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If you want to start an argument all you have to do is put out a list of the best all-time anything because surely more will disagree then agree with you.  So as baseball season is underway I thought I would tell you my ten all-time favorite baseball movies. The key here is the word “favorite” because arguing about the best when it comes to movies is simply ludicrous. it’s just a matter of opinion.

Of course I have not seen every baseball-themed movie but these are my favorites:


Kevin Costner  (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images))
Kevin Costner (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images))
1

Bull Durham

 
 

This is generally considered on most lists as the best baseball movie ever and it’s my favorite for many reasons including Kevin Costner, who is great in sports movies.

Susan Sarandon & Tim Robbins are both terrific and the portrayal of life in the minor leagues is authentic and charming.

“Candlesticks always make a nice gift and maybe you can find out where she’s registered and maybe a place setting or silverware pattern.  Okay let’s get two.”

 
Robert Redford  (J. Emilio Flores/Getty Images)
Robert Redford (J. Emilio Flores/Getty Images)
2

The Natural

 
 

Unlike Bull Durham this one is filled with flaws like a road game ending with a home run by the visiting team.

But it doesn’t matter all that much to me because Robert Redford is great as the good guy who wins out at the end.

 

 
Film location for the movie "Field of Dreams" (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Film location for the movie "Field of Dreams" (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
3

Field of Dreams

 
 

Costner again and the famous “if you build it he will come.”

 
Cover of DVD of "The Sandlot" (Amazon)
Cover of DVD of "The Sandlot" (Amazon)
4

The Sandlot

 
 

It’s not this high of most lists but I don’t care. Scotty Smalls, “Squints” Palledorous, “Ham” Porter and of course Wendy Peffercorn make this a classic.

 
DVD cover for "Bang the Drum Slowly" (Amazon)
DVD cover for "Bang the Drum Slowly" (Amazon)
5

Bang The Drum Slowly

 
 

Considered the “Brian’s Song” of baseball movies with a young Robert DeNiro and Michael Moriarty.

 
Corbin Bernsen (Francois Durand/Getty Images)
Corbin Bernsen (Francois Durand/Getty Images)
6

Major League

 
 

Not long on realism and Corbin Bernsenis a real reach as a player but I still watch it when it’s on.

 
Walter Matthau (Liaison via Getty Images)
Walter Matthau (Liaison via Getty Images)
7

The Bad News Bears

 
 

Snot-nosed kids and Walter Matthau fit perfectly

 
An outfit once worn by Madonna in 'A League of Their Own' (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
An outfit once worn by Madonna in 'A League of Their Own' (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
8

A League of their Own

 
 

Tom Hanks utters a movie classic, “there’s no crying in baseball.”

 
Dennis Quaid (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Dennis Quaid (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
9

The Rookie

 
 

Dennis Quaid as Jim Morris, a high school teacher who made it to the majors.

 
Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore attend the world premiere of 'Fever Pitch'  at Fenway Park (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore attend the world premiere of 'Fever Pitch' at Fenway Park (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
10

Fever Pitch

 
 

I have to include this because the Red Sox beat the Yankees.

 

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