Golf is one of those sports that everyone wishes they could enjoy and play well, but very few people actually can. Fortunately for the rest of us, you don’t actually need to be able to play golf well to be able to appreciate movies about golf. Here are the three best golf movies of all time, in no particular order.
1. Greatest Game Ever Played
This is a great movie if you want to learn about the history of golf and appreciate the past. The movie is about real life golfer Francis Ouimet (played by Shia Labeouf), who was the first ever amateur golfer to win the U.S Open. The film is about how back in 1913 (when the movie is set) golf was largely a rich man’s sport and Ouimet was from a working class family and still able to defy all odds and win a major. The movie is great and it is made even better when you know it is based on a true story.
This movie was absolutely huge in the careers of both director Harold Ramis and was instrumental in turning Rodney Dangerfield from a stand-up comedian into a legit comedic actor. This is a fantastic comedy which has a large cult following and has been called one of the best comedic sports films of all time. If you love crude and somewhat juvenile humour and the sport of golf, and haven’t already seen this classic, you really should check it out.
3. Happy Gilmore
You knew this one would be here. Of all the films that Adam Sandler has starred in, I don’t think you’ll find one better than this. Happy Gilmore is about a man (also named Happy Gilmore), who failed as an ice hockey player and went on to discover he has a real talent for golf and some amazing power in his drives. The movie was not only critically successful, but also commercially successful as it made over $41 Million on a $12 Million budget.