Many fantastic films have been based on the sport of golf, which is one of the oldest continuously played sports in the world. According to IMDb, these are the ten best films of all time.
In the 15th century, golf is thought to have originated in Scotland, but the game’s origins may go back as far as ancient Rome.
There has recently been a postponement in professional golf season by the Professional Golfers Association (PGA). Fortunately, the PGA stated last month that it would return with a revamped schedule in mid-June, with all major tournaments taking place in the fall (except the canceled British Open). To tide you over till the majors begin, IMDb has compiled a list of the top 10 golf movies. Enjoy!
10 The Caddy (1953) – 6.5
The Caddy is an almost-golf movie from Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, the famed comedic combination. By following the story of Harvey (Lewis), an ambitious young man who is unable to follow in his father’s footsteps as a professional golfer due to his fear of crowds.
Instead, Harvey takes a job as a caddy for Joe (Martin), a talented golfer, and when the two get into mischief on the course, a talent agent suggests they try their luck in show business. Martin’s famous Oscar-nominated song, “That’s Amore,” is introduced in the film.
9 From The Rough (2013) – 6.7
Golf has long had a reputation as one of the most aristocratic sports, because to its prevalence at exclusive country clubs. Unfortunately, women and members of underrepresented groups have been excluded from the game for far too long, and this is the subject of From the Rough.
This true story’s main character is Catana Starks (Taraji P. Henson), a swimming coach at Tennessee State University who’s tasked with building and coaching the school’s first golf team, making her the first-ever woman (Black or otherwise) to coach a men’s golf team.
8 Bobby Jones: Stroke Of Genius (2004) – 6.7
Jim Caviezel plays in this biopic of golf icon Bobby Jones, who in 1930 became the only golferto ever win all four major golf events in the same year, remaining the only one to accomplish that feat today.
At just 28, Jones was forced to withdraw from the music business after a career spanning nearly half a century and a half. For the first time, St. Andrews Golf Club, the oldest course in the world and the traditional home of the British Open, was allowed to be used for filming.
7 The Legend Of Bagger Vance (2000) – 6.7
‘The Legend of Bagger Vance’ stars Robert Redford as a poor golfer who has to overcome his own personal demons to get back to playing the sport he loves.
A former colleague of Rannulph Junuh’s (Matt Damon), an alcoholic who witnessed the atrocities of World War I, tells the story to an aged colleague (Jack Lemmon). Bagger Vance (Will Smith) is a mystery caddy who helps Junuh during the Great Depression when he enters a tournament to rescue his estranged lover (Charlize Theron).
6 Dead Solid Perfect (1988) – 6.9
Die-hard perfectionist Kenny Lee (Randy Quaid) stars in HBO’s original TV movie Dead Solid Perfect, about a skilled but disturbed and underachieving professional golfer.
An too self-confident and careless lifestyle is the inevitable result of Lee’s abilities. In order to win the US Open, Lee must first humble himself, mend his strained marriage with his wife (Kathryn Harrold), and come to terms with the fact that life’s most essential considerations extend far beyond the golf course.
5 Pat And Mike (1952) – 7.0
There are nine films in which Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn play the real-life Hollywood lovers. Pat Pemberton (Hepburn), an extraordinary athlete, pursues championships in both golf and tennis in the Oscar-nominated script.
When Pat’s possessive fiancé (William Ching) arrives to see her performance, she gets frightened and has trouble performing, so she calls in a manager named Mike for aid.
Attraction develops over time between both of them, and Mike gets Pat into trouble with some baddies from Pat’s background.
4 Happy Gilmore (1996) – 7.0
The first of several sports comedies from Adam Sandler,Happy Gilmore follows a failed hockey player (Sandler) whofinds his natural and unconventional golf swing yields incredibly long drives.
With the help of his coach (Carl Weathers), Happy makes it onto the professional tour, where his eccentric rock star demeanor makes him a polarizing fan favorite, but irritates the veterans preserving the game’s sanctity. To win enough money to save his grandmother’s house, Happy must sharpen the other parts of his game, and overcome detestable rival Shooter McGavin (Christopher McDonald) (Christopher McDonald).
3 Seve: The Movie (2014) – 7.1
Severiano Ballesteros is the greatest professional golfer you’ve never heard of, and the narrative of his remarkable life and career is the subject ofSeve: The Movie.
A former world no. 1 golfer from Spain, Seve won 90 international tournaments, five PGA majors, five Ryder Cups, and a record 50 European Tour titles, making him considered by many to be the best Continental European golfer ever.
2 Caddyshack (1980) – 7.3
Probably the most famous golf movie ever filmed is Harold Ramis’ star-studded comedy. Caddyshackfollows several colorfully goofy characters, but mainly revolves around a match between the team of blue-collar golfer Ty Webb (Chevy Chase) and the hilariously brash Al Czervik (Rodney Dangerfield) vs the elitist Judge Smails (Ted Knight) and his golf partner Dr. Beeper (Dan Resin), with theownership of Bushwood Country Club serving as the stakes.
1 The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005) – 7.4
The Greatest Game Ever Played, based on the historical story of American amateur golfer Francis Ouimet (Shia LaBeouf), who faced off against his idol, English golf champion Harry Vardon (Stephen Dillane), in the 1913 US Open, seems poetically appropriate as the best golf film ever filmed.
While Ouimet’s incredible underdog story makes him a modern-day Rocky Balboa, it’s his well-crafted commentary on classism and parent-child relationships that really makes the story so fascinating.