Photos: The best country-themed movies
From 'Tender Mercies' to 'Nashville,' Times pop music critic Ann Powers and film critic Betsy Sharkey reveal their favorite twanging tales of hard luck, heartbreak and redemption.
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'Nashville,' 1975, directed by Robert Altman.( Paramount Pictures )
This savage, unflinchingly humane satire of the Music City hustle as part of the larger American pop dream is among Altmans riskiest and most entertaining masterworks. Its huge cast wanders the road to and from stardom, wallowing in corn and pathos as profundity lurks nearby. The great soundtrack demonstrates how good -- and bad -- country music can get. 4 guitars
-- Ann Powers