Best Baseball Movies Since 1970

by davedawkinsdarwin | created - 05 Jul 2011 | updated - 05 Jul 2011 | Public

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1. The Bad News Bears (1976)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.3
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83 Metascore

An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, Vic Morrow, Joyce Van Patten

Votes: 17,547 | Gross: $42.35M

Awesome!!!!

2. Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

PG | 96 min | Drama, Sport

7.0
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The story of the friendship between a star pitcher, wise to the world, and a half-wit catcher, as they cope with the catcher's terminal illness through a baseball season.

Director: John D. Hancock | Stars: Michael Moriarty, Robert De Niro, Vincent Gardenia, Phil Foster

Votes: 4,747

DeNiro is great.

3. Field of Dreams (1989)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.5
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57 Metascore

An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the 1919 Chicago White Sox come.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson | Stars: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Amy Madigan

Votes: 92,876 | Gross: $64.43M

Corny for sure, but touching too.

4. Tiger Town (1983 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama, Family, Sport

6.9
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Alex and his father are Detroit Tigers Fans. The team is not doing well and Alex's favorite player "Billy Young" isn't either. The team's and Billy's luck turn around after Alex experiences a tragedy that hits close to home.

Director: Alan Shapiro | Stars: Roy Scheider, Justin Henry, Ron McLarty, Bethany Carpenter

Votes: 210

Check it out, if you can find it.

5. The Natural (1984)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sport

7.5
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61 Metascore

An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger

Votes: 36,884 | Gross: $47.95M

Nice....very good.

6. Bull Durham (1988)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

7.1
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73 Metascore

A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson

Votes: 39,725 | Gross: $50.89M

Costner must love baseball.

7. One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story (1977 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.7
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True story of Ron LeFlore, a troubled Detroit youth who rose from Michigan prisons to star in Major League Baseball.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: LeVar Burton, Madge Sinclair, Paul Benjamin, James Luisi

Votes: 127

For Tiger fans only.

8. Cobb (1994)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

6.5
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66 Metascore

A reporter hired to write the 'official' biography of Ty Cobb discovers just how dark the baseball legend's real story is.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Wuhl, Lolita Davidovich, Ned Bellamy

Votes: 6,273 | Gross: $1.01M

What an *sshole.

9. Mr. Baseball (1992)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

5.9
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Jack Elliot, once a great baseball player, is forced to play in Japan where his brash, egotistical ways cause friction with his new teammates and friends.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Tom Selleck, Ken Takakura, Aya Takanashi, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 8,679 | Gross: $20.88M

Great Very Funny

10. Major League (1989)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Sport

7.2
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62 Metascore

The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her.

Director: David S. Ward | Stars: Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Margaret Whitton

Votes: 52,769 | Gross: $49.80M

Classic.