35 Greatest Baseball Movies Of All Time, Ranked

In the minds of many, it’s not simply the best baseball movie ever made – it might be among the best movies ever made. Nonetheless, RottenTomatoes puts its score at a staggering 87%.

Based on the 1982 novel “Shoeless Joe,” “Field Of Dreams” introduces us to beleaguered farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner, in a performance still celebrated decades later), grappling with the death of his father, the shifting principles of Reagan-era America, and the general feeling that life is beyond him. Everything changes one day in his cornfield, when he hears a voice.

Should he heed his urgent whisper of “If you build it, it will come?” Should he risk the humiliation of the farm, his family and the public by pursuing a dream?

Once built, his baseball field is populated by the ghosts of disgraced baseball players from the 1919 “Black Sox” scandal, including his father’s hero, the great “Shoeless” Joe Jackson (Ray Liotta). They ask if this is paradise. “Nope,” Ray replies. “It’s Iowa.”

What follows is a faith-inspiring scavenger hunt, sending Ray and his remaining cash traveling across the country bringing together Salinger-type writers (James Earl Jones) and small-town doctors who love to do winks (Burt Lancaster/Frank Whaley). Sure enough, the experience helps Ray finally get to know the father he never understood – and if you don’t have a tear for the classic “Wanna have a catch?” scene, you’re icier than an Iowa lake in the winter.

Nominated for three Oscars including Best Picture, “Field Of Dreams” has become a true American classic.

  • With: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Burt Lancaster
  • Director: Phil Alden Robinson
  • Duration: 107 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomato Score: 87%

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