It’s April, so that can mean only one thing. Well, it can mean several things, but in this case it means just one thing: Baseball is back! If you don’t feel like being taken out to the ballgame, why not settle in at home with a movie about our national pastime? Here are some notable baseball movies you can stream this weekend.
Major League: If you’re looking for some laughs, then look no further than Cleveland. When a former Las Vegas showgirl becomes owner of the Indians, she concocts a plot to make the team so bad that attendance will drop and she’ll be able to move the team to Miami. A ragtag team — featuring Charlie Sheen, Wesley Snipes, and Tom Berenger — tries to pull off the impossible and keep the Indians in Ohio. (Major League is available to stream on Netflix.)
A League of Their Own: If you want comedy and drama, a classic by director Penny Marshall might be the right one for you. With the pros seeing many of their players depart to fight in World War II, Cubs owner Walter Harvey bankrolls a women’s league. Two sisters, played by Geena Davis and Lori Petty, leave their Oregon farm to play ball under the eye of their drunken has-been manager, played by Tom Hanks. (A League of Their Own is available to stream on Netflix.)
Field of Dreams: If you’re looking for drama and you don’t care about crying in front of your family and friends, why not choose what many feel is the greatest movie about baseball ever made. An Iowa farmer starts hearing a voice whispering, “If you build it, he will come.” Ray Kinsella, played by Kevin Costner, at the risk of looking insane, decides to build a baseball field that winds up hosting games played by Ray Liotta’s Shoeless Joe Jackson and other former greats of a bygone age. (Field of Dreams is available to stream with an HBO Now subscription.)
Gary Oldman on what J.K. Simmons might want to consider for Commissioner Gordon role: