The Top Ten Kevin Costner Baseball Films

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Ranking the top ten Kevin Costner baseball films of all time.

1. Bull Durham (1988)

All-time classic captures the humor and magic of baseball like no other. Costner is a veteran minor-league catcher who finds himself in a love triangle with the loose-cannon pitcher he’s been called down to mentor and the team groupie who’s set her sights on conquering them both.

2. Field of Dreams (1989)

Unabashedly sentimental but irresistibly endearing, this adaptation of Kinsella’s novel channels Frank Capra and unleashes the full range of Costner’s charm, while giving Shoeless Joe Jackson the immortality he deserves.

3. For Love of the Game (1999)

Uneven, hokey date movie features Costner as aging pitcher at a crossroads, his mind wandering as he hurls a perfect game.

4. The Upside of Anger (2005)

One of Costner’s finest performances, as a retired baseball player and alcoholic who gets involved with his single-mom neighbor.

5. The Postman (1997)

This movie, which no one ever saw or will admit to seeing, may or may not have starred Costner as slumping slugger and notorious bad-boy Jerry “Postman” Patton, who learns a few life lessons during a reluctant stint in Japan.

6. A League of Their Own (1992)

Family favorite features Costner in the role he was born to play, as washed-up alcoholic seeking unlikely redemption at the helm of an all-female baseball team.

7. Dead Pull (1991)

Aging star pitcher and affable alcoholic Bruce “Cheddar” Myers (Costner) gets one more shot at glory — only to find himself the target of a twisted murder plot. Legendary climax features Myers being run over by a train en route to his first World Series start, only to make an unexpected entrance, lead his team to victory, foil the conspirators in the opposing dugout, and win back the heart of his long-time sweetheart (a lonely and streetwise Annette Bening).

8. Robin Yount: Prince of Brewers (2001)

Underrated biopic follows “The Kid” from teenage phenom to reflective coach. Co-starring Dermot Mulroney as Paul Molitor.

9. Shagging Flies (1979)

Forgettable teen romp features Costner in his acting debut, portraying a randy fraternity brother who parlays his college baseball skills into a string of sexual escapades.

10. Bull Tijuana (1996)

An ill-advised attempt to recapture the Bull Durham magic, this dud finds a washed-up Crash Davis in the Mexican League, where he mentors the unpredictable “El Nuque” La Luz (Luis Guzman) while grappling with an irascible manager (Cheech Marin) and a seductive groupie (Salma Hayek).




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  1. Wobatus says:

    It’s so sad in Bull Tijuana when La Luz gets shot by Benny Blanco.

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  2. Soup says:

    As a fellow Cal State Fullerton Titan, I approve of this message.

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  3. Courage The Cowardly says:

    Also Mr. 3000. That movie was not bad at all.

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  4. Jenstrom says:

    Okay, you got me at number 6. (Wait, that was Tom Hanks…)

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  5. Detroit Michael says:

    Didn’t Costner at least play fetch with one of the wolves in Dancing With Wolves? That should count for something.

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    • RC says:

      If I remember correctly, in the movie “Tin Cup” he plays a round of golf with a baseball bat (as well as a shovel, pool cue, and other humorously “non-golf” items).

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      • Jason B says:

        Other humorously non-golf items = Rene Russo.

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      • jcxy says:

        Actually, that joke you’re referring to in Tin Cup is actually a wink to the fact that club pros in the 20s and 30s would routinely take money off their wealthier clients in bets using, in lieu of golf clubs, a shovel, pool cue, etc. It’s like a con, but…what’s the nicer word for it?

        It’s described a bit in “The Mysterious Montague”. Fun read.

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  6. RonnyRocket says:

    I saw “The Postman” in theater. I have no regrets.

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    • Bronnt says:

      Agreed. Call me shallow or tasteless, but I actually enjoyed The Postman.

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      • Jason B says:

        Did you take a break from the proceedings and have a little get-together with family and friends during each of the two birthdays you had during the movie?

        (No really, that shit was LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG.)

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  7. steex says:

    Let’s not forget Costner’s powerhouse work in the Korean blockbuster Mr. Go. I’ve never seen a human plan a more convincing CGI gorilla.

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  8. The Return of Rambo Diaz says:

    I saw “For the Love of the Game” at a Drive-In theater. Or, at least, I paid for tickets for my date and I to attend the showing. I do not recall the plot.

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  9. John Elway says:

    Hay, you mean to tell me that “Prince of Brewers” couldn’t trot Rob Deer out for even one stinking cameo?

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  10. Nevin says:

    What about his turn as the Player to Be Named Later in “The Big Chill”?

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  11. Jason B says:

    I would hate-watch the hell outta some Bull Tijuana.

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  12. Doug says:

    Tom Hanks might take offense to #6.

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  13. Stinky Pete says:

    The Prince of Brewers is blacked out in Iowa.

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  14. SeattleSlew says:

    The best baseball movie I saw was Mr. Baseball.

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  15. missgretta says:

    A league of their own? Wasn’t that Tom Hanks?

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  16. MrAlumni72 says:

    You forgot Costner’s tour de force as Lou Gehrig in Pride of the Yankees.

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  17. Misquoted Bob says:

    Um, not to be picky… But…
    Costner’s role in “The Postman” had nothing to do with baseball or Japan… He was a drifter in post-apocalyptic America, who steals a dead postal worker uniform and poses as a good guy…

    The washed up drunk in League of Their Own was Tom Hanks… and

    As far as “Shagging Flies”… Costners first movie was a softcore porn movie called ‘Sizzle Beach/Malibu Hot Summer… then he only did some bit parts until 1983 when he costared in Silverado…

    So, Mississippi Matt Smith , you owe us three more… LOL!!!

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