Top 6 Baseball Movies of All Time!
- Updated: March 8, 2016
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Jon Hamm is prepared to take a good swing for the fences with a “Million Dollar Arm”. The “Jerry Maguire”-like story highlights an unaccomplished sports agent looking for redemption while creating innovative opportunities for Major League Baseball, with a contest to locate and identify the best of budding pitchers in India. While he is at it, let’s have a look at our top 6 baseball movies of all time and be sure to tell us what you think! Also, don’t forget that you can watch these movies and thousands more on Verizon FiOS!
6. ‘Eight Men Out’ (1988)
The “Black Sox “ scandal was the talk of the town in the 1919 World Series following a charade by several Chicago players who lost to the Cincinnati Reds after playing out a script desired by moneybag gamblers. John Sayles took inspiration from the scandal to make this film concerning the conflict between the spirit of boyish enthusiasm and the bleak reality in the baseball.
5. ‘Bang the Drum Slowly’ (1973)
The period between 1973 and 1975 was very defining for the unknown Robert De Niro as he went on to win an Oscar award in 1975 for the role he played in “The Godfather Part II”. Robert’s role as a catcher struggling with a terminal illness was emotive in this beautifully crafted movie depicting his acquaintance with a pitcher.
4. ‘Moneyball” (2011)
The tactical machination and maneuvering of the cameras in the back office to show us how what we see on the field could have been different or predicted was interestingly depicted in this reworked adaptation of Michael Lewis bestselling book “Moneyball” without sending us into the usual warp drive of “magic of baseball” clichés.
3. ‘A League of Their Own’ (1992)
Baseball looked done for in the war years, with many of the sport top athletes called to duty at the war fronts in Europe and the Pacific. But the women league replaced the norm with Tom Hanks as the ever amusing alcoholic manager in the company of Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna bringing to fore the feminist energy.
2. ‘42’ (2013)
Jackie Robinson, remember him? Yes, virtually everyone does. With sheer strength and determination, he was the first black player to participate in the big league. This movie did well to demonstrate how No. 42, played by Chadwick Boseman, achieved the feat by exercising a great deal of self-discipline and restraint both on and off the field to avoid racist fights.
1. ‘The Bad News Bears’ (1976)
Walter Matthau gave the top spot to this movie with his adamant ideas and performance in this amusing story of a Little League manager’s reunion with the tomboy daughter (Tatum O’Neil) of his ex-girlfriend on the field.