Best movies set in U.S. deep Southby leifeng_2003 | created - 01 Aug 2011 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public
US Deep South representation, from the Great Depression to Today.
Feel free to recommend any other good movie.
NB: I have included films with sets at the periphery of the Deep South, more a matter of look and atmosphere than geography. Thanks for the comments.
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1. The Skeleton Key (2005)
PG-13 | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.
Votes: 99,094 | Gross: $47.81M
3. Deliverance (1972)
R | 109 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's dammed and turned into a lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a canoeing trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country.
5. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
R | 155 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends.
Votes: 34,795 | Gross: $25.08M
8. Mississippi Burning (1988)
R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History
Two F.B.I. Agents, with wildly different styles, arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.
Votes: 77,960 | Gross: $34.60M
9. Walk the Line (2005)
PG-13 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, Music
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.
Votes: 210,845 | Gross: $119.52M
10. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
PG-13 | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them.
Votes: 262,311 | Gross: $45.51M
12. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
PG | 122 min | Drama
Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.
Votes: 90,694 | Gross: $8.00M
13. The Yellow Handkerchief (2008)
PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Romance
A road trip through Louisiana transforms three strangers who were originally brought together by their respective feelings of loneliness.
Votes: 7,475 | Gross: $0.32M
14. In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An African-American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.
Votes: 59,637 | Gross: $24.38M
15. Sunshine State (2002)
PG-13 | 141 min | Drama, Romance
A woman and her new husband returns to her hometown roots in coastal northern Florida, and must deal with family, business, and encroaching real estate development.
Votes: 3,665 | Gross: $3.06M
16. In the Electric Mist (2009)
R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A detective in post-Katrina New Orleans has a series of surreal encounters with a troop of friendly Confederate soldiers while investigating serial killings of local prostitutes, a 1965 lynching, and corrupt local businessmen.
19. Sling Blade (1996)
R | 135 min | Drama
Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town.
Votes: 81,002 | Gross: $24.48M
20. Wise Blood (1979)
PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama
A Southerner--young, poor, ambitious but uneducated--determines to become something in the world. He decides that the best way to do that is to become a preacher and start up his own church.
23. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Not Rated | 129 min | Crime, Drama
Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his children against prejudice.
25. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
PG | 99 min | Drama
An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.
Votes: 88,084 | Gross: $106.59M
26. Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 60,549 | Gross: $82.42M
28. The Intruder (1962)
PG-13 | 84 min | Drama
A man in a gleaming white suit comes to a small Southern town on the eve of integration. He calls himself a social reformer. But what he does is stir up trouble--trouble he soon finds he can't control.
29. The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
Not Rated | 115 min | Drama
Accused barn burner and con man Ben Quick arrives in a small Mississippi town and quickly ingratiates himself with its richest family, the Varners.
30. Places in the Heart (1984)
PG | 111 min | Drama
In central Texas in the 1930s, a widow, with two small children, tries to run her small 40-acre farm with the help of two disparate people.
Votes: 9,287 | Gross: $34.90M
31. Down by Law (1986)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Two innocent people are arrested. An interesting third person, with broken English, joins them in their cell. On his idea, they decide to escape from the prison. Their journey is the rest of the movie.
Votes: 42,951 | Gross: $1.44M
34. Louisiana Story (1948)
Approved | 78 min | Adventure, Drama
The idyllic life of a young Cajun boy and his pet raccoon is disrupted when the tranquility of the bayou is broken by an oil well drilling near his home.
35. Waitress (2007)
PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Jenna is a pregnant, unhappily married waitress in the deep south. She meets a newcomer to her town and falls into an unlikely relationship as a last attempt at happiness.
Votes: 41,475 | Gross: $19.07M
37. Honeydripper (2007)
PG-13 | 124 min | Crime, Drama, History
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 »
Votes: 1,812 | Gross: $0.27M
38. Shotgun Stories (2007)
PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Thriller
Shotgun Stories tracks a feud that erupts between two sets of half brothers following the death of their father. Set against the cotton fields and back roads of Southeast Arkansas, these ... See full summary »
Votes: 9,090 | Gross: $0.05M
39. Undertow (2004)
R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller
Following the death of his wife Audrey, John Munn moves with his two sons, mid-teen Chris Munn and adolescent Tim Munn, to a pig farm in rural Drees County, Georgia, where they lead a ... See full summary »
Votes: 7,974 | Gross: $0.02M
40. Shy People (1987)
R | 118 min | Drama
New York journalist visits her distant cousin for the first time to write an article about her hard life in the bayous of Louisiana. Journalist's wild drug addicted daughter just adds to tensions between two families' cultures.
Votes: 1,037 | Gross: $0.77M
41. Passion Fish (1992)
R | 135 min | Drama
After an accident leaves her a paraplegic, a former soap opera star struggles to recover both emotionally and mentally, until she meets her newest nurse, who has struggles of her own.
Votes: 4,631 | Gross: $5.41M
43. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
G | 123 min | Drama
When deaf mute Singer moves to a small city to be near his only friend confined in a hospital, he grows attached to his landlady's sensitive 16-year-old daughter.
44. Mud (2012)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama
Two young boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the vigilantes that are on his trail and to reunite him with his true love.
Votes: 155,622 | Gross: $21.59M
45. Ghosts of Mississippi (1996)
PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, History
A Mississippi district attorney and the widow of Medgar Evers struggle to finally bring a white racist to justice for the 1963 murder of the civil rights leader.
Votes: 9,471 | Gross: $13.05M
46. Joe (I) (2013)
R | 117 min | Crime, Drama
An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.
Votes: 42,462 | Gross: $0.37M
47. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.
Votes: 77,071 | Gross: $12.80M
48. Sounder (1972)
G | 105 min | Drama, Family
The oldest son of a loving and strong family of black sharecroppers comes of age in the Depression-era South after his father is imprisoned for stealing food.
49. Wild River (1960)
Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, History, Romance