Small town movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant small town movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, exciting and sentimental films and TV shows about / with small town, small town life, friendship, social relations, danger, youth, murder, family relations, love and romance and family plots mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres shot in USA, Canada, Germany and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as small town: Twin Peaks (1990), Riverdale (2017), Wayward Pines (2015), Hart of Dixie (2011), Safe Haven (2013), The Secret Circle (2011), Fargo (2014), Gilmore Girls (2000), Haven (2010), Jericho (2006).

List of small town 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, investigation, small town life, murder, supernatural, who done it, double life, mysterious place, rape, death, special agents, crime ...
Time: 1990s, 80s, 20th century, 90s, year 1989
Place: washington state, usa
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Riverdale (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Set in the present, the series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surreality of small-town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.
Style: captivating, tense, biting, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: high school, small town, friends, teenage life, friendship, youth, love triangle, murder, investigation, crimes, danger, parents and children ...
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Wayward Pines (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
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: tense, mind bending, captivating, serious, suspenseful
Plot: small town, investigation, society, apocalypse, youth, confined, isolation, danger, transformation, beast, secret service agent, adaptation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, idaho
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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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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: love and romance, starting over, small town, abusive husband, domestic violence, haunted by the past, small town life, fall in love, single father, love triangle, obsession, power of love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, south carolina, boston, san francisco ...
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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, supernatural power, witchcraft, small town life ...
Time: 2010s
Place: washington state
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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: small town, crimes, police investigation, crime, killings, psychopath, female police officer, americana, small town life, law enforcement, crime gone awry, sheriff ...
Time: 21st century, year 1979, contemporary, year 2006, 2010s ...
Place: minnesota, usa, north dakota
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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, female protagonist, mother daughter relationship, small town life, best friends, boyfriend, career, looking for love, lifestyle, teenager, verbal byplay, single mother ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: connecticut, usa, yale university, new england
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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, fbi, small town, investigation, 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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Jericho (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: Jericho is an American action/drama series that centers on the residents of the fictional town of Jericho, Kansas, in the aftermath of nuclear attacks on 23 major cities in the contiguous United States.
Style: captivating, twists and turns, tense, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, small town, apocalypse, chaos, secret, conspiracy, isolation, leadership, courage, danger, heroes, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, kansas
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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, high school, vampire human love, dangerous attraction, youth, immortality, werewolf, teenage life, supernatural romance, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s, 19th century ...
Place: virginia, 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, sheriff, experiment, small town, hi-tech, small town life, technology, prodigy, top secret, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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New in Town (2009)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Lucy Hill is an ambitious up-and-coming executive living in Miami. She loves her shoes, she loves her cars and she loves climbing the corporate ladder. When she is offered a temporary assignment – in the middle of nowhere – to restructure a ...
Style: feel good, humorous, sweet, light, entertaining ...
Audience: chick flick, date night
Plot: small town, love and romance, fish out of water, opposites attract, vegetarian, factory worker, misfit, fall in love, moral dilemma, social relations, business executive, labor union ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: minnesota, usa, new jersey, california
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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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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, twins, supernatural, friendship, mysterious place, small town life, creature, youth, odd, monster, siblings relations, adventure ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: oregon, usa
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Malena (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: On the day in 1940 that Italy enters the war, two things happen to the 12-year-old Renato: he gets his first bike, and he gets his first look at Malèna. She is a beautiful, silent outsider who's moved to this Sicilian town to be with her ...
Style: erotic, sexual, sexy, atmospheric, touching ...
Plot: small town, jealousy, adultery, sex trafficking, punishment, adolescence, life is a bitch, obsession, society, young heroes, sexuality, first love ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: italy, sicily, europe, mediterranean sea
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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, twists and turns, offbeat, 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, friends, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: maine, new england, usa
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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, dangerous attraction, vampire human love, supernatural romance, supernatural, fall in love, true love, teenage love, small town, couples, impossible love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, washington state, phoenix arizona
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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: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new england
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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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A Simple Favor (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Mommy vlogger Stephanie joins her best friend Emily's husband, Sean, to investigate her sudden disappearance from their small town.
Style: captivating, exciting, suspenseful, tense, enigmatic ...
Plot: secret, missing person, blackmail, deception, female friendship, murder investigation, murder, small town, ruse, mother, single mother, investigation ...
Time: 2010s
Place: connecticut, michigan
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Groundhog Day (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A narcissistic TV weatherman, along with his attractive-but-distant producer and mawkish cameraman, is sent to report on Groundhog Day in the small town of Punxsutawney, where he finds himself repeating the same day over and over.
Style: feel good, humorous, witty, philosophical, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: time loop, existentialism, small town, time travel, time warp, wooing, love and romance, road not taken, nothing goes right, redemption, idealism, deja vu ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s, future
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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Affliction (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A small town policeman must investigate a suspicious hunting accident. The investigation and other events result in his slowly disintegrating mentally.
Style: bleak, rough, psychological, gloomy, atmospheric ...
Plot: small town, small town life, dysfunctional family, murder, halloween, machismo, arson, domestic violence, abusive father, snow, sheriff, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new hampshire, usa
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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, murder, small town life, 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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Beautiful Creatures (2013)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Ethan Wate just wants to get to know Lena Duchannes better, but unbeknownst to him, Lena has strange powers. As Lena's 16th birthday approaches she might decide her fate, to be good or evil. A choice which will impact her relationship forever.
Style: emotional, captivating, light, romantic, scenic ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: teenage love, supernatural romance, supernatural, forbidden love, love and romance, teenage life, small town, curses spells and rituals, supernatural ability, witch, family secret, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa, new orleans
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October Sky (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes, and eventually became a NASA scientist.
Style: exciting, realistic, touching, sentimental, uplifting ...
Audience: date night, family outing, kids
Plot: follow your dream, against the odds, small town, generation gap, teacher, teenage life, friendship, satellite, nasa, cold war, ambition, young heroes ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: west virginia, mine, usa, new jersey
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Bates Motel (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: A "contemporary prequel" to the 1960 film Psycho, depicting the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in Hitchcock's film, albeit in a different fictional town and in a modern setting. The series ...
Style: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, psychological ...
Plot: incestuous desire, motel, serial killer, small town, family problems, mental disorder, obsession, murder, overbearing mother, dysfunctional family, insanity, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 2010s
Place: oregon, usa
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McFarland, USA (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A track coach in a small California town transforms a team of athletes into championship contenders.
Style: touching, exciting, uplifting, serious, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, kids
Plot: athlete and trainer, human spirit, coach, small town, underdog, track and field, contests and competitions, dedicated educator, high school, social differences, ambition, teachers and students ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california, usa, new jersey, texas
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Back to the Future (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Eighties teenager Marty McFly is accidentally sent back in time to 1955, inadvertently disrupting his parents' first meeting and attracting his mother's romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by rekindling his ...
Style: feel good, humorous, exciting, light, clever ...
Audience: family outing, teens, date night, teen comedy, kids
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, adventure, mad scientist, time machine, chases and races, small town, sent to the past, teenage life, destiny, fish out of water, misfit partners ...
Time: future, 80s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: usa, california
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Dark (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A missing child causes four families to help each other for answers. What they could not imagine is that this mystery would be connected to innumerable other secrets of the small town.
Style: atmospheric, suspense, mind bending, suspenseful, bleak
Plot: time travel, time machine, missing child, disappearance, investigation, time loop, school, corpse, small town, police station, family relations, cave ...
Time: year 1986, 50s, contemporary, 80s
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