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1. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

PG-13 | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

7.7
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69 Metascore

In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman

Votes: 269,296 | Gross: $45.51M

2. The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.8
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70 Metascore

Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.

Director: Felix van Groeningen | Stars: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse, Geert Van Rampelberg

Votes: 37,097 | Gross: $0.18M

3. Big Easy Express (2012)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary, Musical

7.6
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Folk rock and bluegrass musicians Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes travel together by train from San Francisco to New Orleans in the spring of 2011.

Director: Emmett Malloy | Stars: Ted Dwane, Ben Lovett, 'Country' Winston Marshall, Marcus Mumford

Votes: 924

4. Bluegrass (1988 TV Movie)

240 min | Drama

7.5
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A woman tries to be successful in the male-dominated horse racing business. Intrigue, greed, power games and love trying to put stones in her way.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Cheryl Ladd, Wayne Rogers, Diane Ladd, Mickey Rooney

Votes: 131

5. Lost Highway (2003– )

Documentary, History, Music

7.6
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From the BBC Press Office:

BBC TWO travels the Lost Highway and uncovers the story of country music on a journey to the heart of America and the music that has come to define it.

Randy Travis... See full synopsis »

Stars: Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, k.d. lang, Loretta Lynn

Votes: 33

6. Down from the Mountain (2000)

G | 98 min | Documentary, Music

7.4
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75 Metascore

This is a documentary about the musical artists who performed the songs in the Coen Brothers' film O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Directors: Nick Doob, Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker | Stars: Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris, Evelyn Cox, Sidney Cox

Votes: 583 | Gross: $0.30M

7. The Appalachians (2005– )

180 min | Documentary, Music

7.3
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Follows the 300 year history of the Appalachian people with interviews by scholars, musicians and writers.

Stars: Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, Loretta Lynn, J.W. Mahoney

Votes: 37

8. The Hills Have Thighs (2008)

78 min | Comedy

3.4
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Daniel Boone Owen, a local Hillbilly Icon, has gone missing in Appalachia. Last seen face down in his favorite watering hole, Scatterbrain's, the theories behind his disappearance are as ... See full summary »

Director: James Bubba Cromer | Stars: Hance Oliver, Dona Ayers, Mona Lisa Johnson, James Bubba Cromer

Votes: 57

9. Festival (1967)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Music

7.6
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Black and white footage of performances, interviews, and conversations at the Newport Folk Festival, from 1963 to 1966. The headliners are Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, and ... See full summary »

Director: Murray Lerner | Stars: Joan Baez, Horton Barker, Fiddler Beers, Theodore Bikel

Votes: 400

10. Blue Moon of Kentucky

Biography, Drama, Music | Pre-production

The life story of legendary Bluegrass musician Bill Monroe, who pioneered the genre in the United States during the 1940s.

11. Mountain Talk (2004)

TV-G | 57 min | Documentary

8.0
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Mountain dialect, culture and identity are revealed by the true experts on Southern Appalachian culture--the people whose families have lived there for generations.

Director: Neal Hutcheson | Stars: Bertie Berleson, Gary Carden, 'Pink' Francis, Jim Tom Hedrick

Votes: 23

12. High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music (1994)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Music

7.9
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Traces the music and sounds from its Appalachian roots to the present. The rise, fall, and consistent revival of bluegrass chronicled through oral history and visual record.

Director: Rachel Liebling | Stars: Sam Bush, Curly Ray Cline, Pat Enright, Lester Flatt

Votes: 124

13. You Gave Me A Song: The Life and Music of Alice Gerrard (2019)

80 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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At 84, old time music pioneer Alice Gerrard performs, teaches, and inspires the next generation while safeguarding groundbreaking moments of her past.

Director: Kenny Dalsheimer | Stars: Alice Gerrard, John Cohen, Phil Cook, Laurie Lewis

14. Flatt and Scruggs Grand Ole Opry (1955–1969)

Music

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Stars: Hylo Brown, Mother Maybelle Carter, T. Tommy Cutrer, Lester Flatt

Votes: 8

15. The Last One (II) (2008)

TV-PG | 58 min | Documentary

8.0
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In a far corner of Southern Appalachia, moonshiner Popcorn Sutton makes one last batch of true bootleg whiskey. The craft of traditional distillation is revealed along with a lifetime of memories in the trade.

Director: Neal Hutcheson | Stars: Popcorn Sutton, Floyd Sutton, Abigail Moore, Bill Milsap

Votes: 100

16. Bill Monroe: Father of Bluegrass Music (1993 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Music

7.9
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Features performances by Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys, Lester Flatt, Emmylou Harris, Paul McCartney, the Osborne Brothers, Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, John Hartford and a... See full summary »

Director: Steve Gebhardt | Stars: Bill Monroe, Roy Acuff, Kenny Baker, Lester Flatt

Votes: 33

17. How to Grow a Band (2011)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary, Music

6.9
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57 Metascore

Chris Thile is at a crossroads. His marriage has ended and his platinum-selling band, Nickel Creek, has gone on hiatus. But Thile, a prodigy who has defied expectations since he picked up the mandolin at age five, has a plan.

Director: Mark Meatto | Stars: Jerry Douglas, Chris Eldridge, Greg Garrison, Paul Kowert

Votes: 71 | Gross: $0.02M

18. Live at the Quick (2002 Video)

93 min | Documentary, Music

8.1
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Recorded in the summer of 2000, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones' Live At The Quick features an expanded version of the bluegrass-fusion band's lineup, featuring guest artists from the band's eighth album, Outbound.

Director: Marc Smerling | Stars: Bela Fleck, Jeff Coffin, Roy Wooten, Victor Wooten

Votes: 44

19. Bluegrass Country Soul (1972)

89 min | Documentary, Music

8.8
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The sites and sounds of a legendary bluegrass music festival.

Director: Albert Ihde | Stars: Sam Bush, The Country Gentlemen, J.D. Crowe, Jimmy Martin

Votes: 16

20. Confederate Honey (1940)

Approved | 8 min | Family, Animation, Short

5.9
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Nett Cutler (Elmer Fudd) romances Crimson O'Hairoil in this send-up of Gone With the Wind (1939).

Director: Friz Freleng | Stars: Jim Bannon, Bea Benaderet, Sara Berner, Mel Blanc

Votes: 180

21. The Kentucky Derby (1922)

Passed | Action, Adventure, Crime

4.8
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There is dirty work afoot in old Kentucky when a rival decides his horse will have a better chance of winning if the son of the owner isn't around, so he has him shanghaied onto a tramp ... See full summary »

Director: King Baggot | Stars: Reginald Denny, Lillian Rich, Emmett King, Walter McGrail

Votes: 14

22. The Ballad of Bering Strait (2003)

TV-G | 98 min | Documentary, Music

7.6
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49 Metascore

"The Ballad of Bering Strait" is a cinema-verite film following seven Russian teenagers who have come to America to become country music stars. Principle photography began in July 1999 when... See full summary »

Director: Nina Gilden Seavey | Stars: Alexei Arzamastsev, Natasha Borzilova, Andrei Missikhin, Sergei 'Spooky' Olkhovsky

Votes: 33

23. The Gatewood Movie (2009)

90 min | Documentary

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The Gatewood Movie covers the life and times of marijuana activist, defense attorney, author, and perennial political candidate Gatewood Galbraith. The documentary is both a biography of ... See full summary »

Director: J.G.M. Davi | Star: Gatewood Galbraith

24. The High Lonesome Sound (1963)

30 min | Documentary, Short, Music

7.3
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The poignant songs of church-goers, miners, and farmers of eastern Kentucky express the joys and sorrows of life among the rural poor.

Director: John Cohen

Votes: 25

25. Red Ball Express (1976)

3 min | Animation, Short

8.0
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A drawn on film train builds itself and takes us on a trip to the bluegrass standard Orange Blossom Special.

Director: Steve Segal

Votes: 6

26. Herschel Sizemore: Mandolin in B (2013)

57 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

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Bluegrass legend Herschel Sizemore and his wife Joyce were both diagnosed with cancer on the same day in the Fall of 2011. On the evening of February 19th, 2012 bluegrass stars came out for... See full summary »

Director: Rick Bowman | Stars: Alan Bibey, David Grisman, John Lawless, Doyle Lawson

27. Can (2005)

10 min | Short, Comedy, Sci-Fi

8.8
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A soda can is struck by lightning, comes to life, and goes on a quest to find the woman who drank from it.

Directors: Mark Dennebaum, Sean Wathen | Stars: Mark Dennebaum, Kristen Willerton

Votes: 5

28. Waiting for a Train: The Toshio Hirano Story (2009)

20 min | Short, Biography, Music

8.2
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An engaging documentary short that examines the life of a Japanese emigrant, Toshio Hirano, who fell in love with American Bluegrass in Tokyo and followed his passion for the music for 30 years, to Appalachia, Texas, and beyond.

Director: Oscar Bucher | Star: Toshio Hirano

Votes: 16

29. Something to Crow About (2015)

9 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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In the heart of Victoria's coal country in rural Australia, a group of 14 men find friendship and galvanise community through music.

Director: Sebastian Broadbent

30. Randy's Pickin' Parlor (2013– )

Music

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31. Nashville Unleashed (2014– )

22 min | Music

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Nashville Unleashed is an American Television Concert Series, featuring professional songwriters from Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville Unleashed began its inaugural Television Season in ... See full summary »

32. Nightsong (2014)

27 min | Short, Drama, Family

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Nightsong tells the story of Kevin Hall, a music journalist who's devotion to his career has put immense strain on his personal life. Kevin doges his next interview to travel to Appalachia ... See full summary »

Director: Russ Faust | Stars: Jeremy Greenwell, John Adrian Riley

33. Good Evening Folks, We're the Pine Box Boys (2009)

88 min | Music

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Director: Dr. Astronaut Body | Stars: Lester Raww, Possum Carvidi, Timothy Leather, Uncle Dodds

34. Gather at the River: A Bluegrass Celebration (1994)

Documentary, Music

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Director: Robert Mugge | Star: Doug McCurry

Votes: 9

35. Sami Yaffa - Sound Tracker (2014– )
Episode: Americana, Yhdysvallat, osa 2 (2014)

50 min | Documentary, Music

7.5
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Director: Otso Tiainen | Stars: Sami Yaffa, Cochise Anderson, Billy Block, Cheetah Chrome

Votes: 6

36. Normal for Norfolk (2016– )
Episode: Episode #1.3 (2016)

29 min | Documentary

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The café and farm are under-performing, Desmond's latest idea is to fly a Bluegrass band in from the States to perform in his barn. Preparations are underway for Chloe's 100th birthday party.

Director: Sam Emmery | Stars: Toby Jones, Desmond McCarthy

37. Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild (2013– )
Episode: Missouri (2017)

45 min | Documentary

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Ben travels to the Ozark Plateau in the U.S. state of Missouri to live with wilderness expert Bo, who gave up a life on the road with his bluegrass band to teach other people survival skills.

Director: Nicola Tremain | Star: Ben Fogle

38. The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
Episode: Mountain Wedding (1963)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

8.6
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Briscoe Darling comes to town seeking the sheriff's help to solve a problem with Ernest T Bass, who has decided to court Briscoe's daughter Charlene and is making a pest of himself by ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Sweeney | Stars: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Denver Pyle

Votes: 215

39. Justified (2010–2015)
Episode: Riverbrook (2010)

TV-MA | 41 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.8
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Raylan hunts an escaped prisoner who is determined to reunite with his ex-wife...and his stashed fortune.

Director: Michael Dinner | Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts

Votes: 1,338

40. The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
Episode: The Darling Baby (1964)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family

7.7
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The musical Darling family descends upon Mayberry again. This time they are looking for a husband for Charlene's new baby daughter. Things get complicated when they choose Opie and refuse to take no for an answer.

Director: Howard Morris | Stars: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts, Frances Bavier

Votes: 157



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