''The Bad News Bears'' is a 1976 film directed by Michael Ritchie. It stars Creator/WalterMatthau as Morris Buttermaker, an alcoholic former minor-league baseball player who becomes the coach of the Bears, a cellar-dwelling Little League baseball team with poor playing skills and little hope of ever winning.

To bolster the team's abilities, he recruits Amanda Whurlitzer, a skilled pitcher who happens to be the eleven-year-old daughter of one of Buttermaker's ex-girlfriends, and Kelly Leak, the local cigarette-smoking troublemaker. And, miraculously, the notoriously chronic underdogs start winning under Buttermaker's careful coaching. Now all that lies between them and victory is the championship game...

The film was followed by two sequels, ''The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training'' in 1977 and ''The Bad News Bears Go to Japan'' in 1978, and a short-lived 1979-80 CBS [[RecycledTheSeries television series]], none of which were able to duplicate the success of the original. A remake was made in 2005, starring Creator/BillyBobThornton as Buttermaker.

Not to be confused with BearsAreBadNews.
!!This movie, and its two sequels, contain examples of:
* AccidentalMisnaming: Buttermaker is variously referred to as "Boilermaker", "Butterworth", "Buttercrud", etc.
* AnimatedCreditsOpening: ''The Bad News Bears Go to Japan'' has one. Fittingly, it was animated in Japan at Group TAC.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Tanner drops this gem when Amanda joins the team:
--> "Jews, spics, niggers, and now a ''girl''?"
* TheBet: Amanda tries to get Kelly to join the team by playing air hockey against him at an arcade. But she loses, so instead she has to go out on a date with him.
* ChampionsOnTheInside
* CoversAlwaysLie: The [[http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51CD64NA7QL.jpg DVD cover]] shows Amanda standing on a box while talking to Buttermaker. Take a wild guess as to whether a scene like that appears in the actual movie.
* DownToTheLastPlay: This was perhaps the first underdog movie to have the protagonist team NOT win.
* DownerEnding: Subverted, big time and beautifully so, [[DefiantToTheEnd despite the Bears losing]].
* FallenOnHardTimesJob: Buttermaker the little-league coach.
* FatComicRelief: Engelberg.
* HypocriticalHumor: In the first film, Amanda tries to {{invoke|d}} this on Kelly. But it [[InsultBackfire backfires]].
-->'''Amanda:''' Whatcha got against baseball anyway?\\
'''Kelly:''' The baseball you guys play is for faggots and old farts who don't have anything better to do with themselves.\\
'''Amanda:''' Well, you must like those kind of guys. You sure do hang around the field often enough.\\
'''Kelly:''' There's a nice ass on the field. That's why I hang around.\\
'''Amanda:''' *DeathGlare*
* JerkAssHasAPoint: Roy Turner might have gone too far by hitting his son however he was right to be mad at his son for intentionally trying to hit Engelberg in the head with a baseball which could have seriously hurt him had the ball actually struck him in the head.
* MouthyKid: Many of the kids have their moments, but Tanner loves throwing around racial epithets.
* TheNapoleon: Tanner.
* OpposingSportsTeam: The Yankees.
* OrderedToCheat: Buttermaker orders his batter to lean into the pitch so he'd get hit, to get a walk. The player is against the idea, but does it anyway. Twice.
* PetTheDog: Quinn Smith, who played [[TheWoobie Timmy Lupus]] in the first film, couldn't take part in the second. They were able to get him for a brief scene at the beginning where they show him getting visited by some of his teammates while recovering from a broken leg, with the insinuation that he was a huge part of their second season.
* PositiveDiscrimination: The whole reason the Bears exist is because one of the players' parents is an attorney, and decided to sue the league. He also paid Buttermaker to coach the team.
-->'''Cleveland:''' Goddamn class action suits are gonna be the ruin of this country.
* RagTagBunchOfMisfits
* SaveOurTeam
* SequelGoesForeign: ''The Bad News Bears Go to Japan''.
* TheSeventies: And boy does it showcase that decade.
* UnderdogsNeverLose: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]], and it was the first film to subvert the trope
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The studio originally wanted Creator/BurtLancaster to play Buttermaker. The screenwriter (Lancaster's son) vetoed that idea as he didn't want people to think he was playing off his father's fame.
* WinOneForTheGipper: In ''Breaking Training''. They even show the famous clip from ''Film/KnuteRockneAllAmerican'' on a hotel television set.
* YouGoGirl: Amanda.

!!The 2005 remake contains examples of:
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Inverted. Buttermaker, when meeting with the rival coach in an attempt to shake hands after their disasterous first game, mentions that the rival coach "has grapes" in what is an unsubtle reference to the rival coach's balls.
* {{Bowdlerisation}}: In the remake, Billy Bob Thornton wasn't allowed to drink beer on the dugout, though he was allowed to spike it with some hard liquor as a compromise.
* CurseCutShort: Not in the film itself, but the promotional spots for the remake had the scene where Buttermaker mentions his previously being sent to jail (as well as implying his status as a PrisonRape victim), but the scene conveniently cuts to the "Coming Soon" final seconds just as Buttermaker is about to say the word "ass."
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Despite being a "politically correct" remake, there were a lot more dirty stuff that the creators got away with. For one thing, they had Buttermaker alluding to prison sexuality in the beginning of the film.
* PrisonRape: Buttermaker implies in the beginning of the film when talking with a woman and her kid that he was a victim of this. It's a surprise that this got past the censors.