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1. 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: 56,929 | 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

2. The Natural (1984)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sport

61 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 39,961 | 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

3. 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: 43,712 | Gross: $50.89M

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

4. 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: 12,948

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

5. 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: 9,106

A classic story of Gary Cooper starring as Lou Gehrig

6. 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, Jace Alexander, Gordon Clapp

Votes: 17,219 | Gross: $5.68M

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

7. 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: 100,247 | 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

8. 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: 1,850

The original angels in the outfield

9. 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: 1,455

A classic must see movie !!!

10. 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: 2,216

11. 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: 18,744 | Gross: $42.35M

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

12. 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: 225

13. 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: 908

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 !!

14. Sugar (I) (2008)

R | 114 min | Drama, Sport

82 Metascore

Dominican baseball star Miguel "Sugar" Santos is recruited to play in the U.S. minor-leagues.

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck | Stars: Algenis Perez Soto, Jose Rijo, Walki Cuevas, Santo Silvestre

Votes: 4,442 | Gross: $1.08M

15. The Stratton Story (1949)

Passed | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Star major league pitcher Monty Stratton loses a leg in a hunting accident, but becomes determined to leave the game on his own terms.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: James Stewart, June Allyson, Frank Morgan, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 2,409

A pretty good yet outdated film starring Jimmy Stewart

16. Fear Strikes Out (1957)

Approved | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

True story of the life of Jimmy Piersall, who battled mental illness to achieve stardom in major league baseball.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden, Norma Moore, Adam Williams

Votes: 1,548

17. A Winner Never Quits (1986 TV Movie)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Family

Fact-based story of a young boy who lost his right arm in a childhood accident, but went on to fulfill his dreams of playing major-league baseball. Pete Gray had to overcome the early ... See full summary »

Director: Mel Damski | Stars: Keith Carradine, Mare Winningham, G.W. Bailey, Dennis Weaver

Votes: 175

18. Soul of the Game (1996 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, History, Sport

Black baseball greats, Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson, vie to be the first afro-American major leaguer, only to see the outspoken rookie, Jackie Robinson, be chosen.

Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan | Stars: Delroy Lindo, Mykelti Williamson, Edward Herrmann, Blair Underwood

Votes: 866

19. 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: 29,965 | Gross: $75.60M

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

20. Moneyball (2011)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

87 Metascore

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.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 327,444 | Gross: $75.61M

A excellent soon to be released film about the struggles of Oakland GM Billy Beane's quest to bring a competitive ball club during the Money Ball Era of glutinous spending

21. 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: 1,641

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

22. 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: 368 | Gross: $0.27M

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

23. Up for Grabs (2004)

90 min | Comedy, Documentary

69 Metascore

The absurd true story of the legal battle over the "Million-Dollar Baseball." Barry Bonds' record setting 73rd home run ball sparks a melee in the stands at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco. ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Wranovics | Stars: Marty Appel, Barry Bonds, Patrick Hayashi, Kevin M. McCarthy

Votes: 229 | Gross: $0.00M

A pretty good documentary about the quest for the Barry Bonds ball

24. When the Game Stands Tall (2014)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Sport

41 Metascore

The journey of legendary football coach Bob Ladouceur, who took the De La Salle High School Spartans from obscurity to a 151-game winning streak that shattered all records for any American sport.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Alexander Ludwig, Michael Chiklis, Laura Dern

Votes: 14,511 | Gross: $30.13M

25. 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: 71,521 | Gross: $32.42M

26. The Damned United (2009)

R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

81 Metascore

The story of the controversial Brian Clough's 44-day reign as the coach of the English football club Leeds United.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Colm Meaney, Henry Goodman, David Roper, Jimmy Reddington

Votes: 38,216 | Gross: $0.45M

27. Seabiscuit (2003)

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, History, Sport

72 Metascore

True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Cooper

Votes: 63,258 | Gross: $120.28M

28. United (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, History, Sport

United is based on the true story of Manchester United's legendary "Busby Babes", the youngest side ever to win the Football League and the 1958 Munich Air Crash that claimed eight of the ... See full summary »

Director: James Strong | Stars: Dean Andrews, Kate Ashfield, Natalie Burt, David Calder

Votes: 9,973

29. The Hammer (2010)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

A coming of age drama following the life of Matt Hamill, the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Wrestling Championship.

Director: Oren Kaplan | Stars: Russell Harvard, Raymond J. Barry, Shoshannah Stern, Michael Anthony Spady

Votes: 1,615 | Gross: $0.08M

30. Win Win (2011)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

75 Metascore

A struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach's chicanery comes back to haunt him when the teenage grandson of the client he has double-crossed comes into his life.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Jeffrey Tambor, Bobby Cannavale

Votes: 51,644 | Gross: $10.18M

31. The Boxer (1997)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

75 Metascore

Young Danny Flynn is released from prison 14 years after "taking the rap" for the IRA and tries to rebuild his life in his old Belfast neighborhood.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Daragh Donnelly, Frank Coughlan

Votes: 17,280 | Gross: $5.80M



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