Watch the documentary widely considered one of the best sports movies of all time.

It's an accomplishment for a film to make you truly care about its characters. Much rarer is the movie so poignantly powerful that it transforms viewers, engulfing them within every struggle of its' characters' lives.

In 1994, documentarian Steve James brought 'Hoop Dreams' into the American consciousness. The contemporary classic follows the story of two African-American teenagers as they aspire to basketball stardom while facing overwhelming odds. The stories of William Gates and Arthur Agee become about more than just basketball as their respective five-year journeys together result in one of the most intimate portraits of inner-city life ever caught on film.

A film so influential that the rules for Academy Award voting in the Best Documentary category were altered when it was shockingly overlooked, 'Hoop Dreams' is both a critical and audience favorite, and a worldwide inspiration. Watch the film in full, or snag it onto your own site, from

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