Top five movies about farm life

Top five movies about farm life

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Here are our picks of the top five movies about farm life. What are yours?

Photo: Matthew Smithwick, The Border Mail.

Photo: Matthew Smithwick, The Border Mail.

Hollywood often throws up a story set on a farm – so we thought we’d take the time to reflect on some of the best movies that have showcased life on the land.

Here are our top five – but what are yours? Let us know in the comments below.

At Any Price trailer.

5 – At Any Price

This 2012 American drama film focuses on the competitive world of agriculture with ambitious father Henry Whipple (Dennis Quaid) wanting his rebellious son Dean (Zac Efron) to help expand his family's farming empire.

Directed by Ramin Bahrani and written by Bahrani and Hallie Newton, the movie was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival. 

A scene from Babe.

4 – Babe

This 1995 movie filmed in Robertson is an adaptation of Dick King-Smith's 1983 novel The Sheep-Pig.

It tells the story of a pig who wants to be a sheepdog. Which, while it might not be every farm’s story, certainly highlighted some of the realities of farm life.

Places in the Heart trailer

3 – Places in the Heart

This 1984 American drama film was written and directed by Robert Benton.

It tells the story of a Depression-era Texas widow who tries to save the family farm.

It was filmed in Waxahachie, near Dallas, Texas.

The Horse Whisperer trailer.

2 – The Horse Whisperer

This 1998 American drama film is based on the 1995 novel The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans.

Directed by and starring Robert Redford, it tells the story of a horse trainer who is hired to help an injured teenager (played by Scarlett Johansson) and her horse back to health following a tragic accident.

Scene from Charlotte's Webb

1 – Charlotte’s Webb

There has been two film adaptations of this book of the same name by E.B. White.

Both the 2006 and the 1973 versions tell the story of a spider who helps save a pig from the dinner table.


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