Indigenous Films

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1. The Exiles (1961)

Not Rated | 72 min | Drama

Follows a family of Native Americans living in the City of Angels.

Director: Kent Mackenzie | Stars: Yvonne Williams, Homer Nish, Tom Reynolds, Rico Rodriguez

Votes: 895 | Gross: $0.03M

2. 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: 4,869

3. 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: 37,843 | Gross: $20.78M

4. Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

63 Metascore

With an older brother in jail and living with their single mother on Pine Ridge Reservation, Johnny and his sister Jashuan's lives develop new challenges when their absentee cowboy father ... See full summary »

Director: Chloé Zhao | Stars: John Reddy, Jashaun St. John, Taysha Fuller, Eleonore Hendricks

Votes: 662 | Gross: $0.03M

5. 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: 90,116 | Gross: $5.20M

6. 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: 1,454 | Gross: $0.28M

7. Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (2017)

TV-14 | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

After their mother ends up in jail, two sisters turn to train robbery in order to support their family.

Director: Sydney Freeland | Stars: Ashleigh Murray, Rachel Crow, Lance Gray, Danielle Nicolet

Votes: 1,367

8. Dakota 38 (2012)

78 min | Documentary

In the spring of 2005 Jim Miller a native spiritual leader and be it jam veteran found himself in a dream riding on horseback across the great plains of south Dakota just before he awoke he... See full summary »

Director: Silas Hagerty | Star: Jim Miller

Votes: 31

9. Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation (2017)

102 min | Documentary

The documentary follows The Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team on the road as they compete in the 2015 World Box Lacrosse Championships. For the first time ever, the Championship Games were ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Baxter, Peter Spirer

Votes: 41

10. 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: 481 | Gross: $0.23M

11. Drunktown's Finest (2014)

Unrated | 95 min | Drama

55 Metascore

Three young Native Americans - an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual - strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.

Director: Sydney Freeland | Stars: Jeremiah Bitsui, Carmen Moore, MorningStar Angeline, Tailinh Agoyo

Votes: 197

12. Wind River (2017)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

73 Metascore

A veteran hunter helps an FBI agent investigate the murder of a young woman on a Wyoming Native American reservation.

Director: Taylor Sheridan | Stars: Kelsey Asbille, Jeremy Renner, Julia Jones, Teo Briones

Votes: 175,324 | Gross: $33.80M

13. 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: 26,193 | Gross: $6.17M

14. 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: 9,169 | Gross: $6.72M

15. Dance Me Outside (1994)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama

A story of life on a First Nations reserve in Ontario: Silas and Frank are trying to get into college to train to be mechanics but they find themselves having to deal with girls, family ...... See full summary »

Director: Bruce McDonald | Stars: Ryan Rajendra Black, Adam Beach, Jennifer Podemski, Michael Greyeyes

Votes: 1,033 | Gross: $0.30M

16. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 133 min | Drama, History, Western

A historic chronicle based on the book by Dee Brown explains how Native Americans were displaced as the United States expanded west.

Director: Yves Simoneau | Stars: Aidan Quinn, Adam Beach, August Schellenberg, Anna Paquin

Votes: 5,653

17. Big Eden (2000)

PG-13 | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

Big Eden is a small, fictional northwestern Montana town.

Director: Thomas Bezucha | Stars: Arye Gross, Eric Schweig, Tim DeKay, Louise Fletcher

Votes: 3,838 | Gross: $0.51M

18. 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: 520

20. 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: 989 | Gross: $0.54M

21. Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee (1994 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

Mary Crow Dog, daughter of a desperately poor Indian family in South Dakota, is swept up in the protests of the 1960s and becomes sensitized to the injustices that society inflicts on her ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: Charles Abourezk, Dave Bald Eagle, Lawrence Bayne, Edgar Bear Runner

Votes: 263

22. In the Light of Reverence (2001)

73 min | Documentary

Tells the story of three indigenous communities and the lands they struggle to protect: the Lakota of the Great Plains, the Hopi of the Four Corners area, and the Winnemem Wintu of northern California.

Director: Christopher McLeod

Votes: 20

23. 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

24. The Rider (2017)

R | 104 min | Drama, Western

92 Metascore

After suffering a near fatal head injury, a young cowboy undertakes a search for new identity and what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

Director: Chloé Zhao | Stars: Brady Jandreau, Mooney, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau

Votes: 10,712 | Gross: $2.42M

25. Naturally Native (1998)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama

Three Native American sisters (Red-Horse, Bedard, Guerrero) decide to try to sell a line of cosmetics they call Naturally Native, based on old tribal remedies, only to have to fight an ... See full summary »

Directors: Jennifer Wynne Farmer, Valerie Red-Horse | Stars: Valerie Red-Horse, Yvonne Russo, Irene Bedard, Kimberly Guerrero

Votes: 108 | Gross: $0.01M

26. Medicine River (1993 TV Movie)

PG | 94 min | Comedy

When photographer Will returns home for his mother's funeral he gets more than he bargained for from a strange cast of characters on the reservation.

Director: Stuart Margolin | Stars: Graham Greene, Tom Jackson, Sheila Tousey, Janet-Laine Green

Votes: 114

27. Follow Me Home (1996)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama

Three muralists (one Chicano, one Black, one American Indian) and the socially-maladjusted cousin of the Chicano muralist set off on a road trip with the intent of painting their images on ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Bratt | Stars: Alfre Woodard, Jesse Borrego, Salma Hayek, Calvin Levels

Votes: 149

28. We Shall Remain: The Goshute (2009)

Documentary, History

The tribes we now know as the Goshutes came from the heart of the Great Basin, a vast and arid expanse. Hear in their own words how the Goshutes navigate crises past, present, and future.

Director: Carol Dalrymple | Star: Laine Thom

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: 577

30. 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: 30,902 | Gross: $31.56M

31. 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

32. Shadow of the Hawk (1976)

PG | 92 min | Adventure, Horror

The Westernized grandson of a shaman returns to the wilderness to learn more about his Native American heritage. When he encounters powerful evil spirits, he enlists the aid of his lover and a local chief to stop the spirits.

Directors: George McCowan, Daryl Duke | Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, Marilyn Hassett, Chief Dan George, Pia Shandel

Votes: 333

33. Skinwalkers the Navajo Mysteries (2002)

100 min | Drama

A veteran cop returns to his childhood Navajo reservation, where his urban investigation methods sometimes clash with his partner's traditional ones.

Stars: Adam Beach, Wes Studi, Sheila Tousey, Candice Costello

Votes: 74

34. Lost Sparrow (2009)

78 min | Documentary

On June 27, 1978, a 44-car freight train struck and killed two Crow Indian brothers near the quaint town of Little Falls, NY. The day before, Bobby, 13, and Tyler, 11, had disappeared. They... See full summary »

Director: Chris Billing

Votes: 33

35. 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: 29,650 | Gross: $2.20M

36. The Necessities of Life (2008)

PG | 102 min | Drama

In 1952, an Inuit hunter named Tivii with tuberculosis leaves his northern home and family to go recuperate at a sanatorium in Quebec City. Uprooted, far from his loved ones, unable to ... See full summary »

Director: Benoit Pilon | Stars: Natar Ungalaaq, Éveline Gélinas, Paul-André Brasseur, Louise Marleau

Votes: 825

37. The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (2006)

112 min | Drama

A portrayal of the lives of the last great Inuit shaman, Avva, and his beautiful and headstrong daughter, Apak. Based on the journals of 1920s Danish ethnographer Knud Rasmussen.

Directors: Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk | Stars: Pakak Innuksuk, Leah Angutimarik, Neeve Irngaut, Natar Ungalaaq

Votes: 329

38. Dance Me Outside (1994)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama

A story of life on a First Nations reserve in Ontario: Silas and Frank are trying to get into college to train to be mechanics but they find themselves having to deal with girls, family ...... See full summary »

Director: Bruce McDonald | Stars: Ryan Rajendra Black, Adam Beach, Jennifer Podemski, Michael Greyeyes

Votes: 1,033 | Gross: $0.30M

39. Black Cloud (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

Black Cloud, is an inspirational story about a young Navajo, Native American boxer, who overcomes personal challenges as he comes to terms with his heritage, while fighting his way for a spot on the US Olympic boxing team.

Director: Ricky Schroder | Stars: Eddie Spears, Russell Means, Julia Jones, Tim McGraw

Votes: 464

40. Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993)

119 min | Documentary

A film account about the military 1990 siege of a Native American reserve near Oka, Quebec, Canada and its causes.

Director: Alanis Obomsawin | Stars: Jack Burning, Herbie Barnes, Alanis Obomsawin, Ethel Blondin

Votes: 258

41. 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: 4,203 | Gross: $0.28M

42. What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? (1999)

108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

This sequel to the New Zealand-set drama "Once Were Warriors" revisits alcoholic Maori man Jake Heke (Temuera Morrison) and his wife, Beth (Rena Owen), who have separated, largely due to ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Mune | Stars: Temuera Morrison, Rena Owen, Clint Eruera, Nancy Brunning

Votes: 3,019

43. Beneath Clouds (2002)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

The story of Lena, the light-skinned daughter of an Aboriginal mother and Irish father and Vaughn, a Murri boy doing time in a minimum security prison in North West NSW. Dramatic events ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Sen | Stars: Dannielle Hall, Damian Pitt, Jenna Lee Connors, Terry Dahlstron

Votes: 896

44. 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: 1,270

45. 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: 3,057

46. BabaKiueria (1986 TV Short)

29 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Role reversal study of the historically inaccurate "plight" of Australian Aborigines in modern Anglo-Saxon society. Indigenous "whities" [sic] are being persecuted by racist black people ... See full summary »

Director: Don Featherstone | Stars: Michelle Torres, Bob Maza, Kevin Smith, Cecily Polson

Votes: 162

47. Christmas in the Clouds (2001)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

56 Metascore

A classic comedy of mistaken identity and romance set during the holiday season at a ski resort that is owned and operated by a Native American Nation. Shot on location at The Sundance ... See full summary »

Director: Kate Montgomery | Stars: Timothy Vahle, Sam Vlahos, Mariana Tosca, M. Emmet Walsh

Votes: 634

48. Turquoise Rose (2007)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

"Turquoise Rose" is a coming of age story about a Navajo girl from Arizona. Raised in the suburbs of Phoenix, "T" attends college and is interning as a photojournalist at the local paper. ... See full summary »

Director: Travis Holt Hamilton | Stars: Deshava Apachee, Donavon G. Barney, Ethel Begay, Kathleen Benner

Votes: 46