14. Payday (1975)
> Directed by: Daryl Duke
> Starring: Rip Torn, Ahna Capri, Elayne Heilveil
> Runtime: 103 min
Emmy award-winning director Daryl Duke highlights the seedier side of the country music industry in this gritty flick from 1973. Rip Torn stars as sleazy singer Maury Dann as he tours across the Southeast, fueled by a diet of pills and alcohol. Though only rated 277 times by users on Rotten Tomatoes, 76% of viewers liked the relatively underseen movie.
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.”
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%.
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.
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.