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 serious, realistic, atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful and clever films and TV shows about / with small town life, small town, social relations, friendship, family relations, sheriff, family, love and romance, death and murder plots mostly in Drama, Mystery and Romance genres shot in USA, Canada, Sweden and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as small town life: Twin Peaks (1990), True Blood (2008), Safe Haven (2013), Population 436 (2006), Hart of Dixie (2011), The Vampire Diaries (2009), Cougar Town (2009), Eureka (2006), Once Upon a Time (2011), Doc Hollywood (1991).

List of small town life movies

Twin Peaks (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
Story: The body of Laura Palmer is washed up on a beach near the small Washington state town of Twin Peaks. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate her strange demise only to uncover a web of mystery that ultimately leads him deep into ...
Style: atmospheric, gloomy, psychological, suspenseful, offbeat ...
Plot: small town, murder, small town life, investigation, supernatural, who done it, double life, mysterious place, rape, death, crime, special agents ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 80s, 90s, year 1989
Place: washington state, usa
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True Blood (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 800 min.
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, serious, sexual ...
Plot: vampire, dangerous attraction, vampire human love, supernatural, small town life, love affair, couple relations, supernatural ability, love and romance, unlikely couple, death, young people ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: louisiana, usa
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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, emotional, sentimental, touching, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: starting over, love and romance, small town, abusive husband, small town life, domestic violence, haunted by the past, fall in love, single father, love triangle, obsession, power of love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, south carolina, boston, new jersey ...
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Population 436 (2006)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A census-taker (Sisto) is sent to investigate why a certain small town has had the same population -- 436 residents -- for the last 100 years.
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary, suspense, offbeat
Plot: small town life, isolation, danger, small town, curses spells and rituals, riddles and clues, mayor, religions or cults, mystery, conspiracy, murder, tradition ...
Time: contemporary
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Hart of Dixie (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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, touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: small town, small town life, young woman, lifestyle change, female doctor, doctor, social relations, newcomer, doctors and patients, fish out of water, neighbor, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: alabama, usa, southern usa
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The Vampire Diaries (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
Story: The story of two vampire brothers obsessed with the same girl, who bears a striking resemblance to the beautiful but ruthless vampire they knew and loved in 1864.
Style: romantic, suspenseful, stylized, serious, disturbing
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, love triangle, supernatural, vampire human love, high school, dangerous attraction, youth, immortality, werewolf, teen romance, teenage life, supernatural romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 1860s, 2000s ...
Place: virginia, usa
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Cougar Town (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 22 min.
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: humorous, light, sexual, entertaining, feel good ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: neighbor, small town life, looking for love, divorce, wine, parents and children, lifestyle, supportive friend, middle aged, neighbor neighbor relationship, ex husband ex wife relationship, sitcom ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: florida, usa
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Eureka (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: clever, humorous, futuristic, light, twists and turns ...
Plot: scientist, secret place, save the day, experiment, small town, sheriff, hi-tech, small town life, technology, prodigy, top secret, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Once Upon a Time (2011)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: There is a town in Maine where every story book character you've ever known is trapped between two worlds, victims of a powerful curse. Only one knows the truth and only one can break the spell. Emma Swan is a 28-year-old bail bonds collector ...
Style: exciting, captivating, offbeat, twists and turns, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: imaginary kingdom, magical, adventure, fairy, true love, good versus evil, power of love, parents and children, small town, family relations, imaginary, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: maine, usa, new england
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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: humorous, realistic, touching, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, kids
Plot: small town life, fish out of water, small town, misfit, romance, love and romance, self discovery, new love, fall in love, happy ending, hospital, community service ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, 80s, future
Place: california, usa, south carolina, washington d.c., san francisco ...
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Deadwood (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
Story: The story of the early days of Deadwood, South Dakota; woven around actual historic events with most of the main characters based on real people. Deadwood starts as a gold mining camp and gradually turns from a lawless wild-west community into an ...
Style: serious, tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: small town life, old west, crimes, prostitute, power struggle, sheriff, shooting, violence, rivalry, gold rush, cowboy, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: usa, south dakota, mine
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Twin Peaks (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: Picks up 25 years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town are stunned when their homecoming queen is murdered.
Style: surreal, mind bending, atmospheric, disturbing, offbeat ...
Plot: supernatural, small town life, crime, crimes, law enforcement, small town, good versus evil, evil spirit, mystery, haunted by the past, special agents, surrealism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new mexico
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The Secret Circle (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 45 min.
Story: After her mother dies in a fire, Cassie Blake moves in with her grandmother in the beautiful small town of Chance Harbor, Washington. As Cassie gets to know her high school classmates, including sweet-natured Diana and her boyfriend Adam, brooding ...
Style: enigmatic, mysterious, twists and turns, captivating, serious
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: supernatural, witch, teenage life, small town, curses spells and rituals, teenage love, high school, classmates, supernatural ability, witchcraft, supernatural power, small town life ...
Time: 2010s
Place: washington state
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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, emotional, captivating, touching, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: self discovery, small town life, friendship, feminism, small town, midlife crisis, generation gap, aging, couple relations, nursing, family problems, housewife ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: alabama, usa, louisiana, southern usa
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Gravity Falls (2012)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 23 min.
Story: Twin brother and sister Dipper and Mabel Pines are in for an unexpected adventure when they spend the summer helping their great uncle Stan run a tourist trap in the mysterious town of Gravity Falls, Oregon.
Style: humorous, offbeat, exciting, captivating, not serious ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens
Plot: small town, supernatural, twins, friendship, mysterious place, adventure, small town life, youth, odd, monster, creature, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: oregon, usa
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Haven (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
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, suspenseful, stylized, serious, bleak ...
Plot: supernatural, supernatural ability, small town, investigation, fbi, paranormal activity, danger, female protagonist, small town life, surprising revelation, special agents, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine, usa, new england
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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, France
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, atmospheric, psychological, mind bending, disturbing ...
Plot: investigation, small town, small town life, murder, diary, odd, supernatural, seduction, haunted by the past, split personality, mental illness, missing person ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1989
Place: washington state, canada
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Twilight (2008)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: When Bella Swan moves to a small town in the Pacific Northwest to live with her father, she starts school and meets the reclusive Edward Cullen, a mysterious classmate who reveals himself to be a 108-year-old vampire. Despite Edward's repeated ...
Style: touching, sexy, sentimental, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: vampire, forbidden love, vampire human love, dangerous attraction, supernatural romance, supernatural, teenage love, fall in love, true love, couples, small town, impossible love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, phoenix arizona, washington state
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Olive Kitteridge (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 239 min.
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: realistic, serious, meditative, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, parents and children, small town life, family problems, maturity, mental illness, couple relations, couples, family relations, elderly, family, under the surface ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new england, usa, maine, california
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The Hunt (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A teacher lives a lonely life, all the while struggling over his son’s custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie.
Style: bleak, thought provoking, captivating, psychological, tense ...
Plot: false accusation, pedophile, injustice, life turned upside down, small town life, gossip and rumors, pedophilia, society, social relations, family relations, teacher, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, kindergarten
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Avonlea (1990)
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Family, Mystery, Romance
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: After her father is accused of embezzlement, wealthy Sara Stanley is sent to live with her deceased mother's relatives on Prince Edward Island. While there, she must adjust to life in the small rural town of Avonlea, learn to cope with her ...
Style: sentimental, humorous, touching, semi serious, realistic
Audience: girls' night, family outing
Plot: heroine, family life, small town life, parents and children, mischievous children, small town, teacher, friendship, aunt niece relationship, brother sister relationship, uncle niece relationship, sister sister relationship ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, turn of the century
Place: canada, medical school
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Hemlock Grove (2013)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 46 min.
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, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: werewolf, small town, crimes, danger, investigation, protagonist as suspect, family secret, small town life, murder, parents and children, love triangle, who done it ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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Fargo (2014)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 53 min.
Story: A close-knit anthology series dealing with stories involving malice, violence and murder based in and around Minnesota.
Style: dark humor, atmospheric, captivating, cynical, witty ...
Plot: crimes, small town, police investigation, crime, killings, female police officer, law enforcement, small town life, psychopath, crime gone awry, americana, snow ...
Time: 21st century, year 1979, contemporary, year 2006, 2000s ...
Place: minnesota, usa, north dakota
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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, semi serious, humorous, light, talky ...
Audience: date night, teens, teen comedy
Plot: time travel, parallel world, utopia, small town life, alternate reality, small town, siblings relations, old love, coming of age, prejudice, fish out of water, american dream ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, 1990s, future
Place: france, paris france
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Cranford (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 469 min.
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, clever, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: small town, small town life, aristocracy, love and romance, social differences, high society, marriage, class differences, siblings relations, eligible bachelor, family relations, proposal ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1840s
Place: england, europe
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Banshee (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: serious, exciting, suspenseful, sexy, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sheriff, organized crime, cons and scams, ex convict, small town, female nudity, crimes, shooting, tough heroes, crime, thief, hidden identity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, pennsylvania
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Gilmore Girls (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
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, touching, talky, realistic, witty ...
Audience: girls' night, family outing
Plot: small town, mother daughter relationship, female protagonist, small town life, best friends, boyfriend, career, lifestyle, looking for love, teenager, single mother, verbal byplay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: connecticut, usa, yale university, new england
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Dogville (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, UK, France, Finland, Norway, Italy
Duration: 178 min.
Story: A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth ...
Style: bleak, psychological, art house, clever, disturbing ...
Plot: rape, female protagonist, mob boss, small town life, morality, haunted by the past, exploitation, vengeance, victim, secret, rocky mountains, human nature ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: mine
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Midnight, Texas (2017)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: romantic, disturbing, sentimental
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, witch, angel, fallen angel, supernatural, werewolf, demon, small town life, psychic power, hell, vampire human love, mercenary
Place: texas
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Under the Dome (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 43 min.
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: twists and turns, exciting, mind bending, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: trapped, supernatural, small town, life turned upside down, isolation, survival, society, small town life, danger, separated, human existence, police officer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new england
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