When many people think of summer their minds go straight to baseball. There are a number of good baseball movies. Here are just a few.
My favorite is The Natural (1984). One of Robert Redford’s most appealing roles. Nominated for four Academy, this film, based the Bernard Malamud novel, has it all – romance, baseball and intrigue. Robert Duvall (Widows), Kim Basinger, Wilford Brimley and Glenn Close (nominated for Best Supporting Actress) round out the cast. Even though Randy Newman did not win an Oscar for Best Original Score, the theme song is iconic.
A League of Their Own (1992) is also a movie we stop to watch when it’s on TV. Tom Hanks (The Post) and Geena Davis are great but the beginning with Jon Lovitz always makes me laugh. Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell are just the tip of the female cast iceberg. Always remember that “there’s no crying in baseball!”
You can’t really talk about baseball movies without mentioning Kevin Costner (The Highwaymen). There is the sexy Bull Durham (1988) with Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins (they met on the set). The soulful Field of Dreams (1989) with James Earl Jones and Amy Madigan (American Woman). The romantic For the Love of the Game with Kelly Preston and John C. Reilly (The Sisters Brothers) finishes out the trifecta.
If baseball is not your thing, here are a few other choices. Historical fiction – I think that The Patriot (2000) is the best choice. Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger and Jason Isaacs (Hotel Mumbai) are always worth a watch. If you are looking to binge, you could watch the made for TV miniseries’ The Kent Chronicles (Amazon Prime) that include The Bastard (1978) and The Rebels (1979) based on the books of John Jakes. If action is what you are looking for Live Free or Die Hard (2007) with Bruce Willis, Justin Long and Timothy Olyphant or Independence Day (1996) starring Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman will keep your heart pumping.
What ever you watch or do for the 4th of July, we hope you have fun and stay safe.