Here is the list I was proposing:
|3.||Field of Dreams|
|4.||A League of Their Own|
|5.||The Bad News Bears|
|7.||Eight Men Out|
|8.||For Love of the Game|
|9.||Pride of the Yankees|
|10.||Rookie of the Year|
My friend wanted to strike "The Bad News Bears," "For Love of the Game," and "Rookie of the Year" from the list and insert "The Babe," "Major League," and "Bang the Drum Slowly." I was able to break the "Drum" and "The Babe" pretty quickly because I haven't seen them, and I don't have much desire to see them. "Bang the Drum Slowly" strikes me as the baseball version of "Brian's Song," and I'm tired of bawling my eyes out at movies in front of strangers. "The Babe" was just too much for me--if you're going to do a biopic of Babe Ruth, you either have to focus on an element of his life or make a long movie, and, as far as I could tell, "The Babe" didn't do either. And while John Goodman has the body for the movie, it was hard for me to see him as the Sultan of Swat.
As for "Major League," I think it's one of the most overrated baseball movies of all time, mostly because it's just not that funny.
"Bad News Bears" is a great movie, and, although it's about kids, deserves to be on any list of the best baseball movies of all time. I realize that "Rookie of the Year" isn't a great movie, but it's fun and pretty funny in some parts. And "For Love of the Game" is a very underrated movie. Yes, there are three Kevin Costner movies on my list and, yes, Costner is a megalomaniac who inserts too much of his own personality into his movies, but "Bull Durham" is a GREAT baseball movie. You can argue that "Field of Dreams" isn't really a baseball movie at all, but a human relationship movie set in a baseball context, but to that I say "shut up!"