If you're not familiar with Kevin Costner's resume, the dude has done some pretty awesome things in his career. His film credits include The Bodyguard, Robin Hood, and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. No disrespect to any of those movies, but it's clear that sports flicks are Costner's bread and butter.
Come for the golf. Stay for Cheech Marin and Rene Russo. Costner is his classic bull-headed self as driving range instructor, Roy McAvoy. The movie is a fairly predictable comeback story, but that doesn't make it any less watchable. It's the perfect balance of comedy and sports. Spoiler Alert, Costner's character is really good at golf.
Look at that, he hit the f**kin' bull. Guy gets a free steak! -Crash Davis
Did someone say Susan Sarandon looking like a dime piece? Yes, please. Bull Durham gives us a hilarious glimpse inside the world of Minor League Baseball. Veteran catcher Crash Davis (Costner) is tasked with teaching the Bulls' newest pitcher (Tim Robbins) the ways of the game. Along the way both catch feelings for baseball groupie, Annie Savoy (Sarandon.) Sex, baseball, and Kevin Costner? Sign me up.
I realize this is a movie based on the Cleveland Browns. But hear me out. It's another solid performance by Costner who portrays the Browns' GM, Sonny Weaver Jr. With a supporting cast including Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary, and the late Chadwick Boseman, Draft Day provides us with drama, suspense, and that classic Kevin Costner wit. Definitely worth a watch if you enjoy the game of football even a little bit.
FOR LOVE OF THE GAME
Detroit Tigers' pitcher Billy Chapel (Costner) and his catcher Gus (John C. Reilly) have the game of their lives. But is loving the game of baseball enough? Kelly Preston stars as Jane Aubrey, Billy's love interest in one of the most gut-wrenchingly beautiful baseball movies of all time.
FIELD OF DREAMS
If there was ever a movie that exemplified the true meaning of baseball, it would be this one.
The one constant through all the years Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again. Oh people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come. -Terrance Mann
At the risk of simplifying this movie, Ray Kinsella (Costner) is on a journey to find out who he is. He plows over his cornfield to build a diamond. With the game of baseball as the central theme, Ray is desperately trying not to turn into his father. We meet ghosts of baseball past, as the film is almost as whimsical as the game itself. The best baseball movie ever. There it is. I said it.