Just in case you don’t get enough live basketball in the next couple of weeks, here are some great basketball films to fill in the days between the NCAA Tournament games.
Coach Carter. Inspired by true events, this is the story of a high school basketball coach (Samuel L. Jackson) who received high praise, and staunch criticism, for benching his entire undefeated team due to their poor academic performances.
Glory Road. Don Haskins (Josh Lucas), a future Hall of Fame coach at tiny Texas Western University, bucks convention in the 1960s by starting the best players he can find: history's first all-African American lineup.
Hoop Dreams. This documentary follows two inner-city basketball phenoms' lives through high school as they chase their dreams of playing in the NBA.
Hoosiers. A coach with a checkered past (Gene Hackman) becomes the new coach of the underdog high school basketball team in a 1951 sleepy Indiana farm town, using methods that infuriate the townspeople.
Hurricane Season. This film is based on the true story of basketball coach and mentor Al Collins (Forest Whitaker), who led his team to victory after Hurricane Katrina ravaged their homes and destroyed their spirits.