Baseball movies I have seenby Alberto-7 | created - 17 Jan 2014 | updated - 12 Jan 2019 | Public
A short list of the baseball films I have seen. I have only included fiction films.
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PG | 110 min | Comedy, Sport
Tired of the slave-like treatment of his team's owner, charismatic star Negro League pitcher Bingo Long takes to the road with his band of barnstormers through the small towns of the Midwest in the 1930's.
Funny treatment of a serious subject. Billy Dee Williams is amazing in this as is Richard Pryor but James Earl Jones steals the show. The film has lush cinematography and a real feel for the 1930s. I consider this to be one of the top 3 baseball movies of all time.
2. 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.
Joe E. Brown is very funny but the film takes a long time to get going.
3. 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.
Silly baseball movie with a very silly premise. That being said, Ray Milland plays for laughs. The baseball sequences are good. Look fast for Alan hale Jr. as one of Milland's students.
4. 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.
Low, low budget biopic with Jackie Robinson playing himself. Well staged baseball sequences plus a natural performance by Robinson make this well worth watching, just don't expect anything resembling 42's budget.
5. The Comrades of Summer (1992 TV Movie)
R | 90 min | Comedy, Sport
To teach a team of Russian wanna-be baseball players the finer points of the all-American game is no easy task, but for a grudgingly resentful, recently fired baseball manager from the ... See full summary »
Average made-for-TV film with a funny performance from Joe Mantegna. Many, many schmaltzy moments balanced, thankfully, by quite a few funny moments.
6. Mr. Baseball (1992)
PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport
Jack Elliot, once a great baseball player, is forced to play in Japan where his brash, egotistical ways cause friction with his new teammates and friends.
Votes: 9,594 | Gross: $20.88M
Tom Selleck is great and the film a lot of fun but this should have been much, much better. The baseball sequences are top notch and Selleck's nightmare at the start of the film is hilarious as is the TV commercial he makes in Japan.
7. Bull Durham (1988)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport
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.
Votes: 45,178 | Gross: $50.89M
The best baseball movie of all time with terrific performances from Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon. A funny, charming, realistic view of minor league baseball.
8. Major League (1989)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Sport
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.
Votes: 58,876 | Gross: $49.80M
Easily the best of the Major League trilogy with funny performances from the entire cast, especially Wesley Snipes as Willie Mays Hayes.
9. Major League II (1994)
PG | 105 min | Comedy, Sport
The Indians are now a World Series contender. But last year's hunger is now replaced with complacency, and bad decisions by the new owner threaten to tear the team apart.
Votes: 24,059 | Gross: $30.63M
So-so sequel has little of the spark from the first film. The cast look like they would rather be elsewhere. The "comedy" is now reduced to cartoonish bits. Skip this one.
10. Major League: Back to the Minors (1998)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Sport
Gus Cantrell is a major league pitcher in the twilight of his career. He contacted by Roger Dorn, General Manager of the Minnesota Twins, and offered the role of managing the Buzz, the ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,844 | Gross: $3.55M
Nothing special entry in the series that uses every cliche in the book. Still, Scott Bakula is charming and Ted McGinley silly as all hell.
11. Field of Dreams (1989)
PG | 107 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 102,983 | Gross: $64.43M
12. A League of Their Own (1992)
PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.
Votes: 87,203 | Gross: $107.53M
Funny, energetic film with a great performance from Tom Hanks.
13. Brewster's Millions (1985)
PG | 102 min | Comedy
A minor league baseball player has to spend thirty million dollars in thirty days, in order to inherit three hundred million dollars. However, he's not allowed to tell anyone about the deal.
Votes: 33,904 | Gross: $38.80M
Silly but a lot of fun. John Candy is great as always.
14. 42 (2013)
PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
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.
Votes: 80,017 | Gross: $95.00M
Great biopic with some intense performances. A terrific movie.
15. College (1927)
Not Rated | 66 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport
To reconcile with his girlfriend, a bookish college student tries to become an athlete.
Buster Keaton tries every sport imaginable including baseball with hilarious results.
16. Rhubarb (1951)
Passed | 94 min | Comedy, Family, Sport
Rich, eccentric T.J. Banner adopts a feral cat who becomes an affectionate pet. Then T.J. dies, leaving to Rhubarb most of his money and a pro baseball team, the Brooklyn Loons. When the ... See full summary »
Silly, silly film. Look fast for Leonard Nimoy as one of the baseball players.
17. The Bad News Bears (1976)
PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.
Votes: 19,288 | Gross: $42.35M
I saw this 35 years ago and don't remember much, which isn't a good sign.
18. The Pinch Hitter (1917)
48 min | Comedy, Sport
Shy Joel Parker seems bound for nowhere, until Abbie Nettleton enters his life. With her prodding, Joel goes from timid nobody to a baseball star with bravura.
Typical, hokey, silent melodrama is overacted to the maximum. Still, it contains a great (but predictable) ending. The baseball sequences are OK for the era and Charles Ray is fine in the lead role but this is not a great baseball movie by any stretch of the imagination. Sylvia Bremer as the love interest is also OK.
19. 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.
Intense, gut-wrenching film about a baseball player who has a mental breakdown because of the pressure. Anthony Perkins is very good in portraying a tormented soul but he is poor in the baseball scenes. Karl Malden as the father who pushes his son to the edge by heaping ridiculous pressure on him, is also very good. This is a rare 1950s film that talks about mental illness and it doesn't talk down to the audience. Overall a real solid film. If only Perkins was a little better in the baseball scenes it would be that much better.
20. 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 »
Cute kid's movie about a young boy who boasts he knows Mickey Mantle and Roger Marris and then has to travel to Ft. Lauderdale during Spring training to see if he can meet them and convince them to come visit his team. Harmless little film with Marris and Mantle appearing as themselves. They are both less stiff than you would think. William Frawley steals the show as a grumpy Yankees coach. The film also has gorgeous black and white photography and terrific Florida locations. A fun little film.
21. Kill the Umpire (1950)
Approved | 78 min | Comedy, Sport
An umpire-hating ex-baseball player loses many jobs because his passion for watching ball games during working hours but he decides to combine business with pleasure by becoming an umpire himself.
Hilarious comedy with William Bendix as a hothead who becomes an umpire despite himself. Written by Frank Tashlin who later directed many Jerry Lewis films. This one plays like a Warner Brothers cartoon which isn't surprising since Tashlin got his start in those cartoons. The final chase sequence is appropriately frantic. Alan Hale Jr. has a very small role in this.
22. Baseball Bugs (1946)
Approved | 7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
Bugs plays every defensive position against the Gashouse Gorillas.
Ok, I realize this is only a short but how could I leave it out? Bugs plays every single position in a game against the Gashouse Gorillas. A classic Looney Tunes cartoon with the greatest cartoon character of all time. Brilliant !!
23. Big Leaguer (1953)
Approved | 71 min | Drama, Family, Sport
John Lobert runs a training camp in Florida for the New York Giants. Every year, he evaluates the hopefuls to pick the best for a minor league contract. They all have dreams and talent, but... See full summary »
Corny, clichéd look at the New York Giants training camp for baseball hopefuls. Silly movie with next to no plot and two-dimensional characters but it still has an innocent energy that you find in movies of that era. Edward G. Robinson does what he can with the corny script but even he can't inject much into this. Only for baseball film diehards and fans of Robinson.
24. Long Gone (1987 TV Movie)
110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Story of the Tampico Stogies, a low minor-league baseball team, and its star player and manager, Stud' Cantrell, as they battle for the league championship amidst the corruption and racism of the American south.
Cute but cliche-ridden film gets by on its charm, and boy is it charming. Terrific cast that includes William Petersen, Virginia Madsen, Dermot Mulroney and Teller (of Penn and Teller fame). Winning performances, a fun and sassy script and terrific period detail make this a winner. Joel Murray has a small role as one of the baseball players.
25. One Run Elmer (1935)
Approved | 19 min | Short, Action, Comedy
Elmer owns a gas station out in the California desert. Soon he has a business rival in Jim, who opens up another station, and is also trying to steal Elmer's girlfriend. She plays both ... See full summary »
Hilarious Buster Keaton two-reeler plays like a Bugs Bunny cartoon. It has terrific gags including Buster getting revenge on a nasty umpire in his own unique way.
26. Soul of the Game (1996 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, History, Sport
Black baseball greats, Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson, vie to be the first afro-American major leaguer, only to see the outspoken rookie, Jackie Robinson, be chosen.
Well made TV movie about Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson contains a terrific performance by Delroy Lindo as Paige and a nuanced one by Blair Underwood as Robinson. The film has a very nice feel for the 1940s and is quite well done. Edward Hermann is also good as a pragmatic Branch Rickey. Definitely worth seeing.
27. Dealin' with Idiots (2013)
Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy
Faced with the absurd competitiveness surrounding his son's youth league baseball team, famous comedian Max Morris decides to get to know the colorful parents and coaches of the team better... See full summary »
Votes: 1,201 | Gross: $0.02M
Very lightweight film dealing with how ridiculous parents, coaches and officials get when their kids are involved in Little League baseball. The film runs out of steam midway through. Most of the characters are simply caricatures and the ending is trite. Jeff Garlin is ok as the main character as is Jamie Gertz as an annoying baseball parent. The rest of the cast does what it can with the thin script. Don't bother with this one.
28. Girls Can Play (1937)
Approved | 59 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Foy Harris (John Gallaudet) is a bootlegger selling illegal booze and also running a girl's professional softball team and is romancing the team's catcher Sue Collins (Rita Hayworth). The ... See full summary »
This little B picture is so much fun. The performances are great, the dialogue is snappy and the baseball angle works well. You can categorize it as a murder-mystery-sports-comedy-romance(a heck of a mix but it works). The bonus is seeing a very young Rita Hayworth as the gangster's girlfriend. Julie Bishop is just as good as the female lead and Charles Quigley quite charming as the male lead(newspaper reporter). Boy, they don't make films like this anymore. Well worth your time.
29. The Babe Ruth Story (1948)
Passed | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Sport
The famed slugger is played by Bendix, who resembles Ruth slightly in looks and not at all in baseball ability. The film traces the "life and times" of Ruth, including his famous "called ... See full summary »
Oy! Overly schmaltzy movie with more drama than a soap opera. Bendix is Ok in an impossible role. Some of the situations the film puts him in are ridiculously contrived. I don't know the real story of Babe Ruth but I am sure this film made up 85% of what is shown. Seriously, don't bother.
30. 61* (2001 TV Movie)
TV-MA | 129 min | Biography, Drama, History
Well made biopic focusing on Roger Maris chasing Babe Ruth's home run record. The period detail is quite good and the cast solid. Barry Pepper holds his own as Maris and is ably backed up by the supporting cast. 7 baseball bats out of 10.