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Sadly, the sports world (and a huge portion of the world as a whole), is on hold right now. Baseball would have just had its first game of the regular season, hockey and basketball would be deep in their respective seasons. The XFL would be steadily chugging along. And that’s just American sports!
That sad fact leaves sports fans with a giant hole in their lives. How are sports junkies to scratch the itch? With sports movies, of course!
Baseball is a sport that’s ripe with quality movies that have been released over the years. In this article, we’re going to pick the best and rank them from least best to best best.
10. Bull Durham
This is actually a romantic comedy front as a sports movie. It’s about the minor league baseball experience thought a team called the Durham Bulls. The king of baseball movies Kevin Costner stars in this one, and while I don’t think it’s his best baseball role, it’s still a damn good one!
9. Mr. 3000
Mr. 3000 stars Bernie Mac and Angela Basset as Stan Ross (played by Mac) attempts to come back to the MLB at the age of 47 in order to achieve his 3000th hit. It’s a comedy, so don’t expect an inspirational film. But do expect to be entertained.
To me, Rookie of the Year is one of the most underrated sports movies ever made. The tale of young Henry Rowengartner making it onto the Chicago Cubs because his broken arm healded oddly is as ridiculous as it sounds, but that doesn’t stop it from being an absolute joy to watch.
Angels in the Outfield is all about being inspiring. The Angels (an actual baseball team) end up being helped by actual angels in order to win. It’s not exactly a realistic plot, but it’s entertaining anyway!
Moneyball is a baseball movie that’s less about the action on the field and more about the action behind-the-scenes. Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane, the manager of the 2002 Oakland Athletics as he attempts to build a competitive team with minimal money. Jonah Hill also does a great job bringing some levity to the film, and it’s just a great film overall.
If you’ve only seen one baseball movie in your life, it was probably Field of Dreams. It’s a classic in the world of sports movies that holds up incredibly well even now. The all-star cast of Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, and Burt Lancaster all deliver, and the interesting plot will suck you in. “If you build it, they will come” is a line that transcends sports movies, and I’m almost certain you’ve heard it before even if you didn’t know where it was from.
The Bad News Bears is so awesome! I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve watched this incredible film about a struggling Little League baseball team and their coach. It’s a formula that’s been done over and over again in sports movies, and this is one of the movies that really popularized it.
A League of Their Own is all about a brief moment in history when women’s baseball was at the forefront of American culture during World War II. It’s not based on a true story—though the league they played in actually existed— it’s an incredibly interesting story that really tugs on your heartstrings nonetheless. Tom Hanks is incredible in his role as the team’s coach, and Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, and Lori Petty all excel in their roles.
2. The Sandlot
The Sandlot isn’t about professional baseball like a lot of other movies on the list. Instead, it’s about a group of kids having fun playing ball on their local sandlot. Of course, they run into some issues while playing, and all kinds of shenanigans go down. It’s a gem of a movie that both sports fans and people who never watched a sport in their lives can enjoy.
1. Major League
I feel like there’s not a lot of debate about which baseball movie stands atop the throne. The original Major League is easily my favorite baseball movie. In fact, I might even say it’s my favorite sports movie of all time, but that’s tough to say for sure—football and hockey has some gems. It’s funny, emotional, and entertaining; all the things you want to see in a good sports flick.