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1. Powwow Highway (1989)

R | 88 min | Drama

Depicts the struggles of reservation-dwelling Native Americans in the North Central United States. The main character is an introspective and lovable person in a process of seeking pride ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan Wacks | Stars: Gary Farmer, A Martinez, Joanelle Romero, Amanda Wyss

Votes: 1,449 | Gross: $0.28M

2. Smoke Signals (1998)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Drama

76 Metascore

Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by... See full summary »

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: Adam Beach, Evan Adams, Irene Bedard, Gary Farmer

Votes: 9,148 | Gross: $6.72M

3. Rez Carz (2014)

8 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Abandoned cars rest silently in fields for decades, still holding secret conversations within their bodies.

Director: Clancy Dennehy | Stars: Evan Adams, Josiah Amaya, Ta'kaiya Blaney, Tantoo Cardinal

Votes: 5

4. A Thief of Time (2004 TV Movie)

94 min | Mystery

Officers Leaphorn and Chee search for a missing anthropologist suspected of stealing artifacts from a burial site.

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: Gary Farmer, Adam Beach, Ernest Tsosie III, Wes Studi

Votes: 568

5. 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: 588

6. Skinwalkers (2002 TV Movie)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The story revolves around the legend of the skin walkers or "S Dubs", a folk legend from Utah about the spirits of murdered Indians returning to seek revenge upon those who disrespect the land.

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: Harrison Lowe, James Dalgam, Adam Beach, Saginaw Grant

Votes: 892

7. 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: 62,655 | Gross: $40.91M

8. DreamKeeper (2003 TV Movie)

174 min | Drama, Fantasy

In South Dakota, in an Indian reservation, an old storyteller Indian asks his grandson Shane, who is in trouble owing money to some bad guys, to take his old pony and him to Albuquerque to ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: August Schellenberg, Eddie Spears, Gary Farmer, John Trudell

Votes: 1,365

9. Tecumseh: The Last Warrior (1995 TV Movie)

92 min | Western

This western began in 1812 when the settlers tried to take away more and more territories from the indians. Tecumseh, who is the leader of the Shawnee indians, tries to do something. He ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Elikann | Stars: Jesse Borrego, David Clennon, Tantoo Cardinal, Gregory Cruz

Votes: 233

10. Geronimo (1993 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Western

This story of epic courage and grace is a remarkable window on Native American life and the early years of the last and most feared Apache War Chief.

Director: Roger Young | Stars: Joseph Runningfox, Nick Ramus, Michelle St. John, Michael Greyeyes

Votes: 425 | Gross: $4.65M

11. Black Robe (1991)

R | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, War

In the 17th century, a Jesuit missionary nicknamed Black Robe by the natives and his small party of companions try reaching the Huron tribe in Canada all while facing mistrust, Iroquois warring parties and harsh winter conditions.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Aden Young, Sandrine Holt, August Schellenberg

Votes: 5,996 | Gross: $8.21M

12. 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: 1,291 | Gross: $0.24M

13. Heater (1999)

85 min | Drama

Two homeless men try to return a recently stolen base-board heater for the refund. Unsuccessful, they must find other ways to survive the night.

Director: Terrance Odette | Stars: Gary Farmer, Stephen Ouimette, Mauralea Austin, Tina Keeper

Votes: 167

14. Ronnie BoDean (2015)

12 min | Short, Action, Comedy

Ronnie BoDean is a larger-than-life "toughman" suffering from a mean hangover. When his neighbor is jailed, his native warrior's need to teach takes over so he shows her two precocious kids modern "survival skills".

Director: Steven Judd | Stars: Wes Studi, Preston Simpson, Georgia Seres, Briana Looby

Votes: 8

15. The Only Good Indian (2009)

114 min | Western

Set in Kansas during the early 1900s, a teen-aged Native American boy (newcomer Winter Fox Frank) is taken from his family and forced to attend a distant Indian "training" school to ... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Willmott | Stars: Wes Studi, J. Kenneth Campbell, Winter Fox Frank, Paul Butler

Votes: 291

16. Older Than America (2008)

102 min | Drama

A woman's haunting visions reveal a Catholic priest's sinister plot to silence her mother from speaking the truth about the atrocities that took place at her Native American boarding school... See full summary »

Director: Georgina Lightning | Stars: Adam Beach, Tantoo Cardinal, Bradley Cooper, Georgina Lightning

Votes: 812

17. 500 Nations (1995)

374 min | History

An exploration of the various Native American nations and their fall to the European conquerors.

Stars: Kevin Costner, Gregory Harrison, Eric Schweig, Gordon Tootoosis

Votes: 448

18. Geronimo: An American Legend (1993)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, History, Western

The story of the Apache chief and his armed resistance to the U.S. Government's subjugation of his people.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Jason Patric, Gene Hackman, Robert Duvall, Wes Studi

Votes: 8,109 | Gross: $18.64M

19. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

R | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

76 Metascore

Three trappers protect the daughters of a British Colonel in the midst of the French and Indian War.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means, Eric Schweig

Votes: 137,582 | Gross: $75.51M

20. The Trial of Standing Bear (1988 TV Movie)

120 min

It´s the story of a real existing person, Chief standing bear. In this play, you see the achievement of him. he went to court and impressed the judge,so native american indians were no ... See full synopsis »

Director: Marshall Jamison | Stars: Ivan Naranjo, William Shatner, Mark Abbott, Carmen De Lavallade

Votes: 17

21. Incident at Oglala (1992)

PG | 89 min | Documentary, History

This film describes the events surrounding a 1975 shootout at the Pine Ridge reservation in S. Dakota where two FBI agents were killed.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Robert Redford, Norman Zigrossi, Robert Sikma, Darelle 'Dino' Butler

Votes: 987 | Gross: $0.54M

22. Reel Injun (2009)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary, Western

63 Metascore

The history of the depiction of Native Americans in Hollywood films.

Directors: Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, Jeremiah Hayes | Stars: Adam Beach, Chris Eyre, Russell Means, John Trudell

Votes: 1,260

23. The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)

PG | 96 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

58 Metascore

Omri, a young boy growing up in Brooklyn, receives an odd variety of presents for his birthday: a wooden cabinet from his older brother, a set of antique keys from his mother and a tiny plastic model of an Indian from his best friend Patrick.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Hal Scardino, Litefoot, Lindsay Crouse, Richard Jenkins

Votes: 24,248 | Gross: $35.62M

24. United Shades of America (2016– )
Episode: Native Americans (2017)

TV-PG | 42 min | Documentary

Kamau heads to the Dakotas to shed light on a population over which the United States has too long cast a shadow: the indigenous people we mistakenly call Native Americans.

Stars: Adam Beach, W. Kamau Bell, Ben-Alex Dupris, Chase Iron Eyes

Votes: 20

25. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: We Shall Remain: Part I - After the Mayflower (2009)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

In March of 1621, in what is now southeastern Massachusetts, Massasoit (actor Marcos Akiaten, Chiricauha Apache), the leading sachem of the Wampanoag, sat down to negotiate with a ragged ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: Marcos Akiaten, Cassidy Alla, William Belleau, Benjamin Bratt

Votes: 119

26. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: We Shall Remain: Part II - Tecumseh's Vision (2009)

TV-PG | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Each of the episodes focuses on important historical events and concludes with a short contemporary story that links the past to the present.

Directors: Ric Burns, Chris Eyre | Stars: Benjamin Bratt, Michael Greyeyes, Dwier Brown, Alex Meraz

Votes: 119

27. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: We Shall Remain: Part III - Trail of Tears (2009)

TV-PG | 76 min | Documentary, Biography, History

The Cherokee would call it Nu-No-Du-Na Tlo-Hi-Lu, "The Trail Where They Cried." On May 26, 1838, federal troops forced thousands of Cherokee from their homes in the Southeastern United ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: Jackson Walker, Elijah Abdullah, Josh Blaylock, Benjamin Bratt

Votes: 96

28. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: We Shall Remain: Part IV - Geronimo (2009)

TV-PG | 78 min | Documentary, Biography, History

In February of 1909, the indomitable Chiricahua Apache warrior and war shaman Geronimo lay on his deathbed. He summoned his nephew to his side, whispering, "I should never have surrendered.... See full summary »

Directors: Sarah Colt, Dustinn Craig | Stars: Keith Basso, Benjamin Bratt, Collin G. Calloway, Silas Cochise

Votes: 84

29. American Experience (1988– )
Episode: We Shall Remain: Part V - Wounded Knee (2009)

TV-PG | 90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

On the night of February 27, 1973, fifty-four cars, horns blaring, rolled into a small hamlet on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Within hours, some 200 Oglala Lakota and American Indian ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Nelson | Stars: Dennis Banks, Clyde Bellecourt, Benjamin Bratt, Carter Camp

Votes: 80

30. The Born Losers (1967)

PG | 113 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Billy Jack battles outlaw motorcycle gang in a small California beach town.

Director: Tom Laughlin | Stars: Tom Laughlin, Elizabeth James, Jeremy Slate, William Wellman Jr.

Votes: 1,996 | Gross: $26.54M

31. Billy Jack (1971)

GP | 114 min | Action, Drama

50 Metascore

Ex-Green Beret hapkido expert saves wild horses from being slaughtered for dog food and helps protect a desert "freedom school" for runaway.

Director: Tom Laughlin | Stars: Tom Laughlin, Delores Taylor, Clark Howat, Victor Izay

Votes: 5,211 | Gross: $98.00M

33. Little Big Man (1970)

PG-13 | 139 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

Jack Crabb, looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Native Americans and fighting with General Custer.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Chief Dan George, Martin Balsam

Votes: 30,789 | Gross: $31.56M

34. Fish Hawk (1979)

G | 94 min | Drama

An embittered, hard-drinking Indian finds himself befriending a young white farmboy, and together they determine to help him end his drinking problems and return to his former life.

Director: Donald Shebib | Stars: Will Sampson, Don Francks, Charles Fields, Mary Pirie

Votes: 85

35. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

R | 133 min | Drama

83 Metascore

A criminal pleads insanity after getting into trouble again and once in the mental institution rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Will Sampson, Michael Berryman

Votes: 841,014 | Gross: $112.00M

36. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

PG | 135 min | Western

69 Metascore

A Missouri farmer joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Chief Dan George, Bill McKinney

Votes: 60,639 | Gross: $31.80M

37. Relentless (1977 TV Movie)

90 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

An Arizona state trooper, who is also an Indian, pursues a gang of paramilitary-type robbers into the mountains. The gang has killed the trooper's uncle and taken a woman hostage, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Lee H. Katzin | Stars: Will Sampson, Monte Markham, John Hillerman, Marianna Hill

Votes: 54

38. Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976)

PG | 123 min | Comedy, Western

A cynical Buffalo Bill hires Sitting Bull to exploit him and add his credibility to the distorted view of history presented in his Wild West Show.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Paul Newman, Joel Grey, Kevin McCarthy, Harvey Keitel

Votes: 3,788

39. Harry and Tonto (1974)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

When his apartment building is torn down, a retired lifelong New Yorker goes on a cross country odyssey with his beloved cat Tonto.

Director: Paul Mazursky | Stars: Art Carney, Ellen Burstyn, René Enríquez, Herbert Berghof

Votes: 4,634



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