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MLB 49 43 Best baseball movies 31491617 Baseball at the movies Baseball+at+the+movies MLB

The inherent drama of baseball provides the perfect backdrop for silver screen features. America's pastime has rounded the bases in Hollywood frequently, but these 12 films stand out as home runs.

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MLB 49 43 Best baseball movies 31502202 'Major League' (1989) %27Major+League%27+%281989%29 MLB

Plot: An ex-showgirl (Margaret Whitton) inherits the Cleveland Indians but wants to move the franchise to Miami. The city won't let them go unless attendance plummets so she sets out to derail the team: has-been Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger), pitcher Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn (Charlie Sheen), shallow Roger Dorn (Corbin Bernsen) and  narcissistic Willie Mays Hayes (Wesley Snipes). The players catch on, rebel and start winning. Bob Uecker shines as the Indians' tipsy color commentator.

 

Review: ''Major League'' trots out the standard formula, but has the wit to make fun of it now and then … But in the last half-hour the film … heads for that never-never land of movie baseball, where the obligatory big game and the slow-motion shot of the last play are waiting … Until then, ''Major League'' is wonderfully unpretentious, uningratiating and uninspiring. — Caryn James, New York Times

 

Tomatometer: 85%

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MLB 49 43 Best baseball movies 31502205 'Bull Durham' (1988) %27Bull+Durham%27+%281988%29 MLB

Plot: Crash Davis (Kevin Costner) is a career minor leaguer for the hapless Durham Bulls who schools immature pitching phenom Nuke LaLoosh (Tim Robbins) about baseball and life. The men get involved in a love triangle with team groupie Annie (Susan Sarandon).

 

Review: "Bull Durham" is a treasure of a movie because it knows so much about baseball and so little about love … In the real world the delicate little balancing act of these three people would crash into pieces. But this is a movie, and so we want to believe in love … That's why the movie's ending is so perfect. Not because it seems just right, but because it seems wildly impossible, and we want to believe it anyway. — Roger Ebert

 

Tomatometer: 96%

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MLB 49 43 Best baseball movies 31502211 'The Bad News Bears' (1976) %27The+Bad+News+Bears%27+%281976%29 MLB

Plot: Hard-drinking ex-ballplayer Morris Buttermaker (Walter Matthau) agrees to coach an abysmal Little League team. When the parents threaten to disband the Bears, Buttermaker recruits tomboy Amanda (Tatum O'Neal) and Kelly (Jackie Earle Haley), a delinquent with athletic gifts and the Bears turn things around.

 

Review: ("The Bad News Bears" is) something more, something deeper, than what it first appears to be. It's an unblinking, scathing look at competition in American society … (it's a) harrowing portrait of how we'd sometimes rather win than keep our self-respect … Sometimes we laugh, and sometimes we can't, and the movie's working best when we're silent. — Roger Ebert

 

Tomatometer: 96%

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MLB 49 43 Best baseball movies 31502206 'Field of Dreams' (1989) %27Field+of+Dreams%27+%281989%29 MLB

Plot: A voice tells Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) "If you build it, he will come," inspiring him to fashion a baseball diamond in his cornfield. The ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta) appears to him and, as the weeks go by, Ray realizes that his ball field was divinely ordained to give second chance to people, including someone from Ray's past. The movie's titular field still draws thousands of tourists every year.

 

Review: It's a religious picture, all right, but the religion is baseball… Movies are often so timid these days, so afraid to take flights of the imagination, that there is something grand and brave about a movie where a voice tells a farmer to build a baseball diamond so that Shoeless Joe Jackson can materialize out of the cornfield and hit a few fly balls. This is the kind of movie Frank Capra might have directed, and James Stewart might have starred in — a movie about dreams. — Roger Ebert

 

Tomatometer: 88%

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MLB 49 43 Best baseball movies 31502203 'The Sandlot' (1993) %27The+Sandlot%27+%281993%29 MLB

Plot: "The Sandlot" is set in early 1960s small-town America. The new kid in town, Scott (Tom Guiry), desperately wants to fit in. The local sandlot team needs a player, but he doesn't know how to play baseball.

 

Review: This movie isn't about winning and losing, it's about growing up and facing your fears … this movie seduced me with its memories of what really matters when you are 12. — Roger Ebert

 

Tomatometer: 61% percent

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MLB 49 43 Best baseball movies 31502201 'A League of Their Own' (1992) %27A+League+of+Their+Own%27+%281992%29 MLB

Plot: "A League of Their Own" is a fact-based dramatization of the All-American Girls' Professional Baseball League, founded in 1943 to placate baseball fans while men were away fighting in World War II. Dottie Hinson (Geena Davis), Mae Mordabito (Madonna) and Doris Murphy (Rosie O'Donnell) are recruited for the Rockford Peaches, coached by one-time home run champ Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks), whose career was derailed by alcoholism.

 

Review: (Director Penny) Marshall shows her women characters in a tug-of-war between new images and old values, and so her movie is about transition — about how it felt as a woman suddenly to have new roles and freedom. The movie has a real bittersweet charm … What's fresh are the personalities of the players … and the way this early chapter of women's liberation fit into the hidebound traditions of professional baseball. — Roger Ebert

 

Tomatometer: 82%

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MLB 49 43 Best baseball movies 31500501 'Sugar' (2008) %27Sugar%27+%282008%29 MLB

Plot: Miguel "Sugar" Santos (Algenis Perez Soto) is a talented Dominican baseball player striving to break into Major League Baseball so he can support his impoverished family back home. He's forced to reevaluate his life when his arm starts to fail him.

 

Review: What's special about the film — and this is a very special film — is how closely it observes the emotional uncertainties of a stranger in a strange land, not speaking the language, not knowing the customs, beset with homesickness and the dread of disappointing his family … The true subject of "Sugar" is the immigrant experience in America. Baseball is only the backdrop … This is a wonderful film. — Roger Ebert

 

Tomatometer: 94%

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MLB 49 43 Best baseball movies 31502208 'Moneyball' (2011) %27Moneyball%27+%282011%29 MLB

Plot: "Moneyball" is the fact-based story of Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), who believes baseball's conventional wisdom is flawed and sets out to reinvent his team on a tight budget. Beane uses new-fangled statistics (sabermetrics) to outsmart the more wealthy franchises.

 

Review: "Moneyball" is a smart, intense and moving film that isn't so much about sports as about the war between intuition and statistics … "Moneyball" is not a traditional sports movie, and indeed should be just as gripping for non-sports fans … This is really a movie about business … Baseball is a business. Only we fans love it as a game. — Roger Ebert

 

Tomatometer: 95%

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MLB 49 43 Best baseball movies 31502207 'Pride of the Yankees' (1942) %27Pride+of+the+Yankees%27+%281942%29 MLB

Plot: The life story of Yankees legend Lou Gehrig was released just a year after his death from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the disease now named for him. Gary Cooper was Oscar-nominated for his portrayal of Gehrig; real-life Yanks Babe Ruth, Bill Dickey, Bob Meusel and Mark Koenig play themselves. The film's most moving scene is the farewell speech Gehrig delivered at Yankee Stadium.

 

Review: It is, without being pretentious, a real saga of American life — homely, humorous, sentimental and composed in patient detail … As a simple, moving story with an ironic heart-tug at the end, it serves as a fitting memorial to the real Lou, who called himself the luckiest man alive. — Bosley Crowther, New York Times

 

Tomatometer: 91%

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MLB 49 43 Best baseball movies 31502204 'The Natural' %27The+Natural%27+ MLB

Plot: Based on the Bernard Malamud novel, "The Natural" is about Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford), a farm boy who longs to play baseball and relies on a homemade bat called "Wonderboy." Eventually, Hobbs breaks in as a 35-year-old rookie for the 1939 New York Knights.

 

Review: (Screenwriters) Roger Towne and Phil Dusenberry and (director) Barry Levinson seem to have taken it upon themselves to straighten out Mr. Malamud's fable … They transform something dark and open-ended — truly fabulous — into something eccentrically sentimental … If the source material were not so fine and idiosyncratic, it would not be worth worrying about the film's peculiar failures. However, given all that it might have been, one wants it to be better. — Vincent Canby, New York Times

 

Tomatometer: 82%

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MLB 49 43 Best baseball movies 31501635 'Eight Men Out' (1988) %27Eight+Men+Out%27+%281988%29 MLB

Plot: Writer/director John Sayles dramatizes the Black Sox Scandal — the infamous fix of the 1919 World Series. A gambling syndicate offers a select group of White Sox stars — pitcher Eddie Cicotte (David Strathairn), infielder Buck Weaver (John Cusack) and outfielder "Shoeless" Joe Jackson (D.B. Sweeney) — cash to throw the Series against the Cincinnati Reds.

 

Review: ("Eight Men Out" is) much more than a film about baseball. It's an amazingly full and heartbreaking vision of the dreams, aspirations and disillusionments of a nation, as filtered through its national pastime. ''Eight Men Out'' doesn't condemn the White Sox, and would be a far less interesting film if it did. — Janet Maslin, New York Times

 

Tomatometer: 86%

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MLB 49 43 Best baseball movies 31501634 'Bang the Drum Slowly' (1973) %27Bang+the+Drum+Slowly%27+%281973%29 MLB

Plot: "Bang the Drum Slowly" is the story of the friendship between star pitcher Henry Wiggen (Michael Moriarty) and simpleton catcher Bruce Pearson (Robert De Niro), as they cope with the catcher's terminal illness. Side note: The film represents character actor Danny Aiello's feature film debut.

 

Review: It's mostly about baseball and the daily life of a major league club on the road. The fact of Bruce's approaching death adds a poignancy to the season, but "Bang the Drum Slowly" doesn't brood about death and it isn't morbid … It's not so much a sports movie as a movie about those elusive subjects, male bonding and work in America … never before has a movie considered the game from the inside out. — Roger Ebert

 

Tomatometer: 88%

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