In the mid-90s, golf was a hugely popular sport as Tiger Woods blazed a trail of wins that had many flocking to the links. Hollywood followed suit and pumped out a number of golf movies, even though a few classics had already won audiences over. Have you seen them all? Today’s Here’s 5 are golfing movies to take a swing at.
Young Francis Ouimet (Shia LaBeouf) is a golf phenom but his background as an immigrant and poor financial status leave him ridiculed as he attempts to earn a place at the US Open. Facing great adversary, even from his own father (Elias Koteas), who wants his boy to quit his dreams and find real work, he is soon invited to participate and earn the respect he has so long struggled to achieve. Based on real events, it's a little seen, but gripping tale of triumph.
Tin Cup (1996)
Washed up pro-golfer Roy 'Tin cup' McAvoy (Kevin Costner) is in debt and on a dead-end streak when he meets the lovely Dr. Molly Griswold (Rene Russo), a psychiatrist and girlfriend of a former rival on the circuit. Attracted, he decides to win her over by cleaning up his life and attempting to qualify for the US Open. Simple and breezy, Costner and Russo are fun to watch while the golfing is fairly predictable.
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
Former World War I Army Captain Rannulph Junuh (Matt Damon), traumatized by a tragedy during the war, is lured into a golf event by a mysterious traveler carrying a suitcase. Bagger Vance (Will Smith) tells Junuh he will be his caddy and all the while, teaches him to be a superior golfer with lessons that can help him live his life and overcome his demons. Sure it's manipulative, but it finds the right tone and the leads give great performances.
Happy Gilmore (1996)
If there is one thing we know about sports, it's that hockey and golf are not quite the same. But when Happy Gilmore (Adam Sandler), an aggressive but failed pro-hockey player discovers he has the longest drive in P.G.A. history, he joins pro golf to earn money to save his grandma's house. And get beat up by Bob Barker.
Arguably one of the greatest sports comedies ever made and a career-defining film for Bill Murray (and a number of others), it's an oddball story of an exclusive golf club that is turned upside down by a new raucous member (Rodney Dangerfield) and a young caddy (Michael O'Keefe) trying to earn money to get to college. Zany to be sure with a ton of subplots and wacky characters, including a rather clever gopher, this is a must see that still holds up.