Take Me Out To The Ball Game: The Best Baseball Films Ever!

by TheFabulousThomasJ | created - 02 Apr 2015 | updated - 02 Apr 2015 | Public

In no particular order, these are 21 of my favorite baseball films.

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1. 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: 9,200

2. 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: 85,779 | Gross: $107.53M

3. 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: 19,003 | Gross: $42.35M

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: 101,550 | Gross: $64.43M

5. 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: 2,266

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: 72,920 | Gross: $32.42M

7. 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: 1,570

8. 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: 1,474

9. 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: 5,051

10. 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: 44,450 | Gross: $50.89M

11. 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: 1,493

12. 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: 17,494 | Gross: $5.68M

13. 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: 2,463

14. 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: 30,348 | Gross: $75.60M

15. 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: 1,871

16. 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: 40,576 | Gross: $47.95M

17. 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: 57,890 | Gross: $49.80M

18. Bleacher Bums (2001 TV Movie)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

A day in the life of a group of gambling buddies, as they sit in on their beloved baseball team game.

Director: Saul Rubinek | Stars: Sarain Boylan, Matt Craven, Brad Garrett, Jeff Geddis

Votes: 439

19. 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: 333,261 | Gross: $75.61M

20. 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: 29,963 | Gross: $35.17M

21. Hardball (2001)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, Sport

48 Metascore

An aimless young man who is scalping tickets, gambling, and drinking, agrees to coach a Little League team from the Cabrini Green housing project in Chicago as a condition of getting a loan from a friend.

Director: Brian Robbins | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, John Hawkes, Bryan Hearne

Votes: 26,694 | Gross: $40.22M



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