With Major League Baseball’s season right around the corner, there’s no better time to pop on a baseball film. However, if you’re having some trouble selecting from your favorite baseball movies, we’re here to help. Celebrate America’s pastime with the best, most iconic baseball movies of all time!
A League Of Their Own (1992)
A League of Their Own is a genuinely iconic American film. Based on true events, this work of Penny Marshall – who passed away in 2018 – still gains more and more fans, year after year. Why? Well, the film boasts an all-star cast, with great performances from Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Rosie O’Donnell, and Madonna. Even those who don’t enjoy baseball love A League of Their Own because of its perfect matching of a fantastic director, cast, and script.
Iconic line: “There’s no crying in baseball!”
Another baseball movie that’s based on true events as written in Moneyball, based on the non-fiction book of the same name. There’s not a lot of the sport in it, however. Instead, it’s a fascinating and touching behind-the-scenes view of the beloved sport. Few thought a baseball movie with no big game scenes would succeed, but it did. The casting choices also came as a surprise: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Pratt, and Robin Wright. Anyone who watches Moneyball cannot deny the ensemble’s strong chemistry, which draws even non-sports lovers into the drama.
Iconic Line: “I made one decision in my life based on money. And I swore I would never do it again.”
The most recent entry on our baseball movies list, 42 tells the iconic story of Jackie Robinson and the racial integration of professional baseball in America. As the first professional African-American baseball player, Robinson faced intense, unbelievable challenges. However, 42 manages to present these events in a way that everyone can love.
The film features more than an incredible story, though. It also has one of the best casts of all time: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, and Christopher Meloni all give standing-ovation worthy performances. If you love history and America’s pastime, this is the baseball film for you!
Iconic Line: “I’m not goin’ anywhere. I’m right here.”
The Sandlot (1992)
The iconic 90’s movie needed to make it on this list. It’s a classic coming-of-age tale, set in America’s 1960s, the height of baseball’s popularity. It centers around Scotty Smalls, a new kind in the neighborhood who must prove himself to the other kids. The movie will remind you of childhood dreams, long summers, and the purity of baseball. Sandlot is even getting its own TV reboot, produced by Fox, sometime in the near future.
Iconic Line: “This kid is an L7 weenie!”
Field of Dreams (1989)
Considered one of the greatest ever made, no baseball movies list is complete without Field of Dreams. Unlike most sports films, Field of Dreams managed to delight both young and old, critics and audiences alike. In fact, the film became so beloved it earned three Academy Awards nominations: Best Original Score, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture. Field also boasts an incredible cast including Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, and James Earl Jones.
Even today, 30 years after its release, Field of Dreams still inspires fans with its tale of family, baseball, and what truly matters in one’s life. In 2017, the US National Film Registry selected the film for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Iconic Line: “If you build it, he will come.”
We hope you’ve enjoyed our collection of the greatest baseball movies ever made. Enjoy the upcoming season!