Small town life movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant small town life movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, humorous, semi serious, touching and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with small town life, small town, social relations, family relations, love and romance, crimes, society, murder, love and family plots mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres shot in USA, UK, Canada and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as small town life: Safe Haven (2013), Hart of Dixie (2011), Cranford (2007), Doc Hollywood (1991), It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Pollyanna (2003), Northern Exposure (1990), Gilmore Girls (2000), Olive Kitteridge (2014), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991).

List of small town life movies

 6.6
 112K
Safe Haven (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young woman with a mysterious past lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her.
Style: romantic, touching, sentimental, emotional, suspenseful ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night, date night
Plot: small town, starting over, obsession, fall in love, love and romance, small town life, single father, power of love, choice, runaway, domestic violence, abusive husband ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, boston, usa, new jersey, san francisco ...
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 7.7
 53K
Hart of Dixie (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: New Yorker Zoe Hart has it all figured out - after graduating top of her class from medical school, she'll follow in her father's footsteps and become a cardio-thoracic surgeon. But when her dreams fall apart, Zoe decides to work at a ...
Style: humorous, romantic, light, sentimental, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: small town, lifestyle change, social relations, small town life, lifestyle, young woman, doctor, female doctor, neighbor, fish out of water, clinic, doctors and patients ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa
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 8.3
 10K
Cranford (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 469 min.
TV show
Story: In the 1840s, Cranford is ruled by the ladies. They adore good gossip; and romance and change is in the air, as the unwelcome grasp of the Industrial Revolution rapidly approaches their beloved rural market-town.
Style: sincere, atmospheric, clever, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town life, social differences, family relations, aristocracy, class differences, high society, small town, love and romance, social relations, family life, maid, proposal ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1840s
Place: england, europe
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 6.3
 38K
Doc Hollywood (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: After leaving Washington D.C. hospital, plastic surgeon Ben Stone heads for California, where a lucrative practice in Beverly Hills awaits. After a car accident, he's sentenced to perform as the community's general practitioner.
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, sweet, entertaining ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens, kids, date night
Plot: small town, small town life, fish out of water, romance, hospital, community service, love, car accident, doctor, country doctor, misfit, medical ...
Time: 90s, 80s, future
Place: washington d.c., south carolina, california, los angeles, australia ...
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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A holiday favourite for generations... George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George's modest building and loan company. ...
Style: inspirational, feel good, touching, uplifting, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, kids, date night
Plot: christmas, holiday, small town life, small town, life changing experience, family, angel, life philosophy, friendship, second chance, love, desperation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1919, year 1932, year 1945 ...
Place: vatican, new york, new york state, usa
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 7.6
 1K
Pollyanna (2003)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Pollyanna Whittier goes to live with her wealthy but bitter aunt after the tragic death of her father. Pollyanna shares a game her father taught her -- the 'Glad Game' -- in which everyone can find a silver lining in even the darkest ...
Style: touching, feel good, uplifting, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: optimism, teaching the ways of the world, friendship, small town life, young heroes, countryside, small town, friends, change of heart, orphan, hopes, family ...
Time: 20th century, victorian era, 1910s
Place: england, europe
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Northern Exposure (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: After receiving a scholarship from the state, a recent Columbia University medical school graduate is required to set up his practice in an eccentric Alaskan town.
Style: realistic, humorous, surreal, semi serious, feel good ...
Plot: small town life, fish out of water, small town, cold weather, opposites attract, native american, medical, self discovery, love and romance, doctors and patients, couple relations, human nature ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: alaska, usa
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 8.2
 127K
Gilmore Girls (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Set in the charming town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, the series follows the captivating lives of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, a mother/daughter pair who have a relationship most people only dream of.
Style: feel good, realistic, humorous, witty, talky ...
Audience: teens, family outing, girls' night, kids, teen drama
Plot: small town, mother daughter relationship, student, boyfriend, small town life, female protagonist, social relations, lifestyle, looking for love, single mother, first love, teenager ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, contemporary
Place: yale university, connecticut, usa, new england
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Olive Kitteridge (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 239 min.
TV show
Story: The story focuses on a middle-school math teacher Olive and her relationship with Henry which spans 25 years over the four parts. It is based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.
Style: meditative, realistic, atmospheric, serious, sincere ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parents and children, family problems, maturity, small town life, family relations, loneliness, elderly, couple relations, marriage, family, psychology ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california, maine, new england, usa
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Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Amidst her own personality crisis, southern housewife Evelyn Couch meets Ninny, an outgoing old woman who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison, two young women who experienced hardships and love in Whistle Stop, Alabama in the ...
Style: sentimental, feel good, captivating, touching, sad ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: friendship, small town, lesbian, self discovery, small town life, feminism, cannibalism, midlife crisis, lesbian subtext, women, aging, female bonding ...
Time: 1920s, 1930s, 20th century
Place: alabama, southern usa, usa, louisiana
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 8.9
 372K
Fargo (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
TV show
Story: A close-knit anthology series dealing with stories involving malice, violence and murder based in and around Minnesota.
Style: atmospheric, neo noir, captivating, clever, suspenseful ...
Plot: crimes, dark humor, policewoman, law enforcement, small town, police investigation, killings, psychopath, police officer, small town life, scheme, snow ...
Time: 21st century, year 1979, future, contemporary, year 2006 ...
Place: minnesota, usa, north dakota
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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the questionable town of Deer Meadow, Washington, FBI Agent Desmond inexplicably disappears while hunting for the man who murdered a teen girl. The killer is never apprehended, and, after experiencing dark visions and supernatural encounters, ...
Style: surreal, psychological, atmospheric, mind bending, dark ...
Plot: investigation, serial killer, surrealism, small town life, sexual abuse, incest, mental illness, murder, small town, double life, hallucination, rape ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 80s, year 1988, year 1989
Place: washington state, canada, philadelphia, portland oregon
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 7.3
 56K
Wayward Pines (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Imagine the perfect American town... beautiful homes, manicured lawns, children playing safely in the streets. Now imagine never being able to leave. You have no communication with the outside world. You think you're going insane. You must be ...
Style: captivating, tense, mind bending, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: apocalypse, beast, society, small town, small town life, investigation, missing person, murder, mystery, suspended animation, secret service agent, sheriff ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, idaho
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Mare of Easttown (2021)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: A detective in a small Pennsylvania town investigates a local murder while trying to keep her life from falling apart.
Style: suspense, captivating, sentimental, atmospheric, anthology
Plot: murder, homicide detective, murder investigation, murder mystery, small town life, small town, drug abuse, female detective, ex husband ex wife relationship, mother daughter relationship, lesbian daughter, therapist ...
Time: 2020s, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania
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 7.0
 44K
Cougar Town (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
TV show
Story: Jules Cobb is a mom in her forties facing the often humorous challenges, pitfalls and rewards of life's next chapter. Along for the journey is her son, her ex-husband, her husband/neighbor and her friends who together make up her dysfunctional, ...
Style: sitcom, sexy, light, sexual, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: neighbor, looking for love, supportive friend, middle aged, small town life, friendship, love and romance, wine, lifestyle, parents and children, family relations, marriage ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa
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 6.5
 107K
Under the Dome (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Under the Dome is based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. It tells the story of the residents of the small town of Chester's Mill in Maine, where a massive, transparent, indestructible dome suddenly cuts them off from the rest of ...
Style: exciting, mind bending, surreal, tense, sitcom ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, survival, trapped, life turned upside down, twists and turns, small town, mystery, isolation, small town life, teenage girl, human existence, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new england, usa
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 7.5
 39K
Haven (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: FBI agent Audrey Parker arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine to solve a murder and soon discovers the town's many secrets—which also hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of her lost past.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful, bleak, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, supernatural ability, investigation, surprising revelation, small town, female protagonist, fbi, paranormal activity, small town life, social relations, death, special agents ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine, usa, new england
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 8.4
 114K
Broadchurch (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 48 min.
TV show
Story: The murder of a young boy in a small coastal town brings a media frenzy, which threatens to tear the community apart.
Style: emotional, clever, tense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder investigation, murder, police investigation, whodunit, partners, twists and turns, police detective, multiple suspects, small town, grief, legal, courtroom drama ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: england
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 7.1
 6K
Gracepoint (2014)
Genre: Crime, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: When a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach, a major police investigation gets underway in the small California seaside town where the tragedy occurred. Soon deemed a homicide, the case sparks a media frenzy, which throws the boy's ...
Style: tense, bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder investigation, murder, small town, missing child, police investigation, mystery, small town life, social relations, homicide detective, murder mystery, investigation, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
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 7.8
 3K
Kingdom (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Kingdom is a British television series produced by Parallel Film and Television Productions for the ITV network. It was created by Simon Wheeler and stars Stephen Fry as Peter Kingdom, a Norfolk solicitor who is coping with family, colleagues, and ...
Style: humorous, clever, semi serious, realistic, witty ...
Plot: small town, family relations, boss and employee, siblings relations, small town life, legal, lawyer, hotshot lawyer, apprentice, legal investigation, patronizing, workplace ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: england, europe
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 8.5
 68K
Twin Peaks (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered.
Style: psychological, surreal, mind bending, tense, captivating ...
Plot: twists and turns, small town life, supernatural, small town, crimes, law enforcement, surrealism, mystery, interdimensional travel, time, special agents, mysterious event ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new mexico, washington d.c.
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The Cry of the Owl (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, Germany, France, UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A young woman becomes inexplicably attracted to a man who is stalking her. When her boyfriend goes missing, the stalker is the immediate suspect, until a game of jealousy and betrayal turns deadly.
Style: psychological, serious, suspense, suspenseful, neo noir ...
Plot: mysterious character, small town life, obsession, love and romance, couples, neighbor, twists and turns, dishonesty, divorce, stalking, graphic violence, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Midnight, Texas (2017)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Welcome to a place where being normal is really quite strange. In a remote Texas town no one is who they seem. From vampires and witches to psychics and hit men, Midnight is a mysterious safe haven for those who are different. As the town members ...
Style: mystical, romantic, disturbing, sentimental, captivating
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, vampire, angel, witch, werewolf, demon, psychic power, fallen angel, small town life, psychic, hell, vampire human love ...
Place: texas
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 7.9
 54K
Eureka (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The sleep Pacific Northwest town of Eureka is hiding a mysterious secret. The government has been relocating the world's geniuses and their families to this rustic town for years where innovation and chaos have lived hand in hand. U.S. Marshal ...
Style: futuristic, clever, light, humorous, funny ...
Audience: teens
Plot: scientist, save the day, secret place, science, experiment, hi-tech, friendship, social relations, experimenting, small town, technology, sheriff ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: usa
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 8.4
 105K
Banshee (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Banshee is an American drama television series set in a small town in Pennsylvania Amish country and features an enigmatic ex-con posing as a murdered sheriff who imposes his own brand of justice while also cooking up plans that serve his own ...
Style: exciting, sexy, serious, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ex convict, sheriff, tough heroes, female nudity, organized crime, thief, crimes, sexual activity, small town, social relations, double life, cons and scams ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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School of Life (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: At Fallbrook Middle School, the annual student-elected Teacher of the Year award is held. And every year for the last 43 years Norman Warner or most fondly called Stormin' Norman Warner has won the award. Now that he has died, the burden of ...
Style: touching, humorous, feel good, semi serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: school, teacher, rivalry, goofy hero, small town life, high school life, friends, youth, father son relationship, contests and competitions, high school teacher, rivals ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, year 2003, contemporary
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 7.5
 130K
Pleasantville (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Geeky teenager David and his popular twin sister, Jennifer, get sucked into the black-and-white world of a 1950s TV sitcom called "Pleasantville," and find a world where everything is peachy keen all the time. But when Jennifer's ...
Style: touching, humorous, feel good, surreal, light ...
Audience: date night, teens, teen drama
Plot: time travel, alternate reality, small town, coming of age, parallel world, utopia, symbolism, satire, distopia, small town life, parallel universe, teenager ...
Time: 50s, future, 20th century, 90s
Place: paris france, france
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 7.9
 246K
True Blood (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: True Blood is an American television drama series created and produced by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional, ...
Style: sexy, tense, stylized, sexual, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, supernatural, couple relations, vampire human love, dangerous attraction, death, undead, immortality, sex, forbidden love, supernatural ability, love affair ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: louisiana, usa
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 7.0
 41K
Hemlock Grove (2013)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
TV show
Story: One cannot quench his all-consuming thirst. The other cannot tame the beast clawing its way out. In the sleepy Pennsylvania village of Hemlock Grove, two young men struggle to accept painful truths: about family, themselves, the mystery of the White ...
Style: gothic, serious, suspenseful, exciting, scary ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: werewolf, crimes, social relations, supernatural, small town, sex with brother, family secret, small town life, who done it, protagonist as suspect, gypsy, vampire ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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 6.8
 13K
Snow Angels (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Waitress Annie has separated from her suicidal alcoholic husband, Glenn. Glenn has become an evangelical Christian, but his erratic attempts at getting back into Annie's life have alarmed her. High school student Arthur works at Annie's ...
Style: meditative, enigmatic, lyrical, heartbreaking, depressing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: depression, dysfunctional family, teenage love, small town, small town life, loneliness, life philosophy, family problems, first love, parents and children, young love, football ...
Time: contemporary
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