high school playoffs before being ultimately ousted by a better St. Francis team. However, Carter was more proud of the team that improved their grades while still competing at a high level in athletics.
This film does a great job of showing the bond that basketball can bring to people. Mostly childhood friends, Q and Monica each earn their way to a college basketball scholarship. They each go their separate ways for a while, but the game of basketball would bring them both back together. They both had a strong love for the game of basketball that no one could compare to, as the game would in the end bring them a happy ending.
I was put on to this movie as a kid through friends I used to play with. Back when I had no idea of street-ball legends and only knew what organized ball had taught me, I immersed myself within the legend that is “The Goat”. I didn’t believe any of it at first, until there was considerable buzz surrounding his legend at Rucker Park. Reverse dunking 36 times just to win $60 was enough for me to bite down. Moreover, his ability was stifled by his heroin addiction and consequential prison stints. Definitely a triumph-turned-tragedy, a basketball god falling from the heavens from the outside influences of less talented players and the streets. Truly one of the greatest players of any generation.
Ironic, just iconic. An incredible movie made even better thanks to the acting of Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper. Incredible storytelling about small town Indiana and the small town school coached in a way that was not beloved but ended in a state championship. One of the best sports movies of all-time.
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