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The Nine Best Baseball Movies Ever

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6. Eight Men Out (1988)
The Rundown: The heroic rise and tragic fall of "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and the rest of the 1919 Chicago White Sox -- who will forever be notorious in baseball lore due to their involvement with fixing the World Series from that year -- is depicted in director John Sayles' historical retelling of the Black Sox scandal.
Why it's one of the best: Sayles is a renowned auteur and created a captivating film that dramatizes one of the more landmark events in baseball history. John Cusack is equally excellent in his angsty portrayal of Jackson.
Memorable quote:
"Say it ain't so, Joe. Say it ain't so."


5. Bull Durham (1988)
The Rundown: Kevin Costner plays Crash Davis, a salty and world-weary catcher in the bush leagues of baseball who's tasked with taming wild rookie pitcher Ebby "Nuke" LaLoosh (played by a puppy-faced Tim Robbins) who has the potential of being a major star in the big leagues, if only he can learn some control. Both players are mired in a love triangle with Annie Savoy, a metaphysics-espousing New Agey baseball groupie.
Why it's one of the best: The late-1980s was Costner's "baseball period" as the actor did both this flick and Field of Dreams around the same time. While both are excellent flicks, but we're more partial to this one, as its less about the spirituality of baseball and is instead a humorous looks at the dreary life of being stuck the minors. Plus, Costner has never been as cool as he is here as Crash.
Memorable quote: "From what I hear, you couldn't hit water if you fell out of a fucking boat."


4. Moneyball (2011)
The Rundown: Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's semi-successful campaign of using number-crunching and aging players to level the playing field in baseball was dramatized last year by Hollywood, with Brad Pitt starring as Beane.
Why it's one of the best: While you might as well call the flick Sabremetrics: The Movie, its has plenty of appear beyond just baseball nerds. Pitt's acting is as excellent as ever and director Bennett Miller crafts an engaging and entertaining look into the mechanics of the game.
Memorable quote: "How can you not get romantic about baseball?"

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