The 50 Best New York City Movies

13. He Got Game (1998)

Director: Spike Lee
Leading Actors: Denzel Washington, Ray Allen, Rosario Dawson
NYC Neighborhoods Featured: Coney Island, Brooklyn

He Got Game is a portrait of father-son struggle set among the high rises overlooking Coney Island's boardwalk. The neighborhood is as much a character in Lee's most underrated film as Denzel Washington's compelling antagonist, Jake Shuttlesworth. As Jake and his son, Jesus, wrestle over the young man's future as a basketball player, the woozy lights of the Wonder Wheel mingle with the bright fluorescents over the ball courts dotting the housing project courtyards. Coney Island has produced a number of NBA stars, and He Got Game is about the burden of that dream. It's a long-shot of a way out, and one full of obstacles. —BG

boroughOuter Borough"Gritty Realism"

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