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Batter up ladies and gents, baseball season’s HERE and ClevverMovies is here to celebrate with our very own baseball movie Hall of Fame. Stay tuned as we count down the top 5 baseball movies of all time!
#5 on our list is the classic ugly duckling turned swan story, Major League. With an all-star cast that includes Tom Berenger, Rene Russo, Charlie Sheen in one of his best roles as Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, Wesley Snipes, and the ever-charming real life sports announcer, Bob Uecker, this hilarious movie about the crap-tacular turned champs Cleveland Pirates is a movie that you can watch over and over again. And don’t you wish American Express would have actually used the concept, “Don’t steal home without it”?
Next on the plate comes Moneyball, one of last year’s breakout hits. Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill were both nominated for Oscars in this true story about the Oakland Athletic’s 2002 season where the team’s general manager, Billy Beane, and assistant GM Peter Brand take a sophisticated sabermetric approach towards scouting and analyzing players and put together a team that goes on to win 20 consecutive games, an American League record. It is a great story about overcoming obstacles and persistence in achieving success.
We’re rounding third on our list with The Natural. Naturally. Robert Redford captivates as middle age pitcher Roy Hobbs, who comes out of nowhere to join a baseball team and take it to the top of the league, finally enjoying long overdue success. In the spirit of so many movies about baseball, it is a magical account of the passionate and driven underdog who works his way up the ladder to enjoy success and rewards for his hard work.
Second runner up on our Baseball Movie Hall of Fame is the one and only Field of Dreams. Kevin Costner stars in one of the most beloved baseball movies of all time as an Iowan corn farmer in a small, conservative town who hears voices telling him to build a baseball diamond in his cornfields. He builds it, and the ghosts of Shoeless Joe Jackson and the other seven Chicago Black Sox players banned from the game for throwing the 1919 World Series come. This movie is to men what The Notebook is to women. The tears fall every time in this heartwarming story about an All-American farmer embracing the nostalgia of an American tradition and resurrecting a childhood past time he shared with his father: baseball.
We’ve reached the final stretch with the #1 baseball movie of all time, Bull Durham. This romantic comedy about baseball is based upon the minor league experiences of writer/director Ron Shelton and depicts the players and fans of the Durham Bulls, a minor league baseball team in Durham, North Carolina. The film stars Kevin Costner as “Crash” Davis, a veteran catcher brought in to teach rookie pitcher Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh about the game in preparation for reaching the Major Leagues. Baseball groupie Annie Savoy romances Nuke but finds herself increasingly attracted to Crash, resulting in an odd and hilarious love triangle that compromises the batting practices of Crash and Nuke. This movie resurrected the baseball trend in 1988 and paved the way for the success of other movies on this list.
Are there any movies about baseball you wish had made the cut? Sound off in the comments below, and as always, keep watching ClevverMovies for your up-to-date movie news.