America's Pastime is rich in cinematic history, as some of the greatest sports movies ever made have involved baseball. From award-winning dramas such as Field of Dreams to laugh-out-loud comedies such as Major League, the genre has produced some of the best films in recent years. Without further a due, here are the 10 best baseball movies ever made.
Legendary actor James Earl Jones leads a cast of unknown youngsters in a story of neighborhood kids who play baseball together in an abandoned field in the 1970s. A favorite among the younger generation of baseball fans, The Sandlot mixes a perfect blend of comedy and adventure, while also showing all of us the love for baseball we attained from a very young age.
Led by an All-Star cast that includes Tom Hanks and Geena Davis, A League of Their Own tells the historic story of women on the baseball field during World War II. The 1992 film has been a hit among many and has emerged as one of the finest baseball movies in the past 20 years.
One of the first and most iconic baseball films, The Pride of the Yankees tells the story of Lou Gehrig and the Murderer's Row in the early 1930s. The classic film about America's Pastime culminates with Gehrig's final speech, where he pronounces himself "the luckiest man of the face of the Earth."
Led by a superb cast that includes Charlie Sheen and John Cusack, this iconic baseball film describes the tragic story of the 1919 Black Sox Scandal. The 1988 drama includes a perfect blend of terrific acting and superb emotional depth and shows the darker side of one of the most popular sports in the world today.
This 1973 baseball film stars acting legends Robert De Niro and Michael Moriarty and tells of the amazing relationship between a star pitcher and his demising catcher. The touching tale shows baseball in a more emotional setting and has been praised as one of the best sports films ever made.
One of the funniest sports movies ever made, Major League tells the story of a group of misfit Cleveland Indians teammates embroiled in the pennant race. With a superb cast that includes Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen and Wesley Snipes, the 1988 baseball classic is one of the most highly regarded comedies of the last 25 years.
The hilarious 1976 comedy about the joys and disappointments of Little League is widely regarded as one of the best baseball comedies ever made. With the perfect blend of trashy pubescent boys and the action of America's Pastime, the iconic film is loved by baseball fans all around the globe.
Widely recognized as the best baseball film ever made, Bull Durham tells the story of a Triple-A baseball catcher and his romantic relationship and rivalry with the other two main characters (Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins). Featuring realistic characters and an authentic setting, the 1988 classic has been endeared into many baseball fan's hearts.
Starring movie icon Robert Redford, this 1984 baseball classic tells the story of Roy Hobbs, a star slugger who has faced his share of challenges, on and off the field. A film that is both romantic and dramatic, The Natural is one of the most influential films about America's Pastime to ever hit the big screen.
"If you build it, he will come."
This 1989 classic tells the story of Iowa farmer Roy Kinsella and his quest for answers. Along the way, he meets Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta) and famous writer Terence Mann (James Earl Jones), and his journey ultimately culminates with an emotional catch with his father. Field of Dreams has a perfect blend of baseball, comedy and emotion. It owns the prestigious award as the best baseball movie ever made.