The best baseball movies of all time July 25, 2018/in Features Slideshow, Slideshows /by Wes YaholaWe can argue about it, rank it, analyze it, but it never gets old. Here is Joe Holleman’s list of the top 10 baseball movies of all time to help us get ready for another opening day. Bull Durham’ (1988) Kevin Costner is a fading minor league catcher, Tim Robbins is a rising star pitcher and both vie for the affections of baseball groupie Susan Sarandon. I have tried to argue myself into thinking there is a better baseball film out there, but writer-director Ron Shelton’s minor league career brings the perfect amount of authenticity, crudity and sweetness. It’s the Babe Ruth of baseball movies. ‘Eight Men Out’ (1988) The tragic tale of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson and the Chicago “Black Sox, ” who conspired to throw the 1919 World Series, is deftly directed by John Sayles. A strong cast includes John Cusack, David Strathairn and novelist Studs Terkel as a sportswriter. ‘A League of Their Own’ (1992) Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Lori Petty lead a great cast in the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which played to enthusiastic crowds during World War II. It may contain the single best line ever about the national pastime. ‘Field of Dreams’ (1989) In the 1989 film “Field of Dreams,” star Kevin Costner hears voices telling him to plows his cornfield into a baseball diamond. It nearly bankrupts him as he waits for fans to come. ‘The Natural’ (1984) Robert Redford stars as mythical Roy Hobbs, a mysterious player with a bat made from a tree struck by lightning, who leads a team to the championship. Barry Levinson directed a strong cast and Randy Newman composed the beautiful score in this aesthetic treat. ’42’ (2013) Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey — two of the most important men in baseball (and American) history — are portrayed with grit and grace by Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford, respectively, in this take about breaking the color barrier in baseball. Avoids melodrama while skillfully capturing the event’s importance. ‘Major League’ (1989) The new owner of the Cleveland Indians puts together a terrible team so she can break the club’s lease and move it to Miami at the end of the season. Her roster of misfits includes Tom Berenger, Wesley Snipes, Corbin Bernsen, Dennis Haysbert and Charlie Sheen in a show-stealing turn as Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn. ‘The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings’ (1976) Billy Dee Williams, Richard Pryor and James Earl Jones star in this story of barnstorming black players in the late 1930s who were not allowed to play in the major leagues and refused to play for the corrupt heads of a black league. ‘Pride of the Yankees’ (1942) This biopic features Gary Cooper as Lou Gehrig, whose stellar career with the Bombers was cut short by the fatal neurological disease that bears now bear his name. It avoids most of the sappiness of other sports films of this period and boasts a cameo from Babe Ruth.