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Basketball is a truly global sport today, but it hasn’t always been that way. A major worldwide popularization of the game occurred during the 90s, with the emergence of Michael Jordan, his six titles with the Bulls, Olympic Dream Team, Air Jordan’s and “Space Jam”.

It is hard to describe just how influential MJ was at the time. Maybe this information could shed a light: during the 90s, the number of basketball movies produced surpassed all the decades prior, combined.

Jordan was the star of one of the most recognizable movies of all time, a 1996 adventure film, “Space Jam”. By this day, Space Jam remains the most watched and profitable basketball movie of all time (net gross $170 million).

Thanks to MJ, basketball became one of the most popular sports in the world and the number of basketball movies additionally raised in the new millennia.

Until now, a total of 146 basketball movies has been produced, spreading across all the genres. If you’d like to start watching the top-rated basketball movies of all time, this is the list you want to start with:

You can see the full movies list here – 146 basketball movies analyzed by genre, rating and year produced. For the fans of basketball and cinema, this is the ultimate collection.

*This article was written by Dimitrije Curcic, Basketball Content Director at RunRepeat, and edited by Yiannis Bouranis, Chief Editor at TalkBasket.net.