Indigenous Cinema

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1. The Land (2016)

R | 104 min | Drama

50 Metascore

Four teenage boys devote their summer to escaping the streets of Cleveland, Ohio, by pursuing a dream life of professional skateboarding. But when they get caught in the web of the local ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Caple Jr. | Stars: Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Moises Arias, Rafi Gavron, Ezri Walker

Votes: 1,534 | Gross: $0.02M

2. Rise (I) (2017– )

Documentary

Vice travels to Indigenous communities across the Americas to meet people protecting their homelands and rising up against colonization.

Stars: Sarain Fox, Gitz Crazyboy, Iphy Murphy

Votes: 36

3. Visions of an Island (2016)

15 min | Documentary

In a summer of intention and wandering, an Unangam Tunuu elder reflects on landscape and fauna, language students play and teach invented games, and a portrait takes shape of a place ... See full summary »

Director: Sky Hopinka

4. Shinaab (2017)

8 min | Short

An Anishinaabe man is restless and isolated in the city of Minneapolis, haunted by an ominous sense that he doesn't belong. A portrayal of Indigenous people's dislocation and alienation on their own land.

Director: Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. | Stars: John Edel, Brian P. Joyce, Ajuawak Kapashesit, Tyson Lietz

5. Nutag-Homeland (2016)

6 min | Animation, Short

A non-narrative hand-painted visual poem about diaspora, homeland, and the tragic mass-deportations of the Kalmyk people during WWII.

Director: Alisi Telengut

Votes: 37

6. My Father's Tools (2017)

7 min | Documentary, Short

A film with Steven Jerome showing the traditional art of basket making.

Director: Heather Condo

Votes: 6

7. Dolores (I) (2017)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography, History

81 Metascore

In the 1950's, a working-class wife and mother of eleven children helps to establish a farmer's union, which later develops into a platform for feminism and gender equality.

Director: Peter Bratt | Stars: Dolores Huerta, Martin Luther King, Luis Valdez, Ricardo S. Chavez

Votes: 247 | Gross: $0.56M

8. Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017)

103 min | Documentary, Music

73 Metascore

RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World is a feature documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history.

Directors: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana | Stars: Apl.de.Ap, Dan Auerbach, Lisa Michelle Axelrod, Scott Barretta

Votes: 463 | Gross: $0.23M

9. Sami Blood (2016)

110 min | Drama, History

79 Metascore

A reindeer-breeding Sámi girl who is exposed to the racism of the 1930's at her boarding school, starts dreaming of another life. But to achieve it, she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture.

Director: Amanda Kernell | Stars: Maj-Doris Rimpi, Olle Sarri, Ánne Biret Somby, Bo Lundmark

Votes: 4,791

10. Poi E (2016)

92 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

POI E is the story of the creation of New Zealand's iconic song of celebration, the song that became the unofficial national anthem.

Director: Te Arepa Kahi | Stars: Patea Maori Club, Ngoi Pewhairangi, Maaka Pohatu, Dalvanius Prime

Votes: 114

11. Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

PG | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

80 Metascore

In 1931, three half-white, half-Aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their houses to be trained as domestic staff, and set off on a journey across the Outback.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Kenneth Branagh, Laura Monaghan

Votes: 26,091 | Gross: $6.17M

12. Samson & Delilah (2009)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

A glue-sniffing boy and his girlfriend escape the government-controlled no-hope Aboriginal community they live in and go to the city, Alice Springs, looking for a better life.

Director: Warwick Thornton | Stars: Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson, Mitjili Napanangka Gibson, Scott Thornton

Votes: 3,041

13. The Darkside (2013)

94 min | Drama

Warwick Thornton's The Darkside was developed from a national callout for Indigenous ghost stories. Submitted by black and white Australians, Thornton narrowed down more than 150 stories ... See full summary »

Director: Warwick Thornton | Stars: Bryan Brown, Jack Charles, Brendan Cowell, Hakeem Davey

Votes: 47

14. Sweet Country (2017)

R | 113 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

87 Metascore

Australian western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920s, where justice itself is put on trial when an aged Aboriginal farmhand shoots a white man in self-defense and goes on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.

Director: Warwick Thornton | Stars: Bryan Brown, Luka Magdeline Cole, Shanika Cole, Matt Day

Votes: 5,741 | Gross: $0.10M

15. Boy (I) (2010)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititi, Moerangi Tihore

Votes: 16,853 | Gross: $0.26M

16. Whale Rider (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Family

80 Metascore

A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 37,695 | Gross: $20.78M

17. Walkabout (1971)

GP | 100 min | Adventure, Drama

Two city-bred siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback, where they learn to survive with the aid of an Aboriginal boy on his "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Jenny Agutter, David Gulpilil, Luc Roeg, John Meillon

Votes: 20,911

18. Utu (1983)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In 1870, a Maori warrior working with the British finds his village massacred, and vows revenge.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Anzac Wallace, Bruno Lawrence, Tim Elliott, Kelly Johnson

Votes: 848

19. Once Were Warriors (1994)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, Julian Arahanga

Votes: 29,467 | Gross: $2.20M

20. The Dark Horse (2014)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life.

Director: James Napier Robertson | Stars: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance, James Napier Robertson

Votes: 5,278 | Gross: $0.06M

21. Windtalkers (2002)

R | 134 min | Action, Drama, War

51 Metascore

Two U.S. Marines in World War II are assigned to protect Navajo Marines, who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach, Peter Stormare, Noah Emmerich

Votes: 62,502 | Gross: $40.91M

22. Charlie's Country (2013)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

75 Metascore

Displeased with the intervention of whitefella laws, Charlie takes off to live the old way and sets off a chain reaction of enlightening difficulties.

Director: Rolf de Heer | Stars: David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford, Lizzie Durrurrnga

Votes: 1,718

23. Ten Canoes (2006)

Unrated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It's a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and ... See full summary »

Directors: Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr | Stars: Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, Richard Birrinbirrin, Peter Minygululu

Votes: 4,182 | Gross: $0.28M

24. Mekko (2015)

87 min | Drama, Thriller

Mekko gets out of prison after 19 years. He has no home or family so he makes his way to Tulsa. He tries to connect with a cousin but she turns him away. With nowhere to go Mekko ends up ... See full summary »

Director: Sterlin Harjo | Stars: Jamie Loy, Scott Mason, Zahn McClarnon, Sarah Podemski

Votes: 59

25. Four Sheets to the Wind (2007)

R | 81 min | Drama, Romance

After his father's untimely suicide, Cufe leaves his home in a Native American reservation in search of a more fulfilling life.

Director: Sterlin Harjo | Stars: Wes Allen, Jeri Arredondo, Laura Bailey, Nando Betancur

Votes: 519

26. The Broken Chain (1993 TV Movie)

93 min | Drama, War, Action

The story of two Iroquis brothers caught in the midst of the Revolutionary War.

Director: Lamont Johnson | Stars: Eric Schweig, Wes Studi, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Pierce Brosnan

Votes: 325

27. The Education of Little Tree (1997)

PG | 112 min | Drama

Little Tree is an 8-year-old Cherokee boy, who, during the time of the depression, loses his parents and starts to live with his Indian grandma and grandpa and learn the wisdom of the ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Friedenberg | Stars: James Cromwell, Joseph Ashton, Tantoo Cardinal, Mika Boorem

Votes: 1,463 | Gross: $0.12M

28. Shouting Secrets (2011)

88 min | Drama

Shouting Secrets is a hopeful and heartwarming, universal story taking place in a present day Native American family. It's a story that is at once about the constancy and the fragility of love, as well as the importance of family.

Director: Korinna Sehringer | Stars: Chaske Spencer, Q'orianka Kilcher, Tyler Christopher, Gil Birmingham

Votes: 182

29. Imprint (I) (2007)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Thriller

Shayla Stonefeather, a Native American attorney prosecuting a Lakota teen in a controversial murder trial, returns to the reservation to say goodbye to her dying father. After the teen is ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Linn | Stars: Tonantzin Carmelo, Carla-Rae, Michael Spears, Cory Brusseau

Votes: 571

30. River of Silence (2017)

Drama

After the mysterious murder of her daughter, Helen Wolf sets out to find answers, instead the killer finds her.

Director: Micheal Auger | Stars: Mariel Belanger, Ava Galgani, Geordie Goodman, Duane Howard

Votes: 7

31. Maïna (2013)

102 min | Adventure

A Canadian aboriginal woman journeys to the Arctic in search of a missing member of her tribe, and falls in love with a man from a rival clan.

Director: Michel Poulette | Stars: Roseanne Supernault, Ipeelie Ootoova, Uapshkuss Thernish, Eric Schweig

Votes: 386

32. Bedevil (1993)

90 min | Horror

Three Australian stories of the supernatural are recounted in this anthology. Rick (Jack Charles), an Aboriginal boy living near a swamp on Bribie Island, is haunted by an American solider ... See full summary »

Director: Tracey Moffatt | Stars: Diana Davidson, Jack Charles, Ben Kennedy, Kenneth Avery

Votes: 116

33. Naming Number Two (2006)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

A matriarch organizes a feast with her family, in which she will name her successor.

Director: Toa Fraser | Stars: Ruby Dee, Mia Blake, Rene Naufahu, Miriama McDowell

Votes: 558

34. The Dead Lands (2014)

R | 107 min | Action, Adventure

59 Metascore

After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, the teenage son of a slain Maori chieftain looks to avenge his father's murder and bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones.

Director: Toa Fraser | Stars: James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Xavier Horan

Votes: 4,207 | Gross: $0.00M

36. The Cherokee Word for Water (2013)

PG | 92 min | Drama

The work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Directors: Tim Kelly, Charlie Soap | Stars: Kimberly Guerrero, Mo Brings Plenty, Steve Reevis, Darryl Tonemah

Votes: 48

37. Barking Water (2009)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

Frankie is dying. Irene hasn't forgiven him. And they are racing against time to find their way home. Frankie needs help and Irene is the one he turns to. He must go home one last time. And... See full summary »

Director: Sterlin Harjo | Stars: Bebe Harjo, Gabriel Pelayo, Frederick Schroeder, Quese IMC

Votes: 157

38. Crazy Horse (1996 TV Movie)

90 min | Action, Biography, Drama

The legendary Native American chieftain refuses to go with his people peacefully to the reservation and starts a rebellion.

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Michael Greyeyes, Victor Aaron, Nathaniel Arcand, Frankie Avina

Votes: 348

39. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

PG-13 | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House

Votes: 88,441 | Gross: $5.20M

40. Tama tu (2005)

TV-MA | 17 min | Short, War

A squad of Maori troops in WWII Europe silently entertain themselves in a destroyed house while waiting to enter the coming battle.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Tammy Davis, Taungaroa Emile, Rob Mokaraka, Jeremy Randerson

Votes: 227

41. Neither Wolf Nor Dog (2016)

110 min | Drama

A Lakota elder summons a white writer to visit him and help him write a book about his people.

Director: Steven Lewis Simpson | Stars: Dave Bald Eagle, Christopher Sweeney, Richard Ray Whitman, Roseanne Supernault

Votes: 305

42. The Business of Fancydancing (2002)

103 min | Drama, Music

49 Metascore

Seymour Polatkin is a successful, gay Native American poet from Spokane who confronts his past when he returns to his childhood home on the reservation to attend the funeral of a dear ... See full summary »

Director: Sherman Alexie | Stars: Evan Adams, Michelle St. John, Gene Tagaban, Swil Kanim

Votes: 480 | Gross: $0.17M

43. Coyote Waits (2003 TV Movie)

107 min | Drama, Mystery

Two tribal cops uncover a plot involving a lost fortune, an historical artifact and a mythical Coyote on a Navajo reservation.

Director: Jan Egleson | Stars: Adam Beach, Candice Costello, Jimmy Herman, Gary Kanin

Votes: 583

44. Rez Bomb (2008)

95 min | Romance, Thriller

Set on and around the poorest place in the USA, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Rez Bomb is a love story/thriller about a Lakota girl and a white guy who are very much in love but get ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Lewis Simpson | Stars: Amara Zaragoza, Trent Ford, Chris Robinson, Russell Means

Votes: 69

45. Tongan Ninja (2002)

83 min | Action, Comedy, Musical

The Tongan Ninja is sent by his master to the island of New Zealand to help a floundering Chinese restaurant, but the mysterious Mister Big sends numerous villains to prevent the eatery's success.

Director: Jason Stutter | Stars: Sam Manu, Jemaine Clement, Linda Tseng, Laura Hill

Votes: 641

46. Revelations (2002–2003)

30 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Follow 16-year-old boy, Jess' journey through life and time itself. Each episode contains a story from a different time and place in world history.

Stars: Tom Hern, Ben Barrington, Paul Rawson, Danielle Mason

Votes: 22

47. Skins (2002)

R | 84 min | Crime, Drama

57 Metascore

An inspirational tale about the relationship between two Sioux Indian brothers living on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: Eric Schweig, Graham Greene, Gary Farmer, Noah Watts

Votes: 1,288 | Gross: $0.24M

48. We Can't Make the Same Mistake Twice (2016)

163 min | Documentary

Activists file a human-rights complaint against the Canadian government's inadequate funding of services for Indigenous children claiming it's discriminatory.

Director: Alanis Obomsawin | Star: Alanis Obomsawin

Votes: 11

49. Hoverboard (2012)

6 min | Short, Adventure, Comedy