Johnny Cash Songs That Appeared in Movies and Television

by Katie Maloney

At times, we’ve probably all felt like Johnny Cash had the perfect song for the soundtrack to our lives.

The Man in Black has sold more than 90 million records worldwide. Additionally, because of the way his talents spanned so many genres, he was inducted into the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame. So, it’s no surprise that when filmmakers are looking to heighten the emotionality of a scene, they look to Johnny Cash’s songs. Here are just a few of our favorite examples of The Man in Black’s songs in movies.

Top 5 Times Johnny Cash Songs Appeared In Movies

“A Satisfied Mind” In Kill Bill: Volume 2

Cash’s “Satisfied Mind” plays in Kill Bill: Volume 2 during the scene when the Bride tries to sneak up behind Budd and killed him. She never gets the chance as she gets shot in the stomach.

Johnny Cash’s “A Satisfied Mind”

“Tennessee Stud” In Jackie Brown

Obviously, Quentin Tarantino is a fan of Johnny Cash. Not only did he use a Cash song for his Kill Bill movie, but he also used “Tennessee Stud” for the soundtrack of Jackie Brown. Additionally, Tarantino used the Cash song, “Ain’t No Grave” on the soundtrack for Django Unchained.

“The Man Comes Around” in Logan

Having played the role of Wolverine for years, Hugh Jackman had to go out in style when he retired his role as the comic book hero. And there is nothing better than a Cash song to help you go out in style. Cash’s “The Man Comes Around” played over the end credits of the movie, Logan. Additionally, Cash’s “Hurt” was used in the trailer for the movie.

“The Man Comes Around” by Johnny Cash in the movie Logan.

“In Your Mind” In Dead Man Walking

Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn star in Dead Man Walking. The film is about a Roman Catholic sister who develops an unexpected friendship with the convicted killer of two teenagers. The movie’s soundtrack includes Johnny Cash’s “In Your Mind.”

Johnny Cash’s “In Your Mind.”

Walk The Line

Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in “Walk The Line.”

Alright, we know this is kind of cheating since the whole movie is about Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. However, both the movie and the soundtrack are far too good not to make it onto this list. In addition to “Walk the Line,” the soundtrack features most of Cash’s biggest hits. Many of the songs are performed by Joaquin Phoenix, who plays Johnny, and Reese Witherspoon who plays June Carter. Other songs are covered by Shooter Jennings, Waylon Payne, and Johnathan Rice.