The Lineup: The 25 Best Baseball Films

Although not as durable a subgenre as the boxing film, baseball films have been around since at least the 1910s. Here are the best.
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1.
Baseball (1994 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
A documentary on the history of the sport with major topics including Afro-American players, player/team owner relations and the resilience of the game. (1140 mins.)
 
2.
Field of Dreams (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the Chicago White Sox come. (107 mins.)
 
3.
The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The story of the life and career of the famed baseball player, Lou Gehrig. (128 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
4.
Bull Durham (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (108 mins.)
Director: Ron Shelton
 
5.
Moneyball (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players. (133 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
 
6.
The Natural (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent. (138 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ My favorite movie when I was 10! ” - z_ingle
 
7.
Sugar (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Dominican baseball star Miguel "Sugar" Santos is recruited to play in the U.S. minor-leagues. (114 mins.)
 
8.
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (1998 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The life and career of Hank Greenberg, the first major Jewish baseball star in the Major Leagues. (90 mins.)
Director: Aviva Kempner
 
9.
Eastbound & Down (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Years after he turned his back on his hometown, a burned-out major league ballplayer returns to teach phys ed at his old middle school. (28 mins.)
 
10.
The Rookie (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs. (127 mins.)
 
11.
The Bad News Bears (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Ritchie
 
12.
Eight Men Out (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series. (119 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
 
13.
Angels in the Outfield (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young woman reporter blames the Pittsburgh Pirates' losing streak on the obscenely abusive manager... (99 mins.)
Director: Clarence Brown
“ Note that this is the original version. ” - z_ingle
 
14.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The Wolves baseball team gets steamed when they find they've been inherited by one K.C. Higgins, a suspected... (93 mins.)
Director: Busby Berkeley
 
15.
The Stratton Story (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Star major league pitcher Monty Stratton loses a leg in a hunting accident, but becomes determined to leave the game on his own terms. (106 mins.)
Director: Sam Wood
 
16.
42 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The story of Jackie Robinson from his signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers organization in 1945 to his historic 1947 rookie season when he broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. (128 mins.)
Director: Brian Helgeland
 
17.
A League of Their Own (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry. (128 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
 
18.
Fear Strikes Out (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
True story of the life of Jimmy Piersall, who battled mental illness to achieve stardom in major league baseball. (100 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
 
19.
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Tired of the slave-like treatment of his team's owner, charismatic star Negro League pitcher Bingo Long takes to the road with his band of barnstormers through the small towns of the Midwest in the 1930's. (110 mins.)
Director: John Badham
 
20.
The Sandlot (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his team in this coming of age movie set in the summer of 1962. Together, they get themselves into many adventures involving rival teams, lifeguards, and a vicious dog. (101 mins.)
 
21.
Major League (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (107 mins.)
Director: David Ward
 
22.
The Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The Battered Bastards of Baseball is one of baseball's last great, unheralded true stories. In 1973... (73 mins.)
 
23.
Catching Hell (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After the Chicago Cubs blow an opportunity to reach the World Series in 2003, Cubs fans blame the team's misfortune on fellow fan Steve Bartman, who interfered with a foul ball and prevented Moises Alou from making a catch. (102 mins.)
Director: Alex Gibney
 
24.
For Love of the Game (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A washed up pitcher flashes through his career. (137 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
25.
Little Big League (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A young boy is bequeathed the ownership of a professional baseball team. (119 mins.)