13 Dolly Parton Movies Every Superfan Should Watch

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Dolly Parton has been charming audiences around the world for decades now, and you don't need to be a superfan to understand why. A talented songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, author, and dedicated philanthropist, she's best known as a country singer with a vibrant personality, an inspiring backstory, and sparkly, sequin-laden outfits. In fact, Dolly has composed over 3,000 songs! But the nine-time Grammy Award winner is an actress too, which is why we're sharing a list of the most well-known Dolly Parton movies with you. From 1982's The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (for which Dolly won a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress) to cult favorite Steel Magnolias (1989), as well as delightful, family-friendly interpretations of her own childhood and life (Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors and Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love), our picks have all the greats. We've even rounded up a few movies that are less frequently remembered (Frank McKlusky, anyone?), a few you'll wish you had heard about years ago. Spend the weekend reminiscing, lip-syncing, and laughing your way through these Dolly Parton films.

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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
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Adapted from the acclaimed 1978 Broadway musical of the same name, this 1982 musical comedy showcases Dolly at her finest. Fun fact: It's this soundtrack that helped to make a two-time No. 1 hit out of "I Will Always Love You." 

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Steel Magnolias
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In this legendary cult classic, Dolly joins Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts, and a slew of other stars to make movie magic. Drink your juice, Shelby! 

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9 To 5
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The ultimate revenge movie! In 9 to 5, Dolly, along with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, manage to kidnap their "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" of a boss. Naturally, trouble and hilarity ensue.

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Unlikely Angel
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Here's a Dolly Parton movie that'll delight fans who love family-friendly Christmas films. With nods to It's a Wonderful LifeUnlikely Angel gives the Queen of Country a chance to earn her wings—but only if she's willing to help out a widowed father and his family.

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Joyful Noise
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A feel-good movie with a star-studded cast, Joyful Noise brings Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton together for a rousing, song-filled adventure. We think you'll love the music.

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Coat of Many Colors
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Based on Dolly's own childhood and named after her beloved hit song, this kid-friendly film takes place in 1955 in rural Tennessee. In it, the Parton family learns that faith, love, and music will get them through even the hardest of times.

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Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love
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Another family-friendly film that takes inspiration from Dolly's childhood, this one reveals the sacrifices family members go through in order to make each other happy. It's wholesome, old-fashioned, and quintessentially Dolly.

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Rhinestone
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Dolly is tasked with transforming Sylvester Stallone into a country singer in this 1984 flick. While the premise here is a little questionable, two top 10 singles did come out of this one: "God Won't Get You" and "Tennessee Homesick Blues."

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A Country Christmas Story
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A perfect addition to your lineup of favorite Christmas movies, A Country Christmas Story follows a young girl as she travels from the Appalachian mountains all the way to Dollywood. It's definitely a heartwarming film. 

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The Blue Valley Songbird
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The Blue Valley Songbird is a made-for-TV movie that'll thrill any country music fan. In it, a singer (played by Dolly) strives for stardom, but an overbearing boyfriend and a difficult childhood jeopardize her chances.

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Straight Talk
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Dolly Parton accidentally becomes an on-air radio psychologist in this funny 1992 film. Expect hilarious one-liners, a big-city-meets-little-town vibe, and a loving ode to all that is country.

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A Smoky Mountain Christmas
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Another made-for-TV film, A Smoky Mountain Christmas will transport you to the Smoky Mountains, where Lorna Davis (Dolly) has traveled in hopes of finding herself. As fate would have it, she soon befriends and cares for a group of young orphans, finding her roots once again and relearning the meaning of Christmas.

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Frank McKlusky, C.I.
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Dolly stars alongside Dave Sheridan and Randy Quaid in this 2002 comedy film. Unfortunately, this one didn't go over too well with critics, but true Dolly fans should take a look anyway.

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