Since I don't have any Yankees postseason baseball to look forward to, October will be a time for watching some baseball movies and this is my Top 10. (If you have any suggestions please post them. I'm always lloking to find new movies to watch)
A great biopic of the 1961 season where Mantle and Maris battled each other for the home run record. Billy Crystal does a good job of showing the emotion toll the record took on Maris and it showed Mantle, though he was adored by fans, as someone who didn't appreciate his skills.
9. The Rookie
A story about never giving up on your dreams. Dennis Quaid does a good job in the movie. Really a heart warming film about a guy who gets a second chance to make it in the majors. Also it is based on the real life story of Jim Morris.
8. A League of Their Own
A film about women's baseball during WW2. Tom Hanks really steals the show in this movie. A funny film that is a must watch classic for any baseball movie fan.
“What…. Are you crying? There’s no crying! There’s no crying in baseball!”
7. Eight Men Out
A modern look at the Black Sox Scandal. An absolutely superb cast and the film was well made. It does a good job of showing a humanized version of the men who were sadly a part of the darkest moment in baseball. A classic and if you don't know about the scandal, you should definitely see this movie.
6. The Sandlot
Probably the best movie about summertime, kids, and America's pastime. The movie is hilarious (Who's Babe Ruth?) and the cast is awesome. If you played baseball as a kid you'd love this movie. If you still don't watch this movie, "You're killing me, Smalls!"
5. Major League
A great baseball comedy. This movie doesn't have great acting or a great script. However, it is a movie that is enjoyable every time you watch it. It's very predictable, but its something that you won't forget. Plus, I think it began the tradition of rock music music and closers.
4. Bull Durham
Definitely the most authentic look at the minor league system. It doesn't show baseball in a romanticized way and maybe that's why I have it lower than most people. For a baseball purist or baseball realists this will be the best baseball movie you will ever see. Also, it is Kevin Costner's best performance in any movie.
3. Pride of the Yankees
A movie about one of the games greatest players. Gary Cooper once said, "Just make me the hero," and there is no greater hero in baseball's history than Lou Gehrig. If you just watched this movie without knowing who Gehrig was, you'd think this was a romantic look at the man, but it wasn't. That was the kind of person Gehrig was. There is really no conflict in the movie, but it shows the story of a man who did all the right things and just caught a bad break. That speech at the end of the movie is one of the most memorable moments in all cinema.
Probably the greatest tall tale in baseball's history. The story of Roy Hobbs is one that is memorable. This is a movie I could watch over and over again. The score matches the film perfectly and Robert Redford is great as Roy Hobbs. Baseball romantics will absolutely adore this film. The ending scene is one of the most famous moments in the history of movies and the music with that scene make it an emotional experience.
1. Field of Dreams
I didn't put a picture of this movie up to make this list less predictable. Field Of Dreams is the greatest baseball film ever made. Once again Kevin Costner is great, but it is James Earl Jones that pushes this film over the top in his role as Terrance Mann. It truly captures the beauty and the magic of the game. The movie is simple, but people can come away with so many great messages about life from this movie.
This is my favorite part of Field of Dreams,
Ray, people will come Ray.
They'll come to Iowa for reasons they can't even fathom.
They'll turn up your driveway not knowing for sure why they're doing it.
They'll arrive at your door as innocent as children, longing for the past.
Of course, we won't mind if you look around, you'll say.
It's only $20 per person.
They'll pass over the money without even thinking about it: for it is money they have and peace they lack.
And they'll walk out to the bleachers; sit in shirtsleeves on a perfect afternoon.
They'll find they have reserved seats somewhere along one of the baselines, where they sat when they were children and cheered their heroes.
And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters.
The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces.
People will come Ray.
The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball.
America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again.
But baseball has marked the time.
This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray.
It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again.
Oh... people will come Ray.
People will most definitely come.
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