With New Zealand Film Commission (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



51. Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale (1986)

PG | 71 min | Animation, Comedy

7.1
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Featuring the characters from Murray Ball's "Footrot Flats", (New Zealand's most beloved local cartoon strip ). Questions to be answered include: Will Wal Footrot win the affections of ... See full summary »

Director: Murray Ball | Stars: John Clarke, Peter Rowley, Rawiri Paratene, Fiona Samuel

Votes: 789

52. Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web (2017)

TV-PG | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, Thriller

7.0
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The story of the most wanted man online

Director: Annie Goldson | Stars: Kim Dotcom, Alan Curtis, France Komoroske, Wendy Whitefield

Votes: 1,108

53. Never Say Die (1988)

90 min | Action, Comedy

5.4
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A young couple are mysteriously pursued by people with increasingly elaborate attempts to kill them; they narrowly escape death repeatedly via a series of car chases and shoot-outs.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Temuera Morrison, Lisa Eilbacher, George Wendt, Tony Barry

Votes: 134

54. Pecking Order (2017)

88 min | Documentary

7.0
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Fierce rivalries, club infighting, problematic birds and irregular judging are just some of the challenges faced by a group of zealous Kiwi chicken breeders hell bent on victory at the 2015 National Poultry Show.

Director: Slavko Martinov | Stars: Doug Bain, Sarah Bunton, Bob Dawber, Brian Glassey

Votes: 159

55. Bad Blood (1981)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Thriller

6.6
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During World War 2, a farmer in New Zealand murders seven people, and the police, along with local Maori trackers, hunt him in the bush country.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Jack Thompson, Carol Burns, Denis Lill, Donna Akersten

Votes: 269

56. The Locals (2003)

88 min | Horror, Thriller

5.5
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Two best friends, Grant and Paul, hit the country road for a night of fun, but unfortunately take a short cut to their fate... where they meet the Locals.

Director: Greg Page | Stars: Johnny Barker, Dwayne Cameron, Kate Elliott, Aidee Walker

Votes: 1,924

57. Crush (1992)

Unrated | 97 min | Drama

6.0
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On the way to interview a novelist, Lane and Christina are involved in a car crash which leaves literary critic Christina brain-damaged. Lane undertakes the assignment and becomes attracted... See full summary »

Director: Alison Maclean | Stars: Marcia Gay Harden, Donogh Rees, Caitlin Bossley, William Zappa

Votes: 420 | Gross: $0.11M

58. Truth About Demons (2000)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Thriller, Fantasy

5.7
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An Anthropologist's life and reality are ripped apart by a Satanic cult.

Director: Glenn Standring | Stars: Karl Urban, Katie Wolfe, Jonathon Hendry, Sally Stockwell

Votes: 1,198

59. Fracture (2004)

107 min | Drama, Thriller, Crime

6.9
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The story of how one man's crime ruins the lives of two families forever.

Director: Larry Parr | Stars: Kate Elliott, Jared Turner, Timothy Lee, Miranda Harcourt

Votes: 148

60. The Silent One (1985)

95 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

6.6
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This is a story of a South Seas island village. The villagers find a baby that had been set adrift. The villagers are warned of the dangers of keeping the child. The young boy is ridiculed ... See full summary »

Director: Yvonne Mackay | Stars: George Henare, Pat Evison, Teraki Tokorangi, Turi Tama

Votes: 114

61. Snakeskin (2001)

R | 94 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

5.5
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A hitchhiker takes two kids on the ride of their dreams, but they soon learn that their newfound hero is just as capable of delivering nightmares.

Director: Gillian Ashurst | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Boyd Kestner, Dean O'Gorman, Oliver Driver

Votes: 454

62. Spooked (I) (2004)

94 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

5.0
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A thriller loosely based on Ian Wishart's book The Paradise Conspiracy, about the mysterious death of a New Zealander who happened upon international banking records after purchasing a used computer.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Cliff Curtis, Chris Hobbs, Andrea Kelland, Ian Mune

Votes: 121

63. Scarfies (1999)

R | 94 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

6.5
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Five kiwi flatmates find something growing in their basement much to their delight, but when the rightful owner comes knocking and finds that they have appropriated the goods things start to go awry.

Director: Robert Sarkies | Stars: Willa O'Neill, Neill Rea, Ashleigh Seagar, Taika Waititi

Votes: 1,011

64. Jack Be Nimble (1993)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

6.3
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Jack and Dora, abandoned by their parents as babies, are desperate to find each other after years of adoption. Jack's young life has been spent with a sadistic family. Dora, whose life has ... See full summary »

Director: Garth Maxwell | Stars: Alexis Arquette, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, Bruno Lawrence, Tony Barry

Votes: 387

65. Alex (1992)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama, Sport

6.3
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Headstrong New Zealand teen Alex Archer trains to qualify for the 1960 Rome Olympics in the women's 100 freestyle. Unlike the other top swimmers who train only for swimming, Alex takes ... See full summary »

Director: Megan Simpson Huberman | Stars: Lauren A Jackson, Chris Haywood, Josh Picker, Cathy Godbold

Votes: 125

66. 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous (2005)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

5.8
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Growing up is mystifying, but Billy discovers all he has to be is himself

Director: Stewart Main | Stars: Andrew Paterson, Harriet Beattie, Jay Collins, Georgia McNeil

Votes: 472

67. Loaded (1994)

R | 96 min | Drama, Thriller, Mystery

4.6
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Seven teenagers retreat to a country house for the weekend to make their epic, an impossibly ambitious Celtic fantasy. As the making of the video drifts from playful hilarity to argument, ... See full summary »

Director: Anna Campion | Stars: Oliver Milburn, Dearbhla Molloy, Danny Cunningham, Catherine McCormack

Votes: 497

68. Rain of the Children (2008)

98 min | Documentary, Drama

7.0
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Puhi was chosen at age 12 by the great Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana to marry his son, Whatu, and goes on to have an extraordinary life of hardship and wonder showing her fortitude through life ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Ward | Stars: Harmony Wihapi, Melody Wihapi, Mikaira Tawhara, Miriama Rangi

Votes: 177

69. My Grandpa Is a Vampire (1992)

PG | 95 min | Comedy, Family

4.2
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Sent on a trip from California to New Zealand to visit with his eccentric grandfather, Lonny discovers that his grandpa is a vampire. Unnerved at first, he soon discovers that his grandpa is a good vampire.

Director: David Blyth | Stars: Al Lewis, Justin Gocke, Milan Borich, Pat Evison

Votes: 151

70. Mr. Wrong (1984)

88 min | Horror, Thriller

5.3
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Meg moves out of her parents' home and buys a beautiful old Jaguar in a bid for independence. She begins to get strange feelings about the car. It seems to have a presence beyond the usual ... See full summary »

Director: Gaylene Preston | Stars: Heather Bolton, David Letch, Perry Piercy, Suzanne Lee

Votes: 176

71. Desperate Remedies (1993)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.8
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In a town called Hope on the edge of Britain's empire, desperations clash: the beautiful Dorothea Brook is desperate to free her pregnant sister Rose from the clutches of Fraser, a fortune ... See full summary »

Directors: Stewart Main, Peter Wells | Stars: Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Kevin Smith, Lisa Chappell, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 353 | Gross: $0.07M

72. Among the Cinders (1984)

R | 104 min | Drama

6.8
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Add a Plot

Director: Rolf Hädrich | Stars: Paul O'Shea, Derek Hardwick, Yvonne Lawley, Rebecca Gibney

Votes: 40

73. Mauri (1988)

101 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

5.9
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Near the remote East Cape the matriarch lives in her very basic dwelling with real fire in the hearth, where she cooks. We get an insight in the whanau in this saga, where troubles are met ... See full summary »

Director: Merata Mita | Stars: Anzac Wallace, Eva Rickard, James Heyward, Sonny Waru

Votes: 35

74. Klynham Summer (1982)

PG | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.6
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The same night as a girl is slain in the woods, the teenagers Sam and Les are robbed of all of their hard earned hens. In the quest for their hens they cross the murderer's path.

Director: Sam Pillsbury | Stars: Jono Smith, Tracy Mann, Daniel McLaren, John Carradine

Votes: 157

75. Starlight Hotel (1987)

PG | 93 min | Drama

7.0
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It is Depression era New Zealand and school-kid Kate is missing her father badly. The temptation to seek him out leads her into diverse and intense encounters with fate.

Director: Sam Pillsbury | Stars: Greer Robson-Kirk, Peter Phelps, Bruce Phillips, Alice Fraser

Votes: 221

76. Came a Hot Friday (1985)

PG | 101 min | Comedy

6.9
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Set in post-war (1949) rural New Zealand, this film traces the efforts of two con men to run a betting scam in a small town (Tainuea) already rife with illegal gambling corruption, and ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Mune | Stars: Peter Bland, Phillip Gordon, Michael Lawrence, Billy T. James

Votes: 173 | Gross: $0.01M

77. The End of the Golden Weather (1991)

100 min | Drama

6.4
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Family drama set in New Zealand about Geoff Crome, a young boy (Fulford) who immerses himself in his own private fantasy world where he meets Firpo (Papps), a strange being who dreams of ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Mune | Stars: Stephen Fulford, Stephen Papps, Paul Gittins, Gabrielle Hammond

Votes: 98

78. Secrets (1992)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Music

5.4
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Five teens get stuck in the basement in an attempt to see the Beatles in a local hotel.

Director: Michael Pattinson | Stars: Beth Champion, Malcolm Kennard, Dannii Minogue, Willa O'Neill

Votes: 144

79. Mark II (1986 TV Movie)

72 min | Drama

6.9
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3 friend's Eddie, Kingi and Matthew get together in Auckland New Zealand and decide to take a trip down the line to Wellington in an old Mark ll. Unbeknown to his mates Kingi is really ... See full summary »

Director: John Anderson | Stars: Nicholas Rogers, Mitchell Manuel, Junior Amiga, Joanna Briant

Votes: 15

80. Orphans & Kingdoms (2014)

74 min | Drama

7.8
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One night. One house. One Island. Everything changes for a lonely man and three delinquent kids.

Director: Paolo Rotondo | Stars: Colin Moy, Calae Hignett-Morgan, Hanelle Harris, Jesse James Rehu Pickery

Votes: 31

81. Illustrious Energy (1988)

8.0
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After 12 years, Chinese gold miners in 1895 New Zealand find They have enough gold to pay their debts and return home, but things do not go as smoothly as they had hoped.

Director: Leon Narbey | Stars: Shaun Bao, William Wong, Ha-Lei Yip, Peter Chin

Votes: 46

82. The Whole of the Moon (1997)

96 min | Drama

6.5
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About a boy who gets hit by a car roller blade, ends up getting cancer and meets an unlikely friend in the hospital where he is getting treated.

Director: Ian Mune | Stars: Toby Fisher, Nikki Si'ulepa, Pascale Bussières, Paul Gittins

Votes: 116

83. Home by Christmas (2010)

95 min | Biography, Romance, War

6.9
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A film memoir based on NZ filmmaker Gaylene Preston's interviews with her father about his World War II experiences.

Director: Gaylene Preston | Stars: Tony Barry, Tai Berdinner-Blades, Rowan Bettjeman, Nick Blake

Votes: 72

84. Everything We Loved (2014)

101 min | Drama

7.3
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A shy magician coaxes his once happy wife back to life with his greatest illusion - a little boy. But the loving family they create is threatened when they become hunted as child abductors.

Director: Max Currie | Stars: Brett Stewart, Sia Trokenheim, Ben Clarkson, Patrick Garbett

Votes: 82

85. Beyond Reasonable Doubt (1981)

129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.5
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A docu-drama covering one of the most famous murder cases in New Zealand history. Did Arthur Thomas kill Jeannette and Harvey Crewe at their Pukekawa farm house? Arthur was sure that ... See full summary »

Director: John Laing | Stars: David Hemmings, John Hargreaves, Tony Barry, Martyn Sanderson

Votes: 162

86. Chicken (1996)

90 min | Comedy

5.2
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Dwight Serrento, once a pop-icon is now reduced to doing commercials for fried chicken. To revive his career he stages his own death. Unfortunately, chicken loving maniac Zeke finds out ... See full summary »

Director: Grant Lahood | Stars: Bryan Marshall, Martyn Sanderson, Ellie Smith, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 58

87. Old Scores (1991)

93 min | Comedy

7.3
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Former Welsh rugby hero Bleddyn Morgan has his life in New Zealand interrupted by a deathbed confession that leads to a replay of a controversial 1966 All Blacks/Wales rugby match - with ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Clayton | Stars: John Bach, Tony Barry, Roy Billing, Alison Bruce

Votes: 41

88. Absent Without Leave (1992)

95 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.0
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In the early days of the war against Japan, Ed marries his pregnant girlfriend Daisy just before joining up with the New Zealand army. Unfortunately for the young couple, Daisy suffers a ... See full summary »

Director: John Laing | Stars: Craig McLachlan, Katrina Hobbs, Judie Douglass, Tony Barry

Votes: 58

89. The Beach (1996)

8 min | Short

6.7
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Two families spend the day at the beach. While their husbands and children occupy themselves, Margie discovers a secret about her friend Anne's marriage.

Director: Dorthe Scheffmann | Stars: Charlie Baird, Isobel Dryburgh, Tomas Dryburgh, Richard Evans

Votes: 39

90. Billy T: Te Movie (2011)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

6.9
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Cinema documentary feature celebrating iconic New Zealand entertainer, Billy T James.

Director: Ian Mune | Stars: Billy T. James, Judy Bailey, Jeff Bennet, Barry Crump

Votes: 56

91. The Holy Roller (2010)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

5.9
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A struggling preacher is tricked into starting a church in a nightclub by its unscrupulous owner, who sees it as a way to repay his gambling debts to an underworld boss. Things go from bad ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Gillies | Stars: Angus Benfield, Victoria Abbott, Jeremy Brennan, Mark Hadlow

Votes: 32

92. Dangerous Orphans (1985)

R | 87 min | Action

4.5
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Harry, Moir and Rossi were like the three musketeers when at the orphanage; now adults, their partnership continues as they pull off the occasional heist together.

Director: John Laing | Stars: Peter Stevens, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Michael Hurst, Ross Girven

Votes: 50

93. Trial Run (1984)

91 min | Thriller

4.9
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Rosemary is a photographer, mother, and cross-country runner who temporarily leaves her family and moves into an isolated beach-house to work on a photographic assignment. Strange ... See full summary »

Director: Melanie Read | Stars: Annie Whittle, Judith Gibson, Chris Broun, Philipa Mayne

Votes: 26

94. Kingpin (1985)

87 min | Drama

7.0
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Filmed at and inspired by the residents of Kohitere Boys Training Centre in Levin, New Zealand, this tale follows a group of teens who are wards of the state. It was directed by Mike Walker... See full summary »

Director: Mike Walker | Stars: Junior Amiga, Mitchell Manuel, Nicholas Rogers, Judy McIntosh

Votes: 21

95. The Lost Tribe (1983)

114 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

5.4
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An anthropologist disappears in New Zealand while looking for a lost tribe, so his wife and little daughter as well as his shady twin brother who's in love with his sister-in-law go to look... See full summary »

Director: John Laing | Stars: John Bach, Darien Takle, Don Selwyn, Martyn Sanderson

Votes: 54

96. The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (2009)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

7.4
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62 Metascore

Fun, disarming and musically provocative, the Topp Twins are New Zealand's finest lesbian country and western singers and the country's greatest export since rack of lamb and the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

Director: Leanne Pooley | Stars: Jools Topp, Paul Horan, Jean Topp, Peter Topp

Votes: 288 | Gross: $0.02M

97. Flight of the Albatross (1995)

93 min | Drama, Family, Romance

5.5
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After a period of separation, Sarah visits her research scientist mother on a remote New Zealand island. Before long Sarah becomes inextricably involved in events involving both Maori ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Meyer | Stars: Jack Thompson, Taungaroa Emile, Julia Brendler, Suzanne von Borsody

Votes: 30

98. Skin Deep (1978)

110 min | Drama

5.3
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In small-town New Zealand, the gung-ho town council decides that what the town needs to put it on the map is a massage parlour. To this end they bring masseuse, Sandra to town. Her presence... See full summary »

Director: Geoff Steven | Stars: Ken Blackburn, Deryn Cooper, Alan Jervis Wilks, Grant Tilly

Votes: 38

99. Carry Me Back (1982)

102 min | Drama

6.1
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Two brothers take their father into the city for the weekend for a rugby game and a night on the town. However, the old man dies in their hotel and the boys need to smuggle his body back to... See full summary »

Director: John Reid | Stars: Grant Tilly, Kelly Johnson, Dorothy McKegg, Derek Hardwick

Votes: 46

100. Other Halves (1984)

106 min | Drama

5.1
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A middle-class woman and Maori boy who lives on the streets meet in drug rehab and kindle a friendship.

Director: John Laing | Stars: Lisa Harrow, Mark Pilisi, Fraser Stephen-Smith, Paul Gittins

Votes: 19


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