Clockwise from left: Sylvester Stallone points to Dolly Parton in a scene from the film 'Rhinestone', 1984. / Dolly Parton in "Straight Talk"/ Dolly Parton in "Christmas of Many Colors"/ Dolly Parton and Olympia Dukakis in "Steel Magnolias" Center: Dolly Parton in "9 to 5"
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Dolly Parton's 12 Best Movies, From Hollywood Hits to Holiday Favorites

From Dollywood to Hollywood.

Dolly Parton movies establish her as a definitive creative triple-threat. She's a massively talented singer, Grammy-winning songwriter and veteran actor. Oh, and she's also a philanthropist who provides one million free books to children each month. If given enough time, she could probably solve more of the world's problems.

In the meantime, we have her movies. Before proving her big-screen acting chops right out the gate with 9 to 5, Parton's pivot to Hollywood wasn't without its detractors. To some, it was the latest sign that a verified queen of country music was preparing to abandon Nashville altogether and go "pop." Ultimately, country music benefitted from having one of its all-time best storytellers transition to another medium.

From a Sylvester Stallone vehicle to a Southern classic, here are the 12 best results from Parton's jump from Dollywood to Hollywood. Our list sticks with feature-length films and skips the various TV shows that've benefitted from Parton's self-depreciating humor and storytelling depth— from goddaughter Miley Cyrus' Hannah Montana to the Netflix anthology series Dolly Parton's Heartstrings.

This story previously ran on Nov. 28, 2018. It was updated on Oct. 10, 2023. 

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