It is no surprise that there is quite a bit of buzz surrounding “Country Song,” which stars Gwyneth Paltrow as a troubled country singer in search of redemption. After all, country music stars make for excellent drama and translate particularly well onto the big screen.
Even if a script is lacking, the film always has the songs to fall back on, which usually feature the ever-appealing themes of drinking, prison, babies, or trucks. Country music legends also often follow similar paths, which in turn serves as fool-proof formulas for movies: rise from humble beginnings, overcome a tragic or heartbreaking incident, struggle with the initial rush of fame, then recover from it in admirable fashion.
Here are the top country movies that preceded “Country Song,” which hits theaters January 7th.