America's game...baseball. The smells of grass and concessions, the crack of a bat, and the seventh inning stretch are all fond ideals for the great game of baseball. Great baseball movies come around rarely in the film industry, so rare in fact, that most of them can quickly become classics. Wether funny baseball movies or inspirational sports movies, we can all recall a favorite we enjoy sitting down to watch from time to time. Let's review some of the greatest classic baseball movies ever!
The Sandlot (1993)
Probably best classified as a funny baseball movie, The Sandlot is a story about a boy growing up in a typical suburban neighborhood. Scotty Smalls moves into the neighborhood where he struggles to make new friends. He is introduced to the game of baseball by the other guys, and finds out there is a lot to learn about the game. "You're killing me Smalls!"
The Sandlot also involves themes about morality, discovering oneself, and finding acceptance among your peers. The guys must also brave death at the hands of the infamous "Beast" to save the last baseball they own. This results in one of the most memorable chase scenes I can ever remember.
An absolute much-watch baseball flick. You will find your inner child while watching this classic sports film. This movie will be remembered "FOR-E-VER."
Major League (1989)
Featuring Tom Berenger and Charlie Sheen, Major League portrays the struggling Cleveland Indians as they try to turn things around. When the villainous owner of the team decides to try throwing the season in order to move the team to Florida, the rejects decide to challenge authority by winning the pennant.
Overall, the is a hilarious movie. However, there are a few inspirational sports moments intertwined throughout the movie. Tom Berenger plays the played-out team captain, while Charlie Sheen has the role of Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn. Together, they lead a funny cast of misfits to try to win the day. And yes, you will hear "Wild Thing" during the movie.
Break out the horn-rimmed glasses and popcorn. Sit back and enjoy a true American classic baseball movie.
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Angels in the Outfield (1994)
Angels in the Outfield is a classic Walt Disney movie featuring a very young Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Gordon-Levitt plays a young foster child whose dad promises to return when the Angels finally win the pennant. After praying for a miracle, he is answered in the form of a REAL angel played by Christopher Lloyd. Lloyd and his team of angels help make a little magic happen for the struggling team.
Watch carefully as you will see some familiar faces in this one, including Danny Glover, Tony Danza, and even Matthew McConaughey! In typical Disney fashion, you will find a truly inspiring sports movie with Angels in the Outfield.
Bull Durham (1988)
Bull Durham is probably one of the greatest baseball movies of all time. This movie features a mix of comedy, drama, inspirational sports moments, and flat-out good baseball scenes. The major cast stars Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins.
Costner and Robbins play minor league baseball players caught in a love triangle with a fan. They must struggle between their personal conflict and winning baseball games. Bull Durham is full of great quotes including:
"Crash Davis (Costner): Well, I believe in the soul, the (censored), the (censored), the small of a woman's back, the hanging curve ball, high fiber, good scotch, that the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a constitutional amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days."
I love this movie, so check it out for classic baseball fun!
Field of Dreams (1989)
A farmer in Iowa (Costner) hears a voice telling him the classic line, "If you build it, he will come." He interprets this message as an instruction to build a baseball field on his farm, and he will be able to see the man he always wanted to meet. Reminiscent of Noah building the ark, Ray undertakes the task of constructing the field where he is ridiculed by the locals. The ghosts of Shoeless Joe Jackson and seven other Chicago White Sox players banned from the 1919 World Series appear to finally be able to again play the great game of baseball.
Field of Dreams is definitely not a traditional classic baseball movie, and it actually border lines on the supernatural. However, this movie still depicts the deep love that people have for the game. Costner's character finally is able to meet the man he has been waiting for at the end of the film. Watch out to find out who is this offbeat classic film about the love of baseball.
A League of Their Own (1992)
Set during World War II, A League of Their Own is about the first female professional baseball league. Established due to the shortage of young men, this baseball comedy star Tom Hanks as the manager of one of the teams. Geena Davis and Madonna also star in this classic sports movie.
The story features two sisters on a team struggling to perform well in the new league and also against one another as unfamiliar fame attempts to drive them apart. A League of Their Own is a far cry from a traditional baseball classic, but the uniqueness helps make is a memorable movie.
"Jimmy Dugan (Hanks): Are you crying? Are you crying? ARE YOU CRYING? There's no crying! THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!"
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There are certainly other great and inspiring baseball movies out their to watch. However, this collection of classics really helps show the great variety of films out their showing America's favorite pastime. Hopefully, we will continue to get some new great baseball movies in this eclectic genre in the future.