MLB Post-season: 5 baseball movies to binge-watch – USA Today – USA TODAY
It’s time to play ball. Or, at least, press play on a good baseball movie.
The MLB post-season is underway, and soon two teams will be facing off in the 2017 World Series. If you’re like us and you’re living and breathing baseball this October, you can fill in the time between playoff games with these five baseball movies that are available to stream or rent. BYO Cracker Jacks.
If you like rooting for the underdog: Major League
Baseball has seen its fair share of underdogs and “lovable losers” overcoming championship droughts and expectations to win the World Series. But no real story has come close to the fun of Major League. The 1989 film follows a team put together by its owner specifically to be the worst baseball team in the league, which begins winning streak just to spite her.
Stream it on Starz.
If you want a more mature flick: Bull Durham
Kevin Costner is one of Hollywood’s baseball film all-stars. Field of Dreams remains a classic in the genre, but we’re also partial to Durham, which is a frank look at the world of minor league ball.
If you want an epic: The Natural
Robert Redford grounds the film as Roy Hobbs, the titular “natural” baseball player in the film, which is based on the Bernard Malamud novel. Hobbs’ long life saga is examined in the film, from the death of his father at a young age to his against-the-odds resurgence as a professional baseball player on the fictional New York Knights. The film has one of the most exciting at-bat scenes in any baseball film.
Stream it on Amazon.
If you’re nostalgic for childhood sports: The Sandlot
Films like It and series like Stranger Things are capitalizing on our current nostalgia for a childhood in the 1980s. The Sandlot similarly captured nostalgia for a ’60s childhood when it premiered in 1993. The film’s endurance as a baseball and childhood classic is due to its strong themes of friendship and youthful innocence.
Stream it on HBO Go/Now.
If you love sports documentaries: Four Days in October
ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series is an absolute treasure for sports fans who love digging into the history and cultural effects of their favorite players, coaches and games. (The epic installment O.J.: Made in America went on to win an Oscar.) This episode chronicles how the Boston Red Sox came back from a 3-0 deficit against the Yankees in the 2004 World Series and went on to break their “curse.”