10 Best Baseball Movies, Ranked

March 30, 2023

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When it comes down to professional sports, baseball is America's sweetheart. The sport has seen the nation through dark times and stayed with it. The first professional baseball games were held during the Civil War in the 1860s. Even during world wars, several major league baseball teams were in the military, training the troops and organizing drills. In World War II, many players from the major leagues served in the military.

Remember baseball legend Jackie Robinson, who sort of led the civil rights movement in the 1960s through baseball? Well, it’s easy to see why baseball is America’s pastime.

We could keep going on and on about America’s national pastime, but we’re here for the movies. Seeing as baseball has been that supportive best friend you’ve known since adolescence, movies based on the game are equally the bomb. And for that, we will list ten of the bestbaseball movies of all time, ranked from good to best (we don’t think any baseball films are bad).

But before the home run, if you haven’t seen any of the movies on our list… or even if you have… baseball films never get old, especially if a true story inspires them.

Hold on to your beer; it's about to get dramatic, emotional, intense, and exciting with some of the biggest movie stars featured.

10 Best Baseball Movies Ever

1. Bull Durham (1988)

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Where are the Bulls? If you’ve seen this iconic baseball movie, you’d understand why it’s ranked the best. It throws relationships and minor league baseball into the mix, with Kevin Costner (Crash Davis) holding the stirrer.

The box office movie is about the minor leagues and a groupie, Annie Savoy. She recruits Ebby, whom she calls Nuke, at the start of a new baseball season. Veteran player, Crash then becomes Nuke’s baseball coach, helping him become a kick-ass minor league pitcher.

Bull Durham is both poignant and comedic. A definite must-watch for all lovers of professional baseball. How about aTouchdown shirt for your die-hard baseball-loving dad?

2. Money Ball (2011)

Coming in second place on our list is this movie based on the book written by Michael Lewis.

In this drama, Brad Pitt, who plays Beanne, manages a major league baseball team, the Oakland A’s. One day, he realizes that traditional baseball is flawed on many levels and embarks on a heroic mission to revamp his team. Though constrained by a limited budget, Beanne sets out to outsmart the richer clubs.

Alongside Jonah Hill, who plays Peter Brand, he flouts old traditions by recruiting players with huge potential to win games but were tossed aside by scouts for being flawed.

3. Field of Dreams (1989)

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The critically acclaimed movieField of Dreams differs from regular baseball movies. It’s a beautiful, heart-melting movie that emphasizes family and togetherness.

In the movie, the main character, Ray, played by Kevin Costner, hears a voice one night telling him to turn his farmland into a baseball diamond so that the ghosts of great baseball players can return to play. But Ray would soon understand there’s more to the field than creating a space for past baseball icons to play.

According to critics, it is sentimental but in the best way. So if you’re a softie, grab a box of tissues for this one. Do you think Japanese baseball starKaoru Betto was one of the ghost players? Get a tee to honor his memory.

4. A League of Their Own (1992)

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A simple and classic comedy-drama,A League of Their Own is a mix of varying emotions. It has a simple storyline and is quite hilarious. You’ll understand the inspiration behind our funnyThere’s no crying in Baseball tee.

The movie stars Garry Marshall as some celebrity wannabe who funds an all-female professional baseball league. It’s all female because it is set during World War II when athletic men were very few.

Tom Hanks also appears as a grumpy coach, Jimmy, who has seen better glory days. Geena Davis and Lori Petty play the annoyingly competitive sisters, Dottie and Kit.

5. Major League (1989)

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You may know this one… It’s a classic that birthed the famous phrase, ”Just a Bit Outside.” How about you grab some tees and have a movie night with your mates? Check out ourJobu’s Rum tee too. You’ll understand after watching the movie.

The satire features the Cleveland Indians’ team owner, Rachel Phelps, who receives a deal to move her team to Miami. But to do that, she must ensure a massive decline in ticket sales. So, she sets out to recruit the worst players imaginable.

Charlie Sheen plays Rick Vaughn, the pitcher who’s as good as blind. Phelps also recruits a catcher that bruises easily. The outcome? Her plans backfire as the team pushes against all odds and eventually wins.

6. The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

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This epic drama is actually the biography of renowned baseball player Lou Gehrig, played by the talented Gary Cooper.

Lou is recruited to play for the Yankees, which includes the iconic Babe Ruth. Lou marries his sweetheart, and life looks good, but he falls ill and tries hard to fight for his life.

Critics acclaim the movie as one eloquently told.

You can rock yourBabe Ruth Signed Ball tee for this one. Cheers!

7. Fear Strikes Out (1957)

Another biography worth watching, Fear Strikes Out, tells the story of Jimmy Piersall, who was forced by his baseball-obsessed father to play from childhood.

Compelled to live out his father's dream, Jimmy has to eat, breathe, and sleep baseball obsessively. Eventually, he becomes a star baseball player, achieving his father's goal. But he falls off the wagon shortly after that, and the possibility of him returning to sort things out drastically.

The movie is epic, insightful, and poignant. If you are one of those obsessed baseball fans, you might want to keep your box of tissues close by.

8. Damn Yankees (1958)

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Coming in at number eight isDamn Yankees, a musical comedy. Even the title could give you a good laugh.

Joe Boyd, a fan of the Washington Senators, wishes the Yankees would lose with the same intensity. Cue Applegate, who makes Boyd an offer to become the next Joe Hardy, a youthful baseball player. The payment? Boyd’s soul. He accepts the offer and wins several games for the Senators, but eventually starts to miss his wife and wonders if the deal was even worth it. Enter, Lola…

If you need a good laugh and some baseball, go for this. Want to annoy a Joe Boyd in your life? Get thisI Just Hope Both Teams Have Fun t-shirt.

9. The Sandlot (1993)

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Looking for something the whole family can enjoy during dinner? This family drama is an excellent pick.

The Sandlot features Scottie Smalls, a rambunctious kid who moves into a new neighborhood. Scottie makes a few baseball friends at the sandlot. They get into trouble a couple of times, including losing the ball owned by Scottie’s stepdad.

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10. For Love of the Game (1999)

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Despite being the last on our list,For Love of the Game features major league pitcher, Billy Chapel, played by Kevin Costner. Billy becomes a star pitcher (consider him someone who can break Babe Ruth’s record).

Towards the end of his career, he thinks about his life and wonders if he messed it up despite his stardom level. The woman he loves is Jane Aubrey, a single mom who supported him through the years but wants to leave him.

Well, there you have it—10 of the best baseball movies to ever grace the cinema. Which is your favorite league team, and which tee are you getting to show your support for your major league player? If the baseball stadiums all look the same, or you’re always confused about the game but want to support the home team always, get aGo Local Team shirt. Anyhoo, keep calm and play major league baseball! Or, at least get the popcorn ready and enjoy it on the big screen!


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