Country music is famous as a medium for sharing stories. Perhaps it’s for this reason that the genre itself has inspired numerous great movies over the years.
While fewer films cater directly to country fans than, for instance, rock ‘n’ roll fans — 2019 alone saw the release of numerous movies dealing with rock, such as “Rocketman,” “Yesterday,” and “Blinded by the Light” — there have been many exceptional movies made that relate to country in some manner that have become audience favorites. Some tell stories about real musicians, some feature country artists as actors, and some merely use the culture around the genre as a backdrop for their stories.
24/7 Tempo has identified the 24 best movies for fans of country music based on critic and user ratings on websites Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb. Each film offers something special for music fans, especially those drawn to the narrative qualities of country and western.
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To determine the best movies for fans of country music, 24/7 Tempo created an index based on each film’s Rotten Tomatoes average critic rating, Rotten Tomatoes average audience rating, and Internet Movie Database average user rating. To be considered, each film needed to have some connection to country music, either thematically or with regard to the talent involved.