The south or rural settings

by betsyg1959 | created - 04 Sep 2012 | updated - 28 Feb 2013 | Public

Movies that take place in the south or rural settings

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1. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama

64 Metascore

A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady in a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.

Director: Jon Avnet | Stars: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 63,447 | Gross: $82.42M

2. Thelma & Louise (1991)

R | 130 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

88 Metascore

Two best friends set out on an adventure, but it soon turns around to a terrifying escape from being hunted by the police, as these two girls escape for the crimes they committed.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen

Votes: 127,375 | Gross: $45.36M

3. Lolita (1997)

R | 137 min | Drama, Romance

46 Metascore

A man marries his landlady so he can take advantage of her daughter.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Dominique Swain, Melanie Griffith, Frank Langella

Votes: 48,937 | Gross: $1.40M

4. The Secret Life of Bees (2008)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama

57 Metascore

In 1964, a teenage girl in search of the truth about her mother runs away to a small town in South Carolina and finds a family of independent women who can connect her to her past.

Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys

Votes: 23,225 | Gross: $37.77M

5. Terri (2011)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

72 Metascore

The story of a bullied fifteen-year-old boy in a small town as he struggles to adjust to his difficult life.

Director: Azazel Jacobs | Stars: John C. Reilly, Jacob Wysocki, Bridger Zadina, Creed Bratton

Votes: 9,224 | Gross: $0.65M

6. Now and Then (1995)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Four 12-year-old girls grow up together during an eventful small-town summer in 1970.

Director: Lesli Linka Glatter | Stars: Christina Ricci, Demi Moore, Rosie O'Donnell, Thora Birch

Votes: 25,901 | Gross: $27.40M

7. Alabama Moon (2009)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Family

After the unexpected death of his survivalist father, an eleven-year-old boy raised in the Alabama wilderness must learn how to make a home in the modern world.

Director: Tim McCanlies | Stars: Jimmy Bennett, Gabriel Basso, Uriah Shelton, Clint Howard

Votes: 1,275

8. Hounddog (2007)

R | 102 min | Drama, Music

31 Metascore

A drama set in the American South, where a precocious, troubled girl finds a safe haven in the music and movement of Elvis Presley.

Director: Deborah Kampmeier | Stars: Dakota Fanning, David Morse, Piper Laurie, Granoldo Frazier

Votes: 5,811 | Gross: $0.13M

9. Honeydripper (2007)

PG-13 | 124 min | Crime, Drama, History

68 Metascore

1950. Rural Alabama. Cotton harvest. It's a make-or-break weekend for the Honeydripper Lounge and its owner, piano player Tyrone "Pine Top" Purvis. Deep in debt to the liquor man, the ... See full summary »

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Danny Glover, LisaGay Hamilton, Yaya DaCosta, Charles S. Dutton

Votes: 1,851 | Gross: $0.27M

10. Where the Heart Is (2000)

PG-13 | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

30 Metascore

A pregnant 17-year-old rebuilds her life after being abandoned by her boyfriend at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma.

Director: Matt Williams | Stars: Natalie Portman, James Frain, Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing

Votes: 30,820 | Gross: $33.77M

11. Poor White Trash (2000)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Crime

23 Metascore

A white trash family must resort to crime to send their teenaged son to college.

Director: Michael Addis | Stars: Sean Young, William Devane, Tony Denman, Jacob Tierney

Votes: 1,217 | Gross: $0.00M

12. Steel Magnolias (1989)

PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

A young beautician, newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women share a close bond of friendship, and welcome her into the fold.

Director: Herbert Ross | Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Julia Roberts

Votes: 43,969 | Gross: $83.76M

13. The Man in the Moon (1991)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Romance

A coming of age story set in the south of the U.S. when Elvis was King.

Director: Robert Mulligan | Stars: Sam Waterston, Tess Harper, Gail Strickland, Reese Witherspoon

Votes: 14,688 | Gross: $2.85M

14. What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

PG-13 | 118 min | Drama

73 Metascore

A young man in a small Midwestern town struggles to care for his mentally-disabled younger brother and morbidly obese mother while attempting to pursue his own happiness.

Director: Lasse Hallström | Stars: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen

Votes: 203,956 | Gross: $9.17M

15. The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

Photographer Robert Kincaid (Clint Eastwood) wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson (Meryl Streep), for four days in the 1960s.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Annie Corley, Victor Slezak

Votes: 68,158 | Gross: $71.52M

16. A Painted House (2003 TV Movie)

PG | 97 min | Drama, Family

A young boy, his family, and the migrant workers they hire to work their cotton farm struggle against difficult odds to raise and sell the crop. Meanwhile, the boy dreams of living in ... See full summary »

Director: Alfonso Arau | Stars: Scott Glenn, Arija Bareikis, Robert Sean Leonard, Melinda Dillon

Votes: 903

17. Ellen Foster (1997 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama

After her mother's death, a young girl is separated from her abusive father and is sent between her various friends and relatives, always longing to find a place to call home.

Director: John Erman | Stars: Julie Harris, Jena Malone, Ted Levine, Glynnis O'Connor

Votes: 400

18. The Runaway (2000 TV Movie)

PG | 100 min | Drama

In a Dixie small-town, the late sheriff was quite content to preside over a truly segregated community. There the rich brothers, Harlan and Mason Davis, are lords. His successor, Word War ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman | Stars: Dean Cain, Pat Hingle, Debbi Morgan, Kathryn Erbe

Votes: 255

19. What the Deaf Man Heard (1997 TV Movie)

PG | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

Arriving in a new town, a child pretends to be deaf-mute to protect himself - a ruse which works so well that for twenty years he is custodian to all the town's secrets.

Director: John Kent Harrison | Stars: Matthew Modine, Claire Bloom, Judith Ivey, James Earl Jones

Votes: 889

20. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

PG | 99 min | Drama

81 Metascore

An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone

Votes: 93,021 | Gross: $106.59M

21. Boys Don't Cry (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

86 Metascore

A young man named Brandon Teena navigates love, life, and being transgender in rural Nebraska.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III

Votes: 89,177 | Gross: $11.53M

22. Winter's Bone (2010)

R | 100 min | Drama, Mystery

90 Metascore

An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.

Director: Debra Granik | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Garret Dillahunt, Isaiah Stone

Votes: 130,896 | Gross: $6.53M

23. Flipped (I) (2010)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

45 Metascore

Two eighth-graders start to have feelings for each other despite being total opposites.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe, Rebecca De Mornay, Anthony Edwards

Votes: 77,292 | Gross: $1.75M

24. Crimes of the Heart (1986)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard

Votes: 3,471 | Gross: $22.91M

25. Walk the Line (2005)

PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Music

72 Metascore

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.

Director: James Mangold | Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick

Votes: 223,280 | Gross: $119.52M



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