WHAT TO WATCH
Though not specifically a Christmas movie, we couldn’t leave this newest release off our list.
Dolly Parton doesn’t appear on screen in this film based on Julie Murphy’s best-selling young adult novel,
but the soundtrack includes many of Dolly’s classic hits as well as six new songs.
The movie stars Jennifer Aniston as a former beauty queen and pageant organizer.
Her plus-sized daughter Willowdean (Dumplin’), who is a huge Dolly fan, signs up for her mom’s pageant
as a protest that escalates, inspires others, and revolutionizes the pageant.
See It: On Netflix starting December 7.
Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love (2016)
This made-for-NBC TV movie is based on actual events from Dolly Parton’s childhood. The heartwarming story
shares how her family sacrificed in order to buy her mother a wedding ring, who first recognized Dolly’s
voice and musical talents might be made for something bigger than rural Tennessee, why teachers
can be amazing influences, and what happens when an unexpected blizzard traps the family in their tiny cabin.
See It:On Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, and Vudu.
Coat of Many Colors (2015)
Though not specifically a Christmas tale, the first of NBC’s made-for-TV movies based on actual events
from Dolly Parton’s childhood is heartwarming and inspiring; watch it before the 2016 sequel for
a deeper understanding of all the featured characters. Set in 1955, this story details how the
close Parton family overcomes tragedy with faith and love. The film stars Alyvia Alyn Lind as
nine-year-old Dolly Parton, with Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles as her mother and Gerald McRaney as her grandfather.
See It: On Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, and Vudu.
A Country Christmas Story (2013)
In this Lifetime Original movie, a teenage singer from a small Appalachian town dreams of becoming a country music star.
Against the wishes of her mother, she heads to Dollywood for a singing competition hosted by Dolly Parton. While there,
she reunites with her musician father and uncovers the musical legacy of African Americans in the world of country music.
See It: Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, and Vudu.
Joyful Noise (2012)
This musical comedy-drama is a story of faith and determination starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton.
Small town choir leaders rival over the group’s direction while heading to a national competition against overwhelming odds.
See It:On Amazon Prime video, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play Movies & TV, and Vudu.
Unlikely Angel (1996)
A country singer with a cheating boyfriend is killed in a car crash, but before she can enter heaven she
is told to go back to earth and complete a task. Dolly Parton plays singer Ruby Diamond who must find
a mother for a widowed father and his family before she can earn her wings.
The endearing movie is ultimately about love and hope..
See It:On YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play Movies & TV, and iTunes.
A Smoky Mountain Christmas (1986)
This made-for-TV musical fantasy stars Dolly Parton as a disillusioned country music star who escapes to Tennessee’s
Smoky Mountains for the holidays where she encounters seven orphans. Ultimately a story of love, the plot includes
entanglements with a local witch, sheriff, mountain man, and judge. The film features six original songs by Dolly Parton.
See It:On YouTube.