Baseball and movies are two of America’s favorite pastimes. When they’re together, it’s even better. Here are the top 10 baseball movies of all time according to Movie Mantz.
Coming in at number 10 is The Pride of the Yankees, starring Gary Cooper. It’s the story of Lou Gehrig, one of baseball’s greatest players. Gehrig competed in 2,130 consecutive baseball games. At the tender age of 37, he got struck with ALS, a disease that would later carry his name. It ended his career but not his love for the game.
In ninth place is Bang the Drum Slowly with Robert De Niro and Michael Moriarty. Set against backdrop of baseball, it’s more a story of friendship than anything else. De Niro plays a pitcher who decides to befriend a dying catcher. The movie is a heart-warming movie that’s perfect for both sports fans and non-sports fans alike.
At eighth place is a more recent romantic comedy called Fever Pitch. It stars Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon. The two begin dating before Barrymore’s character fully understands her boyfriend’s love of the sport. The romance almost tanks when he chooses baseball over her. This one’s a winner for both genders. It’s definitely a chic flick but it has enough sports to appease men, too.
A League of Their Own covers the true story of a woman’s baseball teamÂ—The Rockford PeachesÂ—formed during World War II. It enjoys an all-star cast with Tom Hanks, Gena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell, and more. This one is full of comedy and heart with just the right touch of sentimentality.
Bad News Bears comes in number six. The Walter Matthau/Tatum O’Neal driven comedy is fun for the entire family. It’s funny. It’s heart-wrenching. It’s fun. What more can anyone ask of baseball?
One of the best baseball films of all time weighs in at number five. Field of Dreams captured the essence of dreams even though the focus stayed on baseball. Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, and James Earl Jones all turned in first-rate performances in a film that proved it’s never to late to reunite with family.
In fourth place is Eight Men Out starring John Cusack, Charlie Sheen, and John Strathairn. The film covers the scandal that surrounded the Black Sox team of 1919. It was a shameful time in baseball because the Chicago team fixed the World Series. It led to a temporary damage of America’s beloved pastime.
Charlie Sheen scores a second time with Major League. For this film, he’s joined by Wesley Snipes and Tom Berenger. Often consider the best comedy ever created about the sport of baseball, the movie is a laugh-a-minute riot that everyone should enjoy.
Kevin Costner also scores a second time; this time with the movie Bull Durham. The film also stars former spouses Susan Sarandon and Timothy Robbins. Some consider this movie the most accurate portrayal of the sport to date. Whether or not that’s true, it is certainly a sexy, unforgettable film.
In the number one spot comes The Natural, starring Robert Redford, Barbara Hershey and Glenn Close. It’s about a has been player who temporarily succeeds in making a baseball comeback before he’s felled by a sports serial killer. One of the most uplifting of all baseball stories, many consider this one a loving tribute to baseball players everywhere.
Is your favorite baseball film listed? If not what film would you add to the top 10 baseball movies of all time?