5 of the best golf movies

Get yourself in the mood for the British Open with the best golf movies ever

With the British Open starting at Royal St George's on Thursday, and Rory McIlroy hoping for a second major title in a row, we thought we'd get you in the mood with the best golf movies ever...

Caddyshack (1980)

The clothes and haircuts may have dated terribly, but this is still the ultimate source of golf quotes. "Nice shot, right in the beach," and a hundred other lines get rolled out on courses all over the world every day. Also a must for Bill Murray fans.

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Tin Cup (1996)

While the love triangle sub-plot is predictable, you're not likely to guess the ending. Washed-up driving-range pro – Kevin Costner at his best – takes a fresh stab at the big time to earn some cash and Rene Russo's heart. Crammed with golfing in-jokes, and worth watching just for downtrodden caddy Cheech Marin's wisetalking.

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Happy Gilmore (1996)

Yes, it's very silly. Yes, it mocks everything about golf. Yes, it is Adam Sandler's funniest film by a country mile. Probably the golf movie you're most likely to get your non-golfing friends and family to watch.

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The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)

Ironically, it's the magical, mystical title character of Bagger Vance (Will Smith) that threatens to over-cheese Robert Redford's golfing saga. Does a much better job of capturing US depression-era golf than the overly schmaltzy Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius.

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The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)

The remarkable true story of an American amateur golfer and his 10-year-old caddy who took on the best player in the world, Harry Vardon, at the 1913 US Open. An early role for Shia LeBeouf and a solid turn by Stephen Dillane as Vardon, but it's all a little over-Disneyed and conveniently ignores the illness that left Harry Vardon battling a jittery hand when putting. Read Mark Frost's book to find out how much better this could've been.

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