Highest-Rated Movies about 'Small Town', Sort by Popularity


The Fighting Preacher (2019), A Fistful of Dollars (1964), Hail the Conquering Hero (1944), Southern Comfort (2001), Beauty and the Beast (1991), Mariachi (1992), Went the Day Well? (1942), Wings (1927) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best Small Town movies.


The Fighting Preacher (2019)

In 1905 champion boxer Willard Bean travels to upstate New York to serve as a preacher for five years.

preacher, boxer, champion, missionary, mormon, inspiring, heartwarming

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A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

Sergio Leone's classic about a mysterious drifter's involvement with warring factions in a Mexican border town.

mercenary, sheriff, criminal, brother, soldier, hostage, cool

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Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)

Preston Sturges' satire about a sickly soldier discharged from duty and mistaken for a war hero when he returns home.

good guy, soldier, mother, girlfriend, mayor, playful, charming

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Southern Comfort (2001)

Kate Davis's award-winning documentary chronicles the final four seasons in the life of Robert Eads, a female-to-male transsexual dying of ovarian cancer in rural Georgia. Striking a balance between Robert's biological family -- mother, father, sons and grandson -- and his "chosen" family of transgender friends including Maxwell, Cas and Lola Cola, his male-to-female transsexual partner, Davis documents Eads's final days at the Southern Comfort Conference, a national transgender gathering.

transsexual, girlfriend, son, friend, parent, inspiring, emotional

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Beauty and the Beast (1991)

A French maiden takes the place of her captured father in the enchanted castle of an accursed prince, and her love is his only chance to resume human form, in the Disney version of a French fairy-tale .

anti-hero, ingénue, father, suitor, servant, endearing, playful

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Mariachi (1992)

Henchmen mistake a traveling musician (Carlos Gallardo) for a crazed killer (Reinol Martinez) in a small Mexican town.

guitarist, hit man, gang member, bar owner, thrilling, witty, small town

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Went the Day Well? (1942)

Residents of an English village unwittingly welcome Nazi soldiers who intend to take over their town.

villager, german, german officer, german soldier, thrilling, tense, suspenseful

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Wings (1927)

Two brothers run a one-plane commuter service from a small Nantucket airport.

pilot, cadet, friend, love interest, volunteer, military officer, rousing

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Don't Kill It (2016)

A grizzled demon hunter (Dolph Lundgren) joins forces with a reluctant FBI agent (Kristina Klebe) to battle an ancient evil that can possess whoever kills it.

murderer, bounty hunter, demon, priest, police chief, fbi agent, brutal

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Our Father (2002)

A teenager (Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa) and his younger brother (Hamza Moctar Aguid) search for their father after he fails to come home one day.

brother, mute person, mother, teacher, boy, father, tender

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The Laramie Project (2002)

Two young men face murder charges for the beating of Matthew Shepard, a homosexual student at the University of Wyoming.

gay/lesbian, murderer, reporter, police detective, police officer, judge, emotional

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The Man on the Train (2002)

A prospective bank robber (Johnny Hallyday) and a retired teacher (Jean Rochefort) secretly dream about having each other's lives.

thief, friend, professor, banker, retiree, witty, winsome

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A Canterbury Tale (1944)

A U.S. soldier (John Sweet), a British sergeant and a London girl (Sheila Sim) see minor miracles and catch a prude (Eric Portman).

soldier, sergeant, shopkeeper, criminal, lighthearted, suspenseful, amusing

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A Fistful of Dynamite (1971)

A thief and a dynamite-tossing Irish revolutionary inadvertently become embroiled in the Mexican Revolution.

revolutionary, bandit, bank robber, soldier, military officer, prisoner, cool

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Act of Violence (1949)

A crippled World War II veteran (Robert Ryan) stalks a contractor (Van Heflin) whose prison-camp betrayal caused a massacre.

veteran, prisoner of war, wife, girlfriend, prostitute, hit man, gritty

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God's Country (1985)

Acclaimed director Louis Malle's documentary examines the small Minnesota farming town of Glencoe at two separate times.

farmer, bride, groom, attorney, old man, old woman, profound

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Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (1988)

A Sicilian boy (Salvatore Cascio) discovers the movies with his local theater's projectionist (Philippe Noiret).

child, mother, girlfriend, projectionist, emotional, inspiring, witty

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The Raven (1943)

Remy Germain (Pierre Fresnay) is a doctor in a French town who becomes the focus of a vicious smear campaign, as letters accusing him of having an affair and performing unlawful abortions are mailed to village leaders. The mysterious writer, who signs each letter as "Le Corbeau" (The Raven) soon targets the whole town, exposing everyone's dark secrets. This allegorical film was highly controversial at the time of its release, and was banned in France after the Liberation.

doctor, psychiatrist, nurse, patient, wife, bleak, brutal

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I'm Not Scared (2003)

In a small town in Italy in 1978, 9-year-old Michele (Giuseppe Cristiano) finds Fillipo (Mattia Di Perro), seemingly dead in a deep hole in the ground, while on a bike ride with friends. Terrified of what he has seen, Michele decides not to tell his father. After returning to the scene, Michele discovers that Fillipo is still alive and bound by a chain. Michele continues to keep his secret as he makes several visits to Fillipo, who has no memory of the events leading up to his captivity.

boy, abductee, father, bad guy, disturbing, sad, shocking

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Lazybones (1925)

"Lazybones" Steve (Buck Jones) is fawned over by his girlfriend, Agnes (Jane Novak) and doting mother. But, when he saves Agnes' sister from a suicide attempt, this loafer suddenly finds himself raising her secret newborn daughter, Kit. His easy life turns hard when the town assumes she's his illegitimate child. Steve is called to fight in World War I, and when he returns Kit is no longer a picked-on kid but a beautiful woman (Madge Bellamy). Then his love becomes not quite so paternal.

man, mother, adopted daughter, troubled woman, girlfriend, mother-in-law, mushy

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Jane Austen's Emma (1996)

While matchmaking for friends and neighbors, a young 19th-century Englishwoman (Kate Beckinsale) nearly misses her own chance at love.

young woman, matchmaker, lover, vicar, friend, engaging, amusing

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Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966)

A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.

stranger, bandit, criminal, killer, union soldier, bounty hunter, amusing

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Terribly Happy (2008)

Following a nervous breakdown, a police officer (Jakob Cedergren) from Copenhagen pulls duty in a small town, where his big-city attitude clashes with the residents' bizarre behavior.

police officer, thug, wife, townsperson, abusive husband, seductress, bleak

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Affliction (1997)

A small-town sheriff (Nick Nolte) becomes unhinged, thanks in part to his abusive, alcoholic father (James Coburn).

cop, ex-wife, daughter, girlfriend, father, hunter, dark

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What the Deaf Man Heard (1997)

A town handyman (Matthew Modine) pretends to be deaf and mute for years, until he overhears a scam that will harm another.

widow, handyman, daughter, son, calm, charming, positive

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Zatoichi (2003)

A master swordsman (Beat Takeshi) battles a formidable ronin (Tadanobu Asano) and a deadly clan terrorizing villagers.

farmer, nephew, geisha, bodyguard, samurai, assassin, thrilling

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Prodigal Sons (2008)

Filmmaker Kimberly Reed returns to small-town Montana to reconnect with her adopted brother and to reintroduce herself to her old friends who knew her as a man.

transgender woman, brother, sister, rival, former classmate, gripping, emotional

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Rosewood (1997)

Spurred by a white woman's lie, vigilantes destroy a black Florida town and slay inhabitants in 1923.

teacher, stranger, grocer, mother, child, dark, disturbing

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It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

angel, friend, wife, uncle, businessperson, banker, heartwarming

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Pather Panchali (1955)

Impoverished priest Harihar Ray, dreaming of a better life for himself and his family, leaves his rural Bengal village in search of work.

priest, mother, aunt, daughter, son, bleak, emotional

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