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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1. Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Sport

A 12-year-old is traumatised by the murder of his friend, a star basketball player.

Director: Joseph Manduke | Stars: Moses Gunn, Rosalind Cash, Bernie Casey, Madge Sinclair

Votes: 703

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 »

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Robby Benson, Annette O'Toole, G.D. Spradlin, Gail Strickland

Votes: 1,422

3. Hoosiers (1986)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Sport

76 Metascore

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.

Director: David Anspaugh | Stars: Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Dennis Hopper, Sheb Wooley

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.

Director: Frank C. Schroeder | Stars: Millie Perkins, Nick Benedict, Adam Guier, Murrell Garland

Votes: 1,180

5. White Men Can't Jump (1992)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

65 Metascore

Black and white basketball hustlers join forces to double their chances of winning money on the street courts and in a basketball tournament.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez, Tyra Ferrell

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.

Director: Jeff Pollack | Stars: Duane Martin, Tupac Shakur, Leon, David Bailey

Votes: 12,874 | Gross: $16.04M

7. The Basketball Diaries (1995)

R | 102 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

46 Metascore

A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction.

Director: Scott Kalvert | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Lorraine Bracco, Marilyn Sokol, James Madio

Votes: 96,110 | Gross: $2.42M

8. He Got Game (1998)

R | 136 min | Drama, Sport

63 Metascore

A basketball player's father must try to convince him to go to a college so he can get a shorter sentence.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Denzel Washington, Milla Jovovich, Ray Allen, Rosario Dawson

Votes: 41,853 | Gross: $21.55M

9. Finding Forrester (2000)

PG-13 | 136 min | Drama

62 Metascore

A young writing prodigy finds a mentor in a reclusive author.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Sean Connery, Rob Brown, F. Murray Abraham, Anna Paquin

Votes: 79,794 | Gross: $66.40M

10. Love & Basketball (2000)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

70 Metascore

Monica and Quincy love and play basketball together through many life challenges from childhood to adulthood.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood | Stars: Sanaa Lathan, Omar Epps, Glenndon Chatman, Jess Willard

Votes: 17,009 | Gross: $27.44M

11. Coach Carter (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

57 Metascore

Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Rick Gonzalez, Robert Ri'chard, Rob Brown

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.

Director: Robert Collector | Stars: Jeffrey Donovan, Samantha Mathis, Bruce Dern, Bob Gunton

Votes: 900 | Gross: $0.21M

13. Glory Road (2006)

PG | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

58 Metascore

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.

Director: James Gartner | Stars: Josh Lucas, Derek Luke, Austin Nichols, Jon Voight

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 »

Director: Anno Saul | Stars: Til Schweiger, Alexandra Maria Lara, Jürgen Vogel, Christoph Maria Herbst

Votes: 5,326

15. The Winning Season (2009)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Sport

53 Metascore

A comedy centered on a has-been coach who is given a shot at redemption when he's asked to run his local high school's girls basketball team.

Director: Jim Strouse | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Emma Roberts, Rob Corddry, Emily Rios

Votes: 5,687

16. Hoop Dreams (1994)

PG-13 | 170 min | Documentary, Drama, Sport

98 Metascore

A film following the lives of two inner-city Chicago boys who struggle to become college basketball players on the road to going professional.

Director: Steve James | Stars: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Emma Gates, Curtis Gates

Votes: 22,688 | Gross: $7.83M

17. Michael Jordan to the Max (2000)

Not Rated | 46 min | Documentary, Sport

57 Metascore

A documentary that follows Michael Jordan's basketball career, stint in baseball, and his last championship season with the Chicago Bulls in 1998.

Directors: Don Kempf, James D. Stern | Stars: Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, Doug Collins, Bob Greene

Votes: 1,942 | Gross: $18.64M

18. The Heart of the Game (2005)

PG-13 | 97 min | Documentary, Sport

74 Metascore

A documentary Roosevelt Roughriders, a girls' high-school basketball team in Seattle, and one player's fight to regain her eligibility to play.

Director: Ward Serrill | Stars: Darnellia Russell, Bill Resler, Ludacris, Devon Crosby Helms

Votes: 899 | Gross: $0.44M

19. Through the Fire (2005)

103 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

65 Metascore

"Through the Fire" chronicles the journey of Coney Island basketball star, Sebastian Telfair, from famed Lincoln High School straight to the NBA.

Directors: Alistair Christopher, Jonathan Hock | Stars: Sebastian Telfair, Rick Pitino, Asher Beard, Nyan Boateng

Votes: 641 | Gross: $0.03M

20. More Than a Game (2008)

PG | 105 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

59 Metascore

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.

Director: Kristopher Belman | Stars: LeBron James, Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis, Sian Cotton

Votes: 4,918 | Gross: $0.94M

21. The Other Dream Team (2012)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Sport

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Marius A. Markevicius | Stars: Sarunas Marciulionis, Arvydas Sabonis, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Jonas Valanciunas

Votes: 3,354 | Gross: $0.13M

22. Linsanity (2013)

PG | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

52 Metascore

The life story of basketball sensation, Jeremy Lin.

Director: Evan Jackson Leong | Stars: Jeremy Lin, Daniel Dae Kim, Ming Yao, Daryl Morey

Votes: 1,856 | Gross: $0.30M

23. The White Shadow (1978–1981)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Sport

A white former NBA professional retires from the pro game and gets a job as a basketball coach in a predominantly black inner-city high school.

Stars: Ken Howard, Kevin Hooks, Byron Stewart, Timothy Van Patten

Votes: 1,003

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.

Stars: Michael C. Pizzuto, Hisao Egawa, Eriko Hara, Akiko Hiramatsu

Votes: 3,558

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 »

Director: Eriq La Salle | Stars: Don Cheadle, James Earl Jones, Michael Beach, Ronny Cox

Votes: 2,707

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 »

Stars: Kenshô Ono, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Yuki Ono, Hirofumi Nojima

Votes: 3,969

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 »

Stars: RonReaco Lee, Jessie T. Usher, Erica Ash, Teyonah Parris

Votes: 2,047

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.

Stars: Josh Charles, Peter Krause, Felicity Huffman, Joshua Malina

Votes: 6,813

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.



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