Movies about small towns

List of the best movies about small towns selected by visitors to our site: Safe Haven, The Family, It, Doc Hollywood, Children of the Corn: Runaway, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, Never Grow Old, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, Goldstone, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Safe Haven (2013)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama
CharactersGood people
PlotLove, Obsession, Fear, Love triangle
PlaceSmall cities
StyleTo cry, Touching, Disturbing

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.

The Family (2013)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, comedy, crime
CountryUSA, France
CharactersMafia, Teens, Gangsters, Family, Writers
PlaceSchool, France, Village, Small cities
StyleExciting, For men, Black humor, By books

The Manzoni family, a notorious mafia clan, is relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program, where fitting in soon becomes challenging as their old habits die hard.

It (2017)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersTeens, Monsters, Killers, Clowns, Childrens
PlotAbduction, Death, Fear, Hunting, Missing people
PlaceSchool, Small cities
StyleUnexpected ending, Depressive, Heavy, Tense

In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers Club come face to face with life problems, bullies and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.

Doc Hollywood (1991)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CharactersFamily, Losers, Surgeons
PlotLove triangle
PlaceSmall cities, Hospitals
StyleCute, To cry, Touching

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.

Children of the Corn: Runaway (2018)
Markimdb: 3.8
PlotSects, Rivalry, Intrigue, Mystery
PlaceSmall cities, USA
StyleAction, Serious, Disturbing, Fascinating

The plot of Children of the Corn: Runaway follows a young pregnant Ruth who escapes a murderous child cult in a small Midwestern town. She spends the next decade living anonymously in an attempt to spare her son the horrors that she experienced as a child. She lands in the small Oklahoma town, but something is following her. Now, she must confront this evil or lose her child.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)
Markimdb: 7.6
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersDogs, Teachers, Poor, Students
PlotOn real events, Survival, Fate, Hunger, Radio
PlaceSchool, Africa, Small cities
StyleTo cry, Depressive, Heavy

Against all the odds, a thirteen year old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine.

Never Grow Old (2019)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, drama, western
CountryRepublic of Ireland
CharactersHorses, Criminals, Sheriffs
PlotLove, Death, Survival, Weapon, Funeral
PlaceIreland, Small cities
TimeNight, 19th century
StyleAction, Exciting, Fascinating

An Irish undertaker profits when outlaws take over a peaceful town, but his own family come under threat as the death toll increases dramatically.

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genredrama, family, crime, detective
CharactersTeens, Lawyers, Sheriffs
PlotAbduction, Investigation, Cheating
PlaceSmall cities, Mansions
StyleBlack humor, Action, Depressive, Unexpected ending

Nancy Drew, a smart high schooler with a penchant for keen observation and deduction, stumbles upon the haunting of a local home. A bit of an outsider struggling to fit into her new surroundings, Nancy and her pals set out to solve the mystery, make new friends, and establish their place in the community

Goldstone (2016)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrethriller, crime
CharactersBikers, Detectives, Old man, Managers
PlotInvestigation, Missing people, Funeral, Friendship, Rivalry
PlaceAustralia, Deserts, Small cities
StyleNoir, Action, Heavy, Exciting, Tense

GOLDSTONE, the award-winning new feature from Australian auteur Ivan Sen (Mystery Road), is a complex and stylish crime thriller that explores themes of racism, human trafficking, police corruption, corporate malfeasance, and the trampling of indigenous people’s rights. On the trail of a missing person, troubled indigenous detective Jay Swan (Aaron Pedersen, Mystery Road) finds himself in the small mining town of Goldstone, where he is arrested for drunk driving by local cop Josh (Alex Russell, CBS’s “S.W.A.T.”). When Jay’s motel room is blasted with gun fire, it becomes clear that something larger is at play. While struggling to overcome their mutual distrust, Jay and Josh uncover a web of crime and corruption, which leads directly to the town’s cold-blooded Mayor (two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook) and its smarmy gold mine director (David Wenham, Lord of the Rings).

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, musical, western, detective
CharactersDogs, Indians, Horses, Angels, Singers
PlotBank robbery, Dancing, Gambling, Money, Weapon
PlaceWild West, Small cities, USA
StyleNetflix, Fancy, Not for everyone, Short Story, Light

Vignettes weaving together the stories of six individuals in the old West at the end of the Civil War. Following the tales of a sharp-shooting songster, a wannabe bank robber, two weary traveling performers, a lone gold prospector, a woman traveling the West to an uncertain future, and a motley crew of strangers undertaking a carriage ride.

Rust Creek (2019)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CharactersStrong women, Sheriffs, Students
PlaceForest, Small cities
StyleAction, Heavy, Disturbing, Tense

When an overachieving college senior makes a wrong turn, her road trip becomes a life-changing fight for survival in rural Kentucky.

The Wild Fields (2018)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure, western
PlotAdventure, Survival, Friendship
PlaceSmall cities

The protagonist, Herman has to come back to his native Donbass after years spent away. He has to look into the case of his brother’s sudden disappearance. Herman meets real and unreal characters, his childhood friends and the local mafia. And suddenly, to his own surprise, he decides to stay in his native town with people who love and believe him and need his defense.

Midsommar (2019)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrehorror, thriller, drama, detective
PlotSects, Freedom, Rites of passage, Mental disorders, Death
PlaceSmall cities, Nature, Sweden
StyleFancy, For a group of friends, Heavy, Psychedelic, Disturbing

A group of friends travels to Sweden to visit the rural hometown of one of them and attend its mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly descends into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

The Dead Don't Die (2019)
Markimdb: 5.5
Genrehorror, fantasy, comedy
CountrySweden, USA
CharactersZombie, Police
PlaceSmall cities

In a small peaceful town, zombies suddenly rise to terrorize the town. Now three bespectacled police officers and a strange Scottish morgue expert must band together to defeat the undead.

Deadwood: The Movie (2019)
Markimdb: 7.4
CharactersCowboys, Sheriffs, Friends, Lesbians
PlotFriendship, Rivalry, Wedding
PlaceWild West, Small cities, USA
Time19th century
StyleAction, Exciting, Tense, Disturbing, Fascinating

Follow the 10-year reunion of the Deadwood camp to celebrate South Dakota's statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

Tell It to the Bees (2019)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersPoor, Bees, Lesbians
PlaceScotland, Small cities, Trains
StyleTouching, Makes me think, Sad ones, Psychological problems

Dr. Jean Markham returns to the town she left as a teenager to take over her late father's medical practice. When a school-yard scuffle lands Charlie in her surgery, she invites him to visit the hives in her garden and tell his secrets to the bees, as she once did. The new friendship between the boy and the bee keeper brings his mother Lydia into Jean's world.

Ordinary People (2018)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genrethriller, crime, detective
CountrySouth Korea
PlotMissing people
PlaceSchool, Small cities
StyleHeavy, Disturbing, Serious

Ki-chul, a PE teacher at high school, is dismissed after fighting against the corruption his student had gone through during the boxing match. Transferred to a local girls’ high school, he finds out that one of the students called Yu-jin has been running around day and night, trying to find her missing friend, Su-yeon. While Ki-chul helps Yu-jin solve the case, he is faced with the bigger corruption related with her disappearance.

Two Tickets Home (2018)
Markimdb: 6.1
CharactersParents, Family
PlaceSmall cities

Liuba Vasnetsova lives in a provincial boarding school, dreams of finishing it sooner rather than later and go to St Petersburg to become a stewardess. The future seems bright: after boarding school she receives the keys to a new apartment, with a new life ahead. But on the day of her graduation she learns that she is not an orphan: her father is alive and not dead, as she was told earlier. The girl is shaken and decides to find him.

The Land of Steady Habits (2018)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrecomedy, drama
PlotFriendship, Divorce, Depression, Family life, Meaning of life
PlaceSmall cities, USA
StyleNetflix, Smart, Soulful, To cry, By books

After leaving his wife and his job to find happiness, Anders begins a clumsy, heartbreaking quest to reassemble the pieces of his fractured life.

Clay Pit (2018)
Markimdb: 4.7
PlotLove, Treason, Love triangle
PlaceRussia, Small cities

In the Russian provinces life seems to have frozen since the 1990s. Here you can hide from the worries of the big world, and heal the wounds of the soul. Thus argues Mila, having decided to return home to the mother’s house after an unsuccessful attempt “to conquer Moscow”. Mila’s sister Galya also wants happiness without thinking about the price. The passion that is aroused in the women by Rustam, a young handsome man from Central Asia, disrupts the family peace. A terrible enlightenment awaits the participants of this family drama.