View Full Version : Favorite Baseball Movie?

Cody Christie
02-23-2012, 06:52 AM
The Academy Awards are this weekend and there is even a baseball movie nominated in the Best Picture category?!?!

In honor of the Oscars, I was wondering, "What's your favorite baseball movie?"

Cody Christie
02-23-2012, 06:52 AM
For me it is Bull Durham

Twins Fan From Afar
02-23-2012, 07:36 AM
I'm still a Field of Dreams guy. It came out at just the right time during my childhood.

02-23-2012, 08:07 AM
Honestly Moneyball may have been my favorite yet.

I was always a sucker for Angels in the Outfield as a youngster. Field of Dreams of course is a classic. The Rookie was pretty solid.

02-23-2012, 08:17 AM
Easily my favorite is Major League. Very realistic, lots of good lines.

Terry Tiffee
02-23-2012, 08:29 AM
Probably Little Big League, but the Major League movies are up there. Moneyball was phenomenal as well.

To be honest, if it's about baseball, I'd probably enjoy it.

02-23-2012, 08:35 AM
The Natural. A classic in my book.

02-23-2012, 08:39 AM
The Natural as far as serious movies go, but I loved Major League as well

02-23-2012, 12:04 PM
I go with The Natural.

Seth Stohs
02-23-2012, 12:45 PM
Toss up between Bull Durham and Major League, but I hold Field of Dreams and Eight Men Out very near those two. Never enjoyed The Natural. I liked Moneyball, but it's not with those first four for me. *61 was really good. There are so many good baseball movies.

02-23-2012, 12:58 PM
No love for The Rookie?

02-23-2012, 01:28 PM
There are so many good baseball movies but my favorite has to be The Sandlot. I grew up on that movie. "You play ball like a girl!" Classic

Nicholas Mueller
02-23-2012, 02:09 PM
The Rookie for sure.

John Bonnes
02-23-2012, 02:15 PM
Off the top of my head....

#5 - 61*
#4 - Major League
#3 - Field of Dreams
#2 - Bull Durham
#1 - The Natural

02-23-2012, 03:30 PM
Bang The Drum Slowly with DeNiro and Michael Moriarty.

I watch it every spring.

I wish the rest of Mark Harris's baseball novels could be made into movies as well.

Also would like to see The Celebrant, by Eric Rolfe Greenberg, probably the best baseball novel ever written, in film.


Cody Christie
02-27-2012, 05:00 PM
Moneyball was shut out at the Oscar's last night but that's nothing new for baseball themed movies.

02-27-2012, 08:28 PM
Eight Men Out----so historical--portrays the era perfectly
Field of Dreams
The Natural

Esoteric Ball Guy
02-27-2012, 10:17 PM
The Sandlot might be the best movie of all time, but I'm giving Major League the title of best baseball movie of all time.

Fanatic Jack
02-28-2012, 07:16 AM
The Natural and it's not even close for me. Just awesome!!!

02-28-2012, 09:03 AM
I'm a farmer from Iowa who loves baseball and has had a strong faith. 'Field of Dreams' will always be my favorite all-time movie. If you guys have never been to the field, it makes a wonderful weekend for you and your family. Bring gloves, bats, balls, and of course, a camera!

Seth Stohs
02-28-2012, 09:19 AM
"raykinsella"... Why am I not at all surprised that "Field of Dreams" would be your favorite movie!? :) I've never been to the actual Field of Dreams in Iowa. It's definitely got to be on every baseball fan's Bucket List though!

02-28-2012, 09:31 AM
1. Field of Dreams
2. Bull Durham
3. Rookie
4. MoneyBall
5. The Stratton Story

02-28-2012, 09:32 AM
I can't believe For Love of the Game has not been mentioned!!! Just kidding. Nice call Bonnes and Stohs on *61. I was at the "World Premier" of 61* in 2001 at the Fargo Theater. I still rank the #1 The Natural and #2 Bull Durham with Major League a close #3 and Eight Men Out as #4. Major League II and III may be the two worst baseball movies ever made.

02-28-2012, 11:08 AM
It's got to be Bull Durham. I'm still trying to learn to breath out of my eyelids

02-28-2012, 11:37 AM
Field of dreams.

Kirsten Brown
02-28-2012, 11:46 AM
A tie between The Sandlot and Bull Durham -- depending on if my kids are in the room or not. :)

02-28-2012, 12:15 PM
5. The Sandlot
4. Money Ball
3. Bull Durham
2. Major League
1. Hardball

02-28-2012, 01:14 PM
Major League for sure.

02-28-2012, 04:23 PM
Nobody has mentioned "Talent for the Game". While not my favorite baseball movie (probably Major League is) it's pretty good and even has a reference to the Twins' Eddie Bane in it. Movie is about a scout that finds a phenom that can throw heat so the Angels decide to use the kid as a promotional tool to hype up interest in the club. Anybody remember July 4, 1973 as it relates to Twins history?

02-28-2012, 04:42 PM
The Natural!!!

Honorable Mentions -
Drama: 1. Field of Dreams 2. The Rookie 3. For Love of the Game (even with the Tigers)

Historical: 1. Eight Men Out 2. Moneyball 3. 61*

Comedy: 1. Major League 2. Bull Durham 3. The Sandlot

Post-Concussive Blues
02-28-2012, 04:51 PM
The Natural. Roy Hobbs is the best character from any of the baseball movies. Is it wrong that I want a New York Knights jersey?

03-01-2012, 09:06 PM
I have a lot of movies to see!! But don't hate me when I say that I love "Angels in the Outfield." It still makes me laugh out loud despite the cheesiness. I watch it every year before Opening Day.

Axel Kohagen
03-02-2012, 06:25 PM
Just to be cheeky, how about South Park's episode "The Losing Edge?" That's the episode where they try to lose to avoid playing more Little League games, and Stan's dad keeps fighting other dads in the stand.

Now, there's no need to question my love of baseball. Now. When I was kid, I was ready for those games to be over and done with, and this episode brings it all back.

03-04-2012, 11:32 AM
I can't believe For Love of the Game has not been mentioned!!! Just kidding.

Hey, if you ignore the love-story between Kevin Costner and Kelly Preston, the baseball scenes are pretty good. And the other love story- between Kevin Costner the pitcher and John C. Reily, his aging but personal catcher- is very touching and realistic, too. And it is the Yankees he is pitching a perfect game against, so it can't be that bad. Really, it's like a "life flashing before your eyes" as a once-great pitcher's baseball career is about to die. It's not a bad movie... again, if you're able to skip most of the relationship scenes.

03-04-2012, 02:49 PM
No love for "Sugar"? Bull Durham, Major League, Sandlot, Field of Dreams and Sugar are some of my favs.

03-05-2012, 12:32 PM
1) The Natural
2) *61
3) Major League
4) Bull Durham
5) Eight Men Out

Turd Furgeson
03-08-2012, 07:25 AM
I realy enjoy Field of Dreams, 61* and Cobb.

Brandon Warne
03-14-2012, 09:22 AM
Field of Dreams. Watched it a couple weeks ago, and my wife kept trying to talk to me near the end. Brutal. ;)

But honestly, for the first time in my life, I was completely enthralled for the entire 100 whatever minutes of it. I hadn't watched it in about 10 years or so, and I think the mental processes in my brain that have developed in the meantime really helped me 'get' it.

Moneyball was absolutely great too. I know Keith Law didn't like it or whatever -- "Keith Law disapproves" of just about everything -- but it was a baseball movie that didn't bastardize the game, and didn't pull too many punches.

I mean I like the 'fun' ones; Angels in the Outfield is great if you aren't looking for a ton of realism, but I hate the movies that make baseball seem as easy as it looks on TV. It just feeds the stereotypes that non-baseball fans have....i.e. it's boring, etc.

03-14-2012, 12:48 PM
1) The Natural
2) Major League
3) Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings
4) Bull Durham
5) Field of Dreams
6) 61
7) Money Ball
8) Eight Men Out
9) Sugar

03-23-2012, 02:49 PM
A really excellent baseball movie nobody has mentioned yet is 'Mr. Baseball'. This was filmed the year before I went to Japan, and is a very accurate depiction of how the game is played over there. One of the best baseball movies in my opinion.

Others: Eight Men Out, Bull Durham, Little Big League (for its Twins connection), Summer Catch (Jessica Biel in a bikini!)

Field of Dreams only had about 8 seconds of baseball in it.

04-01-2012, 11:41 PM
Has anyone ever seen the movie Long Gone? La Velle has mentioned it as one of his favorite baseball movies in the past. It isn't available on DVD and it is hard to find.

04-02-2012, 11:43 AM
Bull Durham for me, Little Big League for kids.

04-02-2012, 11:57 AM
#5 - The Sandlot
#4 - Major League
#3 - Moneyball
#2 - *61
#1 - The Natural

04-02-2012, 11:59 AM
*61 is the most underrated baseball movie of all time. Barry Pepper and Thomas Jane were awesome as Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle. The Mick just happens to be my favorite ball player of all time!

04-02-2012, 03:39 PM
*61 is a great movie. Billy Crystal used old Tiger Stadium to recreate old Yankee Stadium. Anthony Michael Hall, who is right-handed, played Whitey Ford, a lefty. So they put him in a uniform with the numbers and lettering reversed, filmed him pitching right-handed, then flipped the film to show him throwing left-handed.

04-02-2012, 05:11 PM
Some of you have forgotten "A League of their Own" and, going back to the 50s, "Fear Strikes Out". All that aside, I pick "Field of Dreams".

04-02-2012, 05:27 PM
Just to be cheeky, how about South Park's episode "The Losing Edge?" That's the episode where they try to lose to avoid playing more Little League games, and Stan's dad keeps fighting other dads in the stand.

Now, there's no need to question my love of baseball. Now. When I was kid, I was ready for those games to be over and done with, and this episode brings it all back.
How about that episode of Futurama called " A Leela of her own". The New New York Mets sign Leela to bean opposing players because having only one eye causes her depth perception problems.

04-03-2012, 10:51 PM
I will brook no discussion on this: Bull Durham is the greatest baseball movie of all time.

Shane Wahl
04-03-2012, 11:44 PM
Honestly, Moneyball is right up there for me with Major League, Field of Dreams, and Eight Men Out. And I still don't understand how a movie about Babe Ruth starring the great John Goodman could have been so terrible.

04-04-2012, 07:32 AM
For historical purpose - Eight Men Out and Moneyball
For what it is like being a full-blown true fan of a team - Fever Pitch
For pure entertainment - Field of Dreams

04-04-2012, 08:34 AM
^^^ I was waiting for somebody to mention Fever Pitch. I watch it every year pitchers and catchers report to spring training. A wall in my living room is starting to resemble Jimmy Fallon's apartment in that movie (although substitute in Twins stuff instead of Red Sox).

5. Major League
4. Field of Dreams
3. Moneyball
2. The Sandlot
1. Bull Durham

04-04-2012, 09:28 AM
I think Sandlot is #1 because for me it shows the joy of being a kid, playing baseball, and being a kid playing baseball. Little Big League is up there, because of the Twins connection, and I was at a game when they filmed the scene where everyone is chanting "BILLY! BILLY!". Not too many mentions for Fever Pitch (and for good reason), but I love the scene when the UPS guy delivers his season tickets and he runs out in his underwear and hugs the UPS guy. Im pretty sure Ill do that when I get season tickets.

04-04-2012, 11:43 AM
The unofficial results so far:


The Natural

Field of Dreams

Bull Durham

Major League


The Sandlot


Eight Men Out

The Rookie

Little Big League

Angels in the Outfield

Bang the Drum Slowly


Mr. Baseball


The Stratton Story

Talent for the Game

For Love of the Game

Bingo Long

Summer Catch

A League of Their Own

Fear Strikes Out

Fever Pitch

I know, I have too much time on my hands...

04-04-2012, 12:00 PM

"Pride of the Yankees"! I could watch it a million times.

04-05-2012, 12:56 PM
1. Sandlot
2. Major League
3. Bull Durham
4. 61
5. For the love of the Game

While I think the Natural is a good movie, I think its really overrated and #6 at best for me. I think Field of Dreams is garbage. Not sure why anyone would need to visit either. Much rather visit real ballparks. JMO.

04-05-2012, 01:14 PM
1. Eight Men Out
2. Bull Durham
3. Field of Dreams
4. A League of Their Own
5. Major League