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Movies Like 'A League of Their Own' to Watch Next

'A League of Their Own' showed that women can be the focus of sports movies too.

Andrea Reiher
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Geena Davis in 'A League of Their Own'

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A League of Their Own slid into movie theaters in July 1992 and proved that there is definitely an audience for female-driven sports films, a genre that was (and still is) largely centered around men's sports. The film, which was directed by the late Penny Marshall, stars Geena Davis as a star player on the Rockford Peaches, one of the first four female professional baseball teams established during World War II. Tom Hanks co-stars as a washed up professional baseball player who is tapped to manage the Peaches. Their performances are lifted up by many supporting stand-out turns from Rosie O'Donnell, Madonna, Lori Petty, David Strathairn, Megan Cavanagh, and more.

The film is based on the real life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which existed from 1943 to 1954, eventually fielding 10 teams and more than 600 female professional baseball players. The specific characters in the film are fictionalized, but the general action of the film is very real and a lot of fun.

The movie was a box office and critical success, earning over $130 million worldwide and garnering largely positive reviews from film critics. The film boasts a 69 on Metacritic, with Empire's Angie Errigo called it a "winning combination of sassy humor and sentiment."

The TV adaptation of the film premieres on Amazon Prime Video on August 12, starring Abbi Jacobson (who also co-created it), D'Arcy Carden, and Nick Offerman and guest-starring O'Donnell from the original film. Ahead of that launch, here are 10 films like A League of Their Own to check out in the meantime, listed by Metascore.


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Brad Pitt in 'Moneyball'

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Moneyball 

Metascore: 87
Best for: The diehard baseball stat-heads
Where to watch:

, AMC+, fuboTV, Google PlayiTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 133 minutes

This film is based on the bestselling nonfiction book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, and it dramatizes the real-life Oakland A's manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), who managed to cobble together a winning ball club on a relatively paltry budget by using computational analysis for evaluating players, which changed the game of baseball in the early 2000s. The film was nominated for six Oscars.

"This is a subtle, elegant and altogether triumphant film about a subject I thought I was tired of, told with an artistry and freshness that is positively thrilling." — Rex Reed, The Observer


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Emma Stone and Steve Carell in 'Battle of the Sexes'

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Battle of the Sexes 

Metascore: 73
Best for: The fans watching League for the female empowerment
Where to watch:

, Google PlayiTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 121 minutes

This is a dramatization of the real-life 1973 tennis match between the No. 1 female tennis player in the world at the time, Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champion tennis star Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). It happened at the height of the feminist movement that was calling for women's equality and delves into what the match meant on a global scale, but also the personal struggles of both the main players — Billie Jean's closeted homosexuality and Bobby's gambling problems after he retired from tennis.

"Battle of the Sexes stands on its own as a finely tuned period piece, a vibrant comedy, an effective character study and, yep, an inspirational sports movie." — Richard Roeper, The Chicago Sun-Times


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'Bull Durham'

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Bull Durham 

Metascore: 73 
Best for: Those who like their baseball movies with a lot of humor and heart
Where to watch:

, fuboTVGoogle Play, iTunes, Pluto TV, Showtime, Tubi, Vudu
Runtime: 108 minutes

This film chronicles the experience of "Crash" Davis (Kevin Costner), an aging catcher who once played in the big leagues as he is now quietly chasing a record in the minors before he retires. During his final season, he is tasked with helping a hot-headed young pitcher, "Nuke" LaLoosh (Tim Robbins), get his head right so that he can make a run at The Show, but Crash also gets tangled up with the team's super fan, amateur advisor Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon) — who happens to be sleeping with Nuke.

"Funny, literate, romantic, and overwhelmingly adherent to the idiosyncrasies of the game." — Brad Laidman, Film Threat


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'Bend It Like Beckham'

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Bend It Like Beckham

Metascore: 66
Best for: Fans who like women's sports as much as men's sports
Where to watch:

, Google Play, HBO Max, iTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 112 minutes

Sports cultural and personal culture come together in this 2002 film in which Parminder Nagra stars as Jess, a young British woman of Indian descent who struggles to keep one foot in her love for soccer and one foot in her traditional Indian upbringing. Meanwhile, Keira Knightley stars as Nagra's teammate Jules, who helps Jess pursue her dream of playing soccer at the collegiate level, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars as Joe, a former pro soccer player who coaches the girls' team, and who is a love interest for both of them, further complicating their relationship.

"There's a great sense of fun in the cultural collision between Indian and British lifestyles — often within the same person." Desson Thomson, The Washington Post


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'Field of Dreams'

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Field of Dreams

Metascore: 57 
Best for: Fans who like their baseball movies with a side of crying
Where to watch:

, fuboTV, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 107 minutes

Another sports move starring Costner: Here he plays as Ray Kinsella, a man who builds a baseball field in the middle of an Iowa farm because a mysterious voice tells him to. It leads to a magical experience where deceased ballplayers show up and play the game they love again, and Ray gets to make peace with the memory of his father, who died when Ray was quite young. It's an emotional family movie with a side of baseball — get your tissues ready. Like A League of Their Own, it celebrates America's pastime and also tugs at the heartstrings.

"Everything from time travel to melodrama figures in this whimsically daft story, a romanticization that tries your patience even as your tear ducts well." — Rita Kempley, The Washington Post


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'The Accidental Tourist'

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The Accidental Tourist 

Metascore: 53 
Best for: Diehard Davis fans
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 121 minutes

This is one of two non-sports entries on the list, but Davis is the absolute star of A League of Their Own, and this is the film for which she won an Oscar, so if you're looking for more of her, this is a solid place to start. It is a romantic dramedy in which William Hurt stars as a man whose life was shattered by the murder of his young son. When he returns to his childhood home, he meets Davis' Muriel and they hit it off, beginning a tumultuous romance in which he is torn between her and trying to repair his marriage to Sarah (Kathleen Turner).

"The interest here is wholly a matter of story and character rather than style, and Hurt's character is so inert and unemotional that some spectators may find it difficult to stay interested in him. A dog, a ten-year-old boy, and several eccentrics do give things a bit more flavor." — Jonathan Rosenbaum, the Chicago Reader


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'The Cutting Edge'

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The Cutting Edge 

Metascore: 53
Best for: Fans who love a good sports-themed rom-com
Where to watch:

, iTunes, Vudu
Runtime: 101 minutes

Moira Kelly stars as Kate, a prickly figure skater who could never get to an elite level of skating because she alienated every partner she ever worked with in this 1992 sports movie with a romantic twist. DB Sweeney is Doug, a washed-up hockey player who gets recruited to partner with Kate. From there, skates and scathing one-liners fly as they pursue their dream of an Olympic gold medal. Although the character dynamics are not a one-to-one comparison with those in A League of Their Own by any means, the way the story hinges on the relationship is similar. Also similar, this film sparked a franchise, with three additional films following in 2006, 2008, and 2010.

"Although the movie follows the standard Hollywood formula of pictures dealing with athletic competition, it is snappily paced and unusually well acted." — Stephen Holden, The New York Times


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AnnaSophia Robb in 'Soul Surfer'

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Soul Surfer 

Metascore: 53
Best for: Fans of triumphant, overcoming-the-odds sports films
Where to watch:

, Google Play, HBO Max, iTunes, Netflix, Tubi, Vudu
Runtime: 106 minutes

This is the rather remarkable true story of a young surfer named Bethany Hamilton (played by AnnaSophia Robb) who lost her arm in a shark attack, then battled back to become a champion surfer once more. It was a miracle she survived the shark attack at all because she lost so much blood, and it was also a huge challenge to learn how to surf without her left arm due to balance and weight-bearing issues. The story of a young woman defying odds may attract A League of Their Own fans, although notably, Bethany and her family's faith in God is a key aspect of this film, which takes it down a different tonal path. The real Hamilton was a credited writer on the film and she also was Robb's stunt double, performing all of the surfing scenes in the film herself.

"Unique as an inspirational personal-achievement film in the way it focuses on the protagonist not merely as a bastion of strength, but as part of a supportive community and family." — Tasha Robinson, The A.V. Club


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'Now and Then'

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Now and Then

Metascore: 50 
Best for: Nostalgia lovers
Where to watch:

, iTunes, Tubi, Vudu
Runtime: 100 minutes

Part of A League of Their Own's charm is seeing the older versions of the characters visit the opening of the AAGPBL museum wing of the MLB hall of fame museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. Now and Then is of a similar ilk, as the film switches between the present-day of 1995 and a memorable summer in 1970 when the characters were 12 and on the cusp of growing up in a charming, nostalgia-filmed drama. A League of Their Own star Rosie O'Donnell plays one of the grown-up characters alongside Demi Moore, Melanie Griffith, and Rita Wilson (wife of A League of Their Own star Hanks), while their younger counterparts are played by Christina Ricci, Gaby Hoffmann, Thora Birtch, and Ashleigh Aston Moore, respectively.

"Now and Then will be deeply felt by women, and there's no earthly reason why men shouldn't enjoy it, too." — Bob Thomas, the Associated Press


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'The Miracle Season'

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The Miracle Season 

Metascore: 44
Best for: Viewers who feel like they've seen all the sports films and are looking for something new
Where to watch:

, Google PlayiTunes, Pluto TV, Tubi, Vudu
Runtime: 101 minutes

After a high school volleyball team loses their star player, Caroline "Line" Found (Danika Yarosh) in a fatal moped accident, they rally together to pursue a state championship in her memory, facing some daunting odds to get back to the state tournament, let alone win it. Helen Hunt stars as their tough love coach Kathy "Brez" Bresnahan and Hurt plays Line's father, Dr. Ernie Found. It is based on the real-life 2011 Iowa City West High School volleyball team, and that "ripped from the headlines" premise but attempt to delve much deeper with its characters is what may appeal to A League of Their Own fans.

"It is not unusual for an underdog sports picture to be predictable. But The Miracle Season seems downright preordained, and not just in its arc." — Jesse Hassenger, The A.V. Club