Special Report

Best Movies for Country Music Fans

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13. Loving You (1957)
> Directed by: Hal Kanter
> Starring: Elvis Presley, Lizabeth Scott, Wendell Corey
> Runtime: 101 min

Elvis’ second movie features the King of Rock N’ Roll playing a young musician seeking commercial success — as well as a little romance — in the music industry. The movie contains numerous Elvis songs, including “Loving You” (which was written for the film) and “Teddy Bear.”

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12. A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
> Directed by: Robert Altman
> Starring: Lily Tomlin, Meryl Streep, Woody Harrelson
> Runtime: 105 min

A strong cast including Lily Tomlin, Meryl Streep, Woody Harrelson, and Kevin Kline appears in Robert Altman’s last film, “A Prairie Home Companion.” This movie is about what occurs backstage during the last broadcast of a fictitious Midwestern radio variety show, whose performers include country and western singers. The film adaptation of Garrison Keillor’s radio broadcast has a Rotten Tomatoes Freshness rating of 82%.

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11. Blaze (2018)
> Directed by: Ethan Hawke
> Starring: Ben Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Charlie Sexton
> Runtime: 129 min

Oscar-nominated actor Ethan Hawke co-wrote and directed this biopic about the late Texas singer-songwriter Blaze Foley. The film received positive reviews from 96% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes, where the Critics Consensus described it as “lyrical and bittersweet as the music its subject left behind.” The movie features cameos from some faces that will be familiar to country music fans, such as Kris Kristofferson.

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10. Urban Cowboy (1980)
> Directed by: James Bridges
> Starring: John Travolta, Debra Winger, Scott Glenn
> Runtime: 132 min

After his iconic role as a disco dance king in “Saturday Night Fever,” John Travolta turned to the west to play an oil rigger who immerses himself in the nightlife of Houston, where he finds romance, does country dances, and rides a mechanical bull. “Urban Cowboy” did not achieve the cultural stature of “Saturday Night Fever” (though Travolta did a solo dance turn to country music), but it did produce a soundtrack album of country hits and helped launch a Western fashion trend.

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9. Sweet Dreams (1985)
> Directed by: Karel Reisz
> Starring: Jessica Lange, Ed Harris, Ann Wedgeworth
> Runtime: 115 min

Critics lauded the performance of two-time Academy Award winner Jessica Lange, who received a Best Actress Oscar nomination as the legendary country music singer Patsy Cline. Janet Maslin of The New York Times said Lange “makes herself a perfect physical extension of the vibrant, changeable, enormously expressive woman who can be heard on these recordings.” “Sweet Dreams” holds a 90% Freshness rating among Rotten Tomatoes critics.

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