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The Best Country Movies 

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List Rules This list is for movies with country themes, including films that take place in the South, are about living in the country, or are about country music.

This list of the best country movies is ranked by film fans and professional movie critics. Country is one of the most popular genres of music in the United States. So much of the genre extends far beyond just music. It’s connected to a sense of pride in the country and in specific states. The genre has become an entire culture, including dance, food, and has also influenced our collective pop culture. Since so much history and emotion is connected to the country genre, it opens itself up well to movie storytelling and film adaptations. There are hundreds of stories of success, love, failure, romance, and heartbreak connected to the country universe and any of the good country movies feature these themes.

So, what are the best country movies of all time? This list is filled with films that perfectly encompass the passion for country and the culture that surrounds it. Country themed movies like Walk the Line and Crazy Heart tell stories of struggling country music artists, including their passion and sorrows. Other films, like O Brother, Where Art Thou? are more comical, focusing on the lighter side of the genre. You can check out many of these country movies on Netflix, including movies like Sweet Home Alabama and other romantic country movies.

This list is filled with the best movies focusing on the country lifestyle, artists, and genre. The stories told in these movies are very human, so no matter what genre you prefer, there’s something for everyone.

 

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The Longest Ride is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Country Movies
Ferris Fam added Britt Robertson, Alan Alda, Oona Chaplin

Released: 2015

Directed by: George Tillman, Jr.

The Longest Ride is a 2015 American Neo Western romantic drama film directed by George Tillman Jr. A young couple's love story begins to intertwine with an old man's memories of meeting his late

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Footloose is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Country Movies
hans-thomassen added Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, Andie MacDowell

Released: 2011

Directed by: Craig Brewer

Footloose is a 2011 American dance film directed by Craig Brewer. It is a remake of the 1984 film of the same name and stars Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Andie MacDowell, and Dennis Quaid. The ...more

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Flicka is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Movies
Maria Bello, Tim McGraw, Armie Hammer

Released: 2006

Directed by: Michael Mayer

Flicka is a 2006 film loosely based on the 1941 children's novel My Friend Flicka by Mary O'Hara. The film is directed by Michael Mayer. The novel has previously been made into a film in 1943, ...more

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Pure Country is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Movies
George Strait, Lesley Ann Warren, Kyle Chandler

Released: 1992

Directed by: Christopher Cain

Pure Country is a 1992 American dramatic musical western film directed by Christopher Cain and starring George Strait in his acting debut, with Lesley Ann Warren, Isabel Glasser and Kyle ...more
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Walk the Line is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Movies
Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix, Ginnifer Goodwin

Released: 2005

Directed by: James Mangold

Walk the Line is a 2005 American biographical drama film directed by James Mangold and based on the early life and career of country music artist Johnny Cash. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix, ...more

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8 Seconds is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Country Movies
Renée Zellweger, Luke Perry, Stephen Baldwin

Released: 1994

Directed by: John G. Avildsen

8 Seconds is a 1994 American biographical drama film directed by John G. Avildsen. Its title refers to the length of time a bull rider is required to stay on for a ride to be scored. It stars ...more

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Coal Miner's Daughter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Movies
Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek, Beverly DAngelo

Released: 1980

Directed by: Michael Apted

Coal Miner's Daughter is a 1980 biographical film which tells the story of country music legendary singer Loretta Lynn. It stars Sissy Spacek as Loretta, a role that earned her the Academy Award ...more

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Country Strong is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Movies
Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester, Tim McGraw

Released: 2010

Directed by: Shana Feste

Country Strong is a 2010 drama film starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund, and Leighton Meester. The film, about an emotionally unstable country music star who attempts to ...more
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Urban Cowboy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Movies
John Travolta, Bonnie Raitt, Debra Winger

Released: 1980

Directed by: James Bridges

Urban Cowboy is a 1980 American western romantic drama film about the love-hate relationship between Buford Uan "Bud" Davis and Sissy. The movie captured the late 1970s/early 1980s ...more

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O Brother, Where Art Tho... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Movies
George Clooney, John Goodman, Holly Hunter

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 adventure comedy film written, produced, edited, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, and Tim Blake Nelson, with ...more

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Smokey and the Bandit is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Movies
Sally Field, Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason

Released: 1977

Directed by: Hal Needham

Smokey and the Bandit is a 1977 Technicolor American action comedy film starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Patrick McCormick, Paul Williams and Mike Henry. It ...more

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Broken Bridges is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Movies
Willie Nelson, Burt Reynolds, Kelly Preston

Released: 2006

Directed by: Steven Goldmann

Broken Bridges is a 2006 film starring Toby Keith, Lindsey Haun, Burt Reynolds and Kelly Preston. The film, a music-drama, is centered on a fading country singer's return to his hometown near a ...more
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Crazy Heart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Movies
Colin Farrell, Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Released: 2009

Directed by: Scott Cooper

"Crazy Heart stars Jeff Bridges as an aging country music legend wrestling with his loss of fame at the hands of younger protégé. Struggling to make ends meet playing one ...more

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The Best Little Whorehou... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Movies
Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds, Jim Nabors

Released: 1982

Directed by: Colin Higgins

This film is a 1982 American musical comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Colin Higgins. It is an adaptation of the 1978 Broadway musical of the same name and stars Dolly Parton and ...more

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The Cowboy Way is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Movies
Kiefer Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Marg Helgenberger

Released: 1994

Directed by: Gregg Champion

The Cowboy Way is a 1994 comedy film directed by Gregg Champion and starring Woody Harrelson and Kiefer Sutherland.

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The Mustang is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Movies
Matthias Schoenaerts, Connie Britton, Jason Mitchell

Released: 2019

Directed by: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre

The Mustang is a 2019 drama film directed by Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre. Roman Coleman (Matthias Schoenaerts), a violent convict, is given the chance to participate in a rehabilitation therapy ...more
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The Thing Called Love is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Movies
mitchell-culver added Sandra Bullock, River Phoenix, Trisha Yearwood

Released: 1993

Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich

The Thing Called Love is a 1993 American comedy-drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich. An aspiring singer (Samantha Mathis) moves to Nashville where she meets other hopeful newcomers.

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Fried Green Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Movies
KlinkgKlong added Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Chris O'Donnell

Released: 1991

Directed by: Jon Avnet

Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. Directed by Jon Avnet. It tells the story of a Depression-era friendship ...more

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Sweet Dreams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Country Movies
Sweet Dreams Jessica Lange, John Goodman, Ed Harris

Released: 1985

Directed by: Karel Reisz

Sweet Dreams is a 1985 biographical film which tells the life story of country music singer Patsy Cline. The film was written by Robert Getchell and directed by Karel Reisz. It stars Jessica ...more

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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Movies
Jeff Goldblum, Lily Tomlin, Julie Christie

Released: 1975

Directed by: Robert Altman

Nashville is a 1975 American musical drama film directed by Robert Altman. A winner of numerous awards and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, Nashville is ...more

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The Horse Whisperer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Movies
RhynPo added Scarlett Johansson, Kate Bosworth, Robert Redford

Released: 1998

Directed by: Robert Redford

The Horse Whisperer is a 1998 American drama film directed by and starring Robert Redford, based on the 1995 novel The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans. Redford plays the title role, a talented ...more

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Tender Mercies is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Movies
Robert Duvall, Ellen Barkin, Wilford Brimley

Released: 1983

Directed by: Bruce Beresford

Tender Mercies is a 1983 American drama film directed by Bruce Beresford. The screenplay by Horton Foote focuses on Mac Sledge, a recovering alcoholic country music singer who seeks to turn his ...more

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Walk. Ride. Rodeo. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Movies
Missi Pyle, Spencer Locke, Bailey Chase

Released: 2019

Directed by: Conor Allyn

Walk Ride Rodeo is a 2019 American biopic directed by Conor Allyn. Nationally-ranked rodeo barrel racer Amberley Snyder (Spencer Locke) barely survives a car accident that leaves her paralyzed ...more

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Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaye... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Movies
Shaikhmohd Riaz added Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Anupam Kher

Released: 1995

Directed by: Aditya Chopra

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, also known as DDLJ, is a 1995 Indian romantic drama film. It was written and directed by Aditya Chopra, produced by Yash Chopra, and stars Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. ...more
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Murphy's Romance is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Movies
Ferris Fam added Sally Field, Corey Haim, James Garner

Released: 1985

Directed by: Martin Ritt

Murphy's Romance is a 1985 romantic comedy film adapted by Harriet Frank Jr. and Irving Ravetch from a 1980 novel by Max Schott and directed by Martin Ritt. The film stars Sally Field, James ...more

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