17 July 2009

Listless Tuesdays: Top 5 Golf Movies

In a tribute to the British Open and summer, this week's list is going to be released a little bit later than a Tuesday. It was interesting in compiling this list to note how many were comedies.

5. Caddyshack II-

What can I say? There aren't that many golf movies.

4. The Legend of Bagger Vance-

Directed by Robert Redford it is a unique film that perfectly demonstrates "The Thing and the Other Thing" school of storytelling. It was based on a book by Steven Pressfield, best known for his atrocious novel Gates of Fire. One of the really great things about this film is actually the soundtrack which is filled with some really great entries from early 1930's jazz.

3. Caddyshack-

This one really doesn't need an explanation. Harold Ramis hits this one out of the park in one of the funniest and dirtiest movies of the period. The Baby Ruth in the pool, the playing through scene, and Bill Murray's attempts to catch the moles are all hilarious.

2. Happy Gilmore-

A lot of people will look at the rise in popularity that golf achieved at the end of the 90's and give all of the credit to Tiger Woods. While this is surely true, I think that both golf and Tiger benefited from the popularity of this Adam Sandler vehicle. This film also started the trend of sports comedies that feature a prominent actor in an individual sport (as opposed to a team), which has been taken to the limit by Will Ferrell. Adam Sandler went on a nice little run of funny movies that were named after the lead character.

1. Tin Cup-

One of the finest Kevin Costner films. You have to love the "going for it" mentality. I don't know why, but to me,the combination of the comeback story and the fact that Costner really nails his roles in sports movies makes this highly inspirational fare.


  1. Interesting take running the golf genre, but a solid lineup seeing as how there are all of 12 golf movies ever created (allowing Caddyshack 2 to slip in).

    After thinking about it, I'm not surprised there are only 12 golf movies. Golf possesses in reality a degree of unbelievability and drama Hollywood couldn't script. Tiger's 2008 U.S. Open defies all common sense. Even after having witnessed it, I wouldn't find a movie that scripted something like that even remotely believable.

    To me, that's why sports movies always feel like a cheap imitation. Teen Wolf is a laughable offense--Kobe's 81 or Lebron's 2008 Game 5 against the Pistons a reality. The ones that work, movies like "Invincable", get their merit because of their connection to reality. Tin Cup manages to straddle that line better than most.

  2. I agree. The movie would have been terrible if he would have won. That is where so many sports movies fail. In their attempt to validate the underdog they let them win. It so rarely happens. I still remember the few sports movies where the heroes don't win. Cool Runnings, Mystery Alaska, and A League of Their Own. They were all pretty good (as far as I remember)