Not every movie can be 'Rocky,' 'Rudy,' 'Field of Dreams' or 'The Longest Yard'
Year released: 1992
Sport: Gluttony (also, Baseball)
Stars: John Goodman, Kelly McGillis, Trini Alvarado
Why it's the worst: Some people would fight you and declare that the 1992 Arthur Hiller dud "The Babe" isn't even the worst movie ever made about Babe Ruth and I'm certainly not going to push hard to convince you that 1948's "The Babe Ruth Story" isn't a dreadful movie. My biggest problem is that with 44 years to reflect on Babe Ruth and his legacy, Hiller made basically the exact same movie that could have been made during Ruth's lifetime, a movie with no perspective or thought about what made Ruth the cultural icon he was or the baseball great he was. John Goodman was too old for the role and, trapped under layers of makeup, could find no real characterization and certainly didn't look like he was able to play the game. At least Goodman tries, though his Babe Ruth would have been better suited to a skit in one of the actor's many "SNL" appearances. Hiller had no concept of how to stage baseball action.
Hall of Shame moment: I can get misty watching even the worst of sports movies and I can get emotional when Johnny yells "You're the best... you're the best there's ever been" to The Babe as he lumbers off down the stadium hallway, silhouetted by a light that can only be coming from heaven, even while knowing that it's a moment of pure, ripe cheese.
- Daniel Fienberg