It’s always interesting to see country stereotypes brought to life on film. As awful as they usually are, filmmakers continue to make movies about country life. Here are 10 country movies you claim to hate, even though you probably know every line in them.
10. 8 Seconds
Based on the true story of bull rider Lane Frost, 8 Seconds is certain to make you cry. After watching this movie, you’re bound to get Garth Brooks’ “The Beaches of Cheyenne” stuck in your head. It will make you cry all over again.
Luke Perry, about marriage: “I guess it’s like bull ridin’, you gotta stay on and try not to get bucked off.”
9. Hope Floats
This 1998 romantic drama features Sandra Bullock and Harry Connick Jr. in the standard girl-hates-boy, girl-gets-to-know-boy-better, girl-loves-boy formula. This movie made audiences laugh, cry, and feel irate with themselves for absolutely loving it.
Sandra Bullock: “…beginnings are scary, endings are usually sad, but it’s the middle that counts the most. Try to remember that when you find yourself at a new beginning. Just give hope a chance to float up.”
8. Country Strong
Until this movie was released in 2010, no one really knew Gwyneth Paltrow could sing. Some still aren’t convinced. Paltrow plays a recovering alcoholic country star who is battling her own demons to become “country strong.” It’s a tear jerker and super cheesy, but it’s absolutely impossible to turn off.
Tim McGraw to Gwyneth Paltrow while the two are in bed: “The first time I heard you sing… I thought that it must be what angels sound like. Thought I’d died and gone to heaven.”
7. The Last Song
Based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, this movie features when Miley Cyrus actually looked like Miley Cyrus. She plays a rebellious, yet musically brilliant teen, who causes the audience into erupt into fits of eye-rolling when she refuses to attend Juilliard and rebuffs the advances of the irresistible Liam Hemsworth. There has never been a 17-year-old girl that rebellious. The reality of that fact was proven when, after the movie, the two became a couple in real life.
An overly-dramatic Miley Cyrus: “Truth only means something when it’s hard to admit! Don’t you get that?”
6. The Rookie
In this heartwarming 2002 film, Denis Quaid portrays Jim Morris, a science teacher and baseball coach from Big Lake, Texas. He fulfills a lifelong dream of pitching in the major leagues. You’ll get goosebumps, because it’s based on a true story. Grab some popcorn and don’t give up on your dreams.
Spoken by Jim’s wife: “Jim Morris, I’m a Texas woman, which means I don’t need the help of a man to keep things running.”
5. Murphy’s Romance
The age difference between Sally Field and James Garner makes this movie an unlikely love story. Field, a single mother, moves to a small town in rural Arizona to open a business training and boarding horses. Her friendship with the town’s pharmacist (Garner) blossoms into a romance. There are some super sweet and poignant moments though, which helps redeem the 27-year age gap between the lovers. In real life, they are 18 years apart.
Garner to Field: “I’m in love for the last time in my life.”
Field to Garner: “I’m in love for the first time in my life.”
4. Young Guns
This utterly clichéd brat pack Western is almost too corny to be believed. However, it’s pretty much worth the 90 minutes of your life that you’ll never get back to watch Emilio Estevez and Kiefer Sutherland struggle with six-shooters and fake Southern accents.
Emilio Estevez as Billy the Kid: “If we’re caught, we’re gonna hang… But there’s many a slip twixt the cup and the lip.”
2. Dear John
Here is another cheese fest based on a best-selling Nicholas Sparks novel. This film has Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried continuously on the cusp of almost losing each other and almost getting back together. As with most of Sparks’ works, tragedy is a key plot element, and it will have you reaching for the tissue box as you kick yourself for succumbing to this trite romance.
Seyfried to Tatum: “See you soon, then.”
Tatum to Seyfried: “Goodbye, Savannah.”
1. Pure Country
With George Strait playing the protagonist, this has to be the corniest country movie of all time. Don’t pretend you don’t love it though. Lesley Ann Warren plays the scheming vixen, role that she does so well. Strait sings, rides horses and wins the golden heart of the sweet, homegrown country girl by serenading her onstage with his hit “I Cross My Heart”.
Rory Calhoun spouting country wisdom at its best: “The funny thing about that little white speck on the top of chicken sh**. That little white speck is chicken sh**. too.”