Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world. Nowhere is it followed as passionately as it is in the United States and Canada. This indoor game has a long history and was first created in America at the educational center now known as the ‘Springfield College’. Basketball has had many tales woven around it, but its invention is also a story worthy of a movie in itself. The man who should receive all the credit for the game is a Canadian named James Naismith. He was a physical education professor at the then YMCA School. To keep his students fit during the long, cold winters, Naismith invented this indoor game. He himself would not have thought that this game would go on to become a multi-billion dollar industry.
Now if a sport is this popular, it is inevitable that movies would be made about it. Sports films have been made for a long time, and they usually focus on a player of the said sport burdened by his personal and professional problems and then getting ahead with a hugely important win. There have been some iconic sports films made in the past like ‘Chariots of Fire’ (1981) and ‘Rudy’ (1993). Many sports movies have pushed the boundaries of filmmaking and produced masterpieces the world will never forget. Like any popular sport, the game of basketball has also seen numerous movies being made using the game as the main theme. So, here’s the list of really good basketball movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
5. At All Costs (2016)
Directed by Mike Nicoll, ‘At All Costs’ is a documentary film which should not have found its place here, but it does because it works like a feature, focusing on the young player Parker Jackson-Cartwright and the founder of the Compton Magic AAU program, an initiative to find out talented basketball players in the area. In the film, we see how immensely the landscape of youth basketball has changed in America, and how commercialized it has become. The increasingly well-equipped training facilities, the competition, all have increased manifold, and it is through the eyes of Parker that we get to experience the inner workings of this world. This film has got mixed responses from the audience and critics.
4. Thunderstruck (2012)
This fun-filled comedy movie directed by John Whitesell revolves around a 16-year-old who is unhappy because he could not make it to the school’s basketball team. Brian, the central character of the movie, instead begins working as a waterboy for the school basketball team. Even in school, he is constantly ridiculed by others because of a funny video of his went viral after his sister shared it with a few of her friends. Then, a miracle happens and one day, while getting a ball signed by Kevin Durant (played by the legend himself), Brian gets all of Durant’s skills and becomes a great player for his school team. Meanwhile, Durant’s form keeps getting poorer and he figures that the key lies with Brian. This movie found great appreciation from the audience, but was never appreciated critically. Besides Durant, it starred other basketball players like Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Reggie Miller, and the teams of Oklahoma City Thunder and Charlotte Hornets.