The Best Country Movies, Ranked

List Rules
Vote up your favorite movies about country music or that include other country themes, like farm life or living in the South.

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. You might even call some of these films western and cowboy romance movies.

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.

 

Ranked by
  • The Longest Ride
    1
    Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Alan Alda
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: George Tillman
  • 8 Seconds
    2
    Luke Perry, Stephen Baldwin, James Rebhorn
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: John G. Avildsen
  • Flicka
    3
    Alison Lohman, Tim McGraw, Maria Bello
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Michael Mayer
  • Forever My Girl
    4
    Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, Abby Ryder Fortson
    • Released: 2018
    • Directed by: Bethany Ashton Wolf
  • Footloose
    5
    Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Craig Brewer
  • Pure Country
    6
    George Strait, Lesley Ann Warren, Isabel Glasser
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Christopher Cain
  • Walk the Line
    7
    Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: James Mangold
  • Country Strong
    8
    Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund
    • Released: 2010
    • Directed by: Shana Feste
  • Coal Miner's Daughter
    9
    Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Beverly D'Angelo
    • Released: 1980
    • Directed by: Michael Apted
  • Smokey and the Bandit
    10
    Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason
    • Released: 1977
    • Directed by: Hal Needham
  • The Longest Ride
    11
    Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Jack Huston
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: George Tillman, Jr.
  • Urban Cowboy
    12
    John Travolta, Debra Winger, Scott Glenn
    • Released: 1980
    • Directed by: James Bridges
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    13
    George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Joel Coen
  • Walk. Ride. Rodeo.
    14
    Spencer Locke, Alyvia Alyn Lind, Kathleen Rose Perkins
    • Released: 2019
    • Directed by: Conor Allyn
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
    15
    Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Jon Avnet
  • Broken Bridges
    16
    Toby Keith, Kelly Preston, Burt Reynolds
    • Released: 2006
    • Directed by: Steven Goldmann
  • Crazy Heart
    17
    Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duvall
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Scott Cooper
  • Old Yeller
    18
    Dorothy McGuire, Fess Parker, Tommy Kirk
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Robert Stevenson
  • The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
    19
    Burt Reynolds, Dolly Parton, Dom DeLuise
    • Released: 1982
    • Directed by: Colin Higgins
  • The Cowboy Way
    20
    Woody Harrelson, Kiefer Sutherland, Dylan McDermott
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Gregg Champion
  • Steel Magnolias
    21
    Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine
    • Released: 1989
    • Directed by: Herbert Ross
  • The Thing Called Love
    22
    River Phoenix, Samantha Mathis, Dermot Mulroney
    • Released: 1993
    • Directed by: Peter Bogdanovich
  • A Star Is Born
    23
    Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott
    • Released: 2018
    • Directed by: Bradley Cooper
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
    24
    Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Phillip Alford
    • Released: 1962
    • Directed by: Robert Mulligan
  • I Saw the Light
    25
    Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: Marc Abraham