Did your team get knocked out of the playoffs? Are you in a slump with a case of the post-season blues? If your team’s winning streak was cut short and you’re in need of some extra innings, we’re here for you. Put down the tissues and grab your peanuts and Cracker Jack. We searched the interwebs for the greatest baseball movies ever made. These films hit it out of the park and celebrate, as Jim McKay would say “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” Remember, Mr. October, there’s no crying in baseball.
The Bad News Bears (1976)
This movie makes the top ten of just about everybody’s baseball movie list. Bleacher Report says it best, “For a generation of baseball fans, The Bad News Bears” was—and remains—the Holy Grail of baseball movies.”
Bull Durham (1988)
Sports Illustrated rated this baseball movie as the “#1 Greatest Sports Movie of All Time”. Considered one of Costner’s best, this romantic comedy covers all the bases combining romance, comedy, and drama.
Field of Dreams (1989)
“If you build it they will come.” An espn.com reader’s poll gave this film top seed. After twenty-five years at bat, that’s pretty good. Watch this tearjerker with your t-ballers and pass down your love of the baseball to the next generation.
Major League (1989)
Sorry Yankee fans, this is not today’s Cleveland, Indians team. Cheer on these 80’s down and out underdogs as they win games, climb in the standings and fill the cheap seats. Just be prepared to have the song Wild Thing stuck in your head.
The Natural (1984)
Who says boyhood dreams can’t come true? Robert Redford plays Roy Hobbs who makes a comeback swinging his childhood bat carved from an oak tree. You’ll want to catch this sentimental baseball move about redemption and overcoming failure.
A League Of Their Own (1992)
During WWII, women stepped up to the plate in many traditional men’s roles. In this lighthearted baseball movie, two sisters take on a grumpy, drunk coach (Tom Hanks) and join the first ever all-female baseball league. Esquire calls this girl power-packed film “one of the best baseball movies ever made.”
The Rookie (2002)
For all you little league coaches with big dreams, this feel-good baseball movie starring Dennis Quaid will leave you feeling like you won the World Series. This family movie hits it out the park with positive messages of leading by example and never giving up.
This must-see historical baseball movie is about how Jackie Robinson, number 42, broke through the racial barrier to become the first African American player in the Major Leagues. 42 is an important and inspiring, biographical film about battling racism and fighting for your dreams.
It’s brains over brawn in this baseball movie starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. Watch and learn as this front office duo rebuilds the Oakland A’s using stats and probability instead of traditional baseball knowledge. Ignoring the scouts but not the odds they take the leagues most undervalued players straight to the playoffs.