The Townes Van Zandt Movie Guide

Be Here To Love Me
The top movie about Townes Van Zandt. A lyrical biography. Reveals deep insight into Townes‘ childhood and health issues. Rare footage and exclusive interviews with Guy Clark, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson. Released 2004. 100 minutes. Director: Margaret Brown.

Heartworn Highways
The classic. Legendary scenes with Townes in a boisterous documentary about the Outlaw music scene in Texas and Tennessee. With Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, Steve Young, Richard Dobson, David Allan Coe. Shot in 1975/1976, released 1981. 92 minutes. Director: James Szalapski.

A biographical drama about the friendship between Blaze Foley and Townes, based on the memoir by Sybil Rosen. Highlight is Dylan guitarist Charlie Sexton starring as Townes. With Ben Dickey, Kris Kristofferson, Sam Rockwell, Richard Linklater. Released 2018. 127 minutes. Director: Ethan Hawke.

Without Getting Killed Or Caught
Outstanding documentary that tells the story of the friendship between Townes, Guy and Susanna Clark through Susanna‘s eyes. Narrated by Sissy Spacek. With Terry Allen, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Vince Gill, Verlon Thompson. Released 2020. 95 minutes. Directors: Tamara Saviano, Paul Whitfield.

I‘ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
A gritty documentary about Hank Williams. Two long scenes with Townes. Narrated by Dave Alvin. With Willie Nelson, Jimmy Dickens, Bill Monroe. Released 1993. 98 minutes. Directors: Wolfgang Bueld, Christin Kelling, Olaf Kraemer.

Texas Songwriters
Short movie about Texas Songwriters. Some essential Townes footage. With Calvin Russell, Jubal Clark, Blaze Foley. Released 1983. 30 minutes. Directors: Bud Ashwood, Rob Klein.

The Big Lebowski
Comedy about slacker The Dude. Notorious for the use of Townes’ version of Dead Flowers over the closing credits. With Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Aimee Mann. Released 1998. 117 Minutes. Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen.

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