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I thought i'd mix things up. Everything has been ultra serious lately and last nights win has given me a little extra skip in my step. So tell me what your favorite baseball movie is. There are a ton of good ones out there. It'll be fun to see the differences in peoples answers, a lot will depend on taste, difference in age, gender, etc. Just thought this might be a fun little forum to break up all the cutthroatness thats been going around during these days of doldrums.
One caveat..... you can only choose one. Once this forum appears decidedly dead i'll do a count a declare BBTiAs ultimate baseball movie.
Here's mine, i'm partial to Bull Durham, and i love the Rookie, occasionally when the wife wants to watch a chick flick... i throw in some For Love of the Game, however the one baseball movie i can watch over and over again still and laugh at the same stupid parts, plus it brings me straight to my childhood everytime is:
i AGREE...BULL DURHAM was the best of the best..it showed baseball in its purist form...and focused on where the vast majority of professionals end up...nowhere near the majors...i like the fact that there was no generic- so- and -so- hits- the home- run -to -win the pennant ending. there was a home run hit but it was for the MINOR LEAGUE record. it was a film about small victories where the glory is in the effort. the guys at the top are the one's we hear about and idolize..this was a film about the other side and it deserved our attention.
I think it is only fittting following Father's Day that someone mentions Field Of Dreams. One of my favorites, and I remember watching with my Dad as a boy. It always brings back good memories.
With kudos to Bull Durham, I will have to go with The Natural here. Pure greatness.
Field of Dreams for me although The Natural and Pride of the Yankees are pretty good also.
With appreciation for all of the movies mentioned so far, the one movie that I can never click past is A League of Their Own. Tom Hanks a Jimmy Dugan cracks me up but the line I really love is where he says "baseball is supposed to be hard. The hard is what makes it great."
Love them all but A League of their Own has to be my favorite.
i'm surprised that A league of their own has gotten quite a few votes. typically considered a chick flick.... kudos to all for having the balls to list it as a fave. i too enjoy that one, just wouldnt list it as a fave.
Field of Dreams and The Rookie - both demonstrate the beauty of the game
For laughs - Major League (1 and 2, in that order)
There are so many great ones out there, and I love them all. But my favorite has to be Major League. Classic.
Honorable mention : Field of Dreams, For Love of the Game, The Natural, The Sandlot, Little Big League (Lucky ass kid inherits a team), Mr. Baseball, Fever Pitch, Bull Durham, Pride of the Yankees, The Naked Gun (Not a baseball movie, but has a great baseball scene), The Rookie, and of course, Rookie of the Year
Obviously you're not a golfer. The Big Lebowski.
I go with Field of Dreams, especially since I went to college with the actor who played Kevin Costner's father at the end.
There have been some pretty terrific baseball movies mentioned here -- Bull Durham ("Eight and 16!! How did we ever win eight?), Major League, A League of Their Own, Field of Dreams, the Rookie.Three, however, rise above the rest for me.(3) Eight Men Out. Outstanding story which goes a long way in explaining how close baseball came to extinction in the early part of the 20th century thanks to both the owners' and the players' greed.(2) The Sandlot. For anyone who has ever played baseball in a vacant lot or a neglected sandlot, this movie will forever resonate. We all had a kid like Smalls in our neighborhood. He couldn't get out of the way of his own feet.But my favorite of all time is...(1) The Natural. I know, it doesn't follow the book explicitly and it's got a corny ending, blah, blah. But any movie that I have memorized the dialogue from just has to be a No. 1. And besides, Kim Basinger looks, as Roy Hobbs would say, "swell.''
I have to go with The Rookie. That came out when I was 10 and in the thick of Little League play. Plus, the scene in the locker room with "Jump Around" blasting was so much fun.
#1 is 'The Sandlot'
Speaking of baseball movies...anybody know the release date for "Moneyball"? Should we expect this to be any good?
@No. 42, thank you! You are the first person to mention The Natural and bring up that it doesn't follow the book - well, the first other than me. In fact, the ending is so blatantly different from the book that I very nearly literally fell out of my chair at the theater when I first saw it. I know lots of people love this movie, but it was totally ruined for me. It didn't have to totally follow the book, I'm not that rigid, but you can't totally rewrite the ending that way. They turned it into typical Hollywood crap instead of what it really was.
Eight Men Out is great, probably my favorite. Heartbreaking, though.
Any of the Major League movies make me laugh no matter how many times I watch them. Sandlot is a classic and I watched it many times as a kid, so it's stuck with me for life. Bull Durham is also great.
The Natural. I already loved the movie before reading the book so it didn't really matter to me that it didn't stick to the book. Also love The Sandlot, Bull Durham, and Field of Dreams. If any of these are on and I'm flipping channels I have to stop and watch until the end.
Has to be The Sandlot for me although I love Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, and Major League.
1. Sandlot 2. Bull Durham3. Major League
The Natural is leading barely.... Sandlot is making a charge and so is Major League. Bull Durham's still got a chance, League of their own is dying off from its early charge....
@adam... everyone knows the best golf movie is Tin Cup, although happy gillmore has to be on the list by default. bob barker ass kicking gets an automatic honorable mention. And if youve never seen the Greatest Game Ever Played... highly underrrated. but enough about golf....
1. Bull Durham2. The Sandlot 3. The Rookie4. Field of Dreams5. Major League
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