Famous Hollywood blockbusters featuring cricket scenes

By Taryn Elder

When it comes to the game of cricket, even the big wig producers in Hollywood don't mind featuring a friendly game of backyard cricket in some big budget films. Yep, thats right! Some of the most important scenes from various big names films feature the game or cricket and the Australian film industry is also a fan of the occasional cricket scene, and why wouldn't they be? It's a great Aussie pastime after all. 

So here's our list of the big budget movies featuring cricket scenes to watch out for on your next night in. 

The Dish
Australian hit comedy The Dish, was largely based on a story of a group of crazy scientists in remote rural Australia (Parkes to be exact), who were responsible for televising to the world the first images of man's first steps on the moon. The movie received international acclaim and was widely remembered for the scene which showed the actors playing cricket in the satellite dish. Unfortunately these days you might get a slap on the wrist if you attempt to do the same thing, because according to management, you were never actually allowed to step foot on the Dish back then, or now. So why did the producers of the film include the scene involving cricket? Apparently it was iconically Australian so they decided to include it anyway!

This large satellite dish in Parkes that was featured in the movie The Dish and in the film hosted a game of cricket. Photo: Getty Images. 

This large satellite dish in Parkes that was featured in the movie The Dish and in the film hosted a game of cricket. Photo: Getty Images. 

The Dish//Movie Trailer 

The Beach
It was the hit movie of 2000 that saw tourists in their thousands flock to a small beach (Phi Phi Ley) off the mainland of Thailand. The Beach, which stars Leonardo Dicaprio, features a group of backpackers who make their way to a remote island to live in paradise. Cricket fans would also remember a bunch of scenes in the film showing the small island community playing cricket to pass the time. Sounds like a pretty good island hobby to us. BTW beach cricket is still a pretty thing that happens on the island, you might just have to try your luck playing against some sunburnt English backpackers. 

Leonardo Dicaprio stars in the movie The Beach which features beach cricket. Photo: Getty Images. 

Leonardo Dicaprio stars in the movie The Beach which features beach cricket. Photo: Getty Images. 

This small island in Thailand plays host to plenty of beach cricket moments in the movie The Beach. Photo: Getty Images. 

This small island in Thailand plays host to plenty of beach cricket moments in the movie The Beach. Photo: Getty Images. 

Slumdog Millionaire
Another Hollywood blockbuster that defied all odds at the Box Office, Slumdog Millionaire tells the tale of a young boy from the slums in India who guesses his way to fame and fortune on the show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. For one of the final questions the host asks him ‘which cricketer has scored the most first class centuries in history.” The answer…. watch the movie to see! 

The moment Dev Patel is asked the million dollar question in the movie Slumdog Millionaire. Photo: Sourced. 

The moment Dev Patel is asked the million dollar question in the movie Slumdog Millionaire.
Photo: Sourced. 

Vertical Limit
A brother and sister go on an adventure to K2 in the Himalayas and stumble across a local village playing a game of village cricket. It's actually a pretty important moment for the film and quiet possibly one of the most amazing locations ever used for backyard cricket. It’s definitely on our bucket list for places to hold a game. BYO altitude fitness. 

The Himalayas black backdrop to a critical game of backyard cricket in the movie, Vertical Limit. Photo: Getty Images. 

The Himalayas black backdrop to a critical game of backyard cricket in the movie, Vertical Limit. Photo: Getty Images. 

It doesn't get much higher than this for a game of backyard cricket.  Photo: Getty Images. 

It doesn't get much higher than this for a game of backyard cricket.  Photo: Getty Images. 

Vertical Limit/Trailer 

If you want more of a cricket fix check out the Hollywood blockbusters below that also feature cricket scenes! 

  • Bend It Like Beckham
  • Finding Neverland
  • Fools Gold
  • Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason