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The All-Time Best Baseball Films 

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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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1
Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

Released: 1989

Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson

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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The Sandlot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
James Earl Jones, Denis Leary, Karen Allen

Released: 1993

Directed by: David M. Evans

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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Major League is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Rene Russo

Released: 1989

Directed by: David S. Ward

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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Bull Durham is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

Released: 1988

Directed by: Ron Shelton

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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Moneyball is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright

Released: 2011

Directed by: Bennett Miller

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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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

Released: 1992

Directed by: Penny Marshall

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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The Natural is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Kim Basinger, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall

Released: 1984

Directed by: Barry Levinson

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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The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox, Rachel Griffiths

Released: 2002

Directed by: John Lee Hancock

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) 9 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, J.K. Simmons

Released: 1999

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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
10
Eight Men Out is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Charlie Sheen, Christopher Lloyd, John Cusack

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Sayles

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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42 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
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Released: 2013

Directed by: Brian Helgeland

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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The Bad News Bears is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley, Walter Matthau

Released: 1976

Directed by: Michael Ritchie

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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61* is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Anthony Michael Hall, Thomas Jane, Christopher McDonald

Released: 2001

Directed by: Billy Crystal

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
14
The Pride of the Yankees... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper, Bill Dickey

Released: 1942

Directed by: Sam Wood

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
15
Baseball is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films

Released: 1994

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
16
Trouble with the Curve ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Amy Adams, Clint Eastwood, Justin Timberlake

Released: 2012

Directed by: Robert Lorenz

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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Angels in the Outfield ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Bing Crosby, Joe DiMaggio, Janet Leigh

Released: 1951

Directed by: Clarence Brown

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
18
Rookie of the Year is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Gary Busey, John Candy, Dan Hedaya

Released: 1993

Directed by: Daniel Stern

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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Little Big League is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Jason Robards Jr., Jeff Garlin, Jonathan Silverman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Andrew Scheinman

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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20
Fever Pitch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon, Stephen King

Released: 2005

Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

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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The Babe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
John Goodman, James Cromwell, Kelly McGillis

Released: 1992

Directed by: Arthur Hiller

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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Mr. Baseball is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Tom Selleck, Frank Thomas, Dennis Haysbert

Released: 1992

Directed by: Fred Schepisi

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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Hardball is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
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Released: 2001

Directed by: Brian Robbins

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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24
Major League II is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Charlie Sheen, Jay Leno, Tom Berenger

Released: 1994

Directed by: David S. Ward

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
25
Cobb is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The All-Time Best Baseball Films
Tommy Lee Jones, Lolita Davidovich, Bradley Whitford

Released: 1994

Directed by: Ron Shelton

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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