This movie boasted an All-Star cast (Al Pacino, Dennis Quaid, Cameron Diaz, James Woods, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J and Aaron Eckhart) that focuses on a football team that has lost 2 of its quarterbacks to injuries and the offense has to rely on a young player, Willie Beamen (Jamie Foxx) to lift them up. Turmoil, of course, erupts for the team and ownership as they march towards the playoffs in the fictional league.
Ali – 2001
The self-proclaimed G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time), Muhammad Ali, the former Cassius Clay, has his life featured in this dramatic film about one of the best heavyweight fighters to box. Hip-Hop’s (Well, Hollywood’s now) golden boy, Will Smith (The Fresh Prince), portrays the always quotable Ali in this movie that follows the life and times between his most controversial years (1964-1974). The cast included Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles, Ron Silver, Jeffrey Wright, Mykelti Williamson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nona Gaye, Michael Michele and Joe Morton.
Coach Carter – 2005
This autobiographical story, based on the antics of Coach Ken Carter, a basketball coach at Richmond High School (Richmond, California), who puts academics before athletics and benched his undefeated high school team because of bad grades and/or poor discipline. Samuel L. Jackson plays Coach Carter and leads a cast of diverse actors: Rob Brown as Kenyon Stone, Robert Ri’chard, Rick Gonzalez, Nana Gbewonyo, Antwon Tanner, Channing Tatum, Ashanti, Texas Battle, Denise Dowse and Debbi Morgan.
Love & Basketball – 2000
A love story centered around basketball. Or is it a basketball story centered around love? This Spike Lee-produced film stars Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan as 2 friends, who are basketball players headed to college, who, of course, are bounded by love. They are connected in several ways and go through the trials and tribulations of being together. The cast consists of Dennis Haysbert, Debbi Morgan and Alfre Woodard.
42 – 2013
The biopic of the first black man (Jackie Robinson) to enter baseball’s Major Leagues has hit a home run out the park by debuting in the number one slot, according to box office receipts. Starring with newcomer, Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson, the rest of the cast rounds off with Harrison Ford, Andre Holland and Christopher Meloni. It tells about the struggles and triumphs Robinson had to face as the first black man to play in a sport that had no people of color in it.