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Top Sports Movies to Watch While Stuck at Home -- Basketball Edition

03/23/2020, 2:00pm CDT
By Colton Wilson

Governor Tony Evers announced his safer-at home order early today via his Twitter account, which will mean the closing of many businesses across the state that don't provide essential services.

With many more Wisconsinites about to find themselves spending their times at home, entertainment may be hard to come by. For those lovers of all things sports, sport movies can be a great substitute for the lack of live action we are accustomed to at this time of the year.

This week we'll be releasing a series of articles with top rated sports category movies according to other media sites.

Best Basketball Movies

What better way to start the week than with the list of top basketball movies. As March Madness was supposed to be entering its second week of games, here are a few hardwood classics that can ease your basketball woes.

These are the Top 10 basketball movies according to Esquire.

Full List Here

1) White Men Can't Jump (1992)

Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, basketball... Need I say more? The comedy and chemistry between the two stars is something you don't want to miss.

2) Love and Basketball (2000)

A romance is tested time and again all with the underlying love of basketball factored in. Omar Epps and Sana Lathan star as Quincy and Monica, whose yearn for basketball stardom challenges their relationship.

3) He Got Game (1998)

Another professional athlete, Ray Allen, stars alongside Denzel Washington in one of Spike Lee's best films. Jesus Shuttleworth may go down as one of the best names in sports movie history.

4) Blue Chips (1994)

Watch as Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway star opposite Nick Nolte and his struggle in ethics and legality in the always cloudy recruiting wars of college basketball.

5) HOOSIERS (1986)

One of the more iconic sports movies of all time set in one of the biggest basketball states in the country, Indiana. Grab your popcorn and watch Coach Norman Dale (Gene Hackmann) use the "old school" coaching approach to lead the small town high school team towards championship aspirations.

6) Coach Carter (2005)

Stop me if you've heard this one, a movie starring a loud Samuel Jackson.... Jackson's Coach Carter character changes a culture of laziness, lack of motivation, and unruliness for the Richmond basketball team as they turn the corner, not just on the court.

7) Glory Road (2006)

Glory Road is based on the true story of Don Haskins and the 1966 Texas Western mens basketball team. It shows the struggles and resistance the team faced as it became the first time in NCAA history a team won the championship with a starting five of African-American players.

8) Finding Forrester (2000)

An unlikely relationship forms as an inner-city scholar-athlete befriends an old novelist. Both novelist, and scholar-athlete learn more from each other than what they expected.

9) Cornbread, Earl, and Me (1975)

A movie that still resonates today, NBA star Jamaal Wilkes stars as Nathaniel "Cornbread" Hamilton", a young athlete destined for greatness. A misunderstanding that leads to him being shot dead by police turns the should-be heartwarming tale, into a trial-laden story of the fight for justice.

10) Space Jam (1996)

Michael Jordan, Looney Tunes, and Bill Murray. If that's not a selling point, I don't know what it is. A wild ride of hijinks, spit shine, and a stellar soundtrack ensue. Come on and slam, and welcome to the jam!

Some other favorites that made up the top 20 were:

  • Above the Rim
  • Semi-Pro
  • Like Mike
  • The Pistol
  • Teen Wolf

Vote below for what your favorite basketball film is of all time. If you don't see your choice, leave a comment or join the discussion on Twitter and Facebook. Voting will go until 5 pm tomorrow.

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