Lights, Cameras, Baseball! The Top 10 Baseball Movies of All Time
With the Yankees on a West Coast road trip I had to come up with something to do between the hours of 7 to 10 p.m.
Why not watch a movie about baseball?
Here are the best.
One note: The documentary “Baseball” by Ken Burns isn’t on the list because it is so well made that it blows away anything on this list.
Just missing the cut—Eight Men Out, For the Love of the Game, Cobb
Write a comment, tell me your favorites.
Brendan Fraser players a young country kid who throws over a 100 miles an hour. He is found by a scout (Albert Brooks) who tries to control and help the young kid get to pitch in the Major Leagues.
The last part of the movie is great with Fraser climbing to the roof of Yankee Stadium to try to get out of pitching the game.
A very underrated and funny movie. If you haven't seen it, you really should.
9—Pride of the Yankees
A timeless classic in which Gary Cooper portrays the life of Lou Gehrig. Cooper (who looks at lot like Gehrig) delivered a great performance that showed Gehrig on and off the field.
Yeah, it gets corny at times, (especially the way Lou's mother is portrayed) but it still is a great depiction of the iron horse.
Babe Ruth played himself, how cool is that?
8—The Bad News Bears
The Original, not the crappy Billy-Bob Disney remake that did no service to the Walter Matthau version.
The worst team in the league with the drunkest manager of any Little League team anywhere.
Basically, Matthau tries to recruit better ballplayers and make the current ones better in an attempt to turn the team around.
Proves that there is nothing wrong with having a few brewskis while coaching some youngsters
Billy Crystal directed this great movie which even a Red Sox fan could enjoy.
Barry Pepper (Roger Maris) and Thomas Jane (Mickey Mantle) look just like the men that they portray. This movie focuses on the summer of 1961 when Mantle and Maris chase the home run record by Babe Ruth.
This film does a great job of showing how Maris suffered under all of the pressure from the fans and the media as well as his great relationship with Mickey Mantle.
It's kind of strange how the only legitimate single season home run king (in my eyes) is not in the Hall of Fame.
Smalls, Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez, The Beast, The Great Bambi. I could go on and on...
“Pick me a Winner”
Roy Hobbs is a mythical ball-player who comes out of nowhere to lead the New York Knights. Hobbs has a past that nobody knows about, except for one sportswriter (played by Robert Duvall).
Hobbs uses his lightning struck bat to knock the cover off the ball.
Here is the most iconic scene in baseball movie history: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qj2pXikeDRg
I've seen a lot of lists that say this movie is overrated...
Not true at all.
When a guy comes out of nowhere and starts belting homers a la Shane Spencer in 1998, people start referring to that player as " the natural", or "Roy Hobbs."
Not too many other movies have found a niche like that.
4—A League Of Their Own
Playing ball like a girl became pretty cool in this movie.
Hands down the best line in baseball movie history is uttered by Tom Hanks:
“Are you crying?…There’s no crying in baseball!”
Second best line of the movie: "Have I ever told you that you look like a little pen*s with a little hat on?"—Hanks to an umpire
This movie does a great job of entertaining the audience while also showing a historical time in sports.
I don't know why, but I always hate it when Kit’s team wins in the end.
3—Field of Dreams
Kevin Costner builds it, and “he” comes.
Along the way, he meets some characters from baseball’s past and fights the foreclosure of his farm.
Just hearing James Earl Jones say the word "baseball" makes this movie, but of course there is so much more.
If you didn’t cry when his dad shows up you have no heart... I heard even Kim Jong-iL cried when he saw it.
Here's a great scene:
For this I am just taking the first two movies, because the third one sucked more than the 1962 NY Mets.
The following phrases have become part of baseball fans everyday language:
"Forget the curve Ricky, give em the heater!!!!"
"No more of that Ole Bull-Sh*t"
"Juuuuuust a bit outside"
Those quotes will forever be heard on baseball diamonds everywhere thanks to these movies.
The greatest characters out of any baseball movie ever made.
Here's a great bunch of clips from Bob Uecker:
The bigger question is: Which Willie Mays Hays is better? Wesley Snipes or Omar Epps?
Great cast and even better characters (Nuke Laloosh, Crash Davis, Annie Savouy) Kevin Costner plays a Minor League catcher who is brought in to help an up and coming pitcher with a golden arm, but no brains.
It was tough picking this one over Major League, but "top 10" lists are meant to be argued about.
I love this movie because when it comes to the comedic portions of the movie, nothing is too over the top. (OK, so maybe Tim Robbins on the mound in panties was a little over the top)
This is single-handedly the greatest scene in baseball movie history.
Always remember that baseball is a simple game:
“You throw the ball, you hit the ball, and you catch the ball.”