Whether it’s a rainy night or you’re recovering from a little too much fun, sometimes there’s nothing better than a night on the couch with takeout and a good movie. Here are a few suggestions for country-oriented flicks to check out this weekend.
The Blind Side (2009)
Based on a true story, Tim McGraw stars alongside Academy Award winner Sandra Bullock in this film about Michael Oher, a homeless student who became an All-American football player and first-round NFL draft pick after a Tennessee couple welcomed him into their family. Try to get through this one without shedding at least one tear.
Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980)
In another Academy Award winning film, Sissy Spacek gives a faithful portrayal of one of America’s greatest vocalists and songwriters, Country Music Hall of Fame member Loretta Lynn. The film is highlighted by appearances by Tommy Lee Jones as Lynn’s husband Mooney Lynn and Beverly D’Angelo as Patsy Cline.
Crazy Heart (2009)
Inspired by the late Hank Thompson, Crazy Heart tells the story of an unraveling country songwriter and his relationship with a young reporter and earned Jeff Bridges an Academy Award for best actor. Singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham co-wrote and performed “The Weary Kind,” which won best song honors at the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards.
9 to 5 (1980)
In what became her film breakthrough, Dolly Parton stars as a disgruntled secretary looking to get even with a sleazy boss. And if that’s not enough to convince you, the theme song of the same name is one of Parton’s biggest hits. The film also starred Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.
Pure Country (1992)
While Pure Country wasn’t exactly a box office smash when it played in theaters, it’s become something of a cult classic for George Strait fans, thanks especially to the commercial success of the movie’s soundtrack.
Walk the Line (2005)
After her performance as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, who thought Reese Witherspoon would be a perfect choice for portraying June Carter? Led by Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as Johnny Cash, the biopic offers intimate insight into the Man in Black’s life with Carter, as well as his rise to country music royalty.
Wish Me Away (2011)
If you’re in the mood for an inspiring, thought-provoking documentary, check out Chely Wright’s emotional chronicle of her journey as she became the first commercially-successful country music singer to announce she is gay.