America’s pastime has inspired filmmakers to create baseball movies.
As early as the 1920s, there have been silent films, comedies, dramas, biopics, and even thrillers about the sport.
This list of baseball movies features some of the most legendary figures of the sport like Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, and Lou Gehrig.
There are also films that retold some of the most historical events in baseball such as the 1919 Black Sox scandal.
If you’re looking for something to pass the time while enjoying your favorite game, maybe even learn a thing or two about baseball, watch these baseball movies!
Here you go:
42 is the story of Jackie Robinson, the first black baseball player to ever be an athlete for Major League Baseball. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
In the 1940s, racial upheaval was still prominent. So Jackie Robinson had to show tremendous bravery every time he played, and he played well despite the discrimination he received from the league and the public.
This story also follows the Dodgers' general manager, Branch Rickey, who was played by Harrison Ford for putting himself at the front of the line by recruiting Jackie Robinson.
This is an amazing movie about one of the most historical athletes to ever play in baseball history. Add to that the civil rights movement in the background and you get a truly moving film.
Based on the book of the same title and on a true story, this movie is about Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland As.
He teams up with Yale graduate Peter Brand, and despite their tight budget, they employ a revolutionary sabermetric model to form a team.
And with the magic of advanced baseball statistics, they build a pretty successful team.
JB Bernstein is a sports agent who was a leader in his field before new competitors came along and become threats to his company. He knows he has to come up with something in order to stay ahead of the race.
One day, he was watching an Indian cricket competition and that inspired him to go to Mumbai and recruit players there. He created a show called "Million Dollar Arm" for 40,000 players to compete.
In the end, two 18-year-olds, Dinesh and Rinku, won and came back to America with JB with the hopes of making it to Major League Baseball. And what starts off as a business venture for JB ended up with him finding friendship and a family with his two players.
This is a documentary about Bing Russell and the Portland Mavericks.
In 1973, Portland wasn't exactly known for its amazing baseball team. But Bing Russell had high hopes.
When he started the Portland Mavericks, they were the only independent team at the time and had no affiliations with Major League Baseball. The players were also pretty much discards or players no other team wanted.
But despite skeptics brushing them off as a team that'd go nowhere, they ended up shattering numerous records in the sport.
Gus Lobel is a respected baseball scout, but it seems like his glory days are over. He's growing old and the Atlanta Braves office is beginning to question his judgment.
Meanwhile, his estranged daughter--Mickey Lobel--is a high-powered associate at a law firm in Atlanta and her hard work is starting to pay off because she's on her way to becoming a partner.
When Gus finds he wants to prove to himself and the baseball community that he's still capable of recruiting great players, he asks his daughter for help.
Mickey knew this might be her father's last recruiting trip, so she agrees even though she might be putting her career goals on the line.
In 1957, a group of boys in Monterrey, Mexico find solace in playing sandlot baseball.
With the guidance of Cesar, a coach with aspirations of making it to the major leagues, the boys defied their odds, poverty, and discrimination to be the first non-US baseball team to win the Little League World Series.
This is based on a true story and an inspiring film about perseverance, teamwork, and holding on to faith.
This movie revolves around Miguel Santos, a skilled pitcher from the Dominican Republic with dreams of making it to the big leagues and, in turn, help his family out of poverty.
When he was 19 years old, he went to live with a host family in Iowa to start playing in minor league baseball and claw his way up to the major leagues.
But when his pitching arm gets injured, he starts to question whether he's made the right decision.
Ben Wrightman and Lindsey Meeks fall in love and even when they didn't have a lot in common, Ben being a teacher and Lindsey being a businesswoman, they still had a happy relationship.
When spring comes and baseball season starts, Lindsey gets to know the obsessive baseball fan in Ben and that he's been a loyal and passionate Boston Red Sox fan since he was a kid.
Immediately, Ben gets sucked into the fandom he's been part of his entire life and almost hypnotically disregards his responsibilities in his relationship.
This is a romantic film that seeks to answer the question of whether a baseball fanatic of a man can balance his love for sports and his love for his woman.
The Benchwarmers tells us the story of three guy friends who grew up together enduring the wrath of bullies.
They try to make up for their lack of athleticism and wimpy childhood days by putting together a three-person baseball team to compete with elementary school baseballers.
As the movie progresses, they’ll create a huge following of deserted kids as they head for a high-stakes game against the best little league team in the state.
Stan Ross is an aging baseball celebrity who was nicknamed Mr 3000. He turned his back on baseball after he got to 3,000 hits.
Years after, he became a successful entrepreneur whose business adventure swirled around his nickname. But it was found out later that he was three hits behind his spectacular record.
Now, Stan has to return to get back his name for him to be enlisted in the Baseball Hall of Fame. But things have changed with age and Stan acknowledges that it's not easy to get back to the game he hasn't played for a long while and he's getting to 50 years of age.
The Rookie is a true-to-life story about a coach who realizes that it’s not too late for his dreams to come true.
Jim Morris had to stop playing for the minor league when he had a shoulder injury that put a stop to his pitching career for about 12 years.
He then decided to make a deal with a high school chemistry teacher who’s married with children that if they emerge winner at the district championship, he’ll try out with a major league organization.
Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle are head-to-head on breaking Babe Ruth's single-season record of 60 home runs.
Striving for one of the most famous records in sports history, these two very distinct baseballers hit their runs at an outstanding rate.
Roger Maris is less famous than Mickey Mantle, and they're both on the run to break one of the most sacred records in U.S sports.
A lot of people believed that Mickey Mantle would be the one to do it, but in 1961, Maris rises ahead of Mantle, making a run at Ruth's mark.
The Sandlot is about the story of a boy named Scottie Smalls who moves to a new neighborhood and manages to make friends with a group of boys who play baseball at the sandlot.
He’s initially rejected by the boys because he can’t really play baseball.
He later learns how to play the sport and then joins the groups of baseball boys at the sandlot. And then cue the touching and funny adventures they have together.
Two Sisters, Kit, and Dottie, who live in a small town in Oregon, both join the Women's Baseball Association, alongside with some other girls on the Rockford Peaches with a manager named Jimmy Dugan, who’s a washed-up star ruined by alcohol
These women, alongside their other teammate, begin a journey that opens up a new world that's far beyond the baseball diamond. They also find themselves encircled with personal issues, drama, and problems.
The Cleveland Indians’ career has been good for the past 30 years. But then their owner dies and his wife takes over.
She deliberately makes the team as horrible as she can so they’ll lose and then she can move the team to Miami.
She approves a ton of misfit players: Jake Taylor, Ricky Vaughn, and Pedro Cerrano. But when they uncover her plans, they begin doing their best to win just to spite her.
Field of Dreams describes the story of an Iowa farmer named Ray Kinsella.
One day, he hears a voice in his cornfield that said, “If you build it, he will come.” Ray interprets it as a command to build a baseball field on his farm.
With the support of his wife, he acts upon what he heard. After he’s built it, the ghosts of the 1919 Chicago White Sox came.
When the voices persisted, Ray finds an unsociable author to help him comprehend the meaning of the messages and the purpose of his field.
Roy Hobbs is determined that nothing was going to stop him from fulfilling his dream of becoming a baseball superstar.
Sure, he’s middle-aged now but he has a secret weapon: a strong bat from a fallen oak tree that was struck by lightning.
He impresses major league scouts with his potential, overhauling his remarkable talent to sportswriters too. But then he meets a strange woman who destroys his dream.
Rookie of the Year is a story of a 12-year-old baseball fan who can't play the game at all.
During one Little League competition, he breaks his arm. After it heals, it miraculously turns into a strong pitching arm that beats out any player in the major leagues.
The boy then joins the Chicago Cubs to become a major league pitcher and even helps lead the team to the World Series.
This movie is a combination of romance, drama, and comedy. Bull Durham portrays the intertwining of three lives brought together by the great American pastime.
Crash Davis is a perennial Minor Leaguer designated to the Durham Bulls. There, he coaches Nuke, a complete baseball noob, in the patterns and ways of baseball, love, and life.
These two soon strike up a romantic relationship with Annie, who imposes it upon herself to sleep with a new player every season. Meanwhile, Crash just wants to end his career with dignity.
The movie portrays baseball with a sort of informal reverence, captioning both the drama and the humor of the game.
Morris Buttermaker is an ex-minor leaguer and a lazy pool cleaner who collects money to teach a bunch of misfits who have no baseball talent whatsoever.
He has a hard time coaching them though, so Coach Buttermaker reaches out to Amanda Whurlizer and Kelly Leak, two of the best players around.
This movie is a display of the Black Sox scandal where the Chicago White Sox received payoffs from failing the 1919 World Series intentionally.
The movie positions the crime in the context of a labor disagreement between the players and their team owner, and how Arnold Rothstein took undue advantage of the disagreement that took place.
This is the story of the life and career of the popular baseball player, Lou Gehrig.
The story begins as young Lou Gehrig had dreams of becoming a professional ballplayer.
While he was in college, Lou became a star athlete and then got signed by the New York Yankees. In 1939, Lou found out that he has a serious neurological disease.
After 19 years of playing the game he loved all his life, Detroit pitcher Billy Chapel reflects on his life in major league baseball when he discovers that his girlfriend had relocated to London for a job.
This compels him to examine his life and baseball career without his girlfriend. It led him to a painful decision: Which one is more important? The love of his life or his love for baseball?
Ryan Dunne is a decent high-school kid who works pretty hard mowing lawns for his dad’s firm.
He’s caught in between devotion to Sir, who believes that none of his sons will ever reach the social ladder, and Mike, who chastises Ryan's lack of purpose to go all the way to be a recruiter for a baseball college scholarship, which Mike had to forsake due to a wound.
To worsen matters, he falls in love with a rich girl.
Conor O'Neill was bright, young, and promising, but he became an aimless young man, and his promising future was wrecked by his gambling, drinking, and scalping tickets.
He decided to teach a little league team from the Cabrini greenhouse project in Chicago as a desperate attempt to pay off his gambling debts.
But this loan problem rather compels him to leave town.
This movie describes the story of a New York pro baseball team and two of its players, Henry Wiggen and Bruce Pearson. Henry Wiggen is the star pitcher, and Bruce Pearson is a catcher.
During the off-season, Bruce finds out that he’s terminally ill and Henry, his only true friend, has decided to be the one person there for him during his last season with the club.
Through the course of the season, Henry and his teammates try to cope and deal with Bruce's looming illness, making his last year a remarkable one.
A young woman reporter criticizes the Pittsburgh Pirates' manager for the team’s missing streak.
While she makes an effort to learn more about him for her column, he starts hearing the voice of an angel who promises to help him and the team if he changes his ways and repents.
And as he complies with that instruction, an orphan girl who has been secretly praying for the team notices angels on the ballfield.
Amazingly, the Pirates start winning because of the angels that were assigned to make that possible.
This movie is the true-life story of Jim Piersall, a baseball player who was groomed by his nice and loving but hard father. His father was living vicariously through Jim as Jim played in major league baseball.
Jim’s desire to succeed and please his father leads him to battle with mental illness and nervous breakdowns.
Will he be able to overcome all these difficulties and challenges so he can return to stardom in major league baseball?
The chairman of the Minnesota Twins baseball team died and he has willed Billy Heywood to become the new owner of the professional baseball team.
Billy Heywood is a 12-year-old boy who’s an adherent follower of the sport. He thinks he knows the Twins so well and believes that he has all it takes to make the Twins a winning team, so Billy chooses himself as their new manager.
The Indians are now a World Series challenger. After emerging winners the previous year, the Indians went back the following year with confidence.
Roger Dorn has become an owner from being a player, and he decided to remove the management. New players are acquired for the team and they’re stronger than they were before.
The question is: What will happen now?
This movie is the biography of Jackie Robinson. He was the first black major league baseball player in the 20th century.
He played by himself until the representatives of the Brooklyn Dodgers reached out to him. He was to attend a meeting with Branch Rickey, the Dodgers president, but Jackie didn’t honor the meeting because he thought it was a joke.
He later found that it was true, and he accepted to play for the Dodgers, but he was warned not to lose his temper. He started his career by facing discrimination, even from his teammates. Despite that, he was able to succeed through the help and support of his wife.
Al Stump is a very popular and famous sports-writer who was chosen by Ty Cobb to write his official and approved 'autobiography' before he dies. Cobb, who was widely feared and misunderstood, wants to fix the record about “the greatest ballplayer that ever lived”.
Stump finally spends time with Cobb, asking him questions and then writing about it. He subsequently finds out that the general public opinion about Cobb was correct.
In the presence of Stump, Cobb was angry and violent. He became abusive to everyone around him.
So, Stump writes two different stories after yielding to Cobb's pressure. He wrote one for the public and one for Cobb.
Tired of being treated like a slave, Bingo Long, a top baseball pitcher from the Negro League, became fed up with the way and manner he was treated by the team owner.
So, he takes the road and forms his own barnstorming ball club through the small towns of the Midwest in the 1930s.
Though opposed by the influential Negro League manager Sallison Porter, Bingo’s team flourished and even established their own loyal fandom.
Jack Elliot is on the crashing side of his baseball career even though he was once the MVP of the New York Yankees. After the threat of being replaced, he discovers that he's been sold to the Chunichi Dragons, a Japanese baseball team.
Jack Elliott is set in his ways and quite rigid, so he didn’t immediately come to terms with his new team’s culture and the way it’s governed right. So he pretty much became the team’s headache.
But when he meets with his Hiroko, the team’s PR agent, he realizes he should be grateful and that he should just acknowledge his present situation. He then starts making a real effort to helping the team win.
Everyone knows Babe Ruth is the baseball legend.
This movie follows his life from when he was abandoned by his father at an orphanage, to his glittering baseball career, to the discoveries made in his home that paint a story of his achievements.
Morris Buttermaker is an alcoholic worker and a former skilled baseball player. Desiring a break, he accepts his lawyer’s offer to take on teaching commitments for the Bears, a Little League baseball team that comprises of hapless losers and misfits.
As Buttermaker attempts to prepare and train these young kids into a winning and leading team, he also gives them a glimpse of his hard-living lifestyle. At the same time, they become motivated to emerge champions.
Joe Boyd is an old and aging Washington Senators fan who’s willing to sell his soul in order for the Senators to win against the New York Yankees and emerge as winners of the pennant.
Enter Applegate, who proposes to change Boyd into Joe Hardy, an influential and powerful young baseball player, in exchange for his soul.
When Boyd concurs, he becomes Hardy and directs the Senators on a winning streak.
A college scientist was working tirelessly on a long-term experiment when a baseball crashed through his laboratory window, demolishing all of his glassware.
The baseball also hits some kind of fluid and as a result, the scientist invents a formula that makes baseballs get repelled by wood.
So, he takes a break from the lab so he could go to St. Louis and take advantage of his new creation. There, he becomes quite the celebrity.
AI Percolo, a talent scout for the New York Yankees whose latest recruit has just vomited on the field and ran away, was sent to Mexico as punishment by his boss.
But while he was there, he discovers an incredible young pitcher named Steve Nebraska. After trying out, Steve was immediately signed for a million-dollar deal.
Not long after that, he started to show strange behaviors that may be associated with psychological issues. A psychiatrist employed by the ball club wants Steve in daily treatment, so Al ends up staying with a mentally fragile pitcher.
This movie focuses on baseball star Monty Stratton who loses a leg.
Set in the 1930s, the film follows Texas farm boy Monty as he soars from the minors to the majors. When he had his leg amputated, it looked to him that his pitching career was over.
However, Monty makes a successful comeback. He was very determined that if he ever had to leave the game, he’d do it on his own terms and conditions.
The historic story of baseball's early days of ethnic integration is expressed fully in this made-for-cable movie.
Blair Underwood shows as the young Jackie Robinson, who stunned everyone -- both his Negro-league players and the white baseball fans --- when he came to be the first African-American baseball player to get to the major leagues.
Co-star Delroy Lindo, Underwood, and the film itself were all nominated for the Image Awards.
Babe Ruth is an innocent, misunderstood oaf who has made his mark to be one of the biggest and greatest ballplayers of all time.
The movie shows us Babe Ruth's school days in Baltimore, his time with the Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, and Boston Braves, his marriage to Claire with whom he spent so many happy years, and his slow death from cancer.
It's also interesting to note that Babe's spiritual coach, Brother Matthias, remains steadfastly the same age from 1914 to 1948. This movie is an occurrence not to be forgotten.
This movie shows the misadventures and explorations of The Wolves, a winning baseball team.
The team's success is established upon the double-play mixture of "O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg." Both men decide to stick around on the baseball diamond when they fell in love with the Wolves' new beautiful owner, K.C. Higgins.
Bill Johnson is an umpire-hating baseball fan. When he lost his job because he was always distracted from watching baseball games during working hours, his father-in-law urges him to go to umpire school.
He hated the thought of it, but it so happened that he was jobless for a while now and he’s quite desperate for a new source of income.
Gus Cantrell is a major league pitcher who’s on the verge of retirement. One day, Roger Dorn, the general manager of the Minnesota Twins, reached out to him and offered him the role of managing the Buzz.
Gus accepts but regrets his actions almost instantly. Because the Buzz is a dysfunctional and hopeless team with an unusual combination of personalities.
However, Gus rapidly sets out to develop them into a winning team.
In this sequel, the young, rebellious, and troubled teenager Kelly Leak drives his baseball team--The Bears (the little league champions in California)--out to Houston where they’ll play an exhibition game with the local champions, the Toros.
But one of their best players has a broken leg and their team manager has just quit, so Kelly also seeks out his estranged father, Mike, and asks him to be their new manager.
Gil Renard is obsessed and addicted to baseball and he works as a salesman in the knife industry. He’s a big fan of the Giants.
At the beginning of the season, the Giants signed the all-star center fielder Bonny Rayburn to a contract worth 40 million dollars. But things didn’t go so well for both Bonny and Gil.
Gil loses his job and later on, his wife and son. Bonny, on the other hand, is slumping.
After Gil loses his job, he goes deep into his baseball addiction, specifically Bonny. Because Bonny wasn’t performing so well, and Gil expected a lot from him, Gil kidnaps Bonny’s son.
Now, Bonny must perform excellently well up to at the last game in order to save his son, Sean.
After impressing scouts in Arkansas, Jerome Dean decided to sign a contract to play professional baseball.
Just like his brother Paul, Jerome is a good pitcher, and the two of them help the St. Louis Cardinals win the 1934 World Series.
Both of them end up suffering serious injuries, and Jerome, dubbed "Dizzy" for his eccentric ways, copes with serious marital troubles.
After he’s hired as a broadcaster, Jerome encounters a new challenge from teachers who object to his informal way of speaking.
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg is a humorous, crazy, and emotional story about an extraordinary baseball player who surpasses religious discrimination and racism in order to become an American hero.
He’s the first-ever Jewish baseball star in the major leagues. Hank's achievements during the Golden Age of Baseball beat those of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.
Baseball scout Virgil might soon lose his job at the Angels, especially because Gil, the Angels’ tough new owner, happens to be in the committee.
One day, Virgil and his girlfriend Bobbie had a car breakdown in a small town in Idaho, and there, he discovers a young pitcher named Sammy. He believed in him so much that he thought Sammy could be the next big thing in baseball.
When he told Gil about this, the owner decided to build up a media frenzy around the farm, and Virgil begins to worry that Sammy might choke.
This is a remake of the 1994 movie of the same title. It’s pretty much the same plot:
A young woman journalist criticizes the Pittsburgh Pirates' manager, McGovern. While she tries to learn more about him for her column, he begins believing the voice of an angel guaranteeing him help for the team if he’ll change his ways.
As he does so, an orphan girl who’s a Pirates fan notices angels on the ballfield. Sure enough, the Pirates start winning, and McGovern tries to swerve his life around.
This is the courageous story of Jack, a young boy who’s battling illness, who’s taken on an adventure by a stranger named Henry.
Jack had low confidence and is filled with self-doubt; but Henry really helped him through this.
While they were on their journey, Jack meets with New York Yankee legends from both the past and present, and they give him lessons not just in baseball but also in life.
This movie revolves around the unforgettable 1986 World Series and a day in the life of a playwright who misses the opening night of a play so he could see the extraordinary game.
The playwright spends his day anxiously as he struggles to decide whether the fate of his new play at the mercy of a prominent critic is more important than the victory of his favorite team against the Mets.
The Phenom is a story of a young baseball player entangled between pitching his games peacefully and harped by his overbearing father.
The father, who was once a teen baseball star, coerces his technique and principles on his son to make up for his failures. Hopper, the young player, struggles to break free from years of verbal and career abuse by his dad.
He takes refuge in connecting with people through intimate conversations.
This movie expresses human values, masculinity, the quest for success, and relationships.
The movie follows a traditional fly-on-the-wall approach in portraying the lives of eager young players and their families.
It features two Dominican baseball players with dreams of making it to the major league. Pressured by the industry, they’re frequently caught lying about their ages, falsifying their identities, and taking steroids and other illegal substances.
Up for Grabs is the humorous documentary about two men fighting over custody of the famous “Million-Dollar Baseball”.
The film reveals the extent men would go because of greed, fame, and power.
While the two men struggle for baseball custody, fans and lawyers argue over who gets the ball. Everyone holds on for the verdict of the judge's decision.
In Texas, in the fall of 1980, freshman Jake Bradford, a high school freshman, moved into an off-campus house with other members of the college baseball team.
He meets several teammates, including his roommate Billy whom they nicknamed "Beuter" because of his deep southern accent.
He joins Finnegan, Roper, Dale, and Plummer throughout the campus in search of women.
Louis Gossett Jr. stars as Paige, who spends virtually his whole professional career in the Negro leagues because of the gentlemen's approval.
Paige's prowess as a pitcher is so popular and famous that he comes to be the highest-paid player in the Negro leagues, but as for joining the teams, the answer always comes out the same: "If only you were white."
With his famous swing, Pete Rose got more hits than anyone in the record of baseball. This film chronicles the playing career of one of the game's most honored stars.
It features the evening of September 11, 1985, when Pete Rose was to obtain hit number 4,192 of his lengthy and brilliant career, beating Ty Cobb as the all-time career hits leader.
Josh has gone to college and his little sister, Andrea, joins her high school baseball team to escape her boring new home life now that her brother is gone.
She carries along with their dog, Buddy, and Buddy makes it to the baseball team too. Of course, he emerges as the star player.
When the team got into the championship game, a set of scientists kidnap Buddy as well as his puppies for their twisted experiments.
Francis Ike Farrell, a young baseball player who doesn't know how to tell the truth, gets mixed up with gamblers and a beautiful young girl.
When his teammates tease him about falling in love with Dolly, Frank denies it. Meanwhile, crooked gamblers intimidate to break Frank's arm unless he’s willing to lose the next two games, but he's so disturbed over Dolly's departure that he loses the next game too.
Cap thinks he lost on purpose, but Bess understands well, so she got in touch with Dolly to put things in order, but alas, the gamblers finally kidnap Frank.
John is a down-on-his-luck, small-town bookie who has a tough time paying back his outstanding debts.
After one night stands with an ex-girlfriend, John builds up a questionable friendship with her 12-year old son, Brian, and he formulates a plan to recover the money owed to him by accepting bets on Brian's youth league baseball games, thereby causing and creating problem and chaos in the community.
John Gries, Aaron Yoo, Judy Ogg, and Gary Cole feature in a touching drama examining the lasting effects of World War II on Japanese-American citizens striving to survive continuing resentments from the country they now call home.
It revolves around the Nomura family, who had just been put into an internment camp because of an executive order from the president to imprison Japanese citizens, even the American ones.
Lyle is a notable pitcher who had been approved into college on a baseball scholarship. Billy's daughter is a music educator at the camp, and when she and Lyle strike up a romance, frictions quickly come to play between the two families.
Believing that the two families will be able to find a mutual ground due to their love of baseball, Lyle's father suggests a friendship game between internees and the Burrell's team.
This hour-long silent film centers on Babe Dugan, a player for the Los Angeles Angels. For him to play well, he chews tobacco, which angers Snow White who has to clean his clothes after every game he plays.
Vernie attends a game with him, which leads to them falling in love and leading to both getting engaged.
Babe Dugan's constant chewing of tobacco strains the relationship which, in turn, leads to his inability to play baseball.
This is a documentary that grabbed interviews with a handful of pitchers who could toss a ball so slow and uncertain that no one wants anything to do with it.
With incredible first-hand access from these players, the film follows their pursuits with behind-the-scenes periods at the ballpark, on the road, and at home with family.