It's March... and that means one thing: Basketball!
Hollywood is no stranger to the game, and in celebration of the beginning of the NCAA Division I basketball tournament, we present a sweet 16 list of basketball movies that hit nothing but net.
Basketball movies are best when they use the game as a symbol of life's trials and tribulations. But, they also come in all forms -- from comedy and true life stories to those that incorporate all elements of the movie spectrum.
Is there any better basketball movie than Hoosiers? Not likely, and there is something truly inspiring about this true story starring Gene Hackman as an Indiana basketball coach who gets everything he wants from his team... and so much more.
Spike Lee was genius to cast real baller Ray Allen as the title character and pair him with Denzel Washington as his estranged ex-con father. He Got Game is brilliant on so many levels and one of our favorite basketball movies... and Spike Lee movies, for that matter.
Blue Chips featured a slew of real life basketball players (including Shaq) and Nick Nolte as a college coach who will do anything to win. And to say that that bites him in the butt is an understatement. Blue Chips is fast moving and brilliantly shot and put a spotlight on the darker side of college B-Ball.
Samuel L. Jackson as a basketball coach... sign us up! Toss in the fact that Coach Carter is a true story of the Richmond High School basketball coach and you have all the elements of one powerful and inspiring film.
One of the most profound things about Above the Rim is it showed us what a loss the death of Tupac Shakur was.. the man had talents way beyond rapping. He could act and proof of that was more than evident all over this basketball tale.
Will Ferrell turns his sports comedy machine spotlight onto the world of basketball and hits nothing but net. By putting the focus on a 1970s semi-pro basketball team, Ferrell had a comedy that practically wrote itself.
You have probably not heard of this gem, maybe some of you have. But, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh is a classic basketball tale about a losing pro basketball franchise that hires an astrologer to field a team of Pisces with the idea that those under the same sign... can win. It's pure 1970s... and pure joy.