BEST COUN­TRY MU­SIC MOVIES

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Cover Story - BY JAY BOB­BIN

“Coal Miner’s Daugh­ter” (1980) Sissy Spacek earned an Os­car as Loretta Lynn, with Tommy Lee Jones also do­ing solid work as hus­band Mooney. “Ur­ban Cow­boy” (1980) Coun­try mu­sic gives this drama its pulse as a young cou­ple’s (John Travolta, De­bra Winger) ups and downs are traced.

“Honky­tonk Man” (1982) Clint East­wood made one of his most per­sonal works, as both ac­tor and di­rec­tor, with this pro­file of an ill singer set on at­tain­ing Grand Ole Opry fame.

“Sweet Dreams” (1985) “Coal Miner’s Daugh­ter” pro­ducer Bernard Schwartz turned his at­ten­tion to an­other coun­try icon with this Patsy Cline bi­og­ra­phy starring Jes­sica Lange.

“Pure Coun­try” (1992) Coun­try le­gend Ge­orge Strait got a top-selling al­bum out of his stab at act­ing, in which he plays – you guessed it – a coun­try superstar, but one who tires of the busi­ness and goes AWOL. “The Thing Called Love” (1993) As­pir­ing tal­ents gather in Nashville in di­rec­tor Peter Bog­danovich’s ex­cel­lent drama; stars in­clude River Phoenix and San­dra Bul­lock.

“Walk the Line” (2005) As June Carter, Reese Wither­spoon won an Os­car for por­tray­ing the singer’s re­la­tion­ship on and off the stage with hus­band-to-be Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix).

“Crazy Heart” (2009) Jeff Bridges was an Os­car win­ner for act­ing – and sing­ing – his way through the tale of a re­deemed coun­try mu­sic vet­eran. “Coun­try Strong” (2010) Gwyneth Paltrow is ef­fec­tive as a per­son­ally trou­bled coun­try star threat­ened by an im­pres­sive newcomer (Leighton Meester).

“Glen Camp­bell ... I’ll Be Me” (2014) This ex­tremely mov­ing doc­u­men­tary shows vet­eran singer­song­writer Camp­bell in the twi­light of his ca­reer as he strug­gled against Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

“Walk the Line” “Crazy Heart” “Coal Miner’s Daugh­ter“

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