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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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Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who also wrote the screenplay, adapting W. P. Kinsella's novel Shoeless Joe. It stars Kevin Costner, Amy ...more

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Bull Durham is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins Bull Durham is a 1988 American romantic comedy sports film. It is partly based upon the minor league experiences of writer/director Ron Shelton and depicts the players and fans of the Durham ...more

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Major League is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Rene Russo Major League is a 1989 American sports comedy film written and directed by David S. Ward, starring Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Dennis Haysbert, Wesley Snipes, James Gammon, Bob Uecker and ...more

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The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film Comedy directed by David M. Evans, which tells the story of a group of young baseball players during the summer ...more

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The Natural is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Kim Basinger, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall The Natural is a 1984 sports drama. It is a film adaptation of Bernard Malamud's 1952 baseball novel of the same name, directed by Barry Levinson and starring Robert Redford, Glenn Close, and ...more

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A League of Their Own is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Madonna, Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell A League of Their Own is a 1992 American comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account of the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Directed by Penny Marshall, the ...more

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Eight Men Out is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Charlie Sheen, Christopher Lloyd, John Cusack Eight Men Out is a drama film based on Eliot Asinof's 1963 book 8 Men Out. It was written and directed by John Sayles. The film is a dramatization of Major League Baseball's Black Sox scandal, ...more

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Moneyball is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright Moneyball is an American 2011 biographical sports drama film directed by Bennett Miller from a screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. The film is based on Michael Lewis's 2003 ...more

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The Bad News Bears is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley, Walter Matthau The Bad News Bears is a 1976 comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie. It stars Walter Matthau and Tatum O'Neal. The film was followed by two sequels, The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training in ...more

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The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox, Rachel Griffiths The Rookie is a 2002 sports drama film directed by John Lee Hancock and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It is based on the true story of Jim Morris, who had a brief, but famous Major League ...more

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For Love of the Game is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, J.K. Simmons For Love of the Game is a 1999 American drama sports film based on the novel of the same title by Michael Shaara. It is directed by Sam Raimi and stars Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston. The film ...more

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61* is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Anthony Michael Hall, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald 61* is a 2001 American sports drama film written by Hank Steinberg and directed by Billy Crystal. It stars Barry Pepper as Roger Maris and Thomas Jane as Mickey Mantle on their quest to break ...more

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The Pride of the Yankees is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Bill Dickey The Pride of the Yankees is a 1942 American film directed by Sam Wood and starring Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, and Walter Brennan. It is a tribute to the legendary New York Yankees first baseman ...more

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42 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
WarrenMitchell added Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Nicole Beharie 42 is a 2013 American biographical sports film written and directed by Brian Helgeland about the racial integration of American professional baseball by player Jackie Robinson, who wore jersey ...more

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Baseball is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Baseball is an 18½ hour, Emmy Award-winning documentary series by Ken Burns about the game of baseball. First broadcast on PBS, this was Burns' ninth documentary and won the 1995 ...more

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Mr. Baseball is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Tom Selleck, Frank Thomas, Dennis Haysbert Mr. Baseball is a 1992 American comedy directed by Fred Schepisi, starring Tom Selleck, Ken Takakura, and Dennis Haysbert. It depicts a tumultuous season in the career of fictional New York ...more

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Angels in the Outfield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Bing Crosby, Joe DiMaggio, Janet Leigh Angels in the Outfield is a 1951 American comedy film produced and directed by Clarence Brown and starring Paul Douglas and Janet Leigh. Based on a story by Richard Conlin, the film is about a ...more

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Cobb is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Tommy Lee Jones, Lolita Davidovich, Bradley Whitford Cobb is a 1994 biopic starring Tommy Lee Jones as the famed baseball player Ty Cobb. It was written and directed by Ron Shelton and was based on a book by Al Stump. The original music score was ...more

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Rookie of the Year is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Gary Busey, John Candy, Dan Hedaya Rookie of the Year is a 1993 American sports comedy film starring Thomas Ian Nicholas and Gary Busey as players for the Chicago Cubs baseball team. The cast also includes Albert Hall, Dan ...more

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Trouble with the Curve is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Amy Adams, Clint Eastwood, Justin Timberlake Trouble with the Curve is a 2012 sports-drama film directed by Robert Lorenz and starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, Matthew Lillard, and John Goodman. The film revolves ...more

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Bang the Drum Slowly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Robert De Niro, Danny Aiello, Michael Moriarty Bang the Drum Slowly is a 1973 sports drama. It is film adaptation of the 1956 baseball novel of the same name by Mark Harris. It was previously dramatized in 1956 on the U.S. Steel Hour with ...more

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The Babe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
John Goodman, James Cromwell, Kelly McGillis The Babe is a 1992 biographical drama film about the life of famed baseball player Babe Ruth, who is portrayed by John Goodman.

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Major League II is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Charlie Sheen, Jay Leno, Tom Berenger Major League II is a 1994 sequel to the 1989 film Major League. Major League II stars most of the same cast from the original, including Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, and Corbin Bernsen. Absent ...more

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Brewster's Millions is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Richard Pryor, John Candy, Rick Moranis Brewster's Millions is a 1985 comedy film starring Richard Pryor and John Candy based on the 1902 novel of the same name by George Barr McCutcheon. It is the seventh film based on the story, ...more

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Little Big League is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Jason Robards Jr., Jeff Garlin, Jonathan Silverman Little Big League is a 1994 family sports film about a 12 year-old who suddenly becomes the owner and then manager of the Minnesota Twins baseball team. It stars Luke Edwards, Timothy Busfield, ...more

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Mr. 3000 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Carmen Electra, Jay Leno, Angela Bassett Mr. 3000 is a 2004 American sports comedy film starring Bernie Mac and Angela Bassett. The film's plot surrounds a retired Major League Baseball player who makes a comeback at age 47 in order to ...more

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Fever Pitch is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen King Fever Pitch is a 2005 Farrelly brothers romantic comedy film starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon. It is a remake of a 1997 British film of the same name. Both films are loosely based on the ...more

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Fear Strikes Out is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden, Adam Williams Fear Strikes Out is a dramatic feature film depicting the life and career of American baseball player Jimmy Piersall. It is based on Piersall's biography Fear Strikes Out: The Jim Piersall ...more

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Damn Yankees is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Jean Stapleton Damn Yankees is a 1958 musical film made by Warner Bros., a modern version of the Faust story involving the New York Yankees and Washington Senators baseball teams. The film is based on the 1955 ...more

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The Bingo Long Traveling All-S... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Richard Pryor, James Earl Jones, Billy Dee Williams The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings is a comedic sports film about a team of enterprising ex-Negro League baseball players in the era of racial segregation. Loosely based upon ...more

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The Jackie Robinson Story is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee, Louise Beavers The Jackie Robinson Story is a 1950 biographical film directed by Alfred E. Green and starring Jackie Robinson as himself. The film focuses on Robinson's struggle with the abuse of racist bigots ...more

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The Stratton Story is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
James Stewart, June Allyson, Agnes Moorehead The Stratton Story is a 1949 film directed by Sam Wood which tells the true story of Monty Stratton, a Major League Baseball pitcher who pitched for the Chicago White Sox from 1934-1938. This is ...more

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The Perfect Game is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Emilie de Ravin, Louis Gossett, Jr. The Perfect Game is a 2009 American drama film directed by William Dear, based on the 2008 book of the same name written by W. William Winokur. The film is based on the events leading to the ...more

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The Scout is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Brendan Fraser, J.K. Simmons, Tony Bennett The Scout is a 1994 comedy film starring Brendan Fraser and Albert Brooks and directed by Michael Ritchie, the director of The Bad News Bears.

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The Bad News Bears in Breaking... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Jackie Earle Haley, William Devane, Clifton James The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training is the 1977 sequel to the feature film The Bad News Bears. This film picks up the Bears' career a year after their infamous second-place finish in the ...more

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The Life and Times of Hank Gre... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg is a documentary film directed, produced and written by Aviva Kempner about Hall of Fame first baseman Hank Greenberg of the Detroit Tigers. A Jewish player ...more

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The Fan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Robert De Niro, Jack Black, Ellen Barkin The Fan is a 1996 American thriller film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Peter Abrahams. The Fan is a ...more

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The Pride of St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Richard Crenna, Joanne Dru, Dan Dailey The Pride of St. Louis is a 1952 biographical film of the life of Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Dizzy Dean. It starred Dan Dailey as Dean, Joanne Dru as his wife, and Richard Crenna ...more

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Hardball is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
david-wood_1445146200382 added Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane, Michael B. Jordan Hardball is a 2001 American dramedy film directed by Brian Robbins. It stars Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane and D. B. Sweeney. The screenplay by John Gatins is based on the book Hardball: A Season in ...more

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Bad News Bears is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
andy-lautenschleger added Billy Bob Thornton, Marcia Gay Harden, Greg Kinnear Bad News Bears is the 2005 remake of the 1976 comedy film The Bad News Bears, produced by Paramount Pictures. It is directed by Richard Linklater and stars Billy Bob Thornton, Greg Kinnear, ...more

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Mr. Destiny is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Courteney Cox, Michael Caine, Kathy Ireland Mr. Destiny is a 1990 fantasy comedy film starring James Belushi. Other actors in this film included Linda Hamilton, Michael Caine, Jon Lovitz, Courteney Cox, and Rene Russo.

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Million Dollar Arm is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
looksharp added Jon Hamm, Lake Bell, Bill Paxton Million Dollar Arm is a 2014 American biographical sports drama film directed by Craig Gillespie from a screenplay written by Tom McCarthy. The film is based on the true story of baseball ...more

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The Benchwarmers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
andy-lautenschleger added James Earl Jones, David Spade, Rob Schneider The Benchwarmers is a 2006 American sports-comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan. It stars Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Jon Heder. It is produced by Revolution Studios and Happy Madison ...more

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Major League: Back to the Mino... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Dennis Haysbert, Walton Goggins, Scott Bakula Major League: Back to the Minors is a 1998 film, distributed by Warner Bros., directed and written by John Warren, with David S. Ward taking the co-writer duties. It is the third film in the ...more

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Angels in the Outfield is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
B.D.Cooper added Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Christopher Lloyd Angels in the Outfield is a 1994 remake of the 1951 film of the same name. The film stars Danny Glover, Tony Danza and Christopher Lloyd, and features several future stars, including Joseph ...more

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Don't Look Back: The Story of ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Louis Gossett, Jr. Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige is a 1981 television film directed by Richard A. Colla. It stars Louis Gossett Jr. and Beverly Todd.

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The Babe Ruth Story is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Claire Trevor, Charles Bickford, William Bendix The Babe Ruth Story is a 1948 baseball film biography of Babe Ruth, the famed New York Yankees slugger. It stars William Bendix as the ballplayer and Claire Trevor as his wife. It was rush ...more

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Knuckleball! is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Videoport Jones added Knuckleball! is a 2012 documentary film that follows the 2011 seasons of Tim Wakefield and R. A. Dickey, Major League Baseball's only knuckleball pitchers that year. It was released in theaters ...more

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Chasing 3000 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Willa Holland, Ray Liotta, Lauren Holly Chasing 3000 is a 2010 American independent film chronicling the cross-country travel of two brothers to see the 3,000th base hit of Major League Baseball legend Roberto Clemente. It stars ...more

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The Slugger's Wife is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Randy Quaid, Rebecca De Mornay, Lynn Whitfield The Slugger's Wife is a 1985 romantic comedy film about a baseball star who falls for a singer. Written by Neil Simon, directed by Hal Ashby and produced by Ray Stark, the film stars Michael ...more