March Madness Hoopla!by TsarStepan | created - 12 Feb 2015 | updated - 04 Mar 2016 | Public
March Madness has arrived! March 15 marked the beginning of the 2016 NCAA March Madness tournament, a university level basketball tournament that assembles teams from across the United States.
Which of these basketball-centric feature length films, documentaries, or television series* would you like to watch to get excited for the big game?
Root for your team here!
[*= Minimum requirements of 6.5 IMDb rating, 475 votes as of March 2015, plot has to be basketball centric not just featuring a scene or two involving the sport or people watching a basketball game on the television]
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2. One on One (1977)
PG | 98 min | Drama, Sport
Henry Steele is a basketball phenom at his small town high school, but when he matriculates to a big city university on a scholarship, soon realizes that he has few skills outside the sport... See full summary »
3. Hoosiers (1986)
PG | 114 min | Drama, Sport
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.
Votes: 40,472 | Gross: $28.61M
4. The Pistol: The Birth of a Legend (1991)
G | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Biography of pro basketball player "Pistol" Pete Maravich, who died suddenly in 1988 at age 40 from a heart attack.
5. White Men Can't Jump (1992)
R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport
Black and white basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances of winning money on the street courts and in a basketball tournament.
Votes: 70,587 | Gross: $76.25M
6. Above the Rim (1994)
R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Sport
Story of a promising high school basketball star and his relationships with two brothers, one a drug dealer and the other a former basketball star fallen on hard times and now employed as a security guard.
Votes: 12,874 | Gross: $16.04M
7. The Basketball Diaries (1995)
R | 102 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction.
Votes: 96,110 | Gross: $2.42M
10. Love & Basketball (2000)
PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
Monica and Quincy love and play basketball together through many life challenges from childhood to adulthood.
Votes: 17,009 | Gross: $27.44M
11. Coach Carter (2005)
PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.
Votes: 115,194 | Gross: $67.26M
12. Believe in Me (2006)
PG | 131 min | Drama, Sport
In a conservative small town, a young man's wish to coach high school basketball are tweaked by a school board decision that makes him the new coach of the girls' team.
Votes: 900 | Gross: $0.21M
13. Glory Road (2006)
PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
In 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship.
Votes: 40,598 | Gross: $42.64M
14. Wo ist Fred? (2006)
107 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport
In order to catch a basketball from the favorite team of his girlfriend's spoiled son, Fred poses as a numb, wheelchair-bound fan. But when he catches the ball, he also catches the ... See full summary »
16. Hoop Dreams (1994)
PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport
A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.
Votes: 22,688 | Gross: $7.83M
17. Michael Jordan to the Max (2000)
Not Rated | 46 min | Documentary, Sport
A documentary that follows Michael Jordan's basketball career, stint in baseball, and his last championship season with the Chicago Bulls in 1998.
Votes: 1,942 | Gross: $18.64M
18. The Heart of the Game (2005)
PG-13 | 97 min | Documentary, Sport
A documentary Roosevelt Roughriders, a girls' high-school basketball team in Seattle, and one player's fight to regain her eligibility to play.
Votes: 899 | Gross: $0.44M
19. Through the Fire (2005)
103 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
"Through the Fire" chronicles the journey of Coney Island basketball star, Sebastian Telfair, from famed Lincoln High School straight to the NBA.
Votes: 641 | Gross: $0.03M
20. More Than a Game (2008)
PG | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport
This documentary follows NBA superstar LeBron James and four of his talented teammates through the trials and tribulations of high school basketball in Ohio and James' journey to fame.
Votes: 4,918 | Gross: $0.94M
21. The Other Dream Team (2012)
Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Sport
The incredible story of the 1992 Lithuanian basketball team, whose athletes struggled under Soviet rule, became symbols of Lithuania's independence movement, and - with help from the Grateful Dead - triumphed at the Barcelona Olympics.
Votes: 3,354 | Gross: $0.13M
24. Slam Dunk (1993–1996)
TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
About Sakuragi Hanamichi, a freshman of Shohoku High School who joins the basketball team because of the girl he has a crush on, Haruko. Although he is newbie in this sport, he is no ordinary basketball player.
25. Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (1996 TV Movie)
R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
A dramatization of the life of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (Don Cheadle), with a lot of factual based occurrences. A reformed junkie returns from prison to clean up his act and devote the ... See full summary »
26. Kuroko's Basketball (2012–2015)
24 min | Animation, Comedy, Sport
The Teiko Middle School Basketball Team. The school that produced three perfect seasons in a row, with five once-in-a generation players, called "The Generation of Miracles." There was ... See full summary »
27. Survivor's Remorse (2014– )
TV-MA | 30 min | Drama
Through a combination of God-given talent and Boston grit, Cam Calloway and Reggie Vaughn have achieved fame and fortune that neither could have imagined growing up in one of the toughest ... See full summary »
28. Sports Night (1998–2000)
30 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport
Casey McCall and Dan Rydell are sports anchors and best friends. On "Sports Night," their nightly cable program.
I rather watch sports anchors and analysts talk about the current basketball season's highlights and disastrous injuries then watch any of these irrelevant films or television series.