Baseball has long been a favorite sport for many people young and old. This love has inspired a number of movies to be made about the sport or its players. We have tried to look back in time some and also include some more recent movies in the below list of the top 10 best baseball movies of all time.
#10 It Happens Every Spring (1949)
This selection of the top 10 best baseball movies of all time is about chemistry professor, Vernon Simpson, who loves baseball. He is in the midst of doing an experiment to develop a product that repels insects from wood and other organic matter, when a baseball comes through the window in his lab destroying the professor’s experiment. However, the ball lands in the middle of the chemical solution. The professor then makes the discovery that the ball coated in the chemical repels wood. This fact makes him believe this solution would have a great affect on his beloved game of baseball and he goes about verifying his discovery. It stars Ray Milland as the professor.
#9 The Stratton Story (1949)
The Stratton Story is based on the real life of Monty Stratton a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox in the 1930s. Monty Stratton had a brilliant career as a pitcher going for him until a hunting accident caused him to lose one of his legs. The movie covers part of this man’s story and stars Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson. For you old movie buffs, this movie was a huge hit in the box office during 1949. This is why it is included in our top 10 best baseball movies of all time.
#8 Angels in the Outfield (1951)
This one of the top 10 best baseball movies is a delightful story of a female reporter that feels the losing streak of the Pittsburgh Pirates is caused by the overly harsh personality of the manager, Aloysius X. (Guffy) McGovern. In the meantime, this manager starts hearing an angel’s voice ensuring help. However, he must first change how he does things. At the same time, a little orphan girl, who comes to the games, starts see angels on the field during games. The team starts to win, with the angels help. This one of the top 10 best baseball movies of all time should not be missed.
#7 The Pride of St. Louis (1952)
This movie is based on the major-league pitcher, Jerome (Dizzy) Dean. He played for both the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs during the 1930s and the 1940s. The movie is an enjoyable synopsis of this baseball player’s career. In real life, he went onto to be a beloved television sports commentator and in 1953 was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame. This movie stars Dan Dailey and Joanne Dru.
#6 The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
This is a movie not only about the great baseball career of Lou Gehrig with the New York Yankees, it is also a story of bravery in the face of all odds. The Iron Horse, as Lou was called, was a first baseman, who went on to become legendary in baseball. He played with such players as Babe Ruth and saw a special time in history for baseball. However, his career had a tragic end, when he found out that he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. The disease is actually known as Lou Gehrig’s disease in North America today. This movie will satisfy your love of baseball and touch your emotions with this ballplayer’s struggle. This was a must in this list of top 10 best baseball movies. It stars Gary Cooper and Teresa Wright.
#5 Field of Dreams (1989)
This is a whimsical movie about a young corn farmer in Iowa, when hears voices telling him, if he will build it (we do not know at first what “it” is), they (they who at first) will come. The farmer figures out that he is supposed to mow down part of his corn crop and build a baseball diamond. When he does this the Chicago Black Sox walk out of the corn crop magically. It is a must have to see movie starring Kevin Costner and Amy Madigan.
#4 Major League (1989)
This is about the Cleveland Indians baseball team that in the movie is in last place. The owner wishes to sell the team and thinks, if they keep losing, she will be able to sell the team. However, when the team gets wind of the scheme, the players rally and start to win. Lots of humor and fun in this baseball favorite with stars like Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, and others.
#3 A League of their Own (1992)
This movie was directed by Penny Marshall and paid tribute to the almost forgotten All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that entertained baseball enthusiasts during the second World War, when men players for the sport were in short supply. This movie follows two sisters through the league, with all their difficulties with each other and the sport. This one of the top 10 best baseball movies of all times is a favorite of many people. Geena Davis and Lori Petty star.
#2 The Natural (1984)
A baseball player of average talent shows up out of nowhere to go onto greatness with the sport. It seemed there was something divine in his talent. Interesting take on this beloved sport starring Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, and Glenn Close.
#1 Bull Durham (1988)
This lovable baseball movie is based on the minor leagues. Susan Sarandon portrays an offbeat fan, who adores the sport and becomes involved with one of the new players each season, and offers him some guidance. The movie covers her adventures with Tim Robbins portrayal of a dimwitted new pitcher and the veteran catcher played by Kevin Costner. This deserves the top spot on the top 10 best baseball movies of all time.