Here is his list of the top ten cricket movies (not in batting order):
- The Third Man - fielding on the boundary in war ravaged Vienna
- Blade Runner - the nightmare of an injured batter in a futuristic setting
- Batman - the first appearance of the caped crusader at the crease
- Ashes and Diamonds - the great Polish director Wadja's take on the struggles between England and Australia
- The Beast with Five Fingers - a phantom spin bowler terrorises a whole community
- The Big Sleep - a movie dedicated to an innings by Chris Tavare
- Brief Encounter - Gatting faces Warne
- Fatal Attraction - Michael Douglas plays Alastair Cook who can't resist flirting with the ball slanting across him. Rabbits get cooked
- How Green was my Valley - a Welsh club struggle to prepare a firm batting wicket
- Shane - a lonesome leg spinner rides in and saves a town from a gang of flat track bullies.
Actually, cricket movies are few and far between - FB is aware of a movie made from an Australian mini TV series about the Bodyline controversy which had its moments but would never be a contender for an Oscar. There is a fine Indian film Lagaan about cricket during the Raj. The classic Hitchcock The Lady Vanishes has the wonderful Naunton Wayne and Basil Radford obsessing about the latest Test Match score, but no action. There was also an episode of Morse where Lewis had suddenly to rediscover his swing bowling skills to confound a murderous group of drug runner. And that's about it.
Regrettably, baseball has a much greater movie heritage. In FB's humble opinion the greatest baseball movie - by far - is Field of Dreams. In fact, even though it stars Kevin Costner, it is possibly the greatest sports film ever. Enjoy.