We have compiled a list of the TOP 20 golf movies of all time.
1. Bobby Jones, Stroke of Genius
Released 2004, Rated PG
Directed by: Rowdy Herrington
Jim Caviezel plays the role of Bobby Jones, hands-down one of the golfing world’s most predominant figures, in this tribute film. The film captures the emotional and physical roller coaster of Jones’ short golfing career. From his lively temper to his wild passion for golf, you will travel with Jones as he perfects his game and wins the Grand Slam and the U.S., British, and Amateur Opens. But what happens when his game gets in-between the relationships with his family and loved ones?
“Now what you have to understand Bobby is that three bad shots and one good shot still make par. You see, golf is the game of recovery.”
Released 1980, Rated R
Directed by: Harold Ramis
A terrific mix of comedy and golf! The humor is crude, even by today’s standards—not a movie for the kids!
“The snobs, against the slobs.” The stereo-typical rich members of the golf club and the poor staff come together to form hysterical confrontations. While the assistant green keeper at Bushwood Country Club (played by Bill Murray) tries to stop a gopher (a stuffed, adorable plush that is moved by hand from off camera) from ruining the golf course, a new member (played by is ruining the club’s sanctity.
Danny (played by Michael O’Keefe) is the main character. He is a caddy with dreams of going to college and will do anything to make a penny to help him get there.
One of the most quoted lines from the film is something that all of us golfers would love to have happen: “Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greens keeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a miracle … It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!
3. Caddyshack II
Released 1988, Rated PG
Directed by: Allen Arkush
Sequel to the 1980 film Caddy Shack, this film is filled with more fun, off-the-wall humor. Although many people prefer the first movie, this one has many laugh-out-loud moments.
A man with “new-money” is not accepted into the country club, so what does he do? He outright buys the club and turns it into one of the most outrageously tacky amusement parks ever.
“Golf, golf... what kinda name is "golf" anyway? Sounds like a sound you make when you've got something caught in your throat.”
4. The Caddy
Released 1953, Rated NA
Directed by: Norman Taurog
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis team-up in this film to produce a wildly hysterical comedy. Harvey Miller (Jerry Lewis) may be the son of a great golfer and he may have inherited those skills, but when it comes to playing in front of a gallery, forget it! His stage fright is too much for him to stomach. He loves the game, so he channels his skills and acts as caddy to help-out his girlfriend’s brother, Joe Anthony (Dean Martin). Anthony has to try to convince his father that the game of golf is more complex than just hitting a ball into a hole. The duo makes it to the PGA tour where their skills are acknowledged by an agent who believes in their potential.
“Kathy Taylor (Donna Reed): [At an elegant country club soiree] Good evening.
Joe Anthony (Dean Martin): [Feeling underdressed and out of his element] I better make that ‘good night.’ I’m out of uniform.
Kathy Taylor: You’re positively stunning. So what if you left your dinner jacket at home?
Joe Anthony : I left it in Kansas City, but I can show you the pawn ticket.
Kathy Taylor: I believe you. Shall we dance?
Joe Anthony: Only if I lead.
Kathy Taylor: You can lead.”
5. Bobby Jones, How I play Golf
Released 1931, Rated NA
Directed by: George Marshall
“How I Play Golf” was a series of short films about how to golf. Although the series is a set of instructional videos, they are also entertaining. Each film starts with Jones meeting a Hollywood star whose golf name needs a little extra help, so he offers a lesson. Hollywood stars include James Cagney, W. C. Fields, Joe Brown and Edward G. Robinson. There are 12 films in the “How I Play Golf” series.
6. Follow the Sun: The Ben Hogan Story
Released 1951, Rated NA
Directed by: Sidney Lanfield
This black and white film depicts the life of a traveling tour professional, Ben Hogan, played by Glenn Ford. Even as a poor child Hogan had a love for the game of golf. He got a job as a caddy, where he learned the rules of the game and helped pull his family out of their financial rut.
Hands-down Hogan had some of the best luck on the links, winning against all odds. Other golf pros including Dr. Cary Middlecoff, Jimmy Demaret, and Slammin' Sammy Snead appear in the film, as themselves. Hogan’s golf status and natural skill is enough to shape this movie into an entertaining film, but when you add the physical and emotional aspects of the traumatic events in his life, you get a drama! This film gives a whole new meaning to blood, sweat and tears.
7. Dead Solid Perfect
Released 1988, Rated R
Directed by: Bobby Roth
“Dead Solid Perfect” is a film that was made for TV.
Kenny Lee, a golf professional (played by Randy Quaid), is a second-string professional golfer who is desperate for his chance at stardom. Quaid’s performance is brilliantly believable. He shows how the life of a golfer is more than playing a round and cashing a paycheck. He shows that going on tour is hard. It’s lonely. It is a test on love, faith and reality. Although there may not be a whole lot of action on the course, the behind the scenes life of a pro-golfer is what makes this film entertaining—money and women.
8. A Gentleman’s Game
Released 2003, Rated R
Directed by: J. Mills Goodloe
A young boy by the name of Timmy Price (played by Mason Gamble) looks for guidance in the world of golf. The boy looks to Foster Pearse (played by Gary Sinise) for help, but is rejected. This film is filled with the lessons of life that every parent wishes their child will learn; decency, integrity and sincerity.
The film captures real-life on camera, without the Hollywood fluff (hence the R rating).
“Timmy Price (Mason Gamble): Well, maybe I could hit a few balls up here and you could give me some pointers.
Foster Pearse (Gary Sinise): Do I *look* like Mr. Miyagi to you? Wax on, wax off. Oh yes, Timmy-san, you hit a few balls, I give you pointers.”
This film was rated one of the “Best Sports Movies” of 2003 by ESPN.
9. The Greatest Game Ever Played
Released 2005, Rated PG
Directed by: Bill Paxton
Shia LeBeouf stars in one of his best performances ever, as a young golfer named Frances Ouimet. Ouimet battles against the class boundaries, which hold him back from the “gentlemanly” English society. He fights for the chance to participate in the 1913 U.S. Open and play against one of his idols Harry Vardon (played by Stephen Dillane), a man who faught the same class battle several years prior. The film is based on the book by Mark Frost, which transferred remarkably to the big screen.
“Eddie Lowery (Josh Flitter): Read it, roll it, hole it.”
10. Who’s Your Caddy?
Released 2007, Rated PG-13
Directed by: Don Michael Paul
“It’s the street, versus the elite.”
The conservative Carolina country club is not prepared for what they are about to encounter; a rapper from Atlanta and his entourage. Although the wealthy African-American group is the least bit welcomed by the other club members, they will do whatever it takes to become members.
Lead actors include Lil’ Wayne, Big Boi and Faizon Love.
“C-Note (Big Boi): [big farts and a loud fog horn sounds] My mouth was open!”
11. Tin Cup
Released 1996, Rated R
Directed by: Ron Shelton
Kevin Costner and Rene Russo star in this hopelessly romantic story of a out-of-date golf pro. Roy (Costner) is a failed pro golfer who has nothing left but a run-down driving range, which he and his caddy Romeo manage. When he sells the range to show girls he meets Dr. Molly Griswold (Russo), a female psychologist. Turns out Griswold is the girlfriend of PGA superstar David Simms (Don Johnson). Roy falls in love with Griswold. In order to catch her attention, not only does he become her patient, but he also tries to qualify for the US Open. He doesn’t care about the glory, the money, or the fame. He doesn’t care if he is the champion. What he does care about is winning Griswold’s heart.
“Roy 'Tin Cup' McAvoy (Kevin Costner): Sex and golf are the two things you can enjoy even if you're not good at them.”
12. Pat and Mike
Released 1952, Rated PG
Directed by: George Cukor
Katharine Hepburn gives a whole new meaning to women’s independence, with her role as Pat Pemberton in the 1950’s film. She is a women’s sports sensation. With the lady’s golf championship dangling in her face, she can’t afford any distractions. BUT, her fiancé’s presence at the final holes serves as exactly that, a distraction. He wants her to forget about golf and just marry him already, but she can’t give up that easy! Mike Conovan, a sports promoter, notices her skills and becomes her manager. Together they face it all, including a mutual attraction.
“Pat Pemberton (Katharine Hepburn): [to Collier] I've got to do something to prove to you, prove to myself - lend me some money will you - prove to both of us, in fact, everybody that I'm not just a... [rushes from the train car]”
13. Miracle on the 17th Green
Released 1999, Rated NR
Directed by: Michael Switzer
When most people lose their job, they try to find another one. Not Mitch McKinley (played as Robert Urich). At 50 years old he decides to take his chances on the senior golf tour. But what he may not have realized is how much time golf takes away from your wife (played by Meredith Baxter) and family. The film reiterates the values of family and determination.
14. The Legend of Bagger Vance
Released 2000, Rated PG-13
Directed by: Robert Redford
Will Smith delivers one of his best performances in this film as a caddy, by the name of Bagger Vance, who not only provides golf services to a visiting golfer, by the name of Captain Rannulph Junah (played by Matt Damon), but he also helps him find his place in life. Vance teaches him the secrets of golf which play through to be the secrets of life.
“Bagger Vance (Will Smith): See, the trick is... to find your swing...
Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon): What'd you say?...
Bagger Vance: Well you lost your swing... We got to go find it... Now it's somewhere... in the harmony... of all that is... All that was... All that will be...”
15. Happy Gilmore
Released 1996, Rated PG-13
Directed by: Dennis Dugan
“He doesn’t play golf, he destroys it.”
Whoever said golf wasn’t a spectator sport hasn’t seen Happy Gilmore play! Happy’s heart was set on being a hockey player, but when he couldn’t make the team he had to do something else. With Grandma’s house being taken away by the bank, he had to do something to stop them. He joins the PGA Tour to try and make some fast money and realizes that his golf drive is like none other. His game play draws a crowd of all sorts of people to watch as he continues to surprise the golf pros.
“Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler): [voice over narration] During high school, I played junior hockey and still hold two league records: most time spent in the penalty box; and I was the only guy to ever take off his skate and try to stab somebody.”
16. The Man with the Perfect Swing
Released 1995, Rated NA
Directed by: Micheal Hovis
James Monroe Black is hysterical in this rendition as Anthony (Babe) Lombardo. Babe was a well-known baseball player, but after several years his age has caught-up with him. In over his head with the IRS for unpaid debt, he has no one to turn to. His wife works all the time to try and make ends meet and his best friend, Lou (James Belcher), refuses to lend him another penny. He develops an unusually great golf swing and everyone suggests he take his chances with professional golfing, an easy way to earn big money. But, Babe doesn’t want to.
17. My Bunny Lies over the Sea
Released 1948, Rated NR
Directed by: Chuck Jones
The classic Looney Toon character Bugs Bunny is in Scotland, home of some of the world’s best links. Bugs rescues what he believes is an innocent woman from a scary monster. It just so turned out, the woman was actually a kilted Scottish man and the scary monster was none other than a bagpipe. The Scottish man challenges Bugs Bunny to a game of golf.
18. Golf Balls
Released 1999, Rated NA
Directed by: Steve Procko
“A little comedy about golf….and balls!”
The Pennytree Golf Club is not your typical golf club. The club started as a beautiful 18 holes golf club in the late 70’s, but now it is run-down and only a few golfers stay committed to Josh Pennytree (Philip Stillman) and his oh-so-beautiful granddaughter Liberty (Christy Tummond). The neighboring Bentwood Country Club stole the crowd from Pennytree and intend to take over the Pennytree property and turn it into luxury condo living. When Liberty gets word of this scheme, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Even if she doesn’t have the money to compete, she has the looks! She staffs the Pennytree golf club with babes and hunks alike. New services for golfers include hot uniforms, massages, and the “cart wash.” But what happens when Liberty’s boyfriend posts a winner takes all challenge between Bentwood’s best versus Pennytree’s best golfers at a challenge round of golf?
19. National Lampoon’s Golf Punks
Released 1998, Rated NA
Directed by: Harvey Frost
Tom Arnold stars in this family comedy about an out-of-practice golf professional that gets pulled into teaching the game of golf to a bunch of rowdy kids to prove to everyone that he still has what it takes to be a professional golfer.
“Jack (Alf Humphreys): [looks at the written figure of the fees for joining a sports club] Oh another digit and it could almost be a telephone number.”
20. Hole in One
Released 2010, Rated R
Directed by: Drew Ann Rosenberg
“New rules. New attitude.”
The 2010 film that entered the American Pie family lives up to the typical expectations; sex, alcohol and girls.
Eric (played by Steve Talley) is a top-notch golfer, but a rock-bottom college student. When he competes against a plastic surgeon duo at a round of golf and loses, he finds himself lost. He loses his money. He loses his girl friend. He loses his dignity. He loses his golf swing. With much time to think, he determines the only way to get his life back is to face the reason he lost everything in the first place. He challenges the plastic surgeon duo to a redemption game of best ball.
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