Movies about small towns

List of the best movies for melodramas about small towns selected by visitors to our site: Safe Haven, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces, The Best of Me, Spring, Gemma Bovery, Tell It to the Bees, Christmas in Conway, Beautiful Creatures, Sex Ed
In the top there are new films of 2019, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
Safe Haven (2013)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:55
CharactersGood people
PlotLove, Obsession, Love triangle, Fear
PlaceSmall cities
StyleTouching, Disturbing, To cry

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 Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA, India, United Arab Emirates
Duration02:02
CharactersCooks, Family
PlotRivalry
PlaceFrance, India, Village, Small cities
StyleTouching, To cry, Cute

A story centered around an Indian family who moves to France and opens a restaurant across the street from a Michelin-starred French restaurant.

Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces (2014)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genrehorror, thriller, melodrama, drama, detective
CountryUSA, France
CharactersSerial killers, FBI, Sheriffs
PlotInvestigation, Mystery
PlaceSmall cities

The long-awaited missing pieces from the original version of the film – nearly an hour-and-a-half of deleted/alternate scenes from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me – often referred to as the “holy grail” of Twin Peaks fandom.

The Best of Me (2014)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:58
PlotLove, Fate
PlaceSmall cities
StyleTouching, To cry

A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown.

Spring (2014)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrehorror, fantastic, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:49
CharactersZombie, Snake, Werewolf
PlotSupernatural, Love, Mystery
PlaceItaly, Aircraft, Small cities
StyleAction, Atmospheric

A young man in a personal tailspin flees the US to Italy, where he sparks up a romance with a woman harboring a dark, primordial secret.

Gemma Bovery (2014)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryFrance, United Kingdom
Duration01:39
CharactersNeighbors
PlotLove triangle, Death
PlaceFrance, Village, Small cities
TimeSummer
StyleTo cry, Touching

Martin, an ex-Parisian well-heeled hipster passionate about Gustave Flaubert who settled into a Norman village as a baker, sees an English couple moving into a small farm nearby. Not only are the names of the new arrivals Gemma and Charles Bovery, but their behavior also seems to be inspired by Flaubert's heroes.

Tell It to the Bees (2019)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:51
CharactersLesbians, Bees, Poor
PlaceSmall cities, Scotland
StyleMakes me think, Touching

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.

Christmas in Conway (2013)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:37
CharactersSheriffs, Terminally ill, Nurses
PlotObsession, Jealousy, Dancing
PlaceSmall cities
TimeNew Year
StyleTouching

Duncan Mayor decides the perfect Christmas present for his terminally ill wife, Suzy, is a ride on a real Ferris wheel, set up in their very own back yard. As a young man, it was the perfect place for a wedding proposal. Now, years later, in order to relive the experience with his wife, Duncan will go to any length to make their fantasy become a reality.

Beautiful Creatures (2013)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrefantasy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:04
CharactersTeens, Witch
PlotSupernatural, Love, Fate, Superpowers, Cheating
PlaceSmall cities
StyleLight, Fascinating

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.

Sex Ed (2014)
Markimdb: 5.5
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:32
CharactersTeachers, Losers
PlaceSchool, Small cities
StyleLight

Eddie lands his first teaching gig at an inner city middle school and finds his highly pubescent pupils are receiving no form of sexual education. Eddie isn't really equipped to teach them...he's not exactly experienced romantically.

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3 Hearts (2014)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryFrance, Germany, Belgium
Duration01:40
CharactersSisters
PlotLove triangle, Love at first sight
PlaceFrance, Trains, Small cities
StyleTo cry, Touching, Atmospheric

A twist of fate leaves a hapless accountant romantically torn between two sisters.

Bare (2015)
Markimdb: 5.2
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:52
CharactersLesbians
PlotSeduction
PlaceSmall cities

A young woman's friendship with a drug-dealing drifter evolves into a lesbian romance.

All of My Heart (2015)
Markimdb: 7
Genrecomedy, melodrama, family
CountryCanada, USA
Duration00:35
CharactersCooks
PlaceSmall cities

A young caterer’s life suddenly changes course when she inherits a country home and learns she must share it with a career obsessed Wall Street trader. At first, these opposites do not attract, but feelings begin to change when they find themselves having to work side-by-side to restore their newly acquired home.

The Christmas Calendar (2017)
Markimdb: 6
Genremelodrama
CountryCanada
Duration01:44
CharactersLawyers
PlotLove, Mystery, Mystery, Holidays, Competitions
PlaceCanada, Small cities
TimeNew Year
StyleLight

When Emily, a struggling baker in a small town, receives a handmade Christmas Calendar from a secret admirer, the local residents become obsessed with finding out the identity of the sender.

Arrhythmia (2017)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryRussia
Duration02:35
CharactersDoctors, Family, Nurses
PlotDivorce, Death, Snow
PlaceRussia, Small cities

Oleg is a young gifted paramedic. His wife Katya works as a nurse at the hospital emergency department. She loves Oleg, but is fed up with him caring more about patients than her. She tells him she wants a divorce. The new head of Oleg’s EMA department is a cold-hearted manager who’s got new strict rules to implement. Oleg couldn’t care less about the rules – he’s got lives to save; his attitude gets him in trouble with the new boss. The crisis at work coincides with the personal life crisis. Caught up between their patients, alcohol-fueled off-shifts, and an evolving health care system, Oleg and Katya have to find the binding force that will keep them together.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, musical, western, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:09
CharactersGold miners, Indians, Cowboys, Pianists, Dogs, Horses, Deer, Hunters, Bartenders, Owls, Angels, Singers
PlotBank robbery, Dancing, Weapon, Money, Gambling
PlaceWild West, Small cities
StyleNetflix, Fancy, Not for everyone, Short Story

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.

Falling Inn Love (2019)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
PlaceUSA, Small cities
StyleLight, Inspirational

When a San Francisco exec wins a New Zealand inn, she ditches city life to remodel and flip the rustic property with help from a handsome contractor.

Battlecreek (2017)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:18
CharactersArtists
PlotCreation
PlaceUSA, Small cities
StyleTouching

Henry is a loner and a night owl. His rare skin disease has kept him under the close watch of his fiery mother, who has sheltered him his entire life. One night, a young woman's car breaks down and Henry's life will change forever.

Call Me by Your Name (2017)
Markimdb: 7.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryItaly, France, Brazil, USA
Duration02:09
CharactersScientists, Mothers, Fathers, Gay, Pianists
PlotLove, Relationship, Parenting, First love, Seduction, Love with age difference
PlaceSea, Italy, Small cities
TimeSummer
StyleTouching, Soulful

Elio Perlman is spending the summer with his family at their vacation home in Lombardy, Italy. When his father hires a handsome doctoral student, the curious 17-year-old finds himself developing a growing attraction to the young man.

Night of the Living Deb (2015)
Markimdb: 5.5
Genrehorror, comedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:39
CharactersZombie, Cannibals
PlotWeapon
PlaceParty, Small cities

After a one night stand Deb wakes up in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.

Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryIndia
Duration02:16
CharactersStrong women, Lesbians, Family
PlotRelationship, Divorce, Art, On real events
PlaceIndia, Small cities
StyleCute, Light, Creepy

A slim uneducated guy is pressured into an arranged marriage with an overweight college girl. The mismatched couple is challenged to compete in the annual wife-carrying race.

The Choice (2016)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:34
PlotLove, Death, Fate, Love triangle
PlaceIslands, Small cities
StyleTouching, To cry, Cute

Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life's most defining events.

Me Before You (2016)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration02:25
CharactersDisabled people, Nurses
PlotLove, Depression, Loneliness
PlaceSea, Small cities
StyleTouching, To cry, Cute

A small town girl is caught between dead-end jobs. A high-profile, successful man becomes wheelchair bound following an accident. The man decides his life is not worth living until the girl is hired for six months to be his new caretaker. Worlds apart and trapped together by circumstance, the two get off to a rocky start. But the girl becomes determined to prove to the man that life is worth living and as they embark on a series of adventures together, each finds their world changing in ways neither of them could begin to imagine.

Eyewitness (2016)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genrethriller, melodrama, crime, detective
CountryUSA
Duration01:00
CharactersKillers, Gay
PlaceSmall cities
StyleDisturbing, Action

Two teenage boys secretly meet up in a cabin, bear witness to a shooting and barely escape with their lives. Desperate to keep their relationship a secret and in fear of being found by the perpetrator, they remain silent but soon learn that what has been seen cannot be unseen -- and when you witness a horrible event, it changes everything.

Heli (2013)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genremelodrama, drama, crime
CountryMexico, Netherlands, Germany, France
Duration01:45
CharactersPolice
PlotAdventure, Love, Travel, Missing people
PlaceMexico, Small cities
StyleAtmospheric, Heavy, Depressive, Fascinating

Heli must try and protect his young family when his 12-year-old sister inadvertently involves them in the brutal drug world. He must battle against the drug cartel that have been angered as well as the corrupt police force.

To the Wonder (2013)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:52
CharactersPriests
PlotLove triangle
PlaceSmall cities
StyleAtmospheric, Light, Gloomy, Philosophical

After falling in love in Paris, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Their church's Spanish-born pastor struggles with his faith, while Neil encounters a woman from his childhood.

Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010)
Markimdb: 1.8
Genrehorror, thriller, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:45
CharactersBirds
PlotSurvival
PlaceSmall cities
StyleAtmospheric, Disturbing

A platoon of eagles and vultures attacks the residents of a small town. Many people die. It's not known what caused the flying menace to attack. Two people manage to fight back, but will they survive Birdemic?

The Last Song (2010)
Markimdb: 6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:47
CharactersTeens, Pianists, Musicians
PlotLove
PlaceSmall cities
StyleTouching, To cry

A drama centered on a rebellious girl who is sent to a Southern beach town for the summer to stay with her father. Through their mutual love of music, the estranged duo learn to reconnect.

Daydream Nation (2010)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryCanada
Duration01:38
CharactersTeens, Friends, Serial killers
PlotLove, Love triangle
PlaceSmall cities
StyleAtmospheric, Fancy

Forced to move to a boring backwater town, a teenager embarks on affairs with a teacher and a stoner classmate.

The Tree (2010)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryFrance, Australia, Germany, Italy
Duration01:40
CharactersSingle mothers
PlotDeath, Obsession
PlaceBeach, Sea, Deserts, Nature, Small cities
TimeNew Year
StyleSoulful, Touching, Atmospheric, Gloomy

The O'Neills lived happily in their house in the Australian countryside. That was until one day fate struck blindly, taking the life of Peter, the father, leaving his grief-stricken wife Dawn alone with their four children. Among them, eight-year-old Simone denies this reality. She is persuaded that her father still lives in the giant fig tree growing near their house and speaks to her through its leaves. But the tree becomes more and more invasive and threatens the house. It must be felled. Of course, Simone won't allow it.

Ondine (2009)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genremelodrama, drama, detective
CountryRepublic of Ireland, USA
Duration01:51
CharactersMermaids, Fish
PlaceIreland, Small cities
StyleTo cry, Touching, Gloomy

An Irish fisherman discovers a woman in his fishing net believing her to be a mermaid.

New in Town (2009)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:37
CharactersLosers
PlotLove, Justice
PlaceSmall cities
StyleUplifting, Light, Cute

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 manufacturing plant, she jumps at the opportunity, knowing that a big promotion is close at hand. What begins as a straight-forward assignment becomes a life-changing experience as Lucy discovers greater meaning in her life and, most unexpectedly, the man of her dreams.

Did You Hear About the Morgans? (2009)
Markimdb: 4.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:43
PlotDivorce
PlaceSmall cities
StyleLight

In New York City, an estranged couple who witness a murder are relocated to small-town Wyoming as part of a witness-protection program.

Forget Me Not (2009)
Markimdb: 5.2
Genrehorror, thriller, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:18
CharactersTeens
PlotRevenge, Supernatural, Missing people, Lost memory, Ghosts
PlaceSmall cities
StyleDisturbing, Atmospheric, Heavy

It's graduation weekend, and Sandy Channing, the popular class president of her small-town high school, should be enjoying the time of her life. But when her friends start disappearing, Sandy discovers they have unwittingly awakened the vengeful spirit of a girl they wronged long ago. Fighting for her sanity, Sandy must unlock a dark secret from her own past before it's too late.

The Eclipse (2009)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrehorror, melodrama, drama
CountryRepublic of Ireland
CharactersWriters
PlotSupernatural, Love triangle, Tennis, Ghosts
PlaceIreland, Small cities
StyleTense

Michael is a widower who is struggling to adjust to his new role as the sole caretaker of his two children. Still reeling from the death of his wife, he has been plagued by terrifying apparitions. When he volunteers at a local literary festival, he finds himself drawn to Lena, an empathetic author of supernatural fiction. While Lena tries to help Michael with the mystery of his nightmarish visions, she must contend with problems of her own, as she’s being jealously pursued by self-obsessed novelist Nicholas, her one-time lover. As the festival progresses, the three adults’ lives converge and collide.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrefantastic, comedy, melodrama, family, cartoon
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
CharactersInventors, Scientists, Family
PlotAdventure
PlaceSmall cities
StyleLight

Inventor Flint Lockwood creates a machine that makes clouds rain food, enabling the down-and-out citizens of Chewandswallow to feed themselves. But when the falling food reaches gargantuan proportions, Flint must scramble to avert disaster. Can he regain control of the machine and put an end to the wild weather before the town is destroyed?

Northern Lights (2009)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genremelodrama, drama, detective
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration01:31
CharactersDogs, Monsters
PlotDancing, Love
PlaceAlaska, Small cities
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Disturbing

Hoping to leave behind troubled days in the Baltimore city police department, Nate Burns journeys to Alaska, where he takes up a quiet life as a small-town sheriff and begins a romance with spirited bush pilot Meg Galligan). But when Meg's father turns up dead, Burns finds himself thrust into the limelight of a dangerous murder investigation.

Circus Columbia (2010)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryBosnia and Herzegovina, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Slovenia, Belgium, Serbia
Duration01:53
CharactersMilitary, Cats
PlotRadio
PlaceSmall cities
StyleTo cry, Fancy

A story set in the former Yugoslavia and centered on a guy who returns to Herzegovina from Germany with plenty of cash and hopes for a good new life.

In a Better World (2010)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryDenmark, Sweden
Duration01:59
CharactersTeachers, Parents
PlotDivorce, Loneliness
PlaceSmall cities
StyleAction, Touching, Soulful, Depressive

The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.

Populaire (2012)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration01:51
CharactersHousewives
PlotObsession
PlaceFrance, Small cities
StyleTo cry, Light, Cute, Inspirational

Set in 1958, Populaire focuses on Rose Pamphyle, who lives with her widowed father and is destined to marry a son of the local mechanic. Rose travels out of town and applies for a secretarial job with an insurance agency run by Louis Échard. Louis learns that Rose can type with extraordinary speed -- using only two fingers -- and he tells her to compete in a speed-typing competition if she wants the job.

Big Miracle (2012)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genremelodrama, drama, family
CountryUSA, United Kingdom
Duration01:47
CharactersIndians, Whale, Reporters
PlotSnow, On real events
PlaceAlaska, Small cities
TimeCold War
StyleTouching, To cry

Based on an inspiring true story, a small-town news reporter (Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer (Barrymore) enlist the help of rival superpowers to save three majestic gray whales trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle. ‘Big Miracle’ is adapted from the nonfiction book ‘Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World’s Greatest Non-Event’ by Tom Rose.

See Girl Run (2013)
Markimdb: 5.2
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
PlaceSmall cities
StyleSoulful, Touching, Smart

What happens when a 30-something woman allows life's "what ifs" to overwhelm her appreciation for what life actually is. Disregarding her current obligations, she digs into her romantic past in hopes of invigorating her present.

Adult World (2013)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:33
CharactersFriends, Poets
PlotRevenge, Depression, Shopping, Loneliness
PlaceSchool, College, Small cities
StyleTo cry

Amy, a naive college graduate who believes she's destined to be a great poet, begrudgingly accepts a job at a sex shop while she pursues a mentorship with reclusive writer Rat Billings.

A Christmas Wedding Date (2012)
Markimdb: 5.3
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:23
PlotJealousy, Dancing, Wedding
PlaceParty, Small cities
TimeNew Year
StyleTouching

After being fired, Rebecca hours back to her old home town to attend her friends wedding on Christmas Eve and visit her mother. But when she tries to return home she finds she must relive Christmas Eve over and over until she gets it right.

Dark Shadows (2012)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama
CountryUSA, Australia
Duration01:53
CharactersWitch, Vampire, Wizards, Werewolf
PlotMagic, Mystery, Revenge, Supernatural, Curses, Ghosts
PlaceEstate, Castle, Psychiatric hospitals, Small cities
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleGothic, Fancy

Vampire Barnabas Collins is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate and family have fallen into ruin.

Reel Love (2011)
Markimdb: 5
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryUSA
Duration01:30
PlaceSmall cities
StyleTouching, Fancy

A successful, big city girl returns to her small town roots after a family emergency. Once there she goes on a soulful journey to reconnect with family and friends and finds romance along the way.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011)
Markimdb: 4.9
Genrefantasy, melodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration01:57
CharactersVampire, Family, Mothers, Fathers, Werewolf, Teens
PlotLove, Death, Supernatural
PlaceSmall cities
StyleAtmospheric, Touching, Gothic, To cry

The new found married bliss of Bella Swan and vampire Edward Cullen is cut short when a series of betrayals and misfortunes threatens to destroy their world. Bella soon discovers she is pregnant, and during a nearly fatal childbirth, Edward finally fulfills her wish to become immortal. But the arrival of their remarkable daughter, Renesmee, sets in motion a perilous chain of events that pits the Cullens and their allies against the Volturi, the fearsome council of vampire leaders, setting the stage for an all-out battle.

Footloose (2011)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:53
CharactersTeens
PlotDancing, Uprising, Music
PlaceSmall cities
StyleSoulful

Ren MacCormack is transplanted from Boston to the small southern town of Bomont where loud music and dancing are prohibited. Not one to bow to the status quo, Ren challenges the ban, revitalizing the town and falling in love with the minister’s troubled daughter Ariel in the process.

Simple Simon (2011)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountrySweden
Duration01:25
CharactersLosers, Teens, Girlfriends, Autistic
PlotMental disorders
PlaceSmall cities
StyleTouching, Fancy

Simon has Asperger's syndrome and doesn't like changes in his life. He lives with his big brother Sam and Sam's girlfriend Frida. When Frida can't stand having to adapt to Simon's peculiarities anymore she takes off, leaving Simon with having to find a new, perfect, girlfriend for his brother.

Satin (2011)
Markimdb: 4.5
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:27
CharactersTeachers, Musicians
PlotMoney, Travel, Music, Cars
PlaceParty, Casino, Small cities
StyleTo cry, Touching, Fancy

A washed up Vegas lounge singer, Jack Satin (Hamilton von Watts), has no money, no job, and delusional aspirations of fame. When Jack is forced to leave Vegas, he packs up his old Cadillac and hits the road for Atlantic City. But his car dies in the desert and Jack is left stranded in the small town of Lost Springs. There, Jack meets jazz legend turned mechanic, Doc Bishop (Robert Guillaume), who helps him with his car trouble. Although Jack is far from the stage, he begins to find himself feeling at home in the small town. When he meets local bar owner, Lauren Wells (Melissa Joan Hart), Jack starts to see there is more to life than chasing fame and fortune. Doc encourages Jack to explore his true love of music, while Lauren provides the audience he has always wanted. But as Jack realizes this town has more to offer him than the bright lights of the big city, his Vegas past catches up with him -- what unfolds is comedy at the crossroads of life.

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