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Top 5 Golf Movies

Updated on September 14, 2015

The Greatest Golf Movies

Golf movies run the gambit of funny to teaching us about life. There aren't many out there, but they all have something to share and teach us. I love most golf movies, and they all almost inevitable end with the ball going in the hole.

The rankings are based on how you have voted in the poll below. Or, if I missed your favorite, let me know in the comments section.

What is your favorite golf movie?

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1. The Legend of Bagger Vance

This movie is one of my favorites of all time, it also has two of my favorite actors, Will Smith and Matt Damon. The movie also has Charlize Theron and Bruce McGill and is directed by Robert Redford.

Set at the end of the Bobby Jones era, a little town in the south that claims to have the best golfer in the world, however, he hasn't played in a long time. A match was setup between Matt Damon's character and the two most prolific golfers of their time, Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen.

With the help of his caddy, Bagger Vance (Will Smith), Matt Damon finds his golf swing and competes in the greatest golf contest of all time.

Love the movie and love the cast.

2. Tin Cup

Another great movie about life and how to get over your demons staring Kevin Costner and Renee Russo. Also featuring Don Johnson and Cheech Marin. PGA golfers, Gary McCord, Craig Stadler, and Peter Jacobsen also appeared in the movie.

Another movie about a golfer who lost his pride and needs someone to teach him to look at life the right way.

Two classic scenes in the movie are the 7-iron bet, and the Pelican shot.

3. The Greatest Game Ever Played

This is on my watch list.

4. Caddyshack

The golf movie that ends all golf movies. Caddyshack is a slapstick comedy starring Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, and Ted Knight. Lots of conflicts in the movie, the rich vs the poor, the snobs vs common sense, and then there's the Gopher dancing. And after you see this movie, skip Caddyshack 2.

Classic scenes include the Pool scene, Be the Ball, and Bill Murray's Cinderella Man.

5. Happy Gilmore

Another great comedy with golf thrown in the middle. A wanna-be hockey player finds he has a knack for golf and needs to make some money to save his grandma's house. Starring Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, and Julie Bowen. Also in the movie are Bob Barker, Richard Kiel, Lee Trevino, Kevin Nealon, Verne Lundquist,

Great scenes include the Bob Barker fight, the hockey putter, and fighting the aligator for his golf ball.

Honorable Mentions

  • Dead Solid Perfect - Starring Randy Quaid based on the life of a pro golfer.
  • Follow the Sun - The Ben Hogan Story starring Henry Ford
  • Bobby Jones - Stroke of Genius - The life story of Bobby Jones starring Jim Caviezel

What is your favorite golf movie?

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      6 years ago

      Love your site and thought this might be of interest to golf movie fans.

      I just signed up with kickstarter to be an intern of a "caddie shack" type golf feature movie called Comics Open directed by Paul Madden - Burt Reynolds, Judge Reinhold, Paul Rodriguez (just to name a few) and pro golfers are going be in the cast to film in August with Christmas 2012 release. Should be a blast.

      The link is


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