Top 5 baseball movies every fan should see
- Updated: September 17, 2014
There is no shortage of classic baseball films and this movie list encompasses just a few of them. Every movie on this list comes highly recommended even if you aren’t a fan of sports movies. So sit back, fire up Netflix, get some popcorn, and relax. Without further ado, here is a list of the top five baseball flicks everyone should go watch or rewatch.
#1 Field of Dreams (1989)
A charming mix of fantasy and baseball, this movie will keep anyone’s attention riveted even if you aren’t a sports fan. Field of Dreams follows the story of an Iowa farmer building a baseball field on his farm at the behest of a disembodied voice. The voice promises “If you build it, they will come”, and lead actor Kevin Costner takes it up on that promise. Adapted from W.P. Kinsella’s novel “Shoeless Joe”, Field of Dreams is a solid line drive.
#2 Major League (1989)
Major League is a hilarious romp about a Las Vegas showgirl named Rachel Phelps inheriting ownership of the fictional Cleveland Indians baseball team. Phelps’ hidden intentions are to move the Indians to Miami in order to capitalize on her private contract. The movie focuses on her efforts to undersell tickets to her team’s games thereby fulfilling a clause in their contracts to move the team. Major League definitely steps up to the plate as far as comedies are concerned.
#3 Moneyball (2011)
A moving drama starring Brad Pitt playing General Manager Billy Beane to the Oakland Athletics. Bean’s financial struggles in managing the team leads him to take a more calculated approach in buying new players. The movie deals with touching issues such as teamwork, building relationships and old rivalries. Brad Pitt gives a truly stellar performance and hits it out of the park in Moneyball.
#4 A League of Their Own (1992)
Well done comedy, inspiring dedication, competitive sportsmanship and sibling rivalry all accurately portray what A League of Their Own is about. Two sisters(Geena Davis and Lori Petty) are recruited for the first women’s baseball team during World War II by Coach Jimmy Dugan(played by tom Hanks) and must learn to work together and overcome their rivalry to make the team a success. The bases are loaded in the tense yet hilarious A League of Their Own.
#5 The Sandlot (1993)
The Sandlot is one those movies that everyone fondly remembers with nostalgia. Full of heartwarming moments, pulse pounding action and a never-ending list of things to laugh at The Sandlot is just what every kid wants in a movie. The characters are a group of kids, befriended by their love of baseball and united in their fear against a monstrous dog next door. The inevitable happens, and wacky hijinks ensues as they attempt to get their ball back. “Heroes get remembered, but Legends never die.” This movie hits a home run in your heart.