Top Five Best / Top Five Worst Baseball Movies
If you are gearing up for the start of the new baseball season, what better way to get into the mood than watching some of the greatest baseball films of all time. Of course, we’ve also rounded out our list with the five worst baseball movies so you don’t spend your time watching drivel.
However, be sure to check out our full list of the five best and five worst baseball movies of all time:
Five Best Baseball Movies
1. Field of Dreams
This is one of those movies that you just have to watch when it’s on TV and epitomizes all the nostalgic feelings that we associate with the father / son dynamic. Completely implausible premise, but one that we all wish could happen.
2. The Natural
While it drags a bit from time to time, The Natural is one of the finest comeback stories ever told and expertly weaves mythology into the game. Similar to Field of Dreams, there are epic scenes that have to be watched when the movie is on TV, especially the final 15 minutes.
3. Pride of the Yankees
If you haven’t seen Pride of the Yankees yet, you are missing out. One of Gary Cooper’s most memorable roles, it tells the story of Lou Gehrig’s rise to greatness on the Yankees and ends with a scene that’s been immortalized in movie history.
One of my favorite movies of 2013, 42 tells the story of how Jackie Robinson became the first black baseball player and rose to play in the Major League. Despite an average script, both Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman bring this true story to life.
5. Eight Men Out
Somewhat relevant to the first movie in the list, Eight Men Out details when the Chicago White Sox, extremely underpaid at the time, accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series. It’s a tale of the darker side of baseball, but definitely interesting.
Honorable Mention: Moneyball
Definitely one of the most interesting modern-day baseball movies, it’s about how Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane used computer analysis to generate a winning baseball team for minimal cost.
Five Worst Baseball Movies
Joey from Friends is on the same team as a chimpanzee playing third base. And they become the best of friends. It’s his replacement Chandler.
2. The Babe
Ugh, John Goodman is simply unlikeable as Ruth and the movie drags on for nearly two hours. It’s an unwatchable mess.
3. Any Major League Sequel
Loved the first one. Everything after it is a long downhill slide into utter mediocrity.
4. Rookie of the Year
A 12-year old kid can suddenly pitch like a Major Leaguer after breaking his arm. Yeah… Oh, and Gary Busey is in it as the kid’s mentor.
5. The Scout
What, a pitcher that can pitch perfect games every time and hit multiple home runs in the game? Sounds plausible…
Dishonorable Mention: Summer Catch
What, a pitcher that’s throwing a perfect game decides to leave the ballpark in the ninth to chase after Jessica Biel? Actually, that’s slightly plausible.