Sports movies are always interesting for the viewers due to the interesting stories and messages they convey. Often inspired by true events and inspirational destinies, these movies give us hope and faith and are a great choice for spending time with mostly positive and optimistic stories about brave and talented individuals. Baseball is one of the most popular sports in the world and there have been many movies with baseball as the leading role. This is the list of the 12 best baseball movies on Disney + to stream right now.
Rookie of the Year (1993)
What it’s about: Daniel Stern directed this adorable fantasy comedy about 12-year-old Henry who has always dreamed of playing baseball, despite his physical flaws. After an accident with his hand, he experienced a change so big that it would change his life. As his arm is healed now, he can pitch up to 103 mph and is immediately asked to join Chicago Cubs which will open numerous gates for him in the near future.
Why you should watch it: If you are up for a fun and laid-back comedy with brilliant performances, this is a movie for you. Thomas Ian Nicholas is adorable as Henry and it is a simple delight watching his adventures in this excellent family movie. A must-see for the youngest in the family.
The Rookie (2002)
What it’s about: Jim Morris is a Texan chemistry teacher and trains his son’s baseball team as well. He used to be a great player until an injury crushed his future plans. But now he has the opportunity to play again in a minor league. Soon he receives another call, this time from the big league and it seems that his dreams might come true when he needs to decide what to do.
Why you should watch it: Family dramas have always been associated with sports movies, and this one is a warm story inspired by true events where a father of three gets the opportunity to follow his dreams and play the sport he loves the most. Dennis Quaid was made for the role of Jim Morris and the whole movie is a feel-good experience you shouldn’t miss.
A Kid in King Arthur’s Court (1995)
What it’s about: Calvin Fuller’s life will be turned completely upside down when he gets pulled by Merlin himself into King Arthur’s court. The Little League baseball player has got a pretty demanding and very important task of saving Camelot which includes saving Princess Katherine and defeating a villain named Lord Belascoe. But the most important thing before he goes home is to help Arthur regain his confidence.
Why you should watch it: This lovely family comedy is a movie each child will undoubtedly enjoy. Full of action and adventure and a great story, it is a movie for youngsters who are interested in history because it will definitely interest them more in the King Arthur topic. And it is a great opportunity to see Kate Winslet and Daniel Craig in one of their earliest roles.
Million Dollar Arm (2014)
What it’s about: Jon Hamm plays Jb, a sports agent in 2008 who is disappointed with his professional outcomes since there are more and more deep-pocketed agents who have been much more successful than him in the business. He comes up with the idea of recruiting Indian cricket players and training them to become professional baseball players. After a lot of searches, he finds two common Indian boys who will be challenged with this unusual task and the new way of life in a foreign country.
Why you should watch it: This is one of those movies that we enjoy watching since it is extremely heartwarming and it makes us feel good at the end. It is a story of friendship and love, something everyone wants to see more of. Take a blanket, a big bowl of popcorn, and your favorite company and play this beautiful movie.
Fever Pitch (2005)
What it’s about: This is the story of the charming Ben Wrightman and the workaholic Lindsey Meeks who seem to have it all from the very beginning. They are enjoying their relationship and Lindsey finds Ben adorable but soon discovers another side of him. He is a passionate Boston Red Sox fan who can’t miss any game and soon their relationship will face its first uncertainties when Lindsey friend herself between Ben’s love for her and his favorite baseball team.
Why you should watch it: The chemistry between Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore is incredible and the best part of the movie. She is most of the time a jackpot if you want to see a romantic comedy and this has a bit more to it, as well. If you are a baseball fan who wants something a bit lighter, then you should definitely see this one.
The Sandlot (1993)
What it’s about: One of the classics, this family comedy-drama tells the story of Scotty Smalls who moves to a new neighborhood with his mother and stepfather. He is a huge baseball fan and wants to learn to play it and soon he will get the chance, with his new friend Benny Rodriguez, the biggest baseball connoisseur in the hood. They will get into numerous adventures, including baseball and everything a bunch of 12, and 13-year-old kids find interesting.
Why you should watch it: Coming-of-age movies are always a delight to watch and this is one of the best. It has comedy, drama, and sports and it is a fun watch for the whole family, especially the youngest ones who will probably imagine themselves in the place of their new favorite characters.
The Sandlot 2 (2005)
What it’s about: This is a sequel to the beloved Sandlot, but unfortunately it hasn’t lived up to its name. There is a new group of kids in the sandlot, including David Durango, Mac McKing, Saul, and many more, even a girl. They will find themselves on an adventure after one of them sends a model rocket into The Great Fear’s yard by mistake and now they have to retrieve it.
Why you should watch it: Even though this sequel isn’t nearly as good as the original Sandlot, it is still a fun watch for the kids who enjoy new adventures and meeting, group members. Don’t expect Sandlot, don’t compare it and you might even find it charming and amusing.
Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off (2003)
What it’s about: Eddie Ogden is a huge baseball talent and the most important player on his Baseball team. But when Eddie discovers his new passion, cooking, he will have to become more secretive than ever. He will enter a national competition for school kids and to his surprise, get huge support from his mother and one of his teachers.
Why you should watch it: This is a children’s movie and they will definitely enjoy it. It is a recommendation for older viewers, as well, as long as you don’t expect something mindblowing and too revolutionary. It is a nice weekend afternoon movie for the family.
Angels in the Outfield (1994)
What it’s about: Danny Glover and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star in this beautiful family fantasy comedy about a young boy Roger who lost his mother and lives separated from his father. He is a simple boy with only two big wishes, living together with his real family and seeing his favorite baseball team Angels win the Pennant. One of those wishes might very soon come true when a couple of angels become involved in making his wishes a reality.
Why you should watch it: This is one of the lovelies family sports movies there is and it is fun guaranteed for everyone who decides to see it. It has a great storyline and message, brilliant performances, a lot of good humor, and unforgettable characters. It also has a stellar cast, with young Matthew McConaughey, Dermot Mulroney, and always brilliant Christoper Lloyd.
Tiger Town (1983)
What it’s about: This sports drama tells the story of Alex and his father who are huge Detroit Tigers fans who are at the moment not performing well, especially Alex’s favorite player “Billy Young”. When Alex experiences a tragedy he decides to go to each team’s home game and make a wish when Billy is playing. He is convinced that he is the reason the Tigers have begun winning.
Why you should watch it: This is a lovely movie that shows how much faith in someone or something can change people’s lives. It has a beautiful story and a great cast and it will be interesting, especially to those who remember the days when the Tigers were at their peak.
The Sandlot 3 (2007)
What it’s about: Two years after the sequel, we are back with the kids from the Sandlot. This time we are following a successful, but arrogant baseball player Tommy “Santa” Santorelli who decides to travel back in time to 1976 and relive his old days on the sandlot baseball team. He will have enough time to think about the decisions he made then and maybe this time choose friendship over glory.
Why you should watch it: Once again we have an interesting story and a very good cast which make for an enjoyable movie for the whole family. If you want to know what happened with the sandlot crew in the future but what was going on in the past, too, there is no more waiting.
The Perfect Game (2009)
What it’s about: This movie is based on a true story and it takes us back to 1957 in Monterrey, Mexico where we meet a group of poor boys who shocked the world by winning 13 baseball games in a row. They will embark on a journey to and through the Southern US, led by a priest and a former major league player. They will have to go through numerous obstacles but in the end show that tenacity, bravery, and talent overcome everything.
Why you should watch it: This is a remarkable true story that proves that talent and strong will can make a difference in many lives. If you enjoyed Rudy, Coach Carter, or Friday Night Lights, you will definitely love this inspirational true story.