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The All-Time Best Baseball Films

Updated March 5, 2021 27.5k votes 2.7k voters 43.8k views112 items

List RulesVote up the best baseball movies about players and teams

The top baseball movies, ranked by fans. This list of the all-time best baseball movies includes popular classics like 'The Natural' and 'The Sandlot,' and covers all the best baseball films to have ever hit theaters. Which baseball movie is your favorite? Are you a 'Field of Dreams' fanatic or a 'Major League' fan? Be sure to vote for your personal favorite baseball films, add any great ones that might be missing and definitely re-rank this list in any order you want.

Some of the greatest and most inspirational sports movies ever made are about baseball. Examples include 'The Rookie,' 'The Natural,' 'The Bad News Bears' and the quintessential sports comedy 'Bull Durham.' This 1988 classic is not only a fantastic film about baseball, but it's also, arguably, among the best romantic comedies of all time.

Not surprisingly, a lot of films listed here are also some of the best family drama movies. Some of them, like 'The Bad News Bears,' 'The Rookie' and 'A League of their Own,' are also really awesome sports movies about coaches.

Not all of the all-time best baseball films are fiction, however. Some are actually documentaries, like Ken Burns' 'Baseball.' Is it one of the greatest? You decide, with your votes.
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    Cobb

    Tommy Lee Jones, Lolita Davidovich
    Cobb is a 1994 biopic starring Tommy Lee Jones as the famed baseball player Ty Cobb. It was...  more

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    The Jackie Robinson Story

    Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee
    The Jackie Robinson Story is a 1950 biographical film directed by Alfred E. Green and starring...  more

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    Million Dollar Arm

    Jon Hamm, Lake Bell
    Million Dollar Arm is a 2014 American biographical sports drama film directed by Craig...  more
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    Bad News Bears

    Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden
    Bad News Bears is the 2005 remake of the 1976 comedy film The Bad News Bears, produced by...  more

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    The Benchwarmers

    James Earl Jones, David Spade
    The Benchwarmers is a 2006 American sports-comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan. It stars Rob...  more

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    Bang the Drum Slowly

    Robert De Niro, Danny Aiello
    Bang the Drum Slowly is a 1973 sports drama. It is film adaptation of the 1956 baseball novel...  more
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    Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige is a 1981 television film directed by...  more
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    Knuckleball!

    Tim Wakefield, Dave Lennon
    Knuckleball! is a 2012 documentary film that follows the 2011 seasons of Tim Wakefield and R....  more
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    The Perfect Game

    Emilie de Ravin, Louis Gossett Jr.
    The Perfect Game is a 2009 American drama film directed by William Dear, based on the 2008...  more
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    Brewster's Millions

    Richard Pryor, John Candy
    Brewster's Millions is a 1985 comedy film starring Richard Pryor and John Candy based on the...  more

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    BASEketball

    Jenny McCarthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    BASEketball is a 1998 American sports comedy film by David Zucker starring South Park creators...  more

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    The Battered Bastards of Baseball

    Bing Russell, Kurt Russell
    The Battered Bastards of Baseball is a 2014 documentary film about the Portland Mavericks, a...  more
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    No No: A Dockumentary

    Larry Demery, Dock Ellis
    No No: A Dockumentary is a 2014 American documentary film directed by Jeff Radice. Baseball...  more
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    Summer Catch

    Jessica Biel, Brittany Murphy
    Summer Catch is a 2001 romantic comedy film starring Freddie Prinze, Jr., Jessica Biel and...  more

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    The Stratton Story

    James Stewart, June Allyson
    The Stratton Story is a 1949 film directed by Sam Wood which tells the true story of Monty...  more
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    Ed

    Jim Caviezel, Matt LeBlanc
    Ed is a 1996 American sports comedy film about a talented baseball pitcher and his friendly...  more

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    Damn Yankees

    Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle
    Damn Yankees is a 1958 musical film made by Warner Bros., a modern version of the Faust story...  more
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    Four Days In October

    David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez
    Four Days in October is a baseball documentary produced by Gary Waksman, ESPN and MLB...  more
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    The Pride of St. Louis

    Richard Crenna, Joanne Dru
    The Pride of St. Louis is a 1952 biographical film of the life of Major League Baseball Hall...  more
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    The Babe Ruth Story

    Claire Trevor, Charles Bickford
    The Babe Ruth Story is a 1948 baseball film biography of Babe Ruth, the famed New York Yankees...  more
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    It Happens Every Spring

    Ray Milland, Alan Hale
    It Happens Every Spring is a 1949 comedy film starring Ray Milland and directed by Lloyd...  more
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    Babe Comes Home

    Babe Ruth, Anna Q. Nilsson
    Babe Comes Home is a silent film produced and distributed through First National and directed...  more
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    Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off

    Rose McIver, Orlando Brown
    Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-Off is a 2003 Disney Channel Original Movie....  more
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    Fear Strikes Out

    Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden
    Fear Strikes Out is a dramatic feature film depicting the life and career of American baseball...  more
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    Jordan Rides the Bus

    Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson
    Jordan Rides the Bus is a documentary film directed by Ron Shelton that aired as part of...  more