Batter Up! 16 Movies About Baseball That Kids Will Love

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Handpicked by the Common Sense Media movie editors, these great flicks cover the bases for kids 12 and under. From historical documentaries about baseball icons to timeless comedies like The Sandlot and A League of Their Own, if you’ve got a young baseball fan in the house, one of these terrific movies is sure to be a home run. Pop some popcorn, round up the kids and start planning the perfect summer family movie night.

Want more? Check out the entire list of baseball movie favorites for kids of all ages at Common Sense Media.


Angels in the Outfield
This heartwarming, family-friendly remake of the 1951 original about hope and baseball stars a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Danny Glover, Adrien Brody, and Matthew McConaughey.

Recommended for ages 7 and older

(Buena Vista, 1994)

The Jackie Robinson Story
Jackie Robinson plays himself in this baseball biopic that chronicles Robinson's story from his college days as a UCLA sports star to a stint in the army to ultimately helping the Dodgers win the championship in 1947, paving the way for integration.

Recommended for ages 7 and older

(Legend Films, 1950)

A Mile in His Shoes
A Mile in His Shoes is a wholesome baseball movie about an autistic 18-year-old named Mickey who becomes a winning pitcher in the minor leagues. Through Mickey’s journey, kids can learn empathy and compassion for those who are different from themselves.

Recommended for ages 8 and older

(Vivendi, 2012)

Rookie of the Year
Rookie of the Year is a goofy '90s family comedy in which a 12-year-old becomes a star pitcher for the Chicago Cubs and takes them to playoff glory. 

Recommended for ages 8 and older

(Twentieth Century Fox, 1993)

The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
Hank Greenberg wasn't the first Jewish baseball player, but he was the first one to be proudly Jewish. And he was a star. Brilliant documentary-maker Aviva Kempner has created a gem of a movie to lift the spirit of anyone who cares about baseball -- or heroes. 

Recommended for ages 8 and older                                              

(Twentieth Century Fox,  2000)

The Pride of the Yankees
This enduring classic chronicles Lou Gehrig's life from playing baseball in the streets of New York City to the Ivy League fields of Columbia University and finally, to Yankee Stadium. It also shows his struggle with ALS, a disease unknown at the time, and the kind spirit and charisma that make him such a beloved sports legend to this day.  

Recommended for ages 8 and older

(MGM/UA, 1942)

The Rookie
This true story about Jim Morris, who became the oldest rookie to make the major leagues in 40 years, is a sweet, inspiring film that baseball-loving tweens and teens will enjoy.

Recommended for ages 8 and older

(Walt Disney Pictures,  2002)

The Sandlot
Set during the early 1960s, The Sandlot follows Scotty Smalls, a new kid in town who makes friends by joining a local pick-up team, an unforgettable cast of characters who enjoy a blissful summer together. It’s an utterly charming, funny film that kids and parents will love – and for once, it’s a sports film that isn’t about winning.   

Recommended for ages 8 and older

(Twentieth Century Fox, 1993)

A League of Their Own
Everyone loves a good story about the teamwork and triumph at the heart of America's favorite pastime, and this film adds the twist of women struggling to prove themselves as athletes in the 1940s. Starring Geena Davis and Tom Hanks, it has strong messages of teamwork and compassion and offers relatable female characters who throw fastballs right through gender stereotypes of the times.

Recommended for ages 10 and older

(Columbia Tristar, 2002)

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings
This overlooked baseball gem about a motley crew of players challenging racial tensions in the 1930s stars Billy Dee Williams, James Earl Jones, and a hilarious Richard Pryor.

Recommended for ages 10 and older

(Universal Pictures, 1976)

Million Dollar Arm
This typical feel-good sports flick is based on the true story of an independent sports agent (Jon Hamm) and his business partner, who came up with an idea to attract Indian athletes to try out for the chance to become Major League Baseball pitchers.

Recommended for ages 10 and older

(Walt Disney Pictures, 2014)

42 is an inspiring biopic about the two years in which baseball legend Jackie Robinson broke the sport's color barrier. It's not a complete biography—just a snapshot of the 1946 and 1947 seasons. Crowd pleasing and uncomplicated, 42 is a great pick for families with mature tweens and teens—whether they love baseball or not.

Recommended for ages 11 and older

(Warner Bros., 2013)

The Natural
The Natural is a 1984 movie in which Robert Redford plays a mysterious and gifted baseball player who emerges as a rookie in his mid-30s and turns his team's fortunes around. For lovers of baseball movies and sports films in general, this is one of the all-time classics. 

Recommended for ages 11 and older

(Columbia Tristar, 1984)

The Bad News Bears
Rocky-style sports movie packed with thrills, The Bad News Bears maintains a level of intelligence that its knock offs, like The Mighty Ducks, can't approach. It's thrilling, funny, and, at times, a poignant baseball film. It also reflects the taboo-testing 1970s. Though edgy, particularly when adults push their kids to win at all costs, it's a winner with a tremendous amount of heart. 

Recommended for ages 12 and older

(Universal Pictures, 1976)

Field of Dreams
This story about following your dreams and reconciling relationships could appeal to young teens, older teens, and adults, especially families who like baseball. There are plenty of positive messages here, such as the importance of tolerance and believing in yourself. 

Recommended for ages 12 and older

(Universal Pictures, 1989)

Based on the best-selling nonfiction book by Michael Lewis, Moneyball tells the story of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), the Oakland A's general manager and once-promising professional ball player who refashioned baseball by trusting statistical analysis as much as, if not more than, traditional recruitment methods. 

Recommended for ages 12 and older

(Columbia Pictures, 2011)

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