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1. The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

Approved | 77 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee, Minor Watson, Louise Beavers

Votes: 1,031

2. The Jackie Robinson Story (1974 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

The life story of Baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

Director: Michael Landon | Star: Stephen R. Hudis

Votes: 5

3. Death on the Diamond (1934)

Passed | 71 min | Drama, Mystery, Sport

Pop Clark is about to lose his baseball team, unless they can win the pennant so he can pay off debts. He hires ace player Larry Kelly to ensure the victory. As well as rival teams, ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Robert Young, Madge Evans, Nat Pendleton, Ted Healy

Votes: 279

4. 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: 381

5. The Adventures of Frank Merriwell (1936)

Passed | 219 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

A 12-episode serial in which scholastic sports star Frank Merriwell leaves school to search for his missing father. His adventures involve a mysterious inscription on a ring, buried ... See full summary »

Directors: Clifford Smith, Lew Landers | Stars: Donald Briggs, Jean Rogers, John 'Dusty' King, Carla Laemmle

Votes: 35

6. Brother Rat (1938)

Passed | 89 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Story of three buddies at the Virginia Military Institute. Cadet Bing Edwards is secretly married and soon to be a father.

Director: William Keighley | Stars: Priscilla Lane, Wayne Morris, Johnnie Davis, Jane Bryan

Votes: 421

7. It Happened in Flatbush (1942)

Passed | 80 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

A washed up baseball player (Lloyd Nolan) returns to Brooklyn to manage his old team but ends up clashing with the beautiful new owner (Carole Landis)

Director: Ray McCarey | Stars: Lloyd Nolan, Carole Landis, Sara Allgood, William Frawley

Votes: 231

8. 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: 9,289

9. The Babe Ruth Story (1948)

Passed | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The famed slugger is played by Bendix, who resembles Ruth slightly in looks and not at all in baseball ability. The film traces the "life and times" of Ruth, including his famous "called ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: William Bendix, Claire Trevor, Charles Bickford, Sam Levene

Votes: 910

10. The Kid from Cleveland (1949)

Passed | 89 min | Action, Drama, Sport

Baseball team (the Cleveland Indians) helps a troubled teenaged fan.

Director: Herbert Kline | Stars: George Brent, Lynn Bari, Russ Tamblyn, Tommy Cook

Votes: 68

11. Kill the Umpire (1950)

Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Sport

An umpire-hating ex-baseball player loses many jobs because his passion for watching ball games during working hours but he decides to combine business with pleasure by becoming an umpire himself.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: William Bendix, Una Merkel, Ray Collins, Gloria Henry

Votes: 467

12. 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: 1,926

13. 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: 582

14. The Winning Team (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Poor health and alcoholism force Grover Cleveland Alexander out of baseball, but through his wife's faithful efforts, he gets a chance for a comeback and redemption.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Doris Day, Ronald Reagan, Frank Lovejoy, Eve Miller

Votes: 787

15. Big Leaguer (1953)

Approved | 71 min | Drama, Family, Sport

John Lobert runs a training camp in Florida for the New York Giants. Every year, he evaluates the hopefuls to pick the best for a minor league contract. They all have dreams and talent, but... See full summary »

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Vera-Ellen, Jeff Richards, Richard Jaeckel

Votes: 289

16. 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: 321

17. The Kid from Left Field (1979 TV Movie)

100 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

Jackie Robinson "J.R." Cooper is a kid who loves baseball, and also the son of a former major leaguer now down on his luck (and now a vendor working the stands at games).

Director: Adell Aldrich | Stars: Gary Coleman, Robert Guillaume, Gary Collins, Ed McMahon

Votes: 179

18. The Man from Left Field (1993 TV Movie)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

After taking a job managing a little league team, a homeless man inspires the kids to reach for it all and they inspire him to reclaim his life.

Director: Burt Reynolds | Stars: Burt Reynolds, Reba McEntire, Kauwela Acocella, Derek Baxter

Votes: 254

19. 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: 2,313

20. 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: 1,593

21. Damn Yankees! (1967 TV Movie)

100 min | Comedy, Musical, Sport

Wishing that his favorite baseball team, the Senators, win the pennant, Joe Hardy makes a deal with the devil (literally), Mr. Applegate, and becomes his alter-ego, Joe Hardy. However, ... See full summary »

Director: Kirk Browning | Stars: Phil Silvers, Lee Remick, Jerry Lanning, Jim Backus

Votes: 31

22. Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

PG | 96 min | Drama, Sport

80 Metascore

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: 5,140

23. 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: 19,703 | Gross: $32.87M

24. 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: 19,294 | Gross: $42.35M

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

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

47 Metascore

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: 2,770 | Gross: $19.10M

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

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

31 Metascore

A small time hustler takes the pint-sized baseball team to Japan for a match against the country's best little league baseball team which sparks off a series of adventures and mishaps.

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

Votes: 2,555 | Gross: $14.00M

27. The Bad News Bears (1979–1980)

30 min | Comedy, Sport

To avoid a year in jail, swimming pool cleaner Morris Buttermaker agrees to coach a Little League baseball team called the Bears. Unfortunately, the Bears are the worst team in the league, ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Warden, J. Brennan Smith, Tricia Cast, Billy Jayne

Votes: 216

28. 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: 1,518

29. Murder at the World Series (1977 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, Mystery, Sport

A disturbed young man, who had tried out for the Houston Astros baseball team and been rejected, plots to take his revenge by a series of kidnappings.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen | Stars: Lynda Day George, Murray Hamilton, Karen Valentine, Gerald S. O'Loughlin

Votes: 64

30. One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story (1978 TV Movie)

100 min | Action, Biography, Crime

True story of Ron LeFlore, a troubled Detroit youth who rose from Michigan prisons to star in Major League Baseball.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: LeVar Burton, Madge Sinclair, Paul Benjamin, James Luisi

Votes: 147

31. Here Come the Tigers (1978)

PG | 87 min | Comedy, Sport

Amiable cop Eddie Burke and his clumsy partner Burt Honneger get the impossible job of coaching a little league baseball team called the Tigers that's made up of assorted losers and misfits... See full summary »

Director: Sean S. Cunningham | Stars: Kathy Bell, Noel Cunningham, Sean P. Griffin, Max McClellan

Votes: 177

32. A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Legendary ballplayer and humanitarian Lou Gehrig and his relationship with his stalwart wife, Eleanor are portrayed in this film that focuses on the Hall of Famer's life off the baseball ... See full summary »

Director: Fielder Cook | Stars: Blythe Danner, Edward Herrmann, Gerald S. O'Loughlin, Ramon Bieri

Votes: 123

33. Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige (1981 TV Movie)

98 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Story of Leroy "Satchel" Paige, star pitcher in the Negro Leagues, and later in the major leagues. Traces his life from his troubled youth, including his life in a detention school for ... See full summary »

Director: Richard A. Colla | Stars: Louis Gossett Jr., Beverly Todd, Cleavon Little, Ernie Barnes

Votes: 114

34. The Comeback Kid (1980 TV Movie)

97 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

A down and out former minor league ballplayer finds romance and a renewed zest for life when he takes a job coaching a group of underprivileged kids.

Director: Peter Levin | Stars: John Ritter, Susan Dey, Doug McKeon, James Gregory

Votes: 185

35. 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: 409

36. 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: 169 | Gross: $0.08M

37. The Natural (1984)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sport

61 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 41,329 | Gross: $47.95M

38. The Slugger's Wife (1985)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

29 Metascore

A major league star who is on the verge of breaking a record, meets a singer and they get married, but they have different goals, so they separate, jeopardizing his opportunity in sports and the possibility of making up with his wife.

Director: Hal Ashby | Stars: Michael O'Keefe, Rebecca De Mornay, Martin Ritt, Randy Quaid

Votes: 995 | Gross: $1.88M

39. 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: 45,201 | Gross: $50.89M

40. 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: 929

41. 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: 103,005 | Gross: $64.43M

42. Chasing Dreams (1982)

PG | 94 min | Drama

A young man (David G. Brown) is bogged down by his family, farm and school life, but after the baseball coach convinces him to play, he finds a bit of comfort in the sport and ends up excelling in it

Directors: Therese Conte, Sean Roche | Stars: David G. Brown, Kevin Costner, John Fife, Jim Shane

Votes: 185

43. For Love of the Game (1999)

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

43 Metascore

After 19 years of playing the game he's loved his whole life, Billy Chapel has to decide if he's going to risk everything and put everything out there.

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

Votes: 30,395 | Gross: $35.17M

44. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

76 Metascore

Incompetent police Detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.

Director: David Zucker | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, O.J. Simpson, Ricardo Montalban

Votes: 141,905 | Gross: $78.76M

45. 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: 17,747 | Gross: $5.68M

46. Stealing Home (1988)

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