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The All-Time Best Baseball Films

Updated February 9, 2021 27.1k votes 2.6k voters 42.5k views102 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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  • Field of Dreams1
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    Field of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1989

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

    Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who...  more

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  • The Sandlot2
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    The Sandlot

    James Earl Jones, Denis Leary

    Released1993

    Directed byDavid M. Evans

    The Sandlot, also known as The Sandlot Kids, is a 1993 American coming-of-age film Comedy...  more

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  • Major League3
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    Major League

    Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger

    Released1989

    Directed byDavid S. Ward

    Major League is a 1989 American sports comedy film written and directed by David S. Ward,...  more

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    #248 of 372 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime#171 of 1,540 The Most Rewatchable Movies

  • The Natural4
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    The Natural

    Kim Basinger, Robert Redford

    Released1984

    Directed byBarry Levinson

    The Natural is a 1984 sports drama. It is a film adaptation of Bernard Malamud's 1952 baseball...  more

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    42

    Chadwick Boseman, Nicole Beharie

    Released2013

    Directed byBrian Helgeland

    42 is a 2013 American biographical sports film directed by Brian Helgeland. The powerful story...  more

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  • Moneyball6
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    Moneyball

    Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill

    Released2011

    Directed byBennett Miller

    Moneyball is an American 2011 biographical sports drama film directed by Bennett Miller from a...  more

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  • The Rookie7
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    The Rookie

    Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox

    Released2002

    Directed byJohn Lee Hancock

    The Rookie is a 2002 sports drama film directed by John Lee Hancock and produced by Walt...  more

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  • Bull Durham8
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    Bull Durham

    Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon

    Released1988

    Directed byRon Shelton

    Bull Durham is a 1988 American romantic comedy sports film. It is partly based upon the minor...  more

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  • For Love of the Game9
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    For Love of the Game

    Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston

    Released1999

    Directed bySam Raimi

    For Love of the Game is a 1999 American drama sports film based on the novel of the same title...  more

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  • A League of Their Own10
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    A League of Their Own

    Madonna, Tom Hanks

    Released1992

    Directed byPenny Marshall

    A League of Their Own is a 1992 American comedy-drama film that tells a fictionalized account...  more

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  • The Bad News Bears11
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    The Bad News Bears

    Tatum O'Neal, Jackie Earle Haley

    Released1976

    Directed byMichael Ritchie

    The Bad News Bears is a 1976 comedy film directed by Michael Ritchie. It stars Walter Matthau...  more

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  • 61*12
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    61*

    Anthony Michael Hall, Thomas Jane

    Released2001

    Directed byBilly Crystal

    61* is a 2001 American sports drama film written by Hank Steinberg and directed by Billy...  more
  • Baseball13
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    Baseball

    Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb

    Released1994

    Directed byKen Burns

    Baseball is an 18½ hour, Emmy Award-winning documentary series by Ken Burns about the game of...  more
  • Eight Men Out14
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    Eight Men Out

    Charlie Sheen, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Sayles

    Eight Men Out is a drama film based on Eliot Asinof's 1963 book 8 Men Out. It was written and...  more

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  • Trouble with the Curve15
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    Trouble with the Curve

    Amy Adams, Clint Eastwood

    Released2012

    Directed byRobert Lorenz

    Trouble with the Curve is a 2012 sports-drama film directed by Robert Lorenz and starring...  more

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    #70 of 204 The Best Sports Movies Ever Made#79 of 150 The Most Inspirational Sports Movies

  • The Pride of the Yankees16
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    The Pride of the Yankees

    Babe Ruth, Gary Cooper

    Released1942

    Directed bySam Wood

    The Pride of the Yankees is a 1942 American film directed by Sam Wood and starring Gary...  more
  • Angels in the Outfield17
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    Angels in the Outfield

    Bing Crosby, Joe DiMaggio

    Released1951

    Directed byClarence Brown

    Angels in the Outfield is a 1951 American comedy film produced and directed by Clarence Brown...  more
  • Little Big League18
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    Little Big League

    Jason Robards Jr., Jeff Garlin

    Released1994

    Directed byAndrew Scheinman

    Little Big League is a 1994 family sports film about a 12 year-old who suddenly becomes the...  more

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  • Fever Pitch19
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    Fever Pitch

    Drew Barrymore, Jimmy Fallon

    Released2005

    Directed byPeter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

    Fever Pitch is a 2005 Farrelly brothers romantic comedy film starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy...  more

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  • Rookie of the Year20
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    Rookie of the Year

    Gary Busey, John Candy

    Released1993

    Directed byDaniel Stern

    Rookie of the Year is a 1993 American sports comedy film starring Thomas Ian Nicholas and Gary...  more

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  • The Babe21
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    The Babe

    John Goodman, James Cromwell

    Released1992

    Directed byArthur Hiller

    The Babe is a 1992 biographical drama film about the life of famed baseball player Babe Ruth,...  more
  • Angels in the Outfield22
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    Angels in the Outfield

    Matthew McConaughey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Released1994

    Directed byWilliam Dear

    Angels in the Outfield is a 1994 remake of the 1951 film of the same name. The film stars...  more

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  • Hardball23
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    Hardball

    Keanu Reeves, Diane Lane

    Released2001

    Directed byBrian Robbins

    Hardball is a 2001 American dramedy film directed by Brian Robbins. It stars Keanu Reeves,...  more

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  • Major League II24
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    Major League II

    Charlie Sheen, Jay Leno

    Released1994

    Directed byDavid S. Ward

    Major League II is a 1994 sequel to the 1989 film Major League. Major League II stars most of...  more
  • Mr. Baseball25
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    Mr. Baseball

    Tom Selleck, Frank Thomas

    Released1992

    Directed byFred Schepisi

    Mr. Baseball is a 1992 American comedy directed by Fred Schepisi, starring Tom Selleck, Ken...  more