The National Pastime

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1. 42 (2013)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

62 Metascore

In 1947, Jackie Robinson becomes the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era when he was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers and faces considerable racism in the process.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Chadwick Boseman, T.R. Knight, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie

Votes: 78,047 | Gross: $95.00M

2. The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)

Approved | 77 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Biography of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century. Traces his career in the negro leagues and the major leagues.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: Jackie Robinson, Ruby Dee, Minor Watson, Louise Beavers

Votes: 995

3. Cobb (1994)

R | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

66 Metascore

A reporter hired to write the 'official' biography of Ty Cobb discovers just how dark the baseball legend's real story is.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Robert Wuhl, Lolita Davidovich, Ned Bellamy

Votes: 6,690 | Gross: $1.01M

4. The Babe Ruth Story (1948)

Passed | 106 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The famed slugger is played by Bendix, who resembles Ruth slightly in looks and not at all in baseball ability. The film traces the "life and times" of Ruth, including his famous "called ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth | Stars: William Bendix, Claire Trevor, Charles Bickford, Sam Levene

Votes: 874

5. Babe Ruth (1991 TV Movie)

99 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

A film based on the home-run legend's life.

Director: Mark Tinker | Stars: Stephen Lang, Brian Doyle-Murray, Donald Moffat, Yvonne Suhor

Votes: 170

6. The Babe (1992)

PG | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Babe Ruth becomes a baseball legend but is unheroic to those who know him.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: John Goodman, Kelly McGillis, Trini Alvarado, Bruce Boxleitner

Votes: 8,616 | Gross: $17.53M

7. Babe Ruth (1998 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

He was perhaps the greatest ballplayer who ever lived. A larger-than-life hero on the field, Babe Ruth's exploits off the field were just as legendary. Don't miss this compilation of rarely... See full summary »

Director: George Roy | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Babe Ruth, Jean Shepherd

Votes: 111

8. The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

Approved | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The story of the life and career of famed baseball player Lou Gehrig.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth, Walter Brennan

Votes: 9,134

9. Mantle (2005 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

Documentary profiling the life and career of Mickey Mantle. Includes interviews with former teammates, family, and celebrities.

Director: George Roy | Stars: Mickey Mantle, Maury Allen, Mel Allen, Marty Appel

Votes: 162

10. 61* (2001 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 129 min | Biography, Drama, History

Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle race to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record.

Director: Billy Crystal | Stars: Barry Pepper, Thomas Jane, Anthony Michael Hall, Richard Masur

Votes: 12,978

11. Soul of the Game (1996 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, History, Sport

Black baseball greats, Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson, vie to be the first afro-American major leaguer, only to see the outspoken rookie, Jackie Robinson, be chosen.

Director: Kevin Rodney Sullivan | Stars: Delroy Lindo, Mykelti Williamson, Edward Herrmann, Blair Underwood

Votes: 868

12. Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige (1981 TV Movie)

98 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

Story of Leroy "Satchel" Paige, star pitcher in the Negro Leagues, and later in the major leagues. Traces his life from his troubled youth, including his life in a detention school for ... See full summary »

Director: Richard A. Colla | Stars: Louis Gossett Jr., Beverly Todd, Cleavon Little, Ernie Barnes

Votes: 113

13. The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)

PG | 110 min | Comedy, Sport

Tired of the slave-like treatment of his team's owner, charismatic star Negro League pitcher Bingo Long takes to the road with his band of barnstormers through the small towns of the Midwest in the 1930's.

Director: John Badham | Stars: Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor, Rico Dawson

Votes: 1,473

14. A League of Their Own (1992)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

67 Metascore

Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna

Votes: 84,726 | Gross: $107.53M

15. Eight Men Out (1988)

PG | 119 min | Drama, History, Sport

71 Metascore

A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: John Cusack, Clifton James, Jace Alexander, Gordon Clapp

Votes: 17,281 | Gross: $5.68M

16. Bull Durham (1988)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

73 Metascore

A fan who has an affair with one minor-league baseball player each season meets an up-and-coming pitcher and the experienced catcher assigned to him.

Director: Ron Shelton | Stars: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Trey Wilson

Votes: 43,881 | Gross: $50.89M

17. Field of Dreams (1989)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

57 Metascore

An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the 1919 Chicago White Sox come.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson | Stars: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Amy Madigan

Votes: 100,500 | Gross: $64.43M

18. For Love of the Game (1999)

PG-13 | 137 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

43 Metascore

After 19 years of playing the game he's loved his whole life, Billy Chapel has to decide if he's going to risk everything and put everything out there.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Kevin Costner, Kelly Preston, John C. Reilly, Jena Malone

Votes: 29,660 | Gross: $35.17M

19. The Rookie (2002)

G | 127 min | Drama, Family, Sport

72 Metascore

A Texas baseball coach makes the major league after agreeing to try out if his high school team made the playoffs.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Dennis Quaid, J.D. Evermore, Rachel Griffiths, Jay Hernandez

Votes: 30,030 | Gross: $75.60M

20. Major League (1989)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Sport

62 Metascore

The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a purposely horrible team so they'll lose and she can move the team. But when the plot is uncovered, they start winning just to spite her.

Director: David S. Ward | Stars: Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Margaret Whitton

Votes: 57,146 | Gross: $49.80M

21. Major League II (1994)

PG | 105 min | Comedy, Sport

The Indians are now a World Series contender. But last year's hunger is now replaced with complacency, and bad decisions by the new owner threaten to tear the team apart.

Director: David S. Ward | Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Corbin Bernsen, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 23,461 | Gross: $30.63M

22. Major League: Back to the Minors (1998)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Sport

Gus Cantrell is a major league pitcher in the twilight of his career. He contacted by Roger Dorn, General Manager of the Minnesota Twins, and offered the role of managing the Buzz, the ... See full summary »

Director: John Warren | Stars: Scott Bakula, Corbin Bernsen, Dennis Haysbert, Takaaki Ishibashi

Votes: 6,670 | Gross: $3.55M

23. Baseball (1994–2010)

TV-PG | 1,140 min | Documentary, History, Sport

A documentary on the history of the sport with major topics including Afro-American players, player/team owner relations and the resilience of the game.

Stars: John Chancellor, Daniel Okrent, Ossie Davis, Paul Roebling

Votes: 3,338

24. The Sandlot (1993)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.

Director: David Mickey Evans | Stars: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Art LaFleur, Patrick Renna

Votes: 71,950 | Gross: $32.42M

25. The Sandlot 2 (2005 Video)

PG | 97 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

A film about a group of young baseball-enthusiasts who test the terrifying myth of Mr. Mertle owning a freakishly large and dangerous dog in his backyard.

Director: David Mickey Evans | Stars: Max Lloyd-Jones, James Willson, Samantha Burton, Brett Kelly

Votes: 4,491

26. Sugar (I) (2008)

R | 114 min | Drama, Sport

82 Metascore

Dominican baseball star Miguel "Sugar" Santos is recruited to play in the U.S. minor-leagues.

Directors: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck | Stars: Algenis Perez Soto, Jose Rijo, Walki Cuevas, Santo Silvestre

Votes: 4,447 | Gross: $1.08M

27. The Pride of St. Louis (1952)

Unrated | 93 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

The story of Jerome "Dizzy" Dean, a major-league baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs in the 1930s and 1940s.

Director: Harmon Jones | Stars: Dan Dailey, Joanne Dru, Richard Hylton, Richard Crenna

Votes: 554

28. The Bad News Bears (1976)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

83 Metascore

An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Walter Matthau, Tatum O'Neal, Vic Morrow, Joyce Van Patten

Votes: 18,809 | Gross: $42.35M

29. The Natural (1984)

PG | 138 min | Drama, Sport

61 Metascore

An unknown comes seemingly out of nowhere to become a legendary player with almost divine talent.

Director: Barry Levinson | Stars: Robert Redford, Robert Duvall, Glenn Close, Kim Basinger

Votes: 40,061 | Gross: $47.95M

30. The Scout (1994)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

The story of a baseball scout who discovers a talented but troubled baseball player.

Director: Michael Ritchie | Stars: Albert Brooks, Brendan Fraser, Dianne Wiest, Anne Twomey

Votes: 5,584 | Gross: $2.67M

31. Mr 3000 (2004)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

Aging baseball star who goes by the nickname, Mr. 3000, finds out many years after retirement that he didn't quite reach 3,000 hits. Now at age 47 he's back to try and reach that goal.

Director: Charles Stone III | Stars: Bernie Mac, Angela Bassett, Michael Rispoli, Brian White

Votes: 13,347 | Gross: $21.80M

32. Rhubarb (1951)

Passed | 94 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

Rich, eccentric T.J. Banner adopts a feral cat who becomes an affectionate pet. Then T.J. dies, leaving to Rhubarb most of his money and a pro baseball team, the Brooklyn Loons. When the ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Ray Milland, Jan Sterling, Gene Lockhart, William Frawley

Votes: 554

33. Damn Yankees (1958)

Approved | 111 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

A frustrated fan of the hopeless Washington Senators makes a pact with the Devil to help the baseball team win the league pennant.

Directors: George Abbott, Stanley Donen | Stars: Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon, Ray Walston, Russ Brown

Votes: 2,235

34. The Naughty Nineties (1945)

Approved | 76 min | Comedy, Crime, Romance

When their captain is swindled out of his riverboat by a trio of gamblers, stage show star Abbott and his bumbling sidekick Costello must put things right.

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Alan Curtis, Rita Johnson

Votes: 1,645

35. Mr. Baseball (1992)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Romance, Sport

Jack Elliot, once a great baseball player, is forced to play in Japan where his brash, egotistical ways cause friction with his new teammates and friends.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Tom Selleck, Ken Takakura, Aya Takanashi, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 9,396 | Gross: $20.88M

36. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

76 Metascore

Incompetent police Detective Frank Drebin must foil an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.

Director: David Zucker | Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, O.J. Simpson, Ricardo Montalban

Votes: 137,181 | Gross: $78.04M

37. The Fan (1996)

R | 116 min | Action, Drama, Sport

32 Metascore

An all star baseball player becomes the unhealthy focus of a down on his luck salesman.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Robert De Niro, Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin, John Leguizamo

Votes: 43,580 | Gross: $18.57M

38. W. (I) (2008)

PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

56 Metascore

A chronicle of the life and Presidency of George W. Bush.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Ioan Gruffudd, Colin Hanks

Votes: 44,490 | Gross: $25.53M

39. Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)

Approved | 93 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

Two turn-of-the-century baseball players, who work in vaudeville during the off-season, run into trouble with their team's new female owner and a gambler who doesn't want them to win the pennant.

Director: Busby Berkeley | Stars: Frank Sinatra, Esther Williams, Gene Kelly, Betty Garrett

Votes: 2,900

40. It Happens Every Spring (1949)

Approved | 87 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Sport

A scientist discovers a formula that makes a baseball which is repelled by wood. He promptly sets out to exploit his discovery.

Director: Lloyd Bacon | Stars: Ray Milland, Jean Peters, Paul Douglas, Ed Begley

Votes: 1,460

41. Mr. Destiny (1990)

PG-13 | 110 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Unhappy Larry Burrows sees what his life could've been like, had he made that winning home run as a teenager.

Director: James Orr | Stars: Jim Belushi, Linda Hamilton, Michael Caine, Jon Lovitz

Votes: 10,910 | Gross: $15.38M

42. The Comrades of Summer (1992 TV Movie)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Sport

To teach a team of Russian wanna-be baseball players the finer points of the all-American game is no easy task, but for a grudgingly resentful, recently fired baseball manager from the ... See full summary »

Director: Tommy Lee Wallace | Stars: Joe Mantegna, Natalya Negoda, Michael Lerner, Mark Rolston

Votes: 322

43. Talent for the Game (1991)

PG | 91 min | Drama, Sport

Virgil Sweet is on the verge of losing his job as a talent scout with the California Angels when he discovers Sammy Bodeen, a country boy with no pro ball experience, but with a pitching ... See full summary »

Director: Robert M. Young | Stars: Edward James Olmos, Lorraine Bracco, John E. Coleman, Jeff Corbett

Votes: 688 | Gross: $0.34M

44. Bang the Drum Slowly (1973)

PG | 96 min | Drama, Sport

80 Metascore

The story of the friendship between a star pitcher, wise to the world, and a half-wit catcher, as they cope with the catcher's terminal illness through a baseball season.

Director: John D. Hancock | Stars: Michael Moriarty, Robert De Niro, Vincent Gardenia, Phil Foster

Votes: 5,010

45. Angels in the Outfield (1951)

Approved | 99 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

A young woman reporter blames the Pittsburgh Pirates' losing streak on the obscenely abusive manager. While she attempts to learn more about him for her column, he begins hearing the voice ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Paul Douglas, Janet Leigh, Keenan Wynn, Donna Corcoran

Votes: 1,854

46. Angels in the Outfield (1994)

PG | 102 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

44 Metascore

When a boy prays for a chance to have a family if the California Angels win the pennant, angels are assigned to make that possible.

Director: William Dear | Stars: Danny Glover, Brenda Fricker, Tony Danza, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 26,719 | Gross: $50.24M

47. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
Episode: Angels in the Infield (2000)

TV-PG | 87 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Bob "Bungler" Bugler is the celestial coach called in to assist struggling pitcher Eddie Everett. Laurel finds her prayers answered when a flock of outrageous angelic teammates crash her ... See full summary »

Director: Robert King | Stars: Patrick Warburton, Britt Irvin, Kurt Fuller, Rebecca Jenkins

Votes: 459

48. Reverse of the Curse of the Bambino (2004 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 57 min | Documentary, Sport

In 1918 the Boston Red Sox won their fifth World Series, thanks in great part to a young pitching and hitting sensation from the slums of Baltimore named George Herman Ruth, a.k.a. the Babe... See full summary »

Director: George Roy | Stars: Eddie Andelman, Luis Aparicio, Wally Backman, Mike Barnicle

Votes: 195

49. Rookie of the Year (1993)

PG