March is dominated by basketball. Still, there are plenty of days when there isn’t a game. This leaves the basketball fanatic in a temporary vacuum, devoid of meaning and purpose. We’re left to just muck and malinger. Drifting aimlessly through the refuse of life, we hope and wait. Well, no longer. The doldrums can be banished with assistance of some choice b-ball narrative accounts! That’s an unusual way to say: check out these bodacious basketball movies on your top-rated mobile device or home theater!
Because, obviously. Who doesn’t love the underdog? Gene Hackman plays a seminal role as the coach of High School Basketball team from a small town in Indiana. Along with the help of the local drunk, the team rises to the top for a chance to win the championship. Inspiration abounds in this sports film classic.
America’s midwest in the 50′s a bit lacking for you? Then try out Coach Carter. When Samuel L. Jackson takes over the high school team in Richmond, CA, the only thing as bad as the players’ performance on the court are their grades in class. Carter takes on both. Under his tutelage, the team goes undefeated, but their classwork still suffers. Taking drastic action and instigating controversy, Carter cancels all games till the team’s academics improve. Based on a true story, Coach Carter is another sports classic.
That’s all great, but March is about College basketball. Glory Road takes place 40 years ago, when coach Don Haskins recruited his legendary Texas Western team regardless of race. Disparaged and mocked relentlessly, the team takes on every challenge with spirit, skill, and devotion. Against insurmountable odds, they make it to the championship to face off against the Kentucky powerhouse. Glory Road is the true story of how Texas Western changed NCAA history.
White Men Can’t Jump
White Men Can’t Jump takes the game off the court and onto the street. Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson play a pair of streetball hustlers who join forces to con money off the games they play. The scam gets complicated as betrayal, greed, and a debt with the mob ensues. A comedy of friendship and basketball in Venice Beach, White Men Can’t Jump makes it onto any essential basketball movie list.
Come on. What’s basketball without Jordan? Or, Bill Murray and the Looney Tunes? A malevolent amusement park owner aims to enslave the Looney Tunes as his newest attraction. Not willing to go quietly, the Looney Tunes challenge their would be abductors to a game of basketball to determine their freedom. Of course. Bugs Bunny recruits MJ to swing the tide in their favor. Also, Bill Murray is there. Space Jam is, without a doubt, the quintessential animated basketball movie of 1996.