KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Baseball is America's favorite pastime, and Hollywood has taken note. Today, we tip our hats to the six greatest baseball movies ever made.
From memorable characters to unforgettable stories, each of these films hit a grand slam in our hearts.
Here's a list of the six greatest baseball movies ever made.
6. A League of Their Own (1992)
We have to acknowledge A League of Their Own. With an all-star cast, this baseball flick is a historical comedy, focusing on the start of women's baseball. It's full of drama similar to that of a soap opera. Tom Hanks delivers a hilarious performance as Jimmy Dugan, the half-drunk, half-team manager. This film also taught us an important lesson: "There's no crying in baseball."
5. Moneyball (2011)
When it comes to cinema, you can never count out the great Aaron Sorkin. He co-wrote the screenplay for Moneyball -- a film that deserves to be recognized. Brad Pitt's take on Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane is believable and pure, but it's the story that keeps audiences hooked. The 2011 film was nominated for six Oscars including a nod for Best Picture. It focuses more on the game plan of baseball rather than the gameplay. This makes it an interesting and unorthodox film, worthy of watching.
4. The Sandlot (1993)
The Sandlot is one of my all-time childhood favorites. It now has cult following and is a perfect baseball story for all ages. The characters are well-developed, and the writing is hysterical. It's a growing-up story, full of heart. Sometimes I think The Sandlot is overshadowed by some other baseball films, but it needs to be in the starting lineup. It has the same strength as all the others, and deserves the name "The Great Bambino".
3. Bull Durham (1988)
When I think of baseball movies, the first actor that comes to mind is Kevin Costner. He's starred in three baseball flicks between 1988-1999. His role as Crash Davis in Bull Durham kicked off his future for baseball roles. Bull Durham is more comedic than many others, consisting of a sporty love triangle between Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and Costner. It's an all-around classic filled with some funny moments threatening the relationship between friends and teammates.
2. Field of Dreams (1989)
"If you build it, they will come" -- and that's what this movie did. Audiences and critics came to the movie theater and loved this one. Nominated for three Academy Awards, Field of Dreams is a fantastic story of a man who finishes what he started. It's an emotional and heartwarming film brought to you by the king of baseball movies, Kevin Costner. When you think of baseball movies, Field of Dreams always makes it to the plate.
1. The Natural (1984)
The Natural is pure baseball cinema. Robert Redford as Roy Hobbs is simply unforgettable. While the entire cast remains strong, Redford knows how to shine. Through the lenses is iconic director Barry Levinson. He's known for other classics like Rain Man, Wag the Dog and Disclosure -- but it's The Natural that jump started his promising career in Hollywood cinema. The Natural is a must-see for any baseball fan who cherishes the game our entire nation loves.