We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 baseball movies of all time. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Field of Dreams (1989) 86% at Rotten Tomatoes
An Iowa corn farmer starts hearing voices saying “If you build it, he will come,” and decides to listen to them. Everyone thinks he’s crazy, but he tears down a section of his cornfield to build a baseball diamond. It attracts Shoeless Joe Jackson and the rest of the disgraced 1919 Chicago Black Sox.
Director: Phil Alden Robinson
Starring: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta
9. The Sandlot (1993) 57% at Rotten Tomatoes
Smalls is the new kid in town, and neighborhood baseball guru Rodriquez takes him under his wing. They play sandlot baseball throughout the summer and have a great time until he accidentally hits his stepdad’s signed Babe Ruth baseball into the yard of the mysterious Beast – where balls go to die.
Director: David Mickey Evans
Starring: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Art LaFleur
8. Major League (1989) 83% at Rotten Tomatoes
The Cleveland Indians are ignored by all but their most die-hard fans, so the new owners hatches a plan to get rid of them. She purposely drafts a team of degenerates meant to lose. These burnouts and narcissists are doing exactly what she wants until they discover her plans. Now they’re winning just to spite her and make it all the way to the American League Championship Series.
Director: David S. Ward
Starring: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Corbin Bernsen
7. Mr. Baseball (1992) 13% at Rotten Tomatoes
Jack Elliot was once a star MVP for the New York Yankees, but as he passes over the hill, he’s traded to Japan. He’s very slow to adapt to Japanese culture and pretty much shits on everything sacred to his manager. It doesn’t take long before a pretty PR girl convinces him to change his mind, though, and start acting like a true Chunichi Dragon.
Director: Fred Schepisi
Starring: Tom Selleck, Ken Takakura, Aya Takanashi
6. BASEketball (1998) 42% at Rotten Tomatoes
Doug and Joe are just lovable losers who want to get drunk and party with beautiful women. In trying to do so, they end up inventing Baseketball, a combination of baseball and basketball. It becomes so popular that it soon gets a professional league of its own with all the exaggerated brackets and sponsors of real-life pro leagues.
Director: David Zucker
Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Yasmine Bleeth
5. Bad News Bears (2005) 48% at Rotten Tomatoes
This remake of a hard-to-watch classic is about a little league coach in charge of a team of misfits. Morris Buttermaker is an alcoholic who didn’t last long in the professionals, and these kids are just like him. He (barely) whips them into shape just in time to stay in the league.
Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear, Marcia Gay Harden
4. 61* (2001) 80% at Rotten Tomatoes
Crystal is a huge Yankees fan who went to painstaking lengths to recreate the battle between Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle to break Babe Ruth’s home run record. The movie was also filmed not long after Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa fought a similar battle in 1998 to break this very record.
Director: Billy Crystal
Starring: Barry Pepper, Thomas Jane, Anthony Michael Hall
3. A League of Their Own (1992) 78% at Rotten Tomatoes
When the men are all sent to fight in World War II, the owners of the baseball teams recruit women players to keep generating revenue. Nobody pays much attention until Dottie Hinson, who’s only playing to help her sister Kit, starts grandstanding with her exceptional skills.
Director: Penny Marshall
Starring: Tom Hanks, Lori Petty, Geena Davis
2. Million Dollar Arm (2014) 64% at Rotten Tomatoes
Baseball franchises with deep pockets can afford to outspend any of the lower teams. This means they often get the biggest stars, leaving J.B Bernstein with an unorthodox method of finding ringers. He starts recruiting Indian cricket players and anyone else from the exotic subcontinent who can throw a ball and be taught a foreign game in a foreign country.
Director: Craig Gillespie
Starring: Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Alan Arkin
1. Moneyball (2011) 94% at Rotten Tomatoes
Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane has a struggling team and no money to fix things. So he puts his trust in a computer analysis that flips everything we thought we knew about baseball stats on its head.
Director: Bennett Miller
Starring: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright