We all watch movies, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion really. Here are the top 10 golf movies of all time. Don’t forget to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Tin Cup (1996) 69% at Rotten Tomatoes
Washed-up golf pro Roy McAvoy runs a driving range with his caddy until he signs it over to pay off a debt. Now he’s trying to qualify for the U.S. Open to impress his rival’s girlfriend.
Director: Ron Shelton
Starring: Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson
9. The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) 43% at Rotten Tomatoes
A disillusioned war veteran learns about life through his mysterious caddy. Soon he’s competing in the game of his life against storied champions Walter Hagen and Bobby Jones.
Director: Robert Redford
Starring: Will Smith, Matt Damon, Charlize Theron
8. Caddyshack II (1988) 4% at Rotten Tomatoes
Blue-collar millionaire Jack Hartounian doesn’t like the way he’s treated at the country club he only visited to appease his daughter. So he buys the controlling interest and teaches the members a lesson about excluding the poor.
Director: Allan Arkush
Starring: Jackie Mason, Robert Stack, Dyan Cannon
7. A Gentleman’s Game (2001) 56% at Rotten Tomatoes
Hoping to hone his son’s golf skills, Mr. Price arranges for him to take a summer job as a caddy at a nearby country club. He learns about more than just golf, seeing the sharp divide between the wealthy club members and working-class employees.
Director: J. Mills Goodloe
Starring: Mason Gamble, Gary Sinise, Philip Baker Hall
6. Seven Days in Utopia (2011) 15% at Rotten Tomatoes
An up-and-coming professional golfer hits rock bottom and crashes into a fence in Utopia, Texas. The fence happens to belong to a former golfer who teaches him the life lessons he needs to get back on track.
Director: Matt Russell
Starring: Lucas Black, Robert Duvall, Melissa Leo
5. Who’s Your Caddy? (2007) 6% at Rotten Tomatoes
A rap mogul from Atlanta tries to join an exclusive country club in the Carolinas, but the conservative board President won’t allow it. Hi jinks ensue as the emcee and his entourage do what they want anyway.
Director: Don Michael Paul
Starring: Big Boi, Jeffrey Jones, Terry Crews
4. The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005) 63% at Rotten Tomatoes
Harry Vardon is a British champion golfer but still not accepted into high society. A decade later, American Francis Ouimet struggles against the same prejudice while dreaming of competing against his idol in the U.S. Open.
Director: Bill Paxton
Starring: Shia LeBeouf, Stephen Dillane, Elias Koteas
3. Dorf on Golf (1987) 71% at Rotten Tomatoes
Derk Dorf isn’t a great golfer, but he uses a variety of gadgets to improve his game and teach you to play along with his caddy Leonard.
Director: Roger Beatty
Starring: Tim Conway, Vincent Schiavelli, Michele Smith
2. Happy Gilmore (1996) 60% at Rotten Tomatoes
Happy is a failed hockey player recruited by Stubbs to play golf for the prize money to save his grandma’s house. Tour pro Shooter McGavin isn’t happy about it and will do anything to stop him.
Director: Dennis Dugan
Starring: Adam Sandler, Christopher McDonald, Julie Bowen
1. Caddyshack (1980) 75% at Rotten Tomatoes
An exclusive golf club has a definitive line between the affluent members and lowly staff. These lines are blurred when Al Czervik shows up with no care in the world for such petty things.
Director: Harold Ramis
Starring: Chevy Chase, Rodney Dangerfield, Bill Murray