The sport of baseball is America’s pastime. For more than 100 years, the sport has been one of the most beloved in the United States and despite falling on hard times in the past 10-15 years because of drug scandals, still is watched religiously from March to November. The sport has been the backdrop to many great movies, but what are the best?
‘A League of Their Own’
Starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Lori Petty, this popular movie, released in 1992, follows two sisters that look for success as they join the first female baseball league. Their manager, Jimmy Dugan, played by Hanks is angry drunk that would rather stay in the locker room and drink than be in the dugout managing.
‘Field of Dreams’
For many people, including myself, it doesn’t get any better when it comes to baseball movies than Field of Dreams. From the famous line “If you build it, they will come,” to the surprising finish, this Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones movie provides a little of everything.
One year before Costner starred in Field of Dreams, he had the lead role in Bull Durham. Costner played Crash Davis, a minor league catcher that was assigned to the Durham Bulls, a Class A team, so he could help groom young pitcher “Nuke Lakoosh.” Also starring Susan Sarandon, this movie also gets into hilarious moments with an intriguing love triangle.
While Field of Dreams is considered to be the best baseball movie, Major League is one of the funniest. Watch the Cleveland Indians led by Willie Mays Hayes (Wesley Snipes), Ricky Vaughn (Charlie Sheen) and Jake Taylor (Tom Berenger) keep their new owner, a former exotic dance that married into the team, from moving the team.
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