Being one of the most popular sports in the United States, baseball inspired a large number of film producers. Since the 1940s, over 50 movies presented the emotion or the business of baseball. Here are five of the best baseball movies, launched after 2000 and selected after taking into consideration their scores from IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes.
The movie is a biographical sports drama that tells the story of Jackie Robinson who struggled with racism during his integration into the major leagues. Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford starred as the main characters in the film released in 2013.
You give me a uniform, you give me a number on my back, I’ll give you the guts.
The movie has 7.5 out of 10 points on IMDb after 66,888 people rated it. Moreover, on Rotten Tomatoes it has a 79 percent on the Tomatometer and an audience score of 86 percent. “49” also has a Metascore of 62 out of 100, based on 42 critic reviews.
The 2001 movie is a sports drama that presents the race between two players to break the home run record. Barry Pepper and Thomas Jane played the roles of protagonists, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle. On IMDb, the film gathered 7.9 points out of 10 after 11,665 persons rated it. On Rotten Tomatoes, “61” has an 80 percent on the Tomatometer and a 90 percent audience score.
#3 ‘The Rookie’
The movie, released in 2002, tells the story of a baseball coach who decides to make his dreams come true in the major leagues. Dennis Quaid starred as coach Jim Morris.
It was ok to think about what you want to do until it was time to start doing what you were meant to do.
The movie received 7 out of 10 points, after 26,595 persons rated it, on IMDb. “The Rookie” also has a Metascore of 72 points out of a possible 100, based on 31 reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an 83 percent on the Tomatometer and an audience score of 70 percent.
The film relays the story of the Dominican baseball player Miguel Santos. He was recruited to play in the minor leagues in the United States. Algenis Perez Soto performed the role of the athlete known as Sugar. The 2008 movie has 7.2 points on IMDb after 4,051 persons rated it. Moreover, on Rotten Tomatoes, it received a 92 percent on the Tomatometer and an 80 percent audience score. “Sugar” has an 82 Metascore, based on 26 critic reviews.
The film presents the struggles of baseball manager Billy Beane, to put together his own baseball team with a small budget. He successfully assembled the Oakland A’s. Brad Pitt starred as the main character in the biographical sports drama released in 2011.
How can you not get romantic about baseball?
The movie rates a 7.6 out of 10 after it was rated by 285,209 people, on IMDb. “Moneyball” has a Metascore of 87 points, based on 42 reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 94 percent on the Tomatometer and an 86 percent audience score.
Bonus: ‘It Happens Every Spring’
The film, which is one of the first movies about baseball, relates the story of a scientist involved in the game. It is a sci-fi sports comedy that was released in 1949. “It Happens Every Spring” starred Ray Milland, Jean Peters, and Paul Douglas. The movie has 7 points out of 10 after it was rated by 1,303 persons, on IMDb. However, on Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 100 percent on the Tomatometer and a 70 percent audience score.
Baseball may seem simple but it requires great athletic qualities. It is an intense sports discipline in which the game can change in a thousandth of a second. Moreover, it is one of the most popular sports in the United States, engaging a lot of spectators at every event. So, there is no doubt why baseball inspired many film producers in the last 70 years.
By Bianca-Ramona Dumitru
Edited by Jeanette Smith
IMDb: 42 (2013)
IMDb: 61* (2001)
IMDb: It Happens Every Spring (1949)
IMDb: Moneyball (2011)
IMDb: Sugar (2008)
IMDb: The Rookie (2002)
Rotten Tomatoes: 42 (2013)
Rotten Tomatoes: 61* (2001)
Rotten Tomatoes: It Happens Every Spring (1949)
Rotten Tomatoes: Moneyball (2011)
Rotten Tomatoes: Sugar (2008)
Rotten Tomatoes: The Rookie (2002)
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