All Baseball Movies with Kevin Costner (An Overview of Each!)

Baseball Movies Featuring Kevin Costner

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Kevin Costner's Baseball Movies

If you're a baseball fan then it's probably safe to assume that you're also a fan of baseball movies.

And there have been some great movies made about the national pastime.

Some classics may immediately come to mind when you think about legendary baseball movies - at least they do for us!

The common thread connecting these classics seems to consistently be Kevin Costner.

It's like that guy's become a staple in memorable movies about baseball. 

In this post, we'll take a closer look at all the baseball-themed movies that Kevin Costner has appeared in.

Read on to learn more…

How Many Baseball Movies is Kevin Costner in?

Kevin Costner has been in five baseball-related movies.

Let's take a look at each of these movies, listed by order of their year of release.

List of Kevin Costner's Baseball Movies

Chasing Dreams (1982)

Kevin Costner's first baseball-related movie, Chasing Dreams, was filmed in 1982 when Costner was in his 20's. 

Costner only had a few minutes of screen time in the movie as he played the older brother of the baseball-playing main character.

It was one of the earliest movies of Costner's career and occurred before he became a star. 

Not many people have seen Chasing Dreams and for good reason - it wasn't a good movie. In fact, it only received 3.2 out of 10 stars on IMDB.

Bull Durham (1988)

In Bull Durham, Kevin Costner stars as Crash Davis, a veteran catcher for the minor league's Durham Bulls who mentors a young pitcher named Nuke Laloosh (played by Tim Robbins).

Costner’s love interest in the film is Annie Savoy, played by Susan Sarandon.

Bull Durham was a box office success. It was nominated for an Academy Award and later was ranked by Sports Illustrated as being the all time best sports movie ever made.  

Field of Dreams (1989)

Our personal favorite Kevin Costner baseball movie is Field of Dreams. In the movie, Costner plays Ray Kinsella, an Iowa farmer who transforms his cornfield into an immaculate baseball field following the instructions of a mysterious voice. 

At night, the 1919 Chicago "Black Socks" appear out of the cornfield to play, and a lot of interesting characters stop by along the way. 

Field of Dreams features some incredible acros like Costner, James Earl Jones and Ray Liotta, to name a few. 

The movie was nominated for many awards (including three Academy Awards) and is known as being one of the most famous baseball films ever made.

For Love of The Game (1999)

Kevin Costner plays Billy Chapel in For Love of the Game. Chapel is a veteran pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, and the movie features him throwing a perfect game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

The movie mixes scenes of the game with flashbacks to Chapel's relationship with his love interest, Jane Aubrey, played by Kelly Preston.

For Love of the Game did not do great at the box office, and the movie has average reviews. Perhaps the best part of the movie was listening to Vin Scully do the play by play.

The Upside of Anger (2005)

In The Upside of Anger, Kevin Costner has a supporting role as Denny Davies, a former member of the Detroit Tigers (sound familiar?).

The retired ballplayer now works as a disgruntled radio host and is a heavy drinker. In the movie, he begins dating Terry Wolfmeyer, a newly single mother of four girls. 

Through the rest of the movie there is a good bit of drama and an interesting storyline to go with it. 

The Upside of Anger did well at the box office, but the film is still nowhere near as memorable as other baseball-themed movies that Costner starred in.

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