Sports movies are a dime a dozen, but few achieve the status of being called a "masterpiece". Most tend to be overtly sentimental with cliche plots and dull characters. However, once in a while, a great sports movie comes along that remains in the public memory for ages. This article is about golf related movies that will stay in your consciousness forever.
It is easy to see why golf would be a suitable sport for a movie. Granted, it is not the most exhilarating sport to watch, but its structure is such that it allows for plenty of drama. Add to that certain stereotypes and characteristics associated with the sport, and you have the perfect recipe for a Hollywood blockbuster.
No list of sports (not just gold) related movies would have been complete without a mention of this Bill Murray classic. The cast of this Harold Ramis movie alone is worth watching, featuring comedic heavyweights such as Chevy Chase, Murray, and Rodney Dangerfield. The story is about a golf caddy, Danny, and his attempt to win a scholarship to college. A hilarious outgoing that made Murray a star in his own right and is a must watch for his performance alone.
This all out comedy featuring Adam Sandler in a star making role as a ice hockey player who takes up golf to pay his grandmother's rent, Happy Gilmore has lines and moments that are still refereed today. Adam Sandler ('Happy Gilmore') has to go toe-to-toe with an arrogant professional golfer, while trying to maintain control over his anger – a very funny permit that makes for a wholly entertaining 2 hours.
One movie that all golf fans will enjoy is Tin Cup, featuring several actual golf pros. Starring Kevin Costner and Rene Russo, this movie is a romantic comedy about a driving range pro who tries to win the US Open to impress a girl (Rene Russo). Funny, charming, and a delight to watch, this is one watch watch movie for golf fans.
The Legend of Bagger Vance
Adapted from a Steven Pressfield book of the same name, The Legend of Bagger Vance stars Will Smith, Matt Damon, and Charlize Theron before they were stars. While the book has clearly religious and spiritual tones (Bagger Vance itself being an alteration of the Hindi word, 'Bhagvan', meaning God), the movie focuses more on the golfing side of the story. An interesting, thought provoking movie that any golf fan will enjoy.