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The Most Hilarious Small Town Comedy Movies, Ranked

Updated June 19, 2020 262 votes 26 voters 1.4k views37 items

The funniest small town movies offer not only laughs but also colorful characters and charming settings. By placing their stories away from big cities, top small town comedies are able to mine laughs from a laid-back way of life, the way people in less populated towns tend to be in each other's business, and the interesting little quirks that you often find when you step away from metropolitan areas. Movies like Groundhog Day and Fargo simply wouldn't work as well if they took place in major cities, which puts them in the running for the best small town comedy. They depend on the flavor that a small town setting brings.

Vote up your favorite comedy movies about small towns from the list below. That way the greatest small town comedy will make it to the top of the list. If there's are especially funny films that you don't see on the list, please add them. Don't forget to check back to see how other users are ranking your picks. 

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    Groundhog Day

    Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell

    Released1993

    Directed byHarold Ramis

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    Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd

    Released1985

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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    Napoleon Dynamite

    Haylie Duff, Jon Heder

    Released2004

    Directed byJared Hess

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    Fargo

    Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy

    Released1996

    Directed byEthan Coen, Joel Coen

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    The Sandlot

    James Earl Jones, Denis Leary

    Released1993

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    John David Washington, Adam Driver

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    Sweet Home Alabama

    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey

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    The Proposal

    Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds

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    Pleasantville

    Reese Witherspoon, Paul Walker

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    Directed byGary Ross

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    Juno

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    Directed byJason Reitman

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    Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon

    Released1983

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    Election

    Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick

    Released1999

    Directed byAlexander Payne

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    Steel Magnolias

    Sally Field, Dolly Parton

    Released1989

    Directed byHerbert Ross

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    Cate Blanchett, Martin Freeman

    Released2007

    Directed byEdgar Wright

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    The Truman Show

    Jim Carrey, Paul Giamatti

    Released1998

    Directed byPeter Weir

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    Gene Hackman, Fred Savage

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    Directed byDonald Petrie

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    Roxanne

    Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah

    Released1987

    Directed byFred Schepisi

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    American Graffiti

    Harrison Ford, Ron Howard

    Released1973

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    Natalie Portman, Uma Thurman

    Released1996

    Directed byTed Demme

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    Career Opportunities

    Jennifer Connelly, John Candy

    Released1991

    Directed byBryan Gordan

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    Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal

    Released2006

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    Released1999

    Directed byMichael Patrick Jann

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    Funny Farm

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Chevy Chase

    Released1988

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    Steven Spielberg, Corey Feldman

    Released1984

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    Grosse Pointe Blank

    Dan Aykroyd, John Cusack

    Released1997

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