Best Baseball Movies - Featured - StudioBinder

What makes the best baseball movies? Some are funny baseball comedy movies, others are inspirational. Some really good baseball movies even find a way to straddle both sides of the baseline.

In this post, we’re going to give you a list of the best baseball movies of all time so that you and your loved ones can watch some of the great baseball movies that have lived deep within our hearts and souls.

Good Baseball Movies

10. Eight Men Out (1988)

Eight Men Out is one of those great baseball movies that focuses on the dark side of sports. It’s set against the backdrop of the years immediately following World War I, which was a hard time for most people. 

Eight Men Out Trailer

This famous baseball movie illustrates a predicament where the players were underpaid, swindled by the gamblers, and eventually remorseful for their decisions. It’s definitely one of the best baseball films ever.

75%
Authentic
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Inspo
80%
Story
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Filmmaking
71.25%
OVERALL SCORE
  • Strong Characters
  • Clear Motivations
  • Unique Nostalgia
  • A Bit Hokey
  • Dull Moments
  • Puritanical

Best Baseball Movies

Conclusion

Might be higher on the list if the baseball was a bit better. The players also get narratively crucified too much.

Great Baseball Movies

9. Cobb (1994)

Cobb is very different from most sports movies. It mostly follows Ty Cobb in his later years while he lives out his life alone, unwanted by his friends and family while suffering from addictive substance abuse. 

Cobb Trailer

Cobb was a popular player for the fans but an unpopular human being to those who knew him. Cobb is one of the most honest stories about a professional athlete and that’s why it’s a great baseball movie.
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Authentic
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Inspo
80%
Story
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Filmmaking
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OVERALL SCORE
  • Painfully Exposed
  • Very Funny
  • Thought Provoking
  • Dull Moments
  • Less Baseball
  • A Bit Repetitive

Best Baseball Movies

Conclusion

The movie was never supposed to be about Cobb playing baseball, but there isn’t a lot of it in the film which automatically places it behind films with more.

Old Baseball Movies

8. Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

Bang the Drum Slowly is an old baseball movie that follows an athlete with a terminal medical condition. This baseball movie shows how a life in the sport can benefit someone suffering from medical complications because it builds character, but it also provides a support system via teammates. 

Bang the Drum Slowly Trailer

It’s been reported that the lead role was originally to have been played by Al Pacino, while Robert De Niro was going to play the driver, Paulie, in some movie called The Godfather (1972). Francis Ford Coppola knew he wanted Al Pacino to play Michael Corleone, so to get Pacino released from his contract for this film, Coppola had to give up Robert De Niro.
80%
Authentic
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Inspo
80%
Story
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Filmmaking
76.25%
OVERALL SCORE
  • Fresh Story
  • Robust Characters
  • Celebratory
  • Dull Moments
  • Sentimental
  • Less Baseball

Best Baseball Movies

Conclusion

There isn't a ton of baseball in this film, and while the film was made in the 1970’s there still isn’t enough filmmaking techniques applied to make the film rank higher.

Recent Baseball Movies

7. Moneyball (2011)

Moneyball is based on true events, and follows the creation of sabermetrics and the Oakland Athletics as they compete with teams that have larger budgets for acquiring players and “buying playoff spots”. 

Moneyball Trailer

Some great baseball movies focus on the dark side of the sport. Some baseball films focus on the uplifting side of the sport. You have baseball movies that focus on the locker room, and those that stay on the field. Moneyball finds a way to do all of these, but also has a unique quality by focusing on the pragmatic and financial side of baseball.
85%
Authentic
75%
Inspo
85%
Story
85%
Filmmaking
82.5%
OVERALL SCORE
  • Unique View
  • Great Directing
  • Deep Dive
  • Less Inspirational
  • Limited Audience
  • Dull Moments

Best Baseball Movies

Conclusion

This is a really great movie for those who love professional baseball and who understand how the game works, but there isn’t enough here to place Moneyball higher than the classics.

Top Baseball Movies

6. The Sandlot (1993)

The Sandlot follows a young man in a new town who needs to find a way to make friends. He finds a group of friends through baseball as well as connecting with the early days of baseball and the Great Bambino. 

The Sandlot Trailer

This was a personal favorite growing up. There are a lot of great ideas explored in this film like growing up middle class in America, building camaraderie through baseball, and the value of bravery.

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Authentic
90%
Inspo
90%
Story
85%
Filmmaking
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OVERALL SCORE
  • Enduring
  • Courageous
  • Symbolic
  • Weak Baseball
  • Kid Actors
  • Saccharine

Best Baseball Movies

Conclusion

While some scenes don’t age very well, this movie will always live in the hearts of millennials who grew up watching this movie. A deep love for baseball and America lives in this film.

Famous Baseball Movies

5. A League of Their Own (1992)

There is no crying in baseball, a point made abundantly clear by Tom Hanks’ character is A League of Their Own. This famous baseball movies was directed by the great Penny Marshall, and stars Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna. 

The Sandlot Trailer

A League of Their Own is a great baseball movie in general and it has many of the same things working on its behalf as other great baseball films like Major League and Bull Durham. It also happens to be based on a true story which makes it even more fun to watch. It has a great message and was one of my favorite sports movies in my youth.
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Authentic
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Inspo
90%
Story
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Filmmaking
86.25%
OVERALL SCORE
  • Unique Story
  • Great Acting
  • Perfect Arcs
  • Mediocre Baseball
  • N/A
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Best Baseball Movies

Conclusion

This movie is absolutely hilarious and grabs the gender aspect by the horns. It is a near perfect film apart from some of the more corny moments, but the only thing holding this film back is that there are incrementally better baseball films.

Best Baseball Movies of All Time

4. Field of Dreams (1989)

Field of Dreams is one of the top baseball movies because it focuses on the effect baseball has on the lives of those who love the sport. It shows how baseball is often bigger than a nine inning affair, but rather a life long relationship with the aspects that make the sport and life so complicated. 

Field of Dreams Trailer

With plenty of nostalgia, some great lines, and a nod to DIY sensibilities, this baseball movie is known for bringing grown men to tears. Apart from a love of the game, this famous baseball movie focuses on the father/son relationship and how our greatest regrets can be our biggest motivation.

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Authentic
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Inspo
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Story
90%
Filmmaking
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OVERALL SCORE
  • Enduring
  • Heartwarming
  • Celebratory
  • Little Gameplay
  • N/A
  • N/A

Best Baseball Movies

Conclusion

Field of Dreams is one of those movies that every parent should watch with their children. It is a film about hard work and about connecting your past with your future. It also has one of the most quoted lines in movie history.

Funny Baseball Movies

3. Major League (1989)

Major League is a great baseball movie. The story follows a group of troubled professional baseball players intentionally assembled to lose as many games as possible so the attendance drops and the team can relocate to Miami, Florida. It’s a funny baseball movie to be sure, but the performance given by Tom Berenger is one of the best of all time. 

Major League Trailer

Baseball movies are great when they’re funny, but it’s also important that they inspire the viewer. They have to show a love for the sport, and they should make you love the sport as well. Major League is the king of this, because it is both sad and funny, happy and realistic. In my opinion it’s a perfect movie, with tons of great quotes and a really great score.
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Authentic
95%
Inspo
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Story
100%
Filmmaking
95%
OVERALL SCORE
  • Hilarious
  • Great Baseball
  • Triumphant
  • Contrived
  • N/A
  • N/A

Best Baseball Movies

Conclusion

Major League takes a somewhat screwball plot and created an earnest film about second chances, living life to the fullest, and overcoming personal differences and the odds.

Comedy Baseball Movies

2. Bull Durham (1988)

Bull Durham follows three people. A journeyman catcher with a dream of making it to the majors, a young hot shot starting pitcher on his way up to the show, and a lifelong fan and baseball… enthusiast.  

Bell Durham Trailer

While Field of Dreams may be the tearjerker every parent loves to show their kids, the true king of Costner sports movies is Bull Durham. This movie is a love letter to the game of baseball and the devoted players who keep it pure and special. It’s also a story about failed dreams, romance, sacrifice, and about devoting yourself to the things you love.
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Authentic
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Inspo
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Story
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Filmmaking
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OVERALL SCORE
  • Honest
  • Great Baseball
  • Enduring
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A

Best Baseball Movies

Conclusion

As the George Brett of movies, this is the purist’s baseball film, and while the characters, script and acting are all top notch, the only thing this film could have done better was find ways to take advantage of the medium of cinema.

Best Baseball Movie

1. The Natural (1984)

The Natural follows Roy Hobbs as he rises and falls within the great American pastime. If you’ve never seen this film, it is absolutely essential to understanding American sports culture, and quite possibly has one of the greatest endings of any film ever made. 

The Natural Trailer

So many things make this a great baseball movie, most of which has either been referenced, parodied, or borrowed for other films.  Many of the stadiums across the country use the theme music and speeches from this film to remind fans of why they come out to the ball game.

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Authentic
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Inspo
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Story
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Filmmaking
97.5%
OVERALL SCORE
  • Monumental
  • Inspirational
  • Great Directing
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A

BEST BASEBALL MOVIES

Conclusion

When you combine a great book adaptation that stars one of the greatest actors of all time and combine it with the score and then you consider the filmmaking techniques applied to this film you come out with the greatest baseball movie.

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