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The best basketball movies ever made... as chosen by you

Raf Diallo
Raf Diallo

02:18 19 Mar 2019


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On Thursday night's Off The Ball, Joe Molloy and The Ringer's John Gonzalez went on a mini-tangent. At the end of the segment on the NBA,  basketball movies cropped up.

Gonzalez threw out a few suggestions of classics of the genre. But we didn't leave it there. On our Facebook page, we got your picks for all-time best basketball movies and you delivered!

But a few got more than a few mentions. So if you're looking for a sports film with a ball in it, try these for size...

Hoosiers

This one got more mentions than any other film. Starring Gene Hackman, the 1986 flick is set in a rural Indiana town.

 

The Basketball Diaries

Forget Titanic, The Departed, Inception or the Wolf Of Wall Street! For many of you, this 1995 coming-of-age film (also starring Mark Wahlberg) may well be Leonardo Di Caprio's defining role. Perhaps a slight over-exaggeration...

 

Space Jam

Michael Jordan, Bugs Bunny and cartoon meets live action. What more do you want?

 

White Men Can't Jump

Another one from the 1990s that got a lot of mentions. Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson teamed up for this 1992 classic.

 

Coach Carter

A more recent release. Samuel L Jackson portrays the eponymous basketball coach.

Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for more suggestions. Also check out comedian Jarlath Regan's picks here. And here are Kieran Donaghy's suggestions.


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