An early home run for a pre-
Robert De Niro, who stars in John D. Hancock's adaptation of Mark Harris' baseball novel.
De Niro plays Bruce Pearson, a New York Mammoth whose friend and co-player Henry Wiggen (Michael Moriarty) is the only who knows that he's suffering from Hodgkin's disease.
Though it occasionally errs on the side of melodrama, this is De Niro on seriously fine form ahead of his stratospheric rise to fame.
Easily earning its place on this list, Hancock's film is a humorous, even-keeled drama of surprising poetry.