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The Three Best Bowling Movies Ever Made About Bowling

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November 20th, 2013

There were numerous films made including scenes or plot points about bowling-even that Vietnam War masterpiece The Deer Hunter experienced a powerful bowling scene inside. However, unlike the ubiquitous baseball movie, precious few interesting or noteworthy films have been made that feature bowling balls instead of baseball bats. Let’s take a look at three great bowling movies that went against the grain and made an impact with a plot that actually revolves around the lanes-bowling movies that really are about bowling.

3. Racing with the Moon

This 1984 movie may not be a great film, but it was good enough to make bona fide stars out of its then-young leading male actors, Sean Penn and Nicolas Cage. The two play teenage pals who work at the local bowling alley. They work there and chase girls in a small town in 1942 California in the early days of World War II, waiting to ship out for basic training and the war. The plot is rather thin, but the authentic, painstakingly period-correct bowling alley scenes are great. They give us a taste of what real old-school bowling was like way back in the day.

2. Kingpin

This 1996 Farrelly brothers slapstick comedy completely revolves around bowling, and is easily the most bowling-centric movie on the list. Woody Harrelson plays a former bowling prodigy who lost his hand in an unfortunate bowling incident, and who now seeks redemption in managing a not-so promising young Amish bowler played by Randy Quaid. Mindlessly funny yet brilliantly goofy, the film is immeasurably helped by the comedic genius of Bill Murray. He succeeds in stealing every scene he is in.

1. The Big Lebowski

The greatest of bowling movies is another effort produced by a team of talented brothers, in this case the Coen brothers. Jeff Bridges gives life to the Dude, the ultimate stoner slacker who of course practically lives at the bowling alley with his two best friends, played by Steve Buscemi and John Goodman. The movie is smart, beautifully photographed, and very, very funny in its own unique and laid back way. The dream sequence alone, with its Busby Berkeley-inspired bowling choreography, assures its place as the greatest bowling movie ever made about bowling.

Whether your needs are for a more laid-back bowling experience the Dude could relate to, or something a little more over-the-top like our hero in Kingpin, you can always find something useful at

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