BEST COUNTRY MUSIC MOVIES
“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“