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Rural Movies

post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 
So, I watched The Straight Story on DVD (if only everything was on Blu-Ray). I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for similar movies filmed in/around rural America?
post #2 of 30
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Hills Have Eyes
post #3 of 30
If I've read the plot right, I don't know of any other movies like that, but if you are just looking for movies shot on location in rual locations here's a few more....

Paper Moon
The Last Picture Show

And I'll throw in a quirky little favorite (since my wife is from there)....Feed The Fish
post #4 of 30
Badlands is Sissy's second movie.

And keeping with shadyJ's theme, Wrong Turn. smile.gif
post #5 of 30
Originally Posted by PooperScooper View Post

Badlands is Sissy's second movie.

Malick's second film, Days of Heaven, is also rural.

Tons of low budget horror. We could be here all day. One I particularly liked was Burning Bright.

More along the lines of drama:

Winter's Bone
Straw Dogs (remake set in rural Mississippi, original set in the UK.)
The Station Agent
Boys Don't Cry
Cool Hand Luke
In Cold Blood (the real events happened not far from where I was born)

And of course, just about every western. wink.gif
post #6 of 30
I liked The Station Agent and it was along those lines.
post #7 of 30
Elia Kazan's movie.... Wild River (1960) been awhile since I've seen it. Filmed in the Tennessee valley.
post #8 of 30
Sideways (proving that even California has rural areas.)
post #9 of 30
Where The Red Fern Grows.
Children Of The Corn.
Last Of The Dogmen.
post #10 of 30
Frozen River
Southern Comfort (makes a fun double bill with Deliverance)

If you're not afraid of documentaries, try Brother's Keeper or Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern.
post #11 of 30
Originally Posted by Josh Z View Post

Southern Comfort

I forgot about that one. One of my favorites.


Mean Creek
Stand By Me
post #12 of 30
This includes small towns, and primarily in the South:

Slingblade captures the South superbly
Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?
Intruder in the Dust
filmed on location by MGM in Oxford, MS
The Southerner according to Gore Vidal, written by Faulkner but credit usurped by Jean Renoir
Speaking of Renoir, Swamp Water, filmed in the Okefenokee Swamp
The Man in the Moon I believe Reese Witherspoon's first film
Mud out now; haven't seen it but is supposedly excellent
of course The Walking Dead, filmed in rural Georgia, as is
Rectify an excellent series on the Sundance Channel about a man freed from being falsely imprisoned, similar to
Justified supposedly Kentucky but actually Pennsylvania and California; excellent nonetheless
The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys
All the Real Girls David Gordon Green film, an early one for Zooey Deschanel
post #13 of 30
Originally Posted by Shaded Dogfood View Post

Mud out now; haven't seen it but is supposedly excellent
of course

+1. I was just about to mention Mud, but you beat me to it. It takes place in writer/director Jeff Nichols' home state of Arkansas. His other two films, Shotgun Stories (2007) and Take Shelter (2011), also take place in rural/small town settings, albeit the latter takes place in Ohio, not Arkansas. All three films are excellent in my book. Actor Michael Shannon carries most of the load in the first two, and he is outstanding in both (and has a smaller role in Mud too).
post #14 of 30
And there's always the classic Grapes of Wrath

"I'll be all around in the dark - I'll be everywhere. Wherever you can look - wherever there's a fight, so hungry people can eat, I'll be there. Wherever there's a cop beatin' up a guy, I'll be there. I'll be in the way guys yell when they're mad. I'll be in the way kids laugh when they're hungry and they know supper's ready, and when the people are eatin' the stuff they raise and livin' in the houses they build - I'll be there, too. "
post #15 of 30
Resurrection with Ellen Burstyn (and Farnsworth) is one of my favorites. Not available though. Maybe someday ...
post #16 of 30
Originally Posted by fjames View Post

Resurrection with Ellen Burstyn (and Farnsworth) is one of my favorites. Not available though. Maybe someday ...

Sure it is: http://www.amazon.com/Resurrection-Ellen-Burstyn/dp/B0033PSHDG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1374892442&sr=8-1&keywords=resurrection
post #17 of 30
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the suggestions! Going to check out Feed The Fish and All the Real Girls. Why are none of these on Blu-Ray? It should be a crime to not transfer a film from 35mm to Blu-Ray.

I will add Box of Moonlight and Off the Map. Both favorites but only available on DVD.

Tom, checked out your HT build thread, nice to see another NOVA dedicated theater... although when will you be done? biggrin.gif
post #18 of 30

That's a VHS rip to DVR, so it doesn't count smile.gif I've got it, and trust me, you don't want it (and I'm not all that picky if I love the movie.)
post #19 of 30
Fargo is always a classic
post #20 of 30
Tom, checked out your HT build thread, nice to see another NOVA dedicated theater... although when will you be done?

When will I be done....you make me laugh! Did you actually READ the thread?

It's an open concept. The theater area is mostly done so we watch a lot of movies there. The Bathroom needs some lipstick and mascara. The bar area needs base trim, the cabinet need to be faced, I need to build a door to equipment closet, and the shelves behind the bar and over a storage cabinet need to be built/installed. The ENTIRE entryway/hall and stairs need to be done.
post #21 of 30

Haven't seen Straight Story, but these are a few more films in rural or semi-rural settings I rather like which haven't been mentioned yet...


At Close Range

Dazed and Confused

The Long, Hot Summer

Moon of the Wolf

Picnic (1955, Bill Holden, Kim Novak)

Mad Max/The Road Warrior

Sex, Lies, and Videotape




The Village

The Werewolf (1956, Sam Katzman version)



There's an annual festival of rural films which took place last week at the Museum of the Moving Image btw. More details here:


Edited by ADU - 8/7/13 at 3:53pm
post #22 of 30
Places in the Heart

East of Eden


Tobacco Road

Blood Simple
post #23 of 30
God's Little Acre
To kill a Mockingbird
Of mice and Men
post #24 of 30

Bonnie and Clyde
post #25 of 30
The Rural Juror, starring Jenna Maroney. I hear that the Broadway musical is even better than the movie.
post #26 of 30

Footloose... Either version, though I think the one with Bacon and Singer is probably best. (J. Hough was decent in the new version, but didn't get enough screen time imo, esp. considering her expert dancing and singing skills.)


Also, Oklahoma, The Wizard of Oz and Twister.


And in the horror genre: Man-Thing, Jeepers Creepers and Rawhead Rex.

Edited by ADU - 8/7/13 at 3:42pm
post #27 of 30
Thread Starter 
Awesome stuff, thanks! biggrin.gif
post #28 of 30

More Drama...

Bus Stop

Dante's Peak

Field of Dreams

The Last Valley

all of the Robin Hoods

Ryan's Daughter

Wuthering Heights


More SF/Fantasy/Horror...

The Giant Gila Monster

Horror Hotel (1960)

Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (1956)

It Came from Outer Space

Night of the Living Dead

Sleepy Hollow

Strange Invaders




The Secret of NIMH

post #29 of 30
Thread Starter 
More good stuff, thanks ADU. Anyone know if Netflix/Blockbuster at Home has some of the older titles in this thread to rent on DVD/Blu-Ray?
post #30 of 30

I don't use either service. But I'm sure some are available.


A few suggestions on my lists are also in the public domain, and can be DL'd or streamed for free from the Internet Archive, or possibly other services. Night of the Living Dead, The Giant Gila Monster, Horror Hotel, and Moon of the Wolf (with David Janssen & Barbara Rush) are all available at the IA. Not sayin they're the greatest films ever, but you certainly can't beat the price.

Edited by ADU - 8/13/13 at 5:26pm
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