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(RNN) - One of the best matchups in the Greatest Sports Movies Tournament could happen when Bull Durham and Major League butt heads in the Sweet 16.

People who love baseball comedies are probably big fans of both. The only question is if you like yours served with a little more romance or a little more goofiness.

No. 1 Bull Durham vs. No. 4 Major League

Bull Durham, 1998

Stars: Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

Synopsis: Crash Davis is an aging catcher closing in on the minor league record for home runs, not as big an honor as it sounds. His two biggest challenges are "Nuke" Laloosh, a young pitcher with a "million-dollar arm and five-cent head;" and Annie Savoy, who sleeps with one new player every year because she believes it helps them play better. Annie picks Nuke over Crash, but ultimately gives both players something they both need more than they realize.

Major League, 1989

Stars: Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Rene Russo

Synopsis: The woeful Cleveland Indians become the inherited property of a widowed ex-showgirl, and she becomes bent on making the team so terrible the city will let her out of the stadium lease so she can move the franchise to Miami. Has-been manager Lou Brown, relief pitcher Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn and a group of no-name players get back at the new owner by doing the unthinkable - winning.

No. 2 Field of Dreams vs. No. 3 Any Given Sunday

Field of Dreams, 1989

Stars: Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, James Earl Jones

Synopsis: After hearing voices ("If you build it, they will come"), Iowa corn farmer Ray Kinsella (Costner) turns the voices to a vision and then makes it a reality by building a baseball diamond. When he does, the infamous 1919 Chicago White Sox show up - as does as his late father.

Any Given Sunday, 1999

Stars: Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx

Synopsis: Embattled head coach Tony D'Amato (Pacino) has to deal with in the major elements that make up a major professional football team - young players scrapping to replace aging, injured veterans; an owner who is more interested in saving money than spending it; and the constant expectation to win, no matter what. Foxx steals the show as third-string quarterback Willie Beamen, who goes from nobody to star almost overnight, and lets the fame go to his head.

No. 2 Caddyshack vs. No. 3 The Karate Kid

Caddyshack, 1980

Stars: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight, Bill Murray

Synopsis: A kooky playboy with a Zen outlook (Chase), a crotchety judge (Knight), a "new money" loudmouth (Dangerfield) and an assistant groundskeeper with a gopher vendetta (Murray) are among the oddballs gracing the fairways of Bushwood Country Club. Through all the hilarity, caddy Danny Noonan (Michael O'Keefe) tries to figure out how he will make his way to college.

The Karate Kid, 1984

Stars: Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue

Synopsis: After arriving in California from New Jersey, teen Daniel Larusso (Macchio) runs into trouble with some karate-trained high school bullies. Mr. Miyagi (Morita), a caretaker in his apartment building, comes to Daniel's rescue by teaching him karate and mentoring him. Daniel goes on to fight in a karate tournament against his tormenters and wins, despite being injured in an earlier round.

No. 4 Jerry Maguire vs. No. 16 Little Big League

Jerry Maquire, 1996

Stars: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Renee Zellweger, Kelly Preston, Jerry O'Connell

Synopsis: Sports agent Jerry Maguire (Cruise) is fired for denouncing the corruptness of his business. So he decides to test his new philosophy, going it alone with the only coworker (Zellweger) and client (Gooding) who believe in him. Gooding nabbed an Oscar for his performance as NFL receiver Rod Tidwell.

Little Big League, 1994

Stars: Luke Edwards, Timothy Busfield, Jason Robards

Synopsis: Billy Heywood (Edwards) lives the dream of every 12-year-old alive during the 1990s - he owns and manages the Minnesota Twins. Unfortunately, he inherited the team from his recently deceased grandfather (Robards), he still has a curfew and the team stinks. Although the plot is far-fetched, the baseball action and dialogue are right on the nose.

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  • No. 1 Bull Durham vs. No. 4 Major League

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Bull Durham
    45%
    22 votes
    Major League
    55%
    27 votes
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  • No. 2 Field of Dreams vs. No. 3 Any Given Sunday

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Field of Dreams
    91%
    41 votes
    Any Given Sunday
    9%
    4 votes
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  • No. 2 Caddyshack vs. No. 3 The Karate Kid

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Caddyshack
    79%
    34 votes
    The Karate Kid
    21%
    9 votes
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  • No. 4 Jerry Maguire vs. No. 16 Little Big League

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    Jerry Maguire
    67%
    29 votes
    Little Big League
    33%
    14 votes
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