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, exciting, suspense and sentimental films and TV shows about / with small town, small town life, murder, friendship, death, danger, sheriff, youth, high school and family plots mostly in Drama, Mystery and Thriller genres shot in USA, Canada, Denmark and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as small town: Twin Peaks (1990), Riverdale (2016), The Secret Circle (2011), The Vampire Diaries (2009), Fargo (2014), Gravity Falls (2012), Haven (2010), Twilight (2008), Banshee (2013), Jericho (2006).

List of small town movies

 8.8
 151K
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, mind bending ...
Plot: small town, investigation, small town life, murder, who done it, rape, supernatural, mysterious place, double life, crime, special agents, under the surface ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s, 90s, year 1989
Place: washington state, usa
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 7.4
 81K
Riverdale (2016)
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, biting, tense, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: small town, high school, investigation, friendship, teenage life, friends, youth, love and romance, parents and children, murder, crimes, family relations ...
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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: serious, captivating, mysterious, enigmatic, twists and turns
Audience: teens, girls' night
Plot: witch, supernatural, small town, teenage life, curses spells and rituals, high school, teenage love, classmates, supernatural ability, youth, small town life, imaginary ...
Time: 2010s
Place: washington state
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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: suspenseful, serious, stylized, romantic, disturbing
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, love triangle, supernatural, immortality, dangerous attraction, teenage life, werewolf, love and romance, youth, small town, high school, small town life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 19th century, 2010s, 2000s ...
Place: virginia, usa
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 9.0
 265K
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, captivating, atmospheric, cynical, suspenseful ...
Plot: small town, crimes, police investigation, crime, psychopath, killings, small town life, americana, law enforcement, gory, crime gone awry, sheriff ...
Time: 21st century, year 1979, contemporary, year 2006, 2000s ...
Place: minnesota, usa, north dakota
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 8.9
 50K
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, exciting, captivating, offbeat, not serious ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens
Plot: small town, twins, friendship, mysterious place, supernatural, good versus evil, adventure, small town life, magical, diary, family, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: oregon, usa
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 7.6
 33K
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: stylized, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, bleak ...
Plot: supernatural, supernatural ability, fbi, small town, investigation, paranormal activity, danger, social relations, special agents, small town life, law enforcement, female protagonist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: maine, usa, new england
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 5.2
 390K
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, small town, true love, teenage love, supernatural, supernatural romance, fall in love, love and romance, young lovers, immortality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: usa, phoenix arizona, washington state
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 8.4
 75K
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, small town, organized crime, cons and scams, tough heroes, crime, ex convict, shooting, crimes, female nudity, mob boss, strong sexual content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, pennsylvania
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 8.0
 51K
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, bleak, twists and turns, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, small town, apocalypse, secret, chaos, worldwide chaos, vestiges of humanity, conspiracy, escapades, leadership, isolation, nuclear holocaust ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: kansas, 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, touching, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: adventure, imaginary kingdom, true love, fairy, magical, good versus evil, power of love, family relations, parents and children, small town, imaginary, friendship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: maine, new england, usa
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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, exciting, humorous, entertaining, light ...
Audience: family outing, teens, date night, teen comedy, kids
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, adventure, mad scientist, small town, chases and races, time machine, teenage life, misfit partners, sent to the past, destiny, disorder ...
Time: future, 80s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s ...
Place: california, usa
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 7.9
 44K
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: futuristic, clever, humorous, light, twists and turns ...
Plot: scientist, save the day, experiment, secret place, small town, sheriff, hi-tech, experiment gone awry, small town life, prodigy, top secret, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: 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, disturbing, serious, mind bending ...
Plot: investigation, small town, murder, diary, haunted by the past, small town life, sexual abuse, seduction, prostitution, mind game, mystery, prostitute ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1989
Place: washington state, canada
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 6.7
 96K
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: emotional, sentimental, romantic, sweet, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: starting over, love and romance, small town, haunted by the past, small town life, obsession, abusive husband, single father, fall in love, love triangle, romance, attempted murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: north carolina, usa, south carolina, boston, san francisco ...
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 7.5
 79K
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, life is a bitch, obsession, teenage life, adolescence, adultery, society, young heroes, sexuality, culture clash, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: italy, sicily, europe, mediterranean sea
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 8.2
 86K
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, talky, witty, realistic, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, family outing
Plot: small town, mother daughter relationship, best friends, family, small town life, female protagonist, looking for love, teenager, boyfriend, career, lifestyle, verbal byplay ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: connecticut, usa, new england, yale university
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 7.0
 14K
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, dysfunctional family, small town life, abusive father, murder, sheriff, snow, haunted by the past, crime, crimes, domestic violence, arson ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new hampshire, usa
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 7.7
 200K
First Blood (1982)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When former Green Beret John Rambo is harassed by local law enforcement and arrested for vagrancy, the Vietnam vet snaps, runs for the hills and rat-a-tat-tats his way into the action-movie hall of fame. Hounded by a relentless sheriff, Rambo ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, intense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, manhunt, soldier, lone wolves, tough heroes, small town, danger, ex military, humiliation, police brutality, deadly, survival ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: vietnam, usa
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Pretty Little Liars (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 44 min.
Story: Based on the Pretty Little Liars series of young adult novels by Sara Shepard, the series follows the lives of four girls — Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily — whose clique falls apart after the disappearance of their queen bee, Alison. One year ...
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, serious, realistic
Audience: teens, girls' night, teen drama, family outing
Plot: secret, friendship, high school, best friends, haunted by the past, youth, blackmail, disappearance, threat, gossip and rumors, family, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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 7.2
 34K
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, investigation, small town, protagonist as suspect, crimes, family secret, danger, parents and children, murder, gypsy, love triangle, deformity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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 7.8
 74K
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, touching, realistic, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: family outing, date night, kids
Plot: follow your dream, small town, against the odds, generation gap, teacher, teenage life, friendship, nasa, satellite, ambition, cold war, young heroes ...
Time: 1950s, 50s, 20th century, year 1957, future
Place: west virginia, mine, usa, new jersey
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 5.9
 73K
Dante's Peak (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Volcanologist Harry Dalton comes to the sleepy town of Dante's Peak to investigate the recent rumblings of the dormant volcano the burg is named for. Before long, his worst fears are realized when a massive eruption hits, and immediately, ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: small town, catastrophe, mayor, natural disaster, survival, volcanic eruption, volcano, lava, rescue, evacuation, helicopter, scientist ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: mine
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 6.9
 73K
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, enigmatic, tense
Plot: secret, missing person, deception, murder investigation, small town, blackmail, murder, female friendship, mother, single mother, life insurance, investigation ...
Time: 2010s
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 7.6
 47K
Show Me Love (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden, Denmark
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Åmål is a small insignificant town where nothing ever happens, where the latest trends are out of date when they get there. Young Elin has a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to guys, but the fact is that she has never done *it*. Another girl ...
Style: touching, humorous, sentimental, captivating, sexual ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: lesbian, teenage love, coming out, small town, fall in love, love and romance, gays and lesbians, self discovery, first love, couple relations, forbidden love, lesbian relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: sweden, europe, scandinavia, stockholm sweden
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Scream: The TV Series (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 45 min.
Story: What starts as a YouTube video going viral, soon leads to problems for the teenagers of Lakewood and serves as the catalyst for a murder that opens up a window to the town's troubled past. Everyone has secrets. Everyone tells lies. Everyone is ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, twists and turns, semi serious, realistic
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: serial killer, teenage life, youth, small town, danger, massacre, high school, murder, who done it, psychopath, characters killed one by one, mystery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
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The Spitfire Grill (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Percy, upon being released from prison, goes to the small town of Gillead, to find a place where she can start over again. She is taken in by Hannah, to help out at her place, the Spitfire Grill. Percy brings change to the small town, stirring ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, touching, serious, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: small town, prison, friendship, redemption, church, self discovery, false accusation, couples, social relations, friends, going straight, starting over ...
Time: 90s
Place: maine, usa, kentucky, ohio, new england
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 8.0
 535K
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: humorous, feel good, witty, surreal, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: time loop, small town, wooing, love and romance, existentialism, nothing goes right, road not taken, redemption, deja vu, idealism, romance, time travel ...
Time: 1990s, 20th century, 90s, future
Place: pennsylvania, usa
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 8.6
 96K
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, suspenseful, mind bending, suspense, bleak
Plot: time travel, investigation, small town, disappearance, missing child, time machine, school, corpse, police station, cave, time loop, nuclear power plant ...
Time: year 1986, 80s, 50s, contemporary
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 7.0
 318K
Super 8 (2011)
Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In 1979 Ohio, several youngsters are making a zombie movie with a Super-8 camera. In the midst of filming, the friends witness a horrifying train derailment and are lucky to escape with their lives. They soon discover that the catastrophe was no ...
Style: suspenseful, sentimental, exciting, entertaining, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids, family outing
Plot: small town, friendship, young heroes, adventure, secret, childhood, alien, danger, heroes, youth, investigation, filmmaking ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979, year 1958, 1960s ...
Place: ohio, usa
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