Movies about golf have many different genres. They can be serious sports dramas, lighthearted comedies or even romantic comedies! But what draws people to golf movies is often simply a love of the game.
In keeping with the sports theme we kicked off last week with the 10 best soccer movies, we’ve compiled a list of the best golf movies of all time for you to enjoy.
1. Tin Cup (1996)
First on our list is Tin Cup, the story of a former golf prodigy (Kevin Costner, Yellowstone) who runs a ramshackle driving range in old West Texas and takes an interest in a clinical psychologist (Rene Russo, Nightcrawler) looking for driving lessons. . However, this romantic comedy quickly becomes a sports movie as Costner’s character, Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy, works to qualify for the US Open.
Tin Cup is one of the best. There’s drama, suspense, good writing, and talented performances from Costner, Ruso, and even (at the time) big names Don Johnson (Nash Bridges) and stand-up comedian Cheech Marin . There’s a little something for everyone in this Ron Shelton (White People Can’t Jump) photo.
2. Caddyshack (1980)
Described by ESPN as “perhaps the funniest sports movie ever made,” Caddyshack is an instant comedy classic that is considered a “golf movie.” Featuring comedy legends from around the world such as Chevy Chase (National Lampoon’s Vacation), stand-up comedian Rodney Dangerfield, Ted Knight (Too Close For Comfort), Michael O’Keefe (Rosanne) and Billy Murray (Groundhog Day). This quirky production is definitely worth a look.
Caddyshack is also the directorial debut of Harold Ramis. And if you don’t know who it is, let us introduce you to Ghostbusters (the movie he starred in and co-wrote) and his directorial movies: Groundhog Day, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Division Analyze This, Analyze That, Year One, and even a few episodes of The Office. Ramis certainly knows his comedy and Caddyshack is no exception.
3. The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
With a title like this, how could it not be on this list? Shia LaBeouf (Fury) stars in The Greatest Game Ever Played as Francis Ouimet, the first amateur tennis player to win the US Open. This biographical feature is based on the Mark Frost book of the same name (Twin Peaks), which chronicles Ouimet’s journey from caddy to US Open champion.
The Greatest Game Ever Played is one of those “cool sports dramas” that will make you want to go out and compete in the US Open yourself (and also make you cry a little throughout). It’s an enjoyable picture with a worthy ending.
4. Happy Gilmore (1996)
An Adam Sandler (50 First Dates) classic and part of the inspiration behind his company Happy Madison Productions (the other being Billy Madison), Happy Gilmore is another sports comedy has the same style as many of Adam Sandler’s films (but since this is one of his first films, it doesn’t quite age well). Happy Gilmore stars Sandler as an unsuccessful hockey player turned professional golfer who acts like Adam Sandler.
Happy Gilmore is very funny. Watching Gilmore navigate the professional circuit as he tries to win enough prize money to buy back his grandmother’s house will leave you baffled, as will his confrontation with Shooter McGavin, a The wonderfully evil Christopher McDonald, who becomes Gilmore’s nemesis.
All in all, Happy Gilmore is one of those golf comedies that you don’t want to miss and even if you’ve already seen it, you’ll enjoy watching it again.
5. The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
Who would have thought Will Smith (Men in Black), Matt Damon (The Bourne Identity) and Charlize Theron (Young Adult) would co-star in Robert Redford’s (A River Runs Through It) movie about golf? Well, that’s exactly what The Legend of Bagger Vance is about! Smith plays Vance, Damon’s caddy, who helps his character face his own demons as he pursues his sports career.
The Legend of Bagger Vance is a fascinating film about the Great Depression that unfortunately performed horribly at the box office, even though the film itself is exceptional. Between the 1930s Georgia setting to the entertaining performances from Smith and Damon, there’s a lot to love here.
6. Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius (2004)
Jim Caviezel, best known for his roles in The Passion of the Christ and Person of Interest, stars in his own golf movie, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, in which he plays the golfer with enjoy Bobby Jones. The film chronicles Jones’ life from his childhood in early 1900s Georgia until he became the first Grand Slam champion in golf at the age of 28. The film also tells a love story love of Bobby and Mary (Claire Forlani, Mallrats) as they overcome thick and thin.
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius was actually the first film made in connection with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews to be allowed to shoot on location. If that’s not enough for you, move on to the next section…
7. Tommy’s Honor (2017)
Set in Scotland in the 1800s, this historical drama chronicles the complicated relationship between father and son, “Old Tom” Morris (Peter Mullan, Children of Men) and “Young Tommy” Morris (Jack Lowden, Dunkirk ), as they strive to achieve their goals. own dreams, goals and golf career. This film is a bit heavier, including the duo clashing over the rules of “social class,” leading to a fateful outcome.
Tommy’s Honor is one of those “true story” movies that you watch and cry a little, and that’s okay. The tumultuous father-son relationship is a sincere and meaningful love affair, even though it’s too late for them to see it.
8. Seven Days in Utopia (2011)
This G-rated sports movie is a bit different from the previous one. Seven Days In Utopia features young professional golfer Luke Chrisholm (Lucas Black, The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift) after he finds himself stranded in Utopia, Texas, following a disastrous debut on professional racing track. Chrisholm soon comes across an eccentric rancher (Robert Duvall, The Judge) who helps steer him in the right direction.
It’s a touching redemption story that proves that hard work and true love conquer all. Seven Days In Utopia is a movie that forces you to slow down and reevaluate your next move before jumping into something new, and sometimes we need more of that in our daily lives than we do. we realize.
9. The Waiter (1953)
If you think a musical about golf is inappropriate, think again. The Caddy is a comedy-drama from Dean Martin (Rio Bravo) and Jerry Lewis (The Nutty Professor) with a lot of heart and is notable for introducing the world to the famous song, That is love, which many of us associate with our love of pizza. The film is about a professional golfer and his caddy who decide that maybe professional golf isn’t the way to go.
The Caddy is unlike other golf movies, not only because of the musical genre but also because our main characters decide that instead of pursuing a career in sports, they would rather be entertainers! However, with a team like Martin & Lewis, that should have been expected.
10. From the Rough (2013)
Last but not least, From the Rough is a sports film based on the life of Catana Starks, the former swimming coach of the Tennessee Tigers who became the first woman to ever Coaching a college men’s golf team. Taraji P. Henson (Empire) plays Coach Starks, who is brash and directive but gets the job done competently. This college movie is everything you’d expect but still makes a solid impact.
From the Rough is one of those true stories that really gets you excited to get out there and change the world, making it one of the best “confidence boosters” on the list!