BEST COUNTRY MUSIC MOVIES
“Nashville” (1975) Robert Altman’s tribute to the country music capital intercuts multiple stories and features a fabulous cast including Keith Carradine, who won an Oscar for his song “I’m Easy.” “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.
“Honeysuckle Rose” (1980) Willie Nelson essentially plays a variation of himself as a country star, though one who cheats on his wife (Dyan Cannon) with
a band member and family friend (Amy Irving).
“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.
“Tender Mercies” (1983) Confirming that a number of top actors have won Oscars for delving into country music, Robert Duvall also earned his as a harddrinking singer whose life is changed by a widow (Tess Harper) and her son.
“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.
“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 singer-songwriter Campbell in the twilight of his career as he struggled against Alzheimer’s disease.
“Coal Miner’s Daughter“
“Walk the Line”