List of Baseball Movies....Americas Greatest Pastime from Movies Galoreby 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
An unknown comes out of seemingly nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.
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
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.
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.
A classic story of Gary Cooper starring as Lou Gehrig
4. Field of Dreams (1989)
PG | 107 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
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.
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
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.
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.
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
A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.
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
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
Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.
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.
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.
A classic must see movie !!!
12. The Bad News Bears (1976)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.
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.
14. For Love of the Game (1999)
PG-13 | 137 min | Drama, Romance, Sport
A washed up pitcher flashes through his career.
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
A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
An all star baseball player becomes the unhealthy focus of a down on his luck salesman.
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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
A grizzled little league coach tries to turn his team of misfits into champs.
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 »
Votes: 2,396 | Gross: $14.00M
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
Votes: 656 | Gross: $0.34M
50. Little Big League (1994)
PG | 119 min | Comedy, Family, Sport