List of Baseball Movies....Americas Greatest Pastime from Movies Galore

by MoviesGalore44 | created - 26 Jul 2011 | updated - 08 Aug 2011 | Public

This list has any film that has a baseball theme to it. It is completely subjective. The list is in no particular order other then the Better films towards the top and the worst towards the bottom. Any other film suggestions or thoughts are always welcome. Thank you for viewing :)

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1. The Natural (1984)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sport

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: 37,696 | Gross: $47.95M

Perhaps the best pure film on the list. With a classic script. Hollywood ending and a top shelf performance by Robert Redford as the unforgettable Roy Hobbs

2. Major League (1989)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Sport

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: 53,912 | Gross: $49.80M

Definitely my favorite baseball film to watch. It was hard to choose between Major League and The Natural. But what Major League lacks in classical film style it more then makes up for in screwball comedy as well as fantastic performances by the cast. Many MLB players have said this is by far the most realistic baseball movie regardless if it is a comedy or not

3. The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

Approved | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The story of the life and career of famed baseball player Lou Gehrig.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth, Walter Brennan

Votes: 8,669

A classic story of Gary Cooper starring as Lou Gehrig

4. Field of Dreams (1989)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

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: 95,497 | Gross: $64.43M

A heart warming baseball movie about a farmer who builds a baseball field. Everything about this movie is what makes people love baseball

5. Bull Durham (1988)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

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: 40,814 | Gross: $50.89M

An excellent tour of the life the minor leagues with a veteran catcher and a hotshot minor league pitcher !!!

6. The Sandlot (1993)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.

Director: David Mickey Evans | Stars: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Art LaFleur, Patrick Renna

Votes: 66,805 | Gross: $32.42M

Baseball in its purist form in this family comedy about kids playing sandlot ball

7. Eight Men Out (1988)

PG | 119 min | Drama, History, Sport

71 Metascore

A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: John Cusack, Clifton James, Michael Lerner, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 16,480 | Gross: $5.68M

a true classic in this story of the Chicago White Sox scandal

8. 61* (2001 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 129 min | Biography, Drama, History

Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle race to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record.

Director: Billy Crystal | Stars: Barry Pepper, Thomas Jane, Anthony Michael Hall, Richard Masur

Votes: 12,397

An excellent HBO movie following Maris and Mantle through the summer of 1961 when Maris breaks Babe Ruth's single season home run record

9. A League of Their Own (1992)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

67 Metascore

Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna

Votes: 79,926 | Gross: $107.53M

Regardless if its girls or guys this movie is tops on many lists of baseball films. Great story....Memorable cast and Tom Hanks is great in this movie about the girls baseball league

10. Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

PG | 96 min | Drama, Sport

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: 4,839

A very underrated film starring Robbert Deniro and Mike Moriarty as a star pitcher in this excellent baseball movie

11. It Happens Every Spring (1949)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Sport

A scientist discovers a formula that makes a baseball which is repelled by wood. He promptly sets out to exploit his discovery.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Ray Milland, Jean Peters, Paul Douglas, Ed Begley

Votes: 1,390

A classic must see movie !!!

12. The Bad News Bears (1976)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

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: 17,880 | Gross: $42.35M

A hilarious classic about a hopeless group of little league players led by a grumpy coach

13. Damn Yankees (1958)

Approved | 111 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A frustrated fan of the hopeless Washington Senators makes a pact with the Devil to help the baseball team win the league pennant.

Directors: George Abbott, Stanley Donen | Stars: Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon, Ray Walston, Russ Brown

Votes: 2,010

14. For Love of the Game (1999)

PG-13 | 137 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

43 Metascore

A washed up pitcher flashes through his career.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly, Jena Malone

Votes: 28,330 | Gross: $35.17M

Another great Costner film about a pitcher thinking of his life triumphs and mistakes while pitching a Perfect Game

15. The Rookie (2002)

G | 127 min | Drama, Family, Sport

72 Metascore

A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Dennis Quaid, J.D. Evermore, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez

Votes: 28,833 | Gross: $75.60M

One of the best baseball movies about a guy who wants one last crack at the majors

16. The Naughty Nineties (1945)

Approved | 76 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

When their captain is swindled out of his riverboat by a trio of gamblers, stage show star Abbott and his bumbling sidekick Costello must put things right.

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Alan Curtis, Rita Johnson

Votes: 1,576

By far one of the funniest films. Still funny to this date in this baseball satire film starring Abbot and Costello

17. Rookie of the Year (1993)

PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

When an accident miraculously gives a boy an incredibly powerful pitching arm, he becomes a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs.

Director: Daniel Stern | Stars: Thomas Ian Nicholas, Gary Busey, Albert Hall, Amy Morton

Votes: 20,709 | Gross: $53.58M

A light hearted family comedy about a kid who becomes a major league pitcher

18. Major League II (1994)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Sport

The Indians are now a World Series contender. But last year's hunger is now replaced with complacency, and bad decisions by the new owner threaten to tear the team apart.

Director: David S. Ward | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Corbin Bernsen, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 22,250 | Gross: $30.63M

Not quite the original but still a pretty decent baseball comedy !!!

19. Mantle (2005 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

Documentary profiling the life and career of Mickey Mantle. Includes interviews with former teammates, family, and celebrities.

Director: George Roy | Stars: Mickey Mantle, Maury Allen, Mel Allen, Marty Appel

Votes: 160

One of the best if not saddest documentaries about the life and times of Yankee star Mickey Mantle

20. The Fan (1996)

R | 116 min | Action, Drama, Sport

32 Metascore

An all star baseball player becomes the unhealthy focus of a down on his luck salesman.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin, John Leguizamo

Votes: 41,914 | Gross: $18.57M

A darker side of the game is shown when an obsessed fan goes to far in this underrated film

21. Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Two turn-of-the-century baseball players, who work in vaudeville during the off-season, run into trouble with their team's new female owner and a gambler who doesn't want them to win the pennant.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, Gene Kelly, Betty Garrett

Votes: 2,686

Frank Sinatra stars in this classic baseball musical

22. Mr. Destiny (1990)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Unhappy Larry Burrows sees what his life could've been like, had he made that winning home run as a teenager.

Director: James Orr | Stars: Jim Belushi, Linda Hamilton, Michael Caine, Jon Lovitz

Votes: 10,308 | Gross: $15.38M

A very good movie about a guy who reminisces on how his life would have turned out had he got that big hit in little league !!!

23. Mr. Baseball (1992)

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

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: 8,917 | Gross: $20.88M

A pretty funny 90's take on the other side of baseball played in Japan

24. Angels in the Outfield (1951)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A young woman reporter blames the Pittsburgh Pirates' losing streak on the obscenely abusive manager. While she attempts to learn more about him for her column, he begins hearing the voice ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh, Keenan Wynn, Donna Corcoran

Votes: 1,797

The original angels in the outfield

25. The Kid from Left Field (1953)

Approved | 80 min | Comedy, Sport

Coop's an ex-ballplayer is now a peanut vendor, who takes too much of an interest in the game. But he's passed on his craze for baseball to his son, Christie. When his dad gets fired, Chris... See full summary »

Director: Harmon Jones | Stars: Dan Dailey, Anne Bancroft, Billy Chapin, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 305

26. Angels in the Outfield (1994)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

When a boy prays for a chance to have a family if the California Angels win the pennant, angels are assigned to make that possible.

Director: William Dear | Stars: Danny Glover, Brenda Fricker, Tony Danza, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 25,063 | Gross: $50.24M

A Disney remake of the original

27. Alibi Ike (1935)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

Idiosyncratic new recruit Francis "Ike" Farrell tries to help the Cubs to the pennant with his pitching and hitting.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Joe E. Brown, Olivia de Havilland, Ruth Donnelly, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 513

A little known screwball comedy about a ball player who can not stop making excuses !!! Pretty funny for its time

28. Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush (2007 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary, Sport

The Brooklyn Dodgers, from Jackie Robinson's breaking baseball's color barrier to their move to Los Angeles, a dozen years later. The Dodgers epitomize the diverse working-class, in ... See full summary »

Stars: Buzzie Bavasi, Pat Cooper, Mel Durslag, Carl Erskine

Votes: 218

A great look at this Hbo Doc about the Brooklyn Dodgers

30. Elmer, the Great (1933)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

Country bumpkin Elmer Kane joins the Chicago Cubs as the greatest hitter in baseball. His skill with a bat takes the team to the World Series, but on the way to the championship he has to deal with gamblers and crooked pitchers.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Joe E. Brown, Patricia Ellis, Frank McHugh, Claire Dodd

Votes: 327

A Chicago Cub rookie with an ego in this under the radar baseball movie

31. The Pride of St. Louis (1952)

Unrated | 93 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The story of Jerome "Dizzy" Dean, a major-league baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs in the 1930s and 1940s.

Director: Harmon Jones | Stars: Dan Dailey, Joanne Dru, Richard Hylton, Richard Crenna

Votes: 520

A story about the early life of Dizzy Dean !!

32. Fireman, Save My Child (1932)

67 min | Comedy, Sport

Joe Grant is an inventor, fireman and baseball player in his small home town. He gets an offer to play in a big team, he hopes to get more money for his inventions. But he is invited to ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Joe E. Brown, Evalyn Knapp, Lilian Bond, Guy Kibbee

Votes: 187

33. Brewster's Millions (1985)

PG | 102 min | Comedy

A minor league baseball player has to spend thirty million dollars in thirty days, in order to inherit three hundred million dollars. However, he's not allowed to tell anyone about the deal.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee, Stephen Collins

Votes: 31,241 | Gross: $38.80M

a classic comedy with John Candy and Richard Pryor as a minor league pitcher !!!

34. Rhubarb (1951)

Passed | 94 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

Rich, eccentric T.J. Banner adopts a feral cat who becomes an affectionate pet. Then T.J. dies, leaving to Rhubarb most of his money and a pro baseball team, the Brooklyn Loons. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Ray Milland, Jan Sterling, Gene Lockhart, William Frawley

Votes: 530

35. Safe at Home! (1962)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Young Hutch Lawton brags to his Little League buddies that his dad knows Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Forced to "put up or shut up" Hutch goes to spring training camp where he is lectured... See full summary »

Director: Walter Doniger | Stars: Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, William Frawley, Patricia Barry

Votes: 292

36. The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Sport

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.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor, Rico Dawson

Votes: 1,331

37. The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training (1977)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

A troubled, rebellious teen drives his rambunctious baseball team out to Houston where they play an exhibition game and the boy meets his estranged father, and hires him as the teams coach.

Director: Michael Pressman | Stars: William Devane, Jackie Earle Haley, Clifton James, Jimmy Baio

Votes: 2,550 | Gross: $19.10M

does not capture the spark as the original yet not entirely a bad movie

38. Bad News Bears (2005)

PG-13 | 113 min | Comedy, Sport

65 Metascore

A grizzled little league coach tries to turn his team of misfits into champs.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear, Marcia Gay Harden, Sammi Kane Kraft

Votes: 18,716 | Gross: $32.87M

Not nearly as good as the original

39. The Bad News Bears Go to Japan (1978)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

In this third film of the Bad News Bears series, Tony Curtis plays a small time promoter/hustler who takes the pint-sized baseball team to Japan for a match against the country's best ... See full summary »

Director: John Berry | Stars: Tony Curtis, Jackie Earle Haley, Tomisaburô Wakayama, Antonio Inoki

Votes: 2,396 | Gross: $14.00M

40. Squeeze Play (1979)

R | 96 min | Comedy

A male softball team is challenged by a female softball team to see who is best.

Director: Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: Jim Harris, Jennifer Hetrick, Richard Gitlin, Helen Campitelli

Votes: 351

41. Blue Skies Again (1983)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Sport

A hard-hitting, fast, sure-handed baseball player tries to break into the sport by applying for a spot on a minor-league team. The only problem is that the player is female, which engenders... See full summary »

Director: Richard Michaels | Stars: Harry Hamlin, Mimi Rogers, Kenneth McMillan, Robyn Barto

Votes: 159 | Gross: $0.08M

42. Tiger Town (1983 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama, Family, Sport

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: Bethany Carpenter, Lindsay Barr, Dave Bokas, Chris Bremer

Votes: 216

43. Long Gone (1987 TV Movie)

110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Story of the Tampico Stogies, a low minor-league baseball team, and its star player and manager, Stud' Cantrell, as they battle for the league championship amidst the corruption and racism of the American south.

Director: Martin Davidson | Stars: William Petersen, Virginia Madsen, Dermot Mulroney, Larry Riley

Votes: 867

A HBO made for cable movie about a team lead by William Peterson the hard drinking hard playing ballplayer . Many baseball cliches in this forgotten movie !!

44. Trading Hearts (1988)

PG | 88 min | Comedy

A baseball-loving small girl decides to hook up her favorite down-on-his-luck baseball player and her mom, a down-on-her-luck lounge singer. Then her controlling rich granddad tries to force her mother to send the girl to live with him.

Director: Neil Leifer | Stars: Raul Julia, Beverly D'Angelo, Jenny Lewis, Scott Alan Berk

Votes: 89

45. Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)

PG | 114 min | Drama, Sport

A little league player named Chuck refuses to ever pitch again until nuclear weapons are disarmed. Basketball star "Amazing Grace" Smith follows the boy's example, and starts a trend.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Gregory Peck, Dean Alexander, Jim Allen

Votes: 1,165

46. Stealing Home (1988)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

Mark Harmon is a washed-up baseball player who is called back home to handle the ashes of his childhood sweetheart/ first love who had committed suicide. As he searches for what to do with ... See full summary »

Directors: Steven Kampmann, William Porter | Stars: Mark Harmon, Jodie Foster, Blair Brown, Jonathan Silverman

Votes: 3,744 | Gross: $7.47M

This melodramatic movie starring Mark Harmon and Jodie Foster

47. Pastime (1990)

PG | 94 min | Drama, Sport

In 1957, baseball is at its peak as America's favorite pastime. Although united in its love of the game, the country is divided on the issue of Civil Rights. Aging minor leaguer Roy Dean ... See full synopsis »

Director: Robin B. Armstrong | Stars: William Russ, Glenn Plummer, John Achorn, Ernie Banks

Votes: 364 | Gross: $0.27M

A good cable style baseball movie about the friendship of a veteran player and a young up and comer

48. Night Game (1989)

R | 95 min | Thriller, Crime, Drama

A police detective tracks a serial killer who is stalking young women on a beach front after each game that a baseball pitcher wins.

Director: Peter Masterson | Stars: Roy Scheider, Karen Young, Lane Smith, Richard Bradford

Votes: 530 | Gross: $0.34M

49. Talent for the Game (1991)

PG | 91 min | Drama, Sport

Virgil Sweet is on the verge of losing his job as a talent scout with the California Angels when he discovers Sammy Bodeen, a country boy with no pro ball experience, but with a pitching ... See full summary »

Director: Robert M. Young | Stars: Edward James Olmos, Lorraine Bracco, John E. Coleman, Jeff Corbett

Votes: 656 | Gross: $0.34M

50. Little Big League (1994)

PG | 119 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

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