You cannot just call yourself a baseball lover if you don’t love movies that have been made based on such sport.
While some of them are inspired by true story event, some are made with great storyline and imagination behind. So, if you are planning to spare some time for yourself to spend quality time watching good movies, then we have a list for you that you can enjoy.
These movies did not only earn positive reviews but also had impressed everyone with the story.
So, without wasting time let’s grab some popcorn and watch these best baseball movies!
Sugar is really meaningful and has a great storyline with lots of tragedy. However, this movie smacked the box office as it was once selected for the best sports film at the ESPY.
This movie was released in 2008 as a sports drama film which was directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck and produced by Paul Mezey, Jamie Patricof and Jeremy Kipp Walker.
The main summary of this movie is Miguel Santos who is known as sugar, a baseball player is struggling to get big leagues for pull out of poverty. His dreams turned into dead leaves as he failed to fulfill his target because of his injured arm. However, in the end, he continues playing a baseball game with the retired player. Sugar movie receives many compliments as critics loved this movie and the viewers gave a lot of positive reviews. A viewer won’t regret while watching this movie as it has a meaningful message.
The Natural is a movie that was released in 1984 but is has the ability to impress of all generation. This is a legendary movie that has been nominated in many award shows. The movie was created based on a novel name The Natural. The director of this movie is Barry Levinson and cast has been led by Robert Redford, Glenn Close, and Robert Duvall, etc.
The story is highlighted by Roy Hobbs played by Robert Redford, a natural talented baseball player and his story of making a livelihood. It was the first film of Tri-Star Pictures that was produced by them. This movie is renowned as it was mentioned at Academy awards four times. The story of The Natural book was written by Bernard Malamud’s in 1952.
The cast played perfectly on acting especially Robert Redford acting is worth watching as he played Roy Hobbs who tells his journey as a 35-year experienced man. This movie stays legendary since the critics seemed impressed with the storyline and enjoyed the screenplay by leaving positive comments on this movie. It is reviewed by the viewer as 7.1 out of 10 with average voting as a classical movie. Although the movie is two hours long, there is not even a single moment that will make you feel bored.
EIGHT MEN OUT
Eight men out is another fantastic story which has a different plot for the viewer. Its story has highlighted the dark side of playing baseball that makes it so interesting. Eight men out was released in 1988 as a sports tragedy movie based on a novel named Eight Men Out: The Black Sox which was written by Eliot Asinof in 1963. The movie was directed by John Sayles and produced by Sarah Pillsbury. And, the cast of this film is John Cusack, Clifton James, and Michael Lerner, etc.
Great story with tragedy chronicles fills the movie with excitement that holds you till the end. The story of this movie is the same as the book is narrated. The main plot is that eight members of the Chicago White Sox are fixing the match to lose the 1919 World Series on purpose. It all started when gamblers bribed some of the players for losing the game. However, two of the players turned back at the last moment and opted for playing to win, although the Sox lose at the end.
Two years later when the truth broke out, the players of the Sox were sued on different counts. And it became a hot gossip in the world of baseball. The people watched this drama and called it one of the best movies based on baseball.
FEAR STRIKES OUT
On 1957 this movie was released as one of the best baseball movies. 100 minute of this movie is starred by Anthony Perkins as Jim Piersall and Karl Malden as John Piersall. This wonderful movie was directed by Robert Mulligan who also directed the legendary movie To Kill a Mockingbird. This movie is based on the real-life story of James Antony Perkins who played for 17 years in the leagues with 5 teams and he is well-known for his excellent match against bipolar disorder.
However, this movie is about a father who is trying to live through his son. With pressure, the sons feel nervous and go to a psychological institute. After a long time, the son realizes his talent in playing baseball and start playing it in the big leagues for his father.
The critics also found this movie worth watching even if this is 62 years apart from our generation still it has a significant message.
This movie was nominated for different shows like DGA for best director and also was nominated in AFI’s Top 10 sports movie.
The Rookie is a sports tragedy movie which is one of the best baseball movies to watch as a baseball devotee. This is set with a beautiful platform as it is based on the real-life story of Jim Morris, who played only 1 year as a Major League Baseball player. 127 minutes of this movie was directed by John Lee Hancock and produced by well-known Walt Disney Pictures.
The cast starred Dennis Quaid as Jim Morris, Rachel Griffiths as Lorri Morris and Jay Hernandez as Joaquin ‘Wack’ Campos, etc. The movie was released in 2002 and grabbed many positive reviews as a sports drama film. The plot of this movie is Jim Morris who was a rookie player tries to fulfill his dream by playing in major leagues. But his dreams are ruined by a shoulder injury caused in the trivial leagues against Milwaukee Brewers. However, the 35-year-old Morris has an amazing offer from the Rays, as a result, he debuted in 1999 at the major league. Then, he played a wonderful game and he made 21 appearances from 1999 to 2000.
If you are a real baseball movie lover, then you cannot miss this legendary movie since it has a flawless casting with great plot story. Released in 2013, 42 is a movie that all the baseball fans talk about till date. This movie is great to watch and has an interesting platform. It is an American biographical sports movie which was directed and written by Brian Helgeland and the producer of this movie is Thomas Tull.
42 highlights the story of American professional baseball player Jackie Robinson. It is the number of his jersey which he owned throughout his Major League career. The casting was done by Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson, Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey and André Holland as Wendell Smith, etc. You won’t be feeling uninteresting or arid while watching this movie because it keeps your grasped till the end. It is based on the first African American baseball player Jackie Robinson who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) in the recent epoch. The critics sent an optimistic reaction to this movie. And it has been stated to be the best premiere for a baseball-type film in Hollywood history. The length of this movie is 128 minutes.
Moneyball is a movie that possesses the best theme with a lot of twists. This movie is based on the 2003 book by Michael Lewis. You can call it one of the best baseball movies of all time. This movie is produced by Michael De Luca and directed by Bennett Miller. 133 minutes of this movie is starred by Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, Jonah Hill as Peter Brand and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Art Howe, etc.
The main story of this movie about Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane. He successfully makes an attempt to assemble a baseball team with employing computer-generated analysis so he can take up new players. The best part is how he makes that happen with a very lean budget, and this is what keeps you intrigued. However, this movie is perfect in everything be it the actor or the storyline. It has been nominated for six Academic Award in which few of them are Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor for Pitt and Best Supporting Actor for this movie.
FIELD OF DREAMS
Well, if you want to know about a movie which has fantasy as well as sports with a bit of drama then this movie is perfect for you.1989 Field Of Dreams is significantly and historically known since it is selected for National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. This movie was made based on a book called Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella. The movie is directed by Phil Alden Robinson and produced by Lawrence Gordon.This extraordinary movie is starred by Kevin Costner as Ray Kinsella, Amy Madigan as Annie Kinsella and James Earl Jones as Terence Mann, etc.
107 minutes of this movie is well arranged by the casting and the product range is also good to watch. The main plot is Ray Kinsella is forced by an unseen voice to make a baseball diamond in the center of his field by whispering the main mantra. This movie is also well known for its unique picture display and the screenplay.Moreover, it is also mentioned three times at the great Academic Award for Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture.
THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
The Battered Bastards of Basketball is a movie which gives the satisfaction of watching something good with romance, drama and sports genre in one single movie. However, this movie was released on January 20, 2014, in the United States. 73 minutes of this movie is directed by Chapman Way and produced by Juliana Lembi. The title of this movie is inspired by a line in Jim Bouton’s book Ball Four.
It is a documentary movie which has great reviews on the platform and casting performs. It has been premiered at Netflix original series.
The main plot of this movie has highlighted an incident of the Portland Mavericks which is an obsolete trivial league team in Portland, Oregon. The teams playfield for five seasons. The Academic Award ground wanted to cast and direct the version. However, different critics gave this movie thumbs up while people showed positive reactions.
THE BAD NEWS BEARS
From the late 90’s generation to this generation, The bad news bears is well-known among all the baseball lovers since it is called to be one of the best baseball movies of all time.The movie was released on April 7, 1976, and was out in the United States. It is directed by Michael Ritchie and produced by Stanley R. Jaffe.
102 minutes of this movie is amazing to watch and you won’t regret watching this. It has comedy, sports and drama with better picture quality.Moreover, it is starred by Walter Matthau as Morris Buttermaker, Vic Morrow as Roy Turner and Joyce Van Patten as Cleveland Ohio, etc.The main plot of this movie is Morris Buttermaker who is a coach of eccentric the team, he wants to set the team to the baseball field.
It has earned many positive reviews and audience loved this picture as a baseball film. Plus, it has been followed by 2 continuations known as The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training and The Bad News Bears Go to Japan.
There are no rules for selecting a movie, it just needs your attention. And the movies that we have listed above have the ability to earn it.
These movies don’t only intrigue you with their great storyline and plot twists, but also give you a great movie time.