What are the best movies set in small towns?

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    #1Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a crime drama film produced, written and directed by Martin McDonagh. Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, and more, it was about a woman who finds justice for her daughter with her hands.


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    Crystal Bradley
    Written on June 12, 2018
    "This movie was just amazing. The small town setting really helped amp up the plot and I could really relate to Mildred so much that I could actually feel her pain and suffering through the screen. Frances McDormand is an amazing actress and I really liked what the other cast members brought to the table as well."
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    #2The Goonies

    The Goonies

    The Goonies is a timeless classic, reuniting the talent of Spielberg, Richard Donner and Chris Columbus, that created an epic adventure. A bunch of children all of different ages will go on a treasure hunt for a pirate's treasure when they find a map hidden,  that will help the family of Mikey and Brand to pay the money to save their house from being demolished, 


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    Liu Gao
    Written on June 12, 2018
    "Oh such a classic film this is! It's about friendship and it still is great even now that I'm an adult watching it! Living in a small town can be really an experience for kids, and having grown up in such a town myself, I know the feeling of finding best friends in unusual circumstances. "
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    #3Forrest Gump

    Forrest Gump

    This is a 1994 film directed by Robert Zemeckis, based on Winston Groom's book of the same title. It's starred by Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, and Gary Sinise as they unfold the life and adventure of a slow-witted man named Forrest Gump.


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    Guillermina Peralta
    Written on June 12, 2018
    "Run, Forrest! Run! What an amazing and inspirational movie this was! I loved the setting of a small town as it made the movie and the story much more intimate. I watched this with my kids and I do hope they found it as memorable as I did when I first watched it!"
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    #4Call Me By Your Name

    Call Me By Your Name

    Call Me By Your Name is an Italian dramatic romance motion picture that stars Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, and Michael Stuhlbarg. It was directed by Luca Guadagnino and was based on a novel by André Aciman.


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    Han Wan
    Written on June 12, 2018
    "Ahh this film was practically an indie-type film that made it big time. The country small town setting of the story made it more whimsical and more dreamlike, and much more summertime fling-y in a way. It was a really wonderful film about exploration and growing up. "
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    Carrie is the story of a girl brought up, almost in isolation, by her psychotically religious mother Margaret. Based on a Stephen King novel, directed by Brian De Palma and starring Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, and John Travolta. 


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    Evelyn Wong
    Written on June 12, 2018
    "Carrie is such an iconic movie and what really takes it that extra step further is its setting. Everything that happened was in a small town and so it takes the creepiness and weirdness factor of the whole thing up a good notch. "
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    #6Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain is a drama movie directed by Ang Lee. Released in 2005, Brokeback Mountain features Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in the leading roles. The movie was adapted from the short story by Annie Proulx.


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    Susan Howell
    Written on June 12, 2018
    "Oh man. This film has it all. Mountains, rugged men, an isolated place. I loved this film when I was younger and I appreciate the more technical and I guess "film" aspect of it. The wild and isolated setting made it more interesting and more "dated" or old and that gave a really nice touch to it all."
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    #7E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is a fantasy movie directed by Steven Spielberg starring Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote and Drew Barrymore in 1982. This film won two Golden Globe Awards and four Academy Awards. 


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    Philip Turner
    Written on June 12, 2018
    "Everyone knows and loves E.T., I'm sure. I think it was a nice touch that it was set in a small town, otherwise, it wouldn't be quite as believable as it was, especially for children. "
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    #8Walk the Line

    Walk the Line

    Walk the Line is a dramatic biography motion picture that stars Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, and Ginnifer Goodwin. It was directed by James Mangold and was based on Johnny Cash's books. The film premiered on September 4, 2005.


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    Keith Wheeler
    Written on June 12, 2018
    "The small town setting in this movie didn't play an exceptionally big part in the whole picture but I liked that it was a grounding element for Johnny Cash and showed his roots. Interesting movie as well."


Best What are the best movies set in small towns
1Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Movies 10 Paid
2The Goonies Movies 8 Paid
3Forrest Gump Movies 7 Paid
4Call Me By Your NameMovies 5 Paid
5Carrie Movies 4 Paid
6Brokeback MountainMovies 3 Paid
7E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Movies 2 Paid
8Walk the LineMovies 1 Paid

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