As with both my Baseball and Football marathons, I thought it would be a fun idea to explore the game of basketball in movies. Unlike those other two sports, I am much less connected to the game of basketball than I am baseball and football. However, basketball is by far the easiest sport to pick up and play on your own, with a group of friends. It takes much less to pickup a basketball and find a hoop to play the game, and that is one of the great attractions of the game. It is a beautiful game in its own way, and I hope to discover some beautiful stories throughout this process.

  1. Cornbread, Earl and Me (Joseph Manduke, 1975)
  2. One on One (Lamont Johnson, 1977)
  3. Fast Break (Jack Smight, 1979)
  4. The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh (Gilbert Moses, 1979)
  5. Teen Wolf (Rod Daniel, 1985)
  6. Hoosiers (David Anspaugh, 1986)
  7. Pistol: The Birth of a Legend (Frank C. Schroder, 1991)
  8. White Men Can’t Jump (Ron Shelton, 1992)
  9. The Air Up There (Paul Michael Glaser, 1994)
  10. Blue Chips (William Friedkin, 1994)
  11. Above the Rim (Jeff Pollack, 1994)
  12. The Basketball Diaries (Scott Kalvert, 1995)
  13. Rebound: The Legend of Earl Manigault (Eriq La Salle, 1996)
  14. Celtic Pride (Tom DeCherchio, 1996)
  15. Sunset Park (Steve Gomer, 1996)
  16. Eddie (Steve Rash, 1996)
  17. Space Jam (Joe Pytka, 1996)
  18. The Sixth Man (Randall Miller, 1997)
  19. He Got Game (Spike Lee, 1998)
  20. Passing Glory (Steve James, 1999)
  21. Love & Basketball (Gina Prince-Bythewood, 2000)
  22. Finding Forrester (Gus Van Sant, 2000)
  23. O (Tim Blake Nelson, 2001)
  24. Coach Carter (Thomas Carter, 2005)
  25. Rebound (Steve Carr, 2005)
  26. Glory Road (James Gartner, 2006)
  27. Semi-Pro (Kent Alterman, 2008)
  28. The Winning Season (James C. Strouse, 2009)
  29. Hurricane Season (Tim Story, 2009)
  30. Just Wright (Sanaa Hamri, 2010)
  31. Uncle Drew (Charles Stone III, 2018)
  32. High Flying Bird (Steven Soderbergh, 2019)
  33. The Way Back (Gavin O’Connor, 2020)