Baseball Themed Films I've Reviewed

by classicsoncall | created - 17 Aug 2011 | updated - 3 days ago | Public

Here's a list of baseball themed movies I've watched and reviewed. It's presented in IMDb ranking order.

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1. The X-Files (1993–2018)
Episode: The Unnatural (1999)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Searching through an FBI reference book, Mulder finds a photograph of Arthur Dales with a baseball team and the alien bounty hunter. Mulder goes to Arthur Dales' house to ask him about the ... See full summary »

Director: David Duchovny | Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Jesse L. Martin, Fredric Lehne

Votes: 2,878

"What you fail to understand in your joyless myopia, is that baseball is the key to life."

2. 61* (2001 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 129 min | Biography, Drama, History

Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle race to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record.

Director: Billy Crystal | Stars: Barry Pepper, Thomas Jane, Anthony Michael Hall, Richard Masur

Votes: 13,131

"And if I may be permitted a cliche, records are made to be broken."

3. The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

Approved | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The story of the life and career of famed baseball player Lou Gehrig.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth, Walter Brennan

Votes: 9,237

"I'm telling you, that was a mighty wallop."

4. Moneyball (2011)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

87 Metascore

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 336,022 | Gross: $75.61M

"You may not look like a winning team, but you are one."

5. Field of Dreams (1989)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

57 Metascore

An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the 1919 Chicago White Sox come.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson | Stars: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Amy Madigan

Votes: 102,132 | Gross: $64.43M

"I have just created something totally illogical."

6. 42 (2013)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

62 Metascore

In 1947, Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and faces considerable racism in the process.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, T.R. Knight, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie

Votes: 79,401 | Gross: $95.00M

"I don't know who he is or where he is, but he's comin". - Branch Rickey speculating on the first black Major League ballplayer."

7. The Natural (1984)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sport

61 Metascore

An unknown comes seemingly out of nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger

Votes: 40,828 | Gross: $47.95M

"I came here to play ball."

8. Babe Ruth (1998 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

He was perhaps the greatest ballplayer who ever lived. A larger-than-life hero on the field, Babe Ruth's exploits off the field were just as legendary. Don't miss this compilation of rarely... See full summary »

Director: George Roy | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Babe Ruth, Jean Shepherd

Votes: 115

"If Babe Ruth had not existed, it would have been impossible to invent him."

9. Fastball (2016)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Sport

74 Metascore

With Kevin Costner narrating, lead a cast of baseball legends and scientists who explore the magic within the 396 milliseconds it takes a fastball to reach home plate, and decipher who threw the fastest pitch ever.

Director: Jonathan Hock | Stars: Kevin Costner, Derek Jeter, Denard Span, Craig Kimbrel

Votes: 1,432

"You don't teach people how to throw fast. It just comes natural."

10. Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story (2017)

87 min | Documentary, History, Sport

In 1955, when racial segregation defined the South, two groups of twelve-year-old boys stepped onto a baseball field in a non-violent act of cultural defiance that would change the course of history.

Director: Jon Strong | Stars: Hank Aaron, Andrew Young, Cal Ripken, Gary Sheffield

Votes: 65

"Nobody should take your dreams away from you, especially a kid."

11. A League of Their Own (1992)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

67 Metascore

Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna

Votes: 86,393 | Gross: $107.53M

"There's no crying in baseball!"

12. Major League (1989)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Sport

62 Metascore

The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her.

Director: David S. Ward | Stars: Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Margaret Whitton

Votes: 58,320 | Gross: $49.80M

"Welcome to the Happy Hunting Ground!"

13. Eight Men Out (1988)

PG | 119 min | Drama, History, Sport

71 Metascore

A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: John Cusack, Clifton James, Jace Alexander, Gordon Clapp

Votes: 17,605 | Gross: $5.68M

"You play your ball game and I'll play mine and we'll see how it comes out."

14. Bull Durham (1988)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

73 Metascore

A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson

Votes: 44,734 | Gross: $50.89M

"You throw the ball. You hit the ball. You catch the ball. You got it?"

15. Angels in the Outfield (1951)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A young woman reporter blames the Pittsburgh Pirates' losing streak on the obscenely abusive manager. While she attempts to learn more about him for her column, he begins hearing the voice ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh, Keenan Wynn, Donna Corcoran

Votes: 1,911

"Alright, you play ball with me and I'll play ball with you."

16. Million Dollar Arm (2014)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

56 Metascore

A sports agent stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Jon Hamm, Aasif Mandvi, Alan Arkin, Suraj Sharma

Votes: 41,646 | Gross: $36.45M

"Okay, we can't find and train two nobodies in a year."

17. Fear Strikes Out (1957)

Approved | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

True story of the life of Jimmy Piersall, who battled mental illness to achieve stardom in major league baseball.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden, Norma Moore, Adam Williams

Votes: 1,577

"I play to win games."

18. Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

PG | 96 min | Drama, Sport

80 Metascore

The story of the friendship between a star pitcher, wise to the world, and a half-wit catcher, as they cope with the catcher's terminal illness through a baseball season.

Director: John D. Hancock | Stars: Michael Moriarty, Robert De Niro, Vincent Gardenia, Phil Foster

Votes: 5,083

"Life is unfair, I'll tell you that."

19. Trouble with the Curve (2012)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Sport

58 Metascore

A daughter tries to remedy her dysfunctional relationship with her ailing father, a decorated baseball scout by helping him in a recruiting trip which could be his last.

Director: Robert Lorenz | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake

Votes: 57,250 | Gross: $35.76M

"Is that it. Is that all you got?"

20. Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Two turn-of-the-century baseball players, who work in vaudeville during the off-season, run into trouble with their team's new female owner and a gambler who doesn't want them to win the pennant.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, Gene Kelly, Betty Garrett

Votes: 2,975

"Denny, I've got a hunch that girl is human."

21. It Happens Every Spring (1949)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Sport

A scientist discovers a formula that makes a baseball which is repelled by wood. He promptly sets out to exploit his discovery.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Ray Milland, Jean Peters, Paul Douglas, Ed Begley

Votes: 1,477

"Wow, what kind of a ball was that?"

22. The Pride of St. Louis (1952)

Unrated | 93 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The story of Jerome "Dizzy" Dean, a major-league baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs in the 1930s and 1940s.

Director: Harmon Jones | Stars: Dan Dailey, Joanne Dru, Richard Hylton, Richard Crenna

Votes: 567

"He's dizzy, that's what he is, dizzy."

23. The Winning Team (1952)

Approved | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Poor health and alcoholism force Grover Cleveland Alexander out of baseball, but through his wife's faithful efforts, he gets a chance for a comeback and redemption.

Director: Lewis Seiler | Stars: Doris Day, Ronald Reagan, Frank Lovejoy, Eve Miller

Votes: 783

"Doesn't that guy ever throw anything but strikes?"

24. The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

Approved | 77 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee, Minor Watson, Louise Beavers

Votes: 1,017

"In baseball, it's not who or what you are, but can you play the game."

25. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
Episode: The Mighty Casey (1960)

TV-PG | 25 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A down-and-out baseball team's fortunes are lifted by a mysterious but seemingly unbeatable young player.

Directors: Alvin Ganzer, Robert Parrish | Stars: Rod Serling, Jack Warden, Abraham Sofaer, Robert Sorrells

Votes: 1,668

"He pitches like nothing human."

26. Elmer, the Great (1933)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

Country bumpkin Elmer Kane joins the Chicago Cubs as the greatest hitter in baseball. His skill with a bat takes the team to the World Series, but on the way to the championship he has to deal with gamblers and crooked pitchers.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy | Stars: Joe E. Brown, Patricia Ellis, Frank McHugh, Claire Dodd

Votes: 377

"Imagine a cross-roads apple knocker high hattin' the Chicago Cubs!"

27. Home Run on the Keys (1937)

Approved | 9 min | Short, Music, Sport

Babe Ruth returns from hunting to a cabin shared with musicians Zez Confrey and Byron Gay where he regales them with the story of his famous called shot. With Babe's help, they write a song about baseball which then debuts on a radio show.

Director: Roy Mack | Stars: Babe Ruth, Zez Confrey, Byron Gay, The DeMarco Sisters

Votes: 104

"So David, play it! It's a home run!"

28. Alibi Ike (1935)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

Idiosyncratic new recruit Francis "Ike" Farrell tries to help the Cubs to the pennant with his pitching and hitting.

Director: Ray Enright | Stars: Joe E. Brown, Olivia de Havilland, Ruth Donnelly, Roscoe Karns

Votes: 565

"Will he make good, or is he just another Big League bust?"

29. A Mile in His Shoes (2011 TV Movie)

PG | 89 min | Drama, Family, Sport

Mickey Tussler, an autistic pitcher, joins a minor-league baseball team and has a profound effect on the team and manager Arthur "Murph" Murphy over the course of a season.

Director: William Dear | Stars: Luke Schroder, Dean Cain, George Canyon, Chilton Crane

Votes: 514

"I like being on the team."

30. The Babe (1992)

PG | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Babe Ruth becomes a baseball legend but is unheroic to those who know him.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: John Goodman, Kelly McGillis, Trini Alvarado, Bruce Boxleitner

Votes: 8,707 | Gross: $17.53M

"I like to hit home runs."

31. Fireman, Save My Child (1932)

67 min | Comedy, Sport

Joe Grant is an inventor, fireman and baseball player in his small home town. He gets an offer to play in a big team, he hopes to get more money for his inventions. But he is invited to ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Joe E. Brown, Evalyn Knapp, Lilian Bond, Guy Kibbee

Votes: 192

"That's right, I remember. You always liked to peel your own banana."

32. Success (1931)

17 min | Short, Comedy

Elmer proposes to Molly, but she says he needs her fathers permission. He wants Elmer to become a ballplayer, but his eyesight keeps getting him into trouble. Elmer also needs a new pair of glasses.

Director: Alfred J. Goulding | Stars: Jack Haley, Helen Lynd, Phil Silvers, John Hamilton

Votes: 37

"Tonight's the night, honey."

33. Ladies' Day (1943)

Approved | 62 min | Comedy, Sport

A top baseball pitcher "loses" his pitching skills whenever he falls in love. His teammates try to get him to settle down with one woman so they can start winning some games.

Director: Leslie Goodwins | Stars: Lupe Velez, Eddie Albert, Patsy Kelly, Max Baer

Votes: 167

"He's a push over for anything in skirts."

34. Safe at Home! (1962)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Young Hutch Lawton brags to his Little League buddies that his dad knows Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Forced to "put up or shut up" Hutch goes to spring training camp where he is lectured... See full summary »

Director: Walter Doniger | Stars: Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, William Frawley, Patricia Barry

Votes: 308

"You can't make a foul ball fair by movin' the base line."

35. The Phenom (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Sport

66 Metascore

A phenomenal rookie pitcher undergoes psychotherapy to overcome his bullying criminal father's crippling influence, and come to terms with past.

Director: Noah Buschel | Stars: Johnny Simmons, Ethan Hawke, Paul Giamatti, Sophie Kennedy Clark

Votes: 2,002

"I think both of us have some issues about being perfect, man."



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