Friday’s Top Five: March Madness edition
March 9th, 2012
12:21 PM ET

Friday’s Top Five: March Madness edition

On Sunday night, the match-ups will be made and March Madness will officially begin. Sports headlines will be consumed by brackets, buzzer-beaters and basketball through early April.

It may not be America’s pastime - or have Madonna performing at halftime shows - but when the calendar flips to March, college basketball turns into a dramatic, pop culture spectacle.

For this week’s top five, it would be a shame on the eve of March Madness not to reflect on memorable basketball movies.These films, like the sport that they glorify, have entertained us with a very simple formula: a basket, a ball and a game filled with heartache and hope.

"Hoosiers" (1986): “I don't care what the scoreboard says at the end of the game, in my book we're gonna be winners.” – Coach Norman Dale


"Hoop Dreams" (1994): “It became more of a job than a sport to play.” – William Gates


"White Men Can’t Jump" (1992):  “It ain’t easy being this good!” – Sidney Deane


"Teen Wolf" (1985): “It doesn't matter how you play the game, it's whether you win or lose.” – Coach Finstock


"The Basketball Diaries" (1995): “You gotta have presence on the court. Presence like a cheetah rather than a chimp.” – Jim Carroll


Honorable Mention:

"Semi-Pro" (2008):  “Nothing in the rulebook that says you can't play drunk.” – Jackie Moon


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    April 21, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. Leucadia Bob

    March 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gunny

    Where is Love and Basketball? Fish that saved Pittsburg? Teen Wolf wasn't a basketball movie, anymore than it was a skateboard movie. Those were some of the things he did as a werewolf.

    March 9, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    Not the greatest movie ever but Glory Road over Teen Wolf in a heart beat. Also what about He Got Game! That's a basketball movie too if you consider the Basketball Diaries one.

    March 9, 2012 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mdw99

    Glory Road.

    March 9, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Yo

    One on One with Robbie Benson...The sound track was great.
    and what about Space's better than Teen Wolf.
    oh and I just saw The Mighty Macs.

    March 9, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Teacher

    What about Glory Road. Right up there with Hoosiers.
    I'm from Indiana and a fan of Hoosiers but the movie isn't the whole true story of the team. Glory Road much better for historical look at basketball

    March 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rikdude59

    Serously? Teen Wolf over Jesus Shuttlesworth? C'mon now....He Got Game is waaayyy beyond better than freakin' Teen Wolf. Like Mark of Tennessee said "what fool picked these movies?"

    March 9, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark of Tennessee

    Teen wolf what fool picked these movies?....

    March 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ravn

    My girlfriend and I have a running "discussion" on this subject

    Me – Hoosiers
    She – Coach Carter

    I love the part where he has them measure the court; she likes the allegory of ex-girlfriends to defensive sets 🙂

    Coach Carter should be on the list...

    March 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. buZysuZy

    I'm annoyed that college basketball has taken over my shows!

    March 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. comeon

    I would add Nick Nolte slow descent into madness in one of his pregame speeches in the movie Blue Chips. It's starts out inspirational, then he gets very Nolte.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • yosh

      Blue Chips is a good one and really the only one mentioned that's college basketball related

      March 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dr. J

    Fish that Saved Pittsburgh tops in my book.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Evel Knievel

    Basketball is for sissys and sissys watch basketball.

    March 9, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • anti troll guy

      Surely you must at least watch then...? Play? You seem to think of yourself as the object of desire for sissys.

      March 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Calisurfer

      Its Evel Knievel,
      If he calls you a sissy, you just have to accept it and walk away.
      If a marine just came back from war and heard me complaining about my dropped calls from my cell phone, they would call me a sissy too.
      Some people because of their survival from their courage or stupidity get to call people sissy.

      March 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hollywood Reporter

      The Real March Madness!

      March 10, 2012 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |

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