Major League Baseball finally starts playing ball again today in the city of the American League champs. Good thing too: We were running out of baseball movies to watch!
Just before the first pitch of the year was tossed, Movietickets.com asked fans to name the greatest baseball movie of all time — a.k.a. The Top 5 Favorite Kevin Costner Flicks — and they picked out a winning lineup. We've added our favorite quote from each flick, and — just for fun — we wrote our own list of top 5 underrated baseball classics.
Top 5 baseball movies of all time:
1 Field of Dreams (1989): "It's okay, honey. I was just talking to the cornfield."
2 Major League (1989): "Juuuust a bit outside."
3 The Natural (1984): "Pick me out a winner, Bobby."
4 Bull Durham (1988): "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self-awareness."
5 Eight Men Out (1988): "Sports writers of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your bar privileges."
Top 5 underrated baseball movies:
1. The Pride of the Yankees (1942): "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth."
2. The Bad News Bears (1976): "This quitting thing, it's a hard habit to break once you start."
3. For Love of the Game (1999): "The game doesn't stink, Mr. Wheeler. It's a great game."
4. Bang the Drum Slowly (1973): "From here on in, I rag nobody."
5. The Sandlot (1993): "Oh yeah, the Great Bambino. I thought you said the Great Bambi."
Top 5 movies at the box office:
1. Hannah Montana: The Movie, $34 million
2. Fast & Furious, $28.8 million
3. Monsters vs. Aliens, $22.6 million
4. Observe and Report, $11.1 million
5. Knowing, $6.7 million
Source: Media By Numbers LLC
Top 5 prime-time TV shows (week ending April 5):
1. American Idol — Tuesday (Fox)
2. American Idol — Wednesday (Fox)
3. Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
4. NCIS (CBS)
5. The Mentalist (CBS)
Source: Nielsen Media Research
Top 5 TiVo Season Pass recordings (week ending April 3)
1. Grey's Anatomy
2. American Idol
3. Desperate Housewives
Source: TiVo; Season Pass allows TiVo subscribers to select shows to regularly record.
Top 5 Netflix rentals (week ending April 4):
1. Slumdog Millionaire
2. Seven Pounds
3. Marley & Me
5. Quantum of Solace
Top 5 song purchases on iTunes:
1. Boom Boom Pow, Black Eyed Peas
2. Poker Face, Lady Gaga
3. The Climb, Miley Cyrus
4. Day 'n' Nite, Kid Cudi
5. Right Round, Flo Rida