Given his background, Ellis is uniquely suited to rating golf films so we hit him up for his faves. Here’s his ranking of the 6 best golf movies of all time.
- Dead Solid Perfect
“It’s a great story about an outsider trying to break through. It’s almost like seeing Bill Murray win at the pro-am at Pebble Beach.”
- The Legend of Bagger Vance
“I enjoy the caddie/mentor relationship, and Bruce McGill as Walter Hagen is as good as it gets.”
- The Greatest Game Ever Played
“You can’t go wrong with the story of Francis Ouimet. Talk about the ultimate outsider and underdog.”
- Tin Cup
“It’s a wonderful love story, and also the best portrayal I’ve seen of the caddie/player relationship. The only reason I put ‘Happy Gilmore’ ahead of it is that I can watch ‘Happy Gilmore’ over and over, and still enjoy it. When I rewatch ‘Tin Cup,’ I enjoy it, but I cannot stomach seeing Roy McAvoy losing the U.S. Open every time.”
- Happy Gilmore
“I love that they took the actual swing and made it a side character that creates so much of the comedy and tells you so much about the film. Also: Shooter McGavin is a great villain.”
“You have such iconic characters, and scene after scene that so many of us practically know by heart, for good reason.