Kid Friendly?: Five Best Baseball Movies to Watch with Kids

Want to find out what baseball movies are age appropriate for your kids? Here are The Johnson Five’s top-five favorite baseball movies for kids!

What do you write about when we’re in uncertain times? Do you hop on the bandwagon and write something virus related? I started to and then I realized why does anyone care about the five things I’m learning and teaching my kids about during these confusing times?

Baseball season was supposed to start Thursday. I had taken a half-day so I could sit and watch what was going to be a great start to the San Diego Padres baseball season. Instead … you know.

In tribute to the start of the baseball season I wanted to do something fun, and relatable to the “life with three kids” thing, so I’m recommending the Five Best Baseball Movies to Watch with the Kids! Have some suggestions? Please leave them in the comments below.

And because this is for kids you won’t find Bull Durham, Major League, 61* or The Natural, all movies you’d find on my baseball top-10.

Here are our Five Best Baseball Movies to Watch with the Kids!

Bad News Bears (1976)
Rated: PG
Starring: Walter Matthau and a bunch of kids
IMDB Description: An aging, down-on-his-luck ex-minor leaguer coaches a team of misfits in an ultra-competitive California little league.
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Rent or Buy It Here: Bad News Bears Amazon

This was filmed in 1976 when we were less sensitive about things so you will hear words that you may not want your kids to hear, like the forbidden word. You’ll also see a coach that drinks…in the dugout…while coaching youth sports. But you’ll also watch an entertaining, laugh-out-loud film with memorable characters and pretty good cinema baseball.

The Sandlot (1993)
Rated: PG
Starring: A bunch of kids
IMDB Description: In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Rent or Buy It Here: The Sandlot on Amazon

A classic for all ages. The Sandlot has picked up a cult following in the 20-plus years since it’s release, especially with with the overused, “You’re killing me Smalls” line. Wonder how many people actually know where that originated from? Well find it here. It’s fun, the kids will love it, and it too passes the baseball eye test. Oh and it’s on Disney+ now.

A League of Their Own (1992)
Rated: PG
Starring: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna
IMDB Description: Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Rent or Buy It Here: League of Their Own on Amazon

Based on the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, but not a true story, A League of Their Own is primarily a movie about a sibling rivalry but on a big league scale. It’s got good baseball, a great story, oh and of course Hanks’ infamous “No crying in baseball!” line.

Field of Dreams (1989)
Rated: PG
Starring: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Amy Madigan
IMDB Description: An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the 1919 Chicago White Sox come.
IMDB Rating: 7.5
Rent or Buy It Here: Field of Dreams on Amazon

My favorite baseball movie of all-time. Your younger kids aren’t going to love it cause there’s not a lot of action, but your pre-teens and teens should enjoy it. It’s magical, it delivers great lines, it makes me cry every time (twice … once here and, of course, once here) and the baseball – when it’s played – is good, other than Shoeless Joe batting right and throwing left in the film, which is the opposite of what the real Shoeless Joe did. You can find that story here.

Rookie of the Year (1993)
Rated: PG
Starring: Gary Busey, Daniel Stern, Mike Heck / The Janitor from Scrubs
IMDB Description: When an accident miraculously gives a boy an incredibly powerful pitching arm, he becomes a major league pitcher for the Chicago Cubs.
IMDB Rating: 6.0
Rent or Buy It Here: Rookie of the Year on Amazon

As kids we always dreamed of this. Wake up one morning and now I have the ability to throw a 101-mph strike?! That’d be amazing! The baseball in this movie is … bleh. The story is … bleh. But kids, especially the younger ones, will enjoy it, and like The Sandlot, it’s available on Disney+!

My apologies to 42, The Rookie, and that one with Joey Tribbiani and a monkey for not making the list.

Again, if you have a favorite, let me know in the comments below!

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