The 15 Best Golf Movies of All Time

There are some great movies set in the world of golf. Here are our favorites for you to enjoy.

1. Caddyshack (1980)

Caddyshack is a comedy that revolves around a country club and the scheming president. It is also about a young caddy, Danny Noonan who is struggling to get his life back together. The only way he can do it is by winning a prestigious golf tournament. Can he do it against all the odds of the culture in the country club? It is one of the best golf movies of all time and will get you smiling.

  • Year Released:1980
  • Genre: Comedy, Sport
  • Starring Actors: Chevy Chase, Roger Dangerfield
  • IMDB Rating: 7.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 73 percent

2. Happy Gilmore

An aspiring hockey player discovers he has one of the best golf swings in history. He joins the P.G.A tour hoping to win so he can save his grandmother’s house. Unfortunately, although his bad-boy image gets him a following, his hockey personality does not fit in with the golfing scene with some interesting results.

  • Year Released: 1996
  • Genre: Comedy, Sport
  • Starring Actors: Adam Sandler, Julie Bowen, Frances Bay
  • IMDB Rating: 7.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 61 percent

3. Tin Cup

Roy McAvoy is a failed pro golfer who falls for one of his pupils. She’s Molly, a psychiatrist who just happens to be the girlfriend of a PGA tour star. After McAvoy is humiliated at a golfing championship, he decides to run for the PGA and try to win Molly’s heart. It’s a feel-good movie and is full of fun moments as well as a little romance.

  • Year Released: 1996
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
  • Starring Actors: Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Don Johnson
  • IMDB Rating: 6.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 73 percent

4. The Greatest Game Ever Played

At the turn of the twentieth century, young golfer Harry Vardon becomes a champion but discovers that English class boundaries exclude him from society. 12 years later, a young American faces the same issues but has a chance to play in the US Open against his hero—Harry Vardon. It is a movie that combines the struggles of the two men with some extraordinary golfing skills.

  • Year Released: 2005
  • Genre: Biography, drama, Sport
  • Starring Actors: Sheila Labeouf, Elias Koteas, Stephen Dillane
  • IMDB Rating: 7.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 63 percent

5. The Legend of Bagger Vance

Captain Rannulph Junuh is the best golfer in Savannah. But when he returns from fighting in World War One, he’s disillusioned. He plays a game of golf and is dismissive. He is not impressed with the game until his caddy shows him a masterful golf stroke. That turns out to be the key to mastering anything—and is the secret to life. It is among the best golf movies to watch.

  • Year Released:2000
  • Genre: Drama, fantasy, Sport
  • Starring Actors: Matt Damon, Will Smith, Charlize Theron
  • IMDB Rating: 6.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 43 percent

6. Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius

Bobby Jones is a young golf champion that won the US Open and other prestigious golfing tournaments. However, his personality and behavior set him apart from the golfing community. When he realizes this threatens to destroy everything he loves, Bobby comes up with an extraordinary proposition.

  • Year Released: 2004
  • Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
  • Starring Actors: Jim Caviezel, Jeremy Northam, Claire Forlani
  • IMDB Rating: 6.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 26 percent

7. Miracle on the 17th Green

When a 50-year-old advertising executive loses his job, he decides to make his fortune on the golfing circuit. Unfortunately, he ends up neglecting his wife and family.

  • Year Released:1999
  • Genre: Drama, Sport
  • Starring Actors: Robert Uhrich, Meredith Baxter, Donnelly Rhodes
  • IMDB Rating: 5.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: No ratings

8. Golf in the Kingdom

It is 1956. Michael, an American philosophy student, is on his way to India. En route, he decides to stop at Links of Burningbush in Scotland for one final game of golf before he gives it all up.

  • Year Released: 2010
  • Genre: Drama, Sport
  • Starring Actors: David O Hara, Malcolm McDowell, Mason Gamble
  • IMDB Rating: 5.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 37 percent
  • Link to Movie: Golf in the Kingdom

9. A Gentleman’s Game

This is a drama about the events surrounding a group of characters one summer at an exclusive country club on the East Coast of the USA. It also involves a teenage prodigy learning the nuances of power in the golfing world.

  • Year Released: 2002
  • Genre: Drama, Sport
  • Starring Actors: Mason Gamble, Gary Sinise, Philip Baker Hall
  • IMDB Rating: 6.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 57 percent
  • Link to Movie: A Gentleman’s Game

10. Seven Days in Utopia

Luke, a young golfer, has a disastrous round on the golfing circuit. He ends up in Utopia, Texas where he meets a man who appears to care. Luke is helped to bury his past and live for the future.

  • Year Released: 2011
  • Genre: Drama, Sport
  • Starring Actors: Robert Duvall, Lucas Black, Melissa Leo
  • IMDB Rating: 6.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 21 percent

11. Dead Solid Perfect

Kenny Lee is a young, talented and underachieving golfer who is trying his best on a golfing tour. However, he learns that sometimes the most important things go far beyond golf.

  • Year Released: 1988
  • Genre: Drama, Sport
  • Starring Actors:Randy Quaid, Kathryn Harrold
  • IMDB Rating: 7.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: No reviews

12. Follow the Sun

Ben Hogan works as a golf caddy so he can enjoy the game he loves and stay close to the sport. His wife encourages him to be more ambitious and become a professional golfer. Through hard work and diligence, he achieves his dream but is then terribly injured in a car accident. The movie tells the story of Ben’s recovery so he can play golf once more.

  • Year Released: 1951
  • Genre: Biography, Drama ,Sport
  • Starring Actors: Glenn Ford, Anne Baxter, Dennis O’Keefe
  • IMDB Rating: 6.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: No rating

13. The Man With the Perfect Swing

Babe Lombardo is an indebted ex-pro basketball player. He needs a way to get the IRS off his case. When he develops the perfect golf swing, he comes up with several ideas on how he can cash in on his success. Many of the ideas are not good and destined to fail—adding to the comedy in this movie.

  • Year Released: 1995
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
  • Starring Actors: James Monroe Black, Suzanne Savoy, Marco Perella
  • IMDB Rating: 7.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: No rating

14. From the Rough

Catana Starks, hailing from the traditionally black Tennessee University, became the first woman to coach an all-male team at the collegiate level. She overcame all kinds of adversity and challenges coaching her team to success in golf. The team was a rag-tag group of men that went on to win a record championship season.

  • Year Released: 2013
  • Genre: Drama, Sport
  • Starring Actors:Taraji P. Henson, Tom Felton, Michael Clarke Duncan
  • IMDB Rating: 6.7
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 71 percent

15. Pat and Mike

Pat is a brilliant athlete—apart from when her overbearing fiance is around. She is on the brink of winning a ladies golf championship when she messes up on the final hole thanks to her fiance. The fiance is keen on marriage, but Pat still wants to pursue her dream. She encounters Mike, a sports promoter. Together they encounter a jealous boxer and mobsters—and they fall for each other. It’s a classic movie from Spencer Tracey and Katharine Hepburn (stars of The African Queen).

  • Year Released: 1952
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sport
  • Starring Actors: Spencer Tracey, Katharine Hepburn, Aldo Ray
  • IMDB Rating: 7.0
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85 percent

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