10 Movies You Probably Forgot That Featured Country Music Stars
Country music stars have been appearing, and even starring, in movies for years. Sometimes the movies are great. Sometimes they're... less than great. Here are 10 movies you probably forgot (or maybe even never heard of) that feature country stars.
Ambush at Dark Canyon
You may have seen that a direct-to-DVD movie starring Kix Brooks was released recently. 'Ambush at Dark Canyon' is the first leading roll for the former half of Brooks & Dunn. The movie was released in a combo-pack along with the soundtrack - produced by Kix and featuring a collaboration with Randy Houser, who also makes his acting debut in the film.
The Lincoln Lawyer
Trace Adkins has come a long way from 'Trailer Park of Terror.' The 2011 film 'The Lincoln Lawyer' starred Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Phillipe and Marisa Tomei. Trace Adkins had appeared in a supporting role as the character Eddie Vogle.
Beer for My Horses
Not only was the Toby Keith/Willie Nelson collaboration 'Beer for My Horses' a number one hit on the country charts, the song also inspired a film, which starred Keith and comedian Rodney Carrington. Willie Nelson and Tom Skerritt also appeared.
In the late 80s and early 90s, Reba McEntire launched her acting career. Her first film role came in 1990's 'Tremors,' a movie about giant worms. It's a project she's probably been asked about by every country music DJ that has ever interviewed her since. Kevin Bacon was also in 'Tremors,' so if you're ever playing the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon and you get to Reba McEntire, you're almost finished!
The Blind Side
'The Blind Side' earned Sandra Bullock an Academy Award, and the film was nominated for Best Picture. It's also probably the biggest movie to date of Tim McGraw's acting career, which has also included appearances in 'Friday Night Lights' and 'Flicka.'
The Stepford Wives
Faith Hill has not found as much success as an actress as her husband has as an actor. So far, her only film role was in the 2004 remake of 'The Stepford Wives,' were she joined an all-star cast that included Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, Christopher Walken and Glenn Close. The movie was not well-received by critics.
George Strait's 'Pure County' was released in 1992. Today it's probably more well known for its soundtrack, which featured the hits 'I Cross My Heart,' and 'Heartland,' both songs that still receive a ton of radio play over twenty years later. A sequel to this movie was actually made in 2010, but the story has nothing to do with the original 'Pure Country.' In 'Pure Country 2,' George Strait appears as himself.
We suppose a case could be made that Billy Bob Thornton might qualify as a "country star" - he has released a number of albums - but 'Sling Blade' makes our list because of the acting of Dwight Yoakam. Yoakam has found quite a bit of success as an actor. Some of the other movies he's been in include 'Panic Room,' 'Wedding Crashers,' 'Crank' and 'Hollywood Homicide.'
Dolly Parton has had numerous film roles, and has appeared in several great movies, like '9 to 5' and 'Steel Magnolias.' One of Dolly's movies that is generally considered not-so-great is 'Rhinestone,' in which she tried to turn Sylvester Stallone into a country singer.
Carrie Underwood generated huge television ratings for NBC when she starred in 'The Sound of Music.' She also had a role in 2011's 'Soul Surfer,' where she played the lead character's youth ministry leader. We have absolutely no inside information about this, but we suspect more acting will be in the future for Carrie Underwood.