The Chode’s Top 10 Baseball Movies of All Time

Entertainment, Featured — February 10, 2014 at 9:25 am by

So, the O’s off-season has us as all down in the dumps, and we’re praying for warmer weather at Camden Yards, here are my top 10 favorite hardball movies of all time.  These classics should help hold you over until Opening Day.

10) Bad News Bears

Walter Matthau, as a boozed up little league skipper, coaching a team of misfits.  This movie was made in 1976, and it’s still so good.

9) Angles in the Outfield

Honestly, who didn’t make the angle motion at the ballpark after this came out? If you say you didn’t, you’re lying.

 

8) Rookie of the Year

When this came out in 1993, every young kid was praying a freak accident would miraculously give them a cannon for an arm.  What kid doesn’t’ dream of playing in the Bigs when they grow up? Better yet, do it while you’re still a kid. Pitchers got a big BUTT! Pitchers got a big BUTT!

 

7) Eight Men Out

The story of the fixed 1919 World Series. The gambling and mob elements add even more drama to the infamous true story of shoeless Joe Jackson and the Black Sox.  “Say it Ain’t So, Joe!”  Of course is Mr. Comisky hadn’t been such a cheap bastard….

6) Moneyball

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Love the book. Love the movie. Brad Pitt is unreal as BIlly Bean. Put it all together and you’ve got a great movie about modern-baseball era.  Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman (RIP) round out a legit cast.

5) Major League/ Major League 2

“WILD THING, YOU MAKE MY HEART SING!” Two of the best baseball movies ever. The best way to describe these movies is to simply refer to them as baseball comedic genius. The second movie was filmed at Camden Yards, and sometimes I feel as if the Orioles are the real-life Indians from these movies.

 

4) Field of Dreams

“If you build it, they will come.” Might be one of the most well known lines in all of movie history. There’s something about this magical diamond, in the middle of a cornfield in Iowa, that gets you right there every time you watch it. Costner makes a hell of a baseball flick.

 

3) The Natural

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This movie is a baseball purist’s dream. Robert Redford is unreal as Roy Hobbs. Hobbs, with his homemade Wonderboy bat, is a man who was put on this earth for one thing and one thing only–to play baseball.

2) Bull Durham

Costner crack the list again as Crash Davis, this time alongside Susan Sarandon. A phenomenal movie about America’s favorite past time at the minor league level. Some characters are on their way to the bigs, and other are just enjoying the dream while they still can. Start to finish this gem is full of fantastic quotes. “This is a very simple game. You throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains. Think about that for a while” (Crash Davis).

1) The Sandlot


If you didn’t see this one coming, let me explain: Only the elite get to play in the bigs. Some make it to high school–a few even play college baseball. But every kid has spent a summer’s day at a field near their house, playing baseball where there were no umps, no uniforms, no teams, no score, and no end. Just playing the game to play it. The movie, on the surface, might be about a group of kids playing meaningless baseball, but really it’s about so much more.

Thats my top 10……….what are your thoughts?

2 Comments

  1. Great list but I think major league movies need to be first and second.

  2. No Pride of The Yankees bro? Sure it’s about those prick Yanks and it’s old as shit, but Gehrigs speech is the stuff that your grandpa wacks off to. “Today I consider myself the luckiest man alive.” Eyes start welling up at the mere thought of it…

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