Already burned through Netflix, Hulu, and Disney + with no end to lockdowns in sight? Still itching for a little bit of baseball in your everyday life? Michael Varga International Coaching has put together our top 10 baseball movies to help quench your baseball thirst while cooped up indoors.
1. Bull Durham
Bull Durham captures the romance, superstition, oddity, and greatness of the game better than any other baseball movie to date. It smoothly blends nostalgic glamour of Minor League Baseball in the 80’s with a timeless, authentic interpretation of the intricate fabric that holds our beloved sport.
2. Field of Dreams
An absolute tear-jerker that will not fail to make even the most bold-hearted baseball fan shed a tear. Guaranteed to make you cry every time you hear “have a catch” from now on.
3. A League of Their Own
A fantastic story about a rather unknown section of baseball’s history, this film starring Tom Hanks and Madonna celebrates the achievements of women in the sport and reminds you that, “there’s no crying in baseball.”
4. The Sandlot
“You’re Killing Me Smalls!” The Sandlot tackles all the nostalgia of youth as this funny, light-hearted film has a little something for all ages and audiences.
5. Major League
Arguably both the funniest and most quotable movie on this list, there’s not much else we can say about Major League other than you better run faster than Willie Mays-Hayes to sit down and watch this movie.
6. The Natural
Based on the book of the same name, and loosely inspired by real-life ballplayers such as Eddie Waitkus and Billy Jurges, The Natural blends the almost superpower abilities of Roy Hobbs with a splash of criminal suspense and a twist of romance that is sure to hit any viewer’s sweet spot.
Jackie Robinson is an iconic, instrumental American sports hero. His influence stretched far beyond just the likes of baseball, and his legacy is rightfully one of the most celebrated. The film explores Robinson’s and Branch Rickey’s uphill battle to integrate the game, and is brought to life by the acclaimed work of Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman.
8. For Love of The Game
The final of the three Kevin Costner movies, For Love of the Game is filled high with sentiment and looms over the crossroad question every ballplayer is eventually destined to face, when is it time to hang up the spikes?
A dive into the analytics approach that changed the game forever, Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill lead a film about redemption, reinvention, and a little bit of rebellion. With a tone that makes you wonder, “how can you not be romantic about baseball,” Moneyball is as good as a baseball movie gets.
10. The Bad News Bears
A hilarious and truly antihero baseball story, The Bad News Bears loses the magic, the romance, and the unwritten rules of the game. Instead, it opts for realism, crude humor, and a true-to-life tone that captures the pre-teen essence of Little League competition almost perfectly.