Ten best baseball movies

Baseball is Hollywood's favorite sport, with dozens of movies made about America's national pastime, some awful, some good and some great. Here are ten that stand out.
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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
“ While not a faithful adaptation of the Bernard Malamud novel on which it's based, "The Natural" is in the league of "Eight Men Out" in creating a strong sense of place and time in baseball's history. Robert Redford is believable as a mysterious slugger for the fictional New York Knights, and the conclusion is as tear-jerking as any movie on this list... except for #3. ” - jake_f
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
“ Director Ron Shelton -- a former minor-league player -- captures both the romance and the reality of the game. Kevin Costner is highly believable as veteran catcher Crash Davis, and while Tim Robbins is less credible as a young pitching phenom, overall this is the most faithful of all the baseball movies. ” - jake_f
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.)
“ The second of Kevin Costner's baseball trio -- "For Love Of The Game" is the one that doesn't make this list -- is a fantastic, nostalgic look at baseball as a thread through life and relationships off the field. Good luck watching the final scene without crying. ” - jake_f
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
“ The baseball sequences in "Eight Men Out" are reasonably well made, thanks largely to the athleticism of D.B. Sweeney as Joe Jackson, but it's the period setting, language and costumes that make this the most evocative period piece in this list. Director (and co-star) John Sayles creates a vivid sense of life as a baseball player, coach, sportswriter or fan in the early 20th century. ” - jake_f
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
“ The oldest movie on this list, "Pride of the Yankees" is here almost entirely because of Gary Cooper's (as Lou Gehrig) goosebump-inducing farewell speech at Yankee Stadium. "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth." ” - jake_f
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
“ No movie has captured the world of Little League baseball better than "The Bad News Bears." Walter Matthau is a delight as the coach, and he and his players get away with plenty that Billy Bob Thornton couldn't in the 2006 remake. ” - jake_f
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
“ An underrated classic from the mid-1970's, "Bingo Long" is the only major movie to focus on the free-wheeling Negro Leagues. Its all-star cast included Richard Pryor, Billy Dee Williams and James Earl Jones. ” - jake_f
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
“ Not every cast member in "Major League" makes for a credible major-leaguer -- looking at you, Chelcie Ross -- but this comedy is surprisingly committed to a realistic portrayal of an unlikely scenario, the emergence of the sad-sack Cleveland Indians as a contender. Charlie Sheen is completely believable as a hard-throwing, hard-partying relief pitcher. ” - jake_f
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.)
“ A family-friendly, nostalgic look at baseball in its purest form: Kids in the sandlot. Note: While Kevin Costner is widely associated with baseball in the movies, it's James Earl Jones who appears in three of the movies on this list. ” - jake_f
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.)
“ Based on the true story of a high-school baseball coach who attempts to make the major leagues for the first time well into his thirties, this one takes a while to get going. But ultimately it captures both the tedium of life on the road in the minor leagues and the wonder of the major leagues. Dennis Quaid helps by looking right at home on the pitchers' mound. ” - jake_f