Intro to Funny Basketball Movies

Basketball has been a captivating sport both on and off the court, inspiring a plethora of movies that blend the thrill of the game with comedy. From underdog tales to comedic mishaps, these films have scored big laughs while dribbling their way into the hearts of audiences worldwide.

We’ve gathered and organized the funniest of comedies when it comes to basketball movies. For clarification, if the movie is a “Drama”, it will not be on this list. If its genre is “Comedy”, it will be in our listing below.

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Funny Basketball Movie Listing

Here is a full listing below that made our funniest basketball movies. Note: these are not currently ordered in any sort of meaningful way.

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  1. Space Jam
  2. Space Jam 2: A New Legacy
  3. White Men Can’t Jump
  4. Semi-Pro
  5. Uncle Drew
  6. Like Mike
  7. The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh
  8. Air Bud
  9. Juwanna Mann
  10. The Sixth Man
  11. Teen Wolf
  12. BASEketball
  13. Eddie
  14. The Air Up There
  15. Rebound
  16. Celtic Pride
  17. Champions
  18. Fast Break
  19. Thunderstruck
  20. The Cookout
  21. The Absent-Minded Professor

Space Jam

1996, PG

This iconic film combines live-action with animation, featuring Michael Jordan (see all Jordan memes) teaming up with the Looney Tunes characters to save their world. Packed with humor, nostalgia, and an epic showdown, “Space Jam” remains a timeless classic.


Reason to watch

The movie stars MJ and it’s an absolute classic.

More about Space Jam

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A classic movie with the GOAT!

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Space Jam 2: A New Legacy

2021, PG

“Space Jam: A New Legacy” follows NBA superstar LeBron James  (see all LeBron James memes) and his son Dom, who are trapped in a digital space by a rogue A.I. To escape, LeBron teams up with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and other Looney Tunes characters for a basketball showdown against AI-powered opponents.


Reason to watch

LeBron James stars in his first big movie!

More about Space Jam 2

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A classic basketball movie reinvented!

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One more thing.

If you love debating Space Jam 1 vs Space Jam 2, you’ll really love our Jordan vs LeBron memes!

White Men Can’t Jump

1992, R

Starring Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson, this film follows two street basketball hustlers who join forces despite their differences. It’s filled with witty banter and showcases the humorous side of playground basketball.


Reason to watch

Woody & Wesley together are simply dynamite.

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A tale of hustle & street ball!

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Semi-Pro

2008, R

Will Ferrell leads this hilarious comedy about the fictional ABA basketball team, the Flint Tropics. Ferrell’s comedic prowess and the film’s absurd situations make it a slam dunk for laughs.


Reason to watch

Will Ferrell.

More about Semi-Pro

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“Everybody love everybody!”

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Uncle Drew

2018, PG-13

Based on a Pepsi commercial, this movie features NBA star Kyrie Irving as an elderly basketball legend who assembles a team of older players for one final tournament. The makeup transformations and comedic timing create a riotous yet heartwarming tale.


Reason to watch

Kyrie and Shaq dressed up like a Grandpa is too much fun to miss. Don’t miss all our Shaq memes!

More about Uncle Drew

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“Too easy out here against these young bloods.”

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Like Mike

2002, PG

This family-friendly comedy tells the story of a young orphan who finds a pair of sneakers with magical powers, allowing him to play like basketball superstar Michael Jordan. Heartwarming and humorous, it’s a slam dunk for kids and adults alike.

Speaking on MJ’s shoes, don’t miss all our memes of fake Jordans!


Reason to watch

Full of nostalgic if you grew up watching the NBA in the 90s!

More about Like Mike

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Though about Michael Jordan, MJ isn’t actually in the movie!

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The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

1979, PG

A quirky and offbeat film, it follows a failing basketball team that turns to astrology to reverse their fortunes. This unconventional storyline brings forth a blend of basketball, comedy, and astrology-based antics.


Reason to watch

A unique film that’s goofy but lots of fun!

More about The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh

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Julius Erving stars!

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Air Bud

1997, PG

While more of a family-oriented film, the concept of a dog playing basketball is inherently amusing. The film’s charmingly absurd premise and the dog’s athleticism make it a feel-good, lighthearted watch.


Reason to watch

A dog playing basketball? Yes please. Good fam fun!

More about Air Bud

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The dog is in the house!

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Juwanna Mann

2002, PG-13

In this comedy, a disgraced basketball player, played by Miguel A. Núñez Jr., disguises himself as a woman to join the women’s basketball league. The film’s premise leads to comedic situations that deliver laughs throughout.


Reason to watch

Polarizing topic in today’s culture, all the more reason to watch!

More about Juwanna Mann

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“This is crazy. No one is gonna believe you’re a woman!”

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The Sixth Man

1997, PG-13

Marlon Wayans and Kadeem Hardison star in this supernatural basketball comedy about a deceased basketball player who comes back as a ghost to help his team win games. Mixing sports and otherworldly elements, it provides a unique comedic twist.


Reason to watch

One of the Wayans brothers (Marlon) stars.

More about The Sixth Man

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“I’m gonna call the Ghostbusters on your ass!”

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Teen Wolf

1985, PG

“Teen Wolf” follows Scott Howard, played by Michael J. Fox, as he discovers he’s a werewolf. Balancing high school life with newfound abilities, he becomes a basketball star. The film, a mix of comedy and coming-of-age, explores identity and self-acceptance in a light-hearted and entertaining way.


Reason to watch

A cheesy classic from the 80s that’s good family fun.

More about Teen Wolf

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Michael J. Fox makes this good fun!

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BASEketball

1998, R

“BASEketball” is a 1998 sports comedy film co-created by the creators of “South Park.” Starring Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it satirizes sports culture by introducing a hybrid of baseball and basketball. The film humorously explores the absurdities of competitive sports, friendship, and unconventional gamesmanship.


Reason to watch

Director of Naked Gun + South Park creators = FUN

More about BASEketball

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Baseball + Basketball

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Eddie

1996, PG-13

“Eddie” is a 1996 comedy starring Whoopi Goldberg as Eddie Franklin, a passionate basketball fan who unexpectedly becomes the coach of the New York Knicks. Mixing sports and humor, the film explores her impact on the team’s dynamics, offering a blend of heartwarming moments and comedic twists in the world of professional basketball.


Reason to watch

Whoopi is fun and film has many cameos from real NBA players! Don’t miss all our memes of NBA players.

More about Eddie

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Fun Whoopi movie from the 90s

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The Air Up There

1994, PG

“The Air Up There” is a 1994 sports comedy starring Kevin Bacon as a college basketball assistant coach who travels to Africa to recruit a talented tribal player. The film combines humor and cultural exploration, showcasing the transformative power of basketball and the unlikely bond between two worlds through the love of the game.


Reason to watch

Kevin Bacon in his prime!

More about The Air Up There

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Kevin Bacon is good fun

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Rebound

2005, PG

“Rebound” is a 2005 sports comedy starring Martin Lawrence as a college basketball coach who, after a public meltdown, finds redemption by coaching a junior high school team. The film explores personal growth, teamwork, and mentorship through humor and heartwarming moments in the world of youth basketball.


Reason to watch

Martin Lawrence being an outrageous basketball coach just fits!

More about Rebound

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Martin Lawrence always kills it in comedies!

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Celtic Pride

1996, PG-13

“Celtic Pride” is a 1996 sports comedy film starring Dan Aykroyd and Daniel Stern as passionate Boston Celtics fans (don’t miss all our Larry Bird memes). In a comedic twist, they accidentally kidnap the star player of the opposing team to ensure a Celtics victory. The film explores fandom, rivalry, and the humorous extremes fans can go to support their team.


Reason to watch

Great cast and hilarious plot line!

More about Celtic Pride

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Fun comedy around a storied franchise

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Champions

2023, PG-13

The most recent funny basketball movie on this list!

A court order compels a former minor-league basketball coach (Woody Harrelson) to lead a team comprising individuals with intellectual disabilities. Through their journey, he discovers that, contrary to his initial doubts, this remarkable team has the potential to surpass even their wildest expectations.


Reason to watch

Woody has proven he crushes basketball movies (see White Men Can’t Jump). Pair him with Kaitlin Olson (Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and this is heart-warming fun.

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Fast Break

1979, PG

“Fast Break” is a 1979 sports comedy film directed by Jack Smight. It follows a college basketball coach who recruits a team of misfits for his fledgling program. The movie combines humor, underdog sports narrative, and camaraderie as the team navigates challenges on and off the court, aiming for success.


Reason to watch

One of the older funny basketball movies on this list (tied with The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh), and fairly forgotten. But, a good one to check off the list!

More about Fast Break

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An oldie but goodie!

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Thunderstruck

2012, PG

“Thunderstruck” is a 2012 family comedy film directed by John Whitesell. It follows the story of a teenager who magically swaps basketball skills with an NBA superstar (Kevin Durant) after an encounter at a game. The movie explores themes of friendship, self-confidence, and the importance of staying true to oneself.

 


Reason to watch

What kid doesn’t want to swap basketball skills with an NBA legend? Storyline is enough to watch!

More about Thunderstruck

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Kevin Durant stars!

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The Cookout

2004, PG-13

“The Cookout” follows a young basketball star, Todd, who signs a lucrative NBA contract. When his family throws him a cookout to celebrate, chaos ensues as they clash with his new celebrity lifestyle. Through comedic mishaps and cultural clashes, Todd learns the true value of family and staying grounded.


Reason to watch

Not as much raw basketball as other movies on this list, but the theme of “staying true to oneself” is loud and clear!

More about The Cookout

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Fun comedy with good life lessons!

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The Absent-Minded Professor

1961, G

In “The Absent-Minded Professor,” basketball plays a minor role as the professor’s experiments with flubber lead to him discovering its potential to enhance athletic performance. He uses flubber to create high-flying basketball shoes that give his team an advantage on the court, leading to hilarious and entertaining basketball scenes.


Reason to watch

Definitely the quirkiest and oldest film on this list. And even though the focus isn’t on basketball, it’s old-school Disney and a whimsical blend of science fiction and comedy.

More about The Absent-Minded Professor

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Old-school Disney film!

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