With baseball in full swing (see what we did there) and crowds returning to cheer on their favorite teams, here are three fictional baseball films to get you in the mood to go to some live games.
This list will consist of only fictional baseball films. No movies based on or inspired by a true story. That's why you won't be seeing such great films like Bull Durham, The Sandlot, or Field of Dreams.
3. Fever Pitch
While 2004’s Fever Pitch is a solid comedy, it’s more about a guy who obsesses about baseball (Jimmy Fallon) rather than the team/sport itself. What gets it on this list is two things:
There really aren't many baseball movies NOT based on or inspired by actual events (we'll make that list soon).
The original ending for the movie was supposed to conclude with the Red Sox losing, but while the film was in production, the Red Sox went and won the World Series for the first time in 86 years, which forced the writers to change the ending.
2. Angels in the Outfield
Now listen to this premise: A young foster kid named Roger prays for the California Angels to win the pennant so his Dad would return and take him home. It doesn't sound like a Disney-made family-friendly sports film, does it? But then again, this is the same company that traumatized millions of children by killing Bambi's Mom off screen and killed Simba's Dad ON screen, so we really shouldn't be surprised. While the film does start a bit heavy, they do lighten up when Roger's prayers are answered, and the Angels start winning with the help of actual Angels. If you're in the mood for a light-hearted film that manages to get you to shed a few tears between the smiles, give Angels in the Outfield a watch.
1. Major League
This 1989 love letter to the Indians and the city of Cleveland is arguably one of the best sports comedies of all time. With a stellar cast led by Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, and Wesley Snipes, Major League tells the story of a money-hungry team owner filling the roster with a bunch of losers in order to tank the team and move it to Miami. If you’ve ever watched a sports movie, you can guess what happens next. In a case of life imitating art, the Indians would win their first pennant in over three decades just six years after the movie was released.
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