I really love movies about small towns. Good examples of what I mean would be Bedford Falls from It’s a Wonderful Life, Radiator Springs from Cars, the town from Fargo, or Mayberry from The Andy Griffith Show. They don’t have to fit any sort of genre, but I would especially like to see some classic comedies about them. I was wondering if anyone knew of other movies like this. This thread is kind of selfish, because I want reccomedations, but this would also be a good thread to discuss them.
Trapped in Paradise
Classic ‘90s Cage. It’s a guilty pleasure for sure.
The Ice Harvest
Underrated Ramis gem.
How about U Turn?
You might as well have said Deliverance.
Yeah, how about Deliverance?
I’m not trying to be overbearing by plugging myself in … but …. my doc Son of Lucifer is very, very focused-in on a small town – one that shares a connection with a certain Oscar-winning actor. ;)
“Classic ‘90s Cage. It’s a guilty pleasure for sure.”
Ahhh, I have a great memory going drunk to a preview screening of that film at University with some friends. I have never seen it again but we almost got thrown out of the screening.
None better than Some Came Running.
Hmmm … To Kill a Mockingbird … Picnic … Mumford (an underrated gem from recent vintage) … Five Easy Pieces, certainly … Steve Martin’s Roxanne … Stand By Me … and that thing wherew Richard Dreyfuss plays the music teacher.
Scads more, I’m sure … especially all the 1950s horror films. They were always set in small towns.
@Ari – That’s the best way to see Trapped in Paradise!
Fire Walk With Me
There Will Be Blood
@christopher sepesy: Mr. Holland’s Opus is the movie you’re looking for.
I thought this was more geared towards comedies but if we’re talking about any genre, Shotgun Stories is a great small town movie. Actually, pretty much any small American indie film would fit this description (Ballast, Wendy & Lucy, early David Gordon Green, etc.).
BEAUTIFUL GIRLS by ted demme
watch it near xmas though OR ELSE
Shadow of a Doubt
Terribly Happy fits this category perfectly and is well worth a look.
Temporarily reassigned to the provincial Danish town of Skarrild after being accused of professional misconduct in Copenhagen, a by-the-books policeman begins to sense that the hamlet has something truly sinister in its midst in this dark drama based on author Erling Jepsen’s novel of the same name. Constable Robert isn’t used to life in the country, so when he’s first confronted by the small-town customs of South Jutland he begins to feel as if he’s drifted into some kind of all-too-quaint alternate reality. But perhaps his suspicion that everything here is just a little too perfect isn’t just the result of simple culture shock, because the more Constable Robert gets to know about his new surroundings, the more convinced he becomes that the community of South Jutland harbors a disturbing secret. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
SOUTH PARK: BIGGER LONGER AND UNCUT
Peter Yates “Breaking Away.” A sleeper that was nominated for Best Picture of 1979.
Thank you all for the suggestions! I will have to check these out.
how about “Feed the Fish” ?
The best small town movie for my money is The Last Picture Show.
^ Nathan is correct although perhaps we can open up to small towns outside the U.S. Humanité is a great film about small town French life.
The Wicker Man
Grosse Pointe Blank
Brad, I agree with SHADOW OF A DOUBT. Can’t get enough of it. That evening trip to the library is one of my top 25 sequences in a movie.
ROCK AND BULL:
You might enjoy
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES
SOME CAME RUNNING
THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER
THE GYPSY MOTHS
ADAM AT 6 A.M.
Also, in a separate category:
THE STEPFORD WIVES and INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956)
wake in fright
high plains drifter
wendy and lucy
the year my voice broke
^Yey, Local Hero!
Coup De Torchon
Bad Day at Black Rock
I Vitteloni-(I know Rimini is a small coastal city off the Adriatic, however, Fellini treated it as a small sleepy town in the film.)