1. Just Wright (2010)
Physical therapist Leslie Wright gets the opportunity of a lifetime when she works with NBA All-Star Scott McKnight. Everything is fine until Leslie starts to have feelings for Scott, which forces her to make a decision between her job and the battle going on inside her heart. Instead of pursuing Leslie’s childhood sweetheart Morgan, who dreams of being an NBA trophy wife, McKnight finds himself drawn to the affections of Morgan’s childhood friend Morgan. Whether Scott realizes it or not, Leslie is destined to play the role of “best friend” for the rest of her life.
2. Space Jam (1996)
The owner of the planet Moron Mountain’s amusement park, Swackhammer, is desperate for new attractions and decides that the Looney Tune characters would be perfect. Regardless of whether Bugs Bunny and the gang want to go, he sends his diminutive lieutenants to bring them to him. Bugs Bunny is… compelled to trick them into agreeing to a competition to determine their freedom, despite their sizeable arsenal. The gang decides on basketball because it will give them the best chance of winning against their short and gangly opponents. The Nerdlucks, on the other hand, flip the script and pilfer the talents of top-tier professional basketball players to transform into monstrous basketball thrashers dubbed the Monstars. Bugs Bunny begs the Babe Ruth of Basketball, Micheal Jordan, to help them win their freedom in desperation.
3. Mr. Woodcock (2007)
Childhood trauma for fatherless John Farley was the constant humiliation and abuse he endured in sadistic Jasper Woodcock’s gym class, as it was for many of his classmates in his Nebraska small town. Doting son John, now a best-selling motivational author, returns to his hometown during a book signing tour to receive the town’s highest honor after graduating from college. Beverley announces her plans to marry the dreaded coach in front of John, much to his dismay, and he will be celebrated at the same event as John. There are only two people willing to assist Farley in stopping Woodcock: ridiculous fatso Nedderman and his strange brother. However, every time they try, things go wrong.
4. Guess Who (2005)
To commemorate their anniversary, Percy and Marilyn have invited their daughter Theresa and her boyfriend Simon to renew their vows with them. Her children secretly intend to make an announcement about their engagement over the weekend, which will go completely unnoticed by her parents. Theresa fails to inform the Jones family that Simon is of European descent…. Percy’s distrust of boyfriends is exacerbated by the fact that Simon is black, and he hasn’t told Theresa about his recent job loss. When Theresa and Simon get into a fight, Marilyn and Percy have a falling out. What can men do to bridge the gap between themselves and women, as well as between the sexes? Are there going to be any vows exchanged?
5. Everyone Says I Love You (1996)
The two young men, Holden and Skylar, are head over heels in love. Skylar is part of a large and extended New York City family. It’s been a long time since Bob and Steffi, her parents, were wed. Joe, a close friend of theirs, is the father of DJ, Steffi’s daughter. Joe is now back to being a lone ranger following yet another failed relationship. Then he…flees to Venice, where he meets Von and convinces her that he’s the one. However, their joy is a sham the entire time, and she goes back to her previous relationship. Steffi dedicates her time to charity work and breaks up the relationship between Skylar and Holden by introducing Skylar to Charles Ferry, a recently released prisoner.
6. Prime (2005)
Rafi Gardet, a beautiful 37-year-old photography producer who recently divorced, meets David Bloomberg, a handsome 23-year-old painter who recently graduated from college, in colorful, bustling modern-day Manhattan. Dr. Lisa Metzger, Rafi’s therapist, is trying to help Rafi overcome her fear of intimacy when she learns that her only son David, Rafi’s new lover, is her only child. There is a 14-year age difference between David and Rafi. They come from vastly different social backgrounds, and David’s traditional mother places a lot of demands on him. Despite their mutual attraction, the newlyweds soon discover that their vastly different ages and backgrounds cause a great deal of friction. In comparison to Rafi, a non-practicing Catholic from a wealthy and broken family who travels in the high-end fashion world, David, a Jewish hip-hop lover and closet painter, lives with his grandparents.
7. The Basketball Diaries (1995)
Film adaptation of Jim Carroll’s autobiography, in which he describes his harrowing descent into the world of drug addiction. In Jim’s mind, the basketball court is a metaphor for the world because he is a member of an unbeatable high school basketball team. An ailing best friend, a coach (“Swifty”) who abuses the boys on his team, adolescent sexual angst, and a voracious appetite for heroin threaten to derail young Jim’s aspirations of becoming a professional basketball player. As his mother’s concern for him grows, the streets of New York become a haven for him. He is unable to return home and relies on heroin as his only means of escape from the harsh realities of life on the streets. To begin his long journey back to sanity, Jim needs the help of Reggie, an elderly neighborhood friend with whom Jim “picked up a game” every now and then.
8. The Wrestler (2008)
An aging professional wrestler, decades past his prime, struggles to make ends meet by working small wrestling shows in VFW halls and as a part-time grocery store employee in this biographical drama. Plot: A wrestler who is facing serious health issues that could put his career on hold tries to make sense of his life outside of the ring by working full-time at a grocery store, trying to make amends with his estranged daughter from his childhood, and developing feelings for a stripper. When The Ayatollah, his 1980s arch-nemesis, offers him a high-profile rematch, he takes it because it could be his ticket back to stardom.
9. Semi-pro (2008)
Three men, three visions of the future. Flint, Michigan, the year 1976. The American Basketball Association team of Jackie Moon is last in the standings, and there aren’t many people watching it. Jackie longs for an NBA-NHL union. Monix, a tough-minded point guard who played for the champion Celt…ics, is nearing the end of his career when he accepts a trade to Flint in order to be closer to Lynn, his longtime love. When it comes to football, Clarence “Coffee” Brown wants to be the best. But the hotdog doesn’t value teamwork. When the trio discovers that a merger will exclude the Tropics, they rally the troops to attempt the seemingly impossible. Is there any hope for the future in Flint?
10. Ali (2001)
After winning an Olympic gold medal the year before, Cassius Clay bursts onto the scene as a brash new pro boxer in 1964. Outspoken and confident, he is changing the perception of African Americans in sports with his unapologetic belief that he is the greatest boxer in history. Fortunately, he sets out to prove himself a formidable heavyweight boxer by using his nimble and forceful style. He soon becomes the champion of the division. His private life is just as interesting, with his ties to the Nation of Islam, friendship with Malcolm X, and decision to change his slave name to Muhammad Ali igniting debate.
In spite of his success, Ali’s personal and professional lives will be put to the ultimate test when the military draft rules are changed, making him eligible for induction into the military during the Vietnam War No matter how good a deal came his way, Ali refuses to cooperate in an unjust war for the benefit of a racist nation that has treated his people so horribly because of his principled stance. His decision has cost him dearly because he can no longer box legally in his home country while the case is pending. What happens next is a fight for a man who is willing to put his life on the line for what he believes in, and a comeback that will solidify his place in sports history as one of the greatest.
11. Goal! The Dream Begins (2005)
Hernan Munez, Santiago’s father, smuggled his impoverished Mexican family across the border into the United States in search of a better life in Los Angeles. Elder son Santiago has aspirations of becoming a native Angeleno and working for Hernan’s landscaping business. When a British ex-pro sees him as an exception…a soccer natural, he arranges for a real British talent scout to check him out. To his dismay (and that of his father who has forbidden it), Santiago agrees to use the money his grandmother has saved to go on trial with Premier League club Newcastle United. The newly transferred, desperately undisciplined bad boy star scorer, Gavin Harris, becomes his bothersome housemate, a recipe for trouble and yet each other’s salvation, despite his asthma, and he befriends him.
12. Happiness (1998)
His ex-girlfriend dumps him because she dislikes his weight, and the man believes it’s the reason. An individual finds his next-door neighbor’s sexual attractiveness impossible to convey to her. An elderly couple wishes to part ways, but they do not desire a divorce as a means of doing so. A therapist enjoys reading teen magazines while having sex. An 11-year-old fears he won’t be accepted because he hasn’t yet completed his project. Those in the office try to remember a deceased colleague’s face. There’s nothing a woman doesn’t have these days, she thinks. A desperate search for human connection entangles the lives of these individuals, whose stories weave together as they go about their daily routines in their own unique ways.
13. Hysteria (2011)
After being fired from several hospitals for questioning the outdated methods of his superiors, pioneering doctor Mortimer Granville finds work with Dr Dalrymple, who uses pelvic massage to allow for orgasm to relieve the frustrations of female patients. The handsome young doctor has a large fema…le clientele and gets engaged to Dalrymple’s studious younger daughter Emily, but he is fired after a carpal injury is caused by constant massaging. Fortunately, Mortimer has a brilliant inventor friend who came up with a way to turn a feather duster into a vibrator, making him a fortune in the process. His heart also belongs to Charlotte, an outspoken suffragette in London’s East End who runs a home for women in need. He learns this along the way.
14. Across The Universe (2007)
Between anti-war protest, free speech, civil rights, and mind-expanding, Across The Universe tells a fictional love story set in the 1960s. The story moves from Massachusetts high schools and universities, such as Princeton and Ohio, to the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Detroit riots, Vietnam, and the dockyards of Liverpool, all while being gritty, whimsical, and theatrical all at the same time. The film, which is a mix of live action and animation, features many songs by ‘The Beatles’ (qv) that were iconic at the time.
15. 17 Again (2009)
A high school basketball star and likely college scholarship candidate, Mike O’Donnell is in love with Scarlet at the age of seventeen. Scarlet reveals her pregnancy to him during his big game, where a college scout is watching him play. Scarlet agrees to marry Mike after he decides to leave the game. Mike complains nonstop about the life he’s given up since marrying her, and she eventually dumps him. His only place of happiness is back at the old high school, where he also loses his job. Seeing his high school photo, a janitor asks him if he wishes he could go back in time and he replies, “Yes.”. He chases the janitor down after seeing him on a bridge, ready to jump. While staying with his friend Ned, he finds himself back at the age of 17 when he returns home. He makes the decision to seize this chance to reclaim the life he had previously lost.
16. Priceless (2006)
Irene is celebrating her birthday in Biarritz with her elderly provider when he falls asleep on her and she slips down to the hotel bar. She thinks bartender Jean is a well-heeled guest, and he helps her out by escorting her to the Royal Suite for the night while she plays the fool. It happens again a year later, except now her lover is furious because he knows about their affair. After all, even though she knows Jean is a struggling bartender, she still continues to spend lavishly until his money runs out. As time passes, he becomes increasingly involved in Irene’s affairs with Madeleine, a more experienced and worldly woman, and even though Irene finds love with another man, the two of them remain close.
17. Music And Lyrics (2007)
Cheery As a result of his pop success from the 1980s, Alex Fletcher now makes a comfortable living in Manhattan by performing songs from his past at school reunions, theme parks, and state fairs. Though the gigs are drying up, he takes the opportunity to write and record a song with current teen idol, Cora Corman, instead.
Worst case scenario… He is gifted in the field of melody composition, but he lacks the lyrical talent necessary for completion in under a week. Sophie Fisher steps in to fill in for a friend who watered Alex’s plants; she’s a good poet and a quick wit and could do it if she agreed. However, there’s a cloud hanging over her that Alex may not be able to dispel with charm alone. What happens if they do manage to get a song written?
18. New York, I Love You (2008)
Each of the novel’s eleven short stories pays homage to some aspect of New York City life. One of Molly’s first suitors, pickpocket I. Ben, is married to NYU professor Garry, and he and Molly get into a “pissing match” that turns sexual. When orthodox J…ewish diamond retailer Rifka and orthodox Jain diamond wholesaler Mansuhkhbai meet, they discover they have more in common than diamonds. While trying to meet Abarra’s demands as a musician and music editor for a video he’s working on, David finds himself falling in love with Camille, Abarra’s assistant whom he’s never met and has only spoken to about work over the phone.
a young man believes that by simply lighting a young woman’s cigarette, he has made an important connection with her and proceeds to persuade her of the same and as such that there is a future for them from that point on, and not at some unspecified time in the future. V. Mr. Riccoli, the local pharmacist, gives a gift to a high school senior who has just been dumped by his girlfriend, just before senior prom. The senior doesn’t realize the full significance of the gift until after prom night has concluded. After a one-night stand, Gus and Lydia are on their way to their first official date together. Gus and Lydia are debating whether or not to keep the date. It’s been many years since Isabelle was an opera singer and has returned to the same hotel where she’s had many memorable encounters.
19. The Notebook (2004)
Resident Duke reads a love story to an elderly woman suffering from senile dementia and memory loss in a nursing home. Allie Hamilton, a wealthy seventeen-year-old from the late 1930s, is on vacation in Seabrook for the summer. On the way to work one day, Noah meets Allie at the carnival and the two instantly hit it off.
While visiting an old house that Noah has his heart set on buying and restoring, Noah and Allie try to have a passionate encounter but are interrupted by their mutual friend. In the end, Allie’s parents decide to move to New York with her despite their disapproval of their relationship because Noah comes from a different social class. Throughout the course of the year, Noah sends 365 letters to his daughter Allie, but her mother Anne Hamilton fails to deliver them. The United States enters World War II three years later, and Noah and his best friend Fin join the military, with Allie working as an army nurse.
In the hospital, she runs into injured soldier Lon Hammond. After the war, they re-meet, go on dates, and Lon, who is both wealthy and handsome, proposes marriage to them all at once. Meanwhile, Noah purchases and renovates an old house, which attracts a large number of potential buyers. The photo of Noah and his house appears in a newspaper, and Allie is torn between her feelings for Noah and her commitment to Lon. While this is going on, Duke stops reading to the elderly lady because his children have come to see him.
20. Popeye (1980)
Slim-and-tough seafarer Popeye finally makes it to Sweethaven, a strange seaside town. There he meets Wimpy, a man who loves hamburgers, Olive Oyl, his future wife-to-be, and Bluto, a huge, mean pirate determined to make Sweethaven pay for no reason at all. After finding his long-lost Pappy and a new group of friends, Popeye sets out to stop Bluto with the power that Popeye abhors: spinach. He uses this power to butt Bluto right into the mush. See Popeye take down a champion boxer, stop a greedy tax man, and even find an abandoned baby Swee’pea when he battles punks in a burger joint. Because he eats his spinach, he’ll be strong until the end.