Over the years, Hollywood has given us countless movies about the great game of baseball. Some have been great; think The Pride of the Yankees, A League of Their Own, and Moneyball. Some have been just awful; think The Scout, The Fan, and Summer Catch. Some have been for the kids; think Angels in the Outfield, Rookie of the Year, and Little Big League. Some have been simply entertaining; think Mr. Baseball, The Bad News Bears, and The Rookie. Then there are those that are unforgettable, so to coincide with today’s release of the Jackie Robinson biopic, 42, which has the potential to be one of those unforgettable classics, I recently asked my readers to vote on their favorite baseball movie. I will post those results below, followed by the worst 5 baseball movies, and conclude with my personal top 5 favorites. So without further delay, the Top 5 Baseball Movies as voted by you.
5. The Natural-8%
T3. The Sandlot-16%
T3. For The Love of the Game-16%
2. Bull Durham-20%
1. Field of Dreams-28%
Quite the impressive list, folks. Well done. And I would agree with 3 of your top 5.
TOP 5 WORST BASEBALL MOVIES
5. The Babe– I like John Goodman just as much as the next guy, but this portrayal of The Great Bambino was a joke.
4. Mr. 3000– Bernie Mac, you are missed by many but movies like this are missed by nobody.
3. Major League: Back to the Minors– What an awful way to end a trilogy, even if it’s always nice to see Scott Bakula at work.
2. Ed-Matt LeBlanc and a chimpanzee-is there anything else to say?
1. Hardball-Here’s what some studio executive thought: You know what would make a great movie? We make Keanu Reeves the coach of an inner-city baseball team. But this executive isn’t the problem: the person who greenlit the movie is. Just awful.
MY PERSONAL TOP 5 FAVORITE BASEBALL MOVIES OF ALL TIME
5. The Sandlot-If you read my article on what baseball means to me, then you know that baseball was my first love. And this movie is so symbolic of how I felt as a kid. Summers spent outside playing baseball with your friends. Excellent work and honestly, when you’re frustrated how many times in your life have you said “You’re killin’ me Smalls”?
4. Major League-“Forget about the curveball Ricky. Give him the heater.” One of many classic lines from one of the most quotable baseball movies of all time. A true comedy classic.
3. 61*-Billy Crystal wowed me with this story of the 1961 homerun battle between Roger Maris and the great Mickey Mantle as they chased the record of Babe Ruth. If you haven’t seen or heard of this movie, I highly recommend giving it a watch, if for nothing else to see that Barry Pepper should have done better with his career.
2. The Natural-Roy f’ing Hobbs.
1. Field of Dreams-This is one of those movies that if I come across it on television, I’m in it until the end. It’s got everything one could want. Drama, comedy, baseball, ghosts, and of course, James Earl Jones. The speech he gives towards the end of the movie gives me goosebumps every time, immediately followed by the lump in my throat that comes with “Dad, you wanna have a catch?” Time after time, just amazing.
Thanks to all those who voted. I had a great time covering this topic and I hope you enjoyed it as well.