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The Best Country Movies, Ranked

Updated February 4, 2021 9.3k votes 4.7k voters 422.2k views50 items

List RulesVote 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.

 

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    Walk the Line

    Reese Witherspoon, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2005

    Directed byJames Mangold

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    Footloose

    Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid

    Released2011

    Directed byCraig Brewer

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    Urban Cowboy

    John Travolta, Bonnie Raitt

    Released1980

    Directed byJames Bridges

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    The Longest Ride

    Britt Robertson, Alan Alda

    Released2015

    Directed byGeorge Tillman, Jr.

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    Coal Miner's Daughter

    Tommy Lee Jones, Sissy Spacek

    Released1980

    Directed byMichael Apted

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    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    George Clooney, John Goodman

    Released2000

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    8 Seconds

    Renée Zellweger, Luke Perry

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

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    Pure Country

    George Strait, Lesley Ann Warren

    Released1992

    Directed byChristopher Cain

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    Smokey and the Bandit

    Sally Field, Burt Reynolds

    Released1977

    Directed byHal Needham

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    Crazy Heart

    Colin Farrell, Jeff Bridges

    Released2009

    Directed byScott Cooper

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    Flicka

    Maria Bello, Tim McGraw

    Released2006

    Directed byMichael Mayer

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    Nashville

    Jeff Goldblum, Lily Tomlin

    Released1975

    Directed byRobert Altman

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    Murphy's Romance

    Sally Field, Corey Haim

    Released1985

    Directed byMartin Ritt

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    Country Strong

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester

    Released2010

    Directed byShana Feste

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    Tender Mercies

    Robert Duvall, Ellen Barkin

    Released1983

    Directed byBruce Beresford

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    Forever My Girl

    Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe

    Released2018

    Directed byBethany Ashton Wolf

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    Walk. Ride. Rodeo.

    Missi Pyle, Spencer Locke

    Released2019

    Directed byConor Allyn

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    Broken Bridges

    Willie Nelson, Burt Reynolds

    Released2006

    Directed bySteven Goldmann

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    Fried Green Tomatoes

    Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker

    Released1991

    Directed byJon Avnet

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    The Thing Called Love

    Sandra Bullock, River Phoenix

    Released1993

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

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    The Cowboy Way

    Kiefer Sutherland, Woody Harrelson

    Released1994

    Directed byGregg Champion

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    The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

    Dolly Parton, Burt Reynolds

    Released1982

    Directed byColin Higgins

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    The Horse Whisperer

    Scarlett Johansson, Kate Bosworth

    Released1998

    Directed byRobert Redford

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    The Longest Ride

    Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson

    Released2015

    Directed byGeorge Tillman, Jr.

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    A Star Is Born

    Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga

    Released2018

    Directed byBradley Cooper

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