Monday , Jul , 16 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Monday Listed: The Best Basketball Movies, Featuring Indiana, Sebastian Telfair, The 206, A Harlem Globetrotter, & Hoop Dreams

If the summer blockbuster isn’t for you, then check out this edition of Monday Listed, where we drop the best basketball movies of all-time … Of course, we want your favorite hoop flicks, so get at us in the comment box below … Click here for this story …

Summertime is the season of The Blockbuster. Every few days a new movie, with the marketing budget of a third world country, arrives in theaters. Some are worth checking out. And some waste two hours of your life.

There are some brilliant basketball movies-absolute classics, in fact. If the popcorn genre isn’t for you, then check out this edition of Monday Listed, where we drop the best basketball movies of all–time.

Agree or disagree with this list? Hit us with your thoughts in the comment box below.


Honorable Mention: He Got Game, Rebound, O, White Men Can’t Jump, and Second Chance Season. 

#5) Hoosiers

The Plot: "A coach with a checkered past and a local drunk train a small town high school basketball team to become a top contender for the championship." (

The Review: "It (Hoosiers) combines sports with human nature. It’s (Hoosiers) a movie that is all heart." (Roger Ebert, Chicago Suns Times)

My Quick Take: The ultimate Cinderella story with a rural, French Lick-Indiana twist.


#4) Through The Fire

The Plot:Through the Fire chronicles the journey of Coney Island basketball star, Sebastian Telfair, from famed LincolnHigh School straight to the NBA.” (

The Review:Through the Fire is a highly satisfying documentary tracking the hoop dreams of basketball bright light Sebastian Telfair.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

My Quick Take: Telfair is totally engaging in this rags-to-riches story.


#3) The Heart of The Game

The Plot:The Heart of the Game captures the passion and energy of a Seattle high school girls’ basketball team, the eccentricity of their unorthodox coach, and the incredible true story of one player’s fight to play the game she loves.” (

The Review: “An Oscar level piece of work.” (Richard Roeper, Ebert & Reoper)

My Quick Take: An emotional story that leaves you with goose bumps.


#2) Hardwood

The Plot:Hardwood is a personal journey by director Hubert Davis, the son of former Harlem Globetrotter Mel Davis, who explores how his father’s decisions affected his life and those of his extended family. At its core, Hardwood is about the power of redemption and the healing of the bonds between fathers and sons.” (

The Review: "A poignant document–specific in social milieu but with wider human resonance–this film is a festival award winner and a 20004 Oscar nominee for best short documentary.” (Library Journal)

My Quick Take: A masterpiece that’s elegantly split into three separate stories.

1) Hoop Dreams

The Plot: “This documentary follows two inner-city Chicago residents, Arthur Agee and William Gates, as they follow their dreams of becoming basketball superstars.” (

The Review: "It (Hoop Dreams) of the great movie going experiences of my lifetime." (Roger Ebert Chicago Sun Times)

My Quick Take:  I can still see Arthur Agee dropping lightning-quick shoulder fakes against his Dad. Their one-on-one battle was an amazing metaphor for Arthur outgrowing his part-time father and becoming his own man. Brilliant stuff! Check out the trailer:


Click here to read and subscribe to Oly Sandor’s NBA Blog.