Native American Stories

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1. 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: 9,218 | Gross: $6.72M

2. Thunderheart (1992)

R | 119 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A young mixed-blood FBI agent is assigned to work with a cynical veteran investigator on a murder on a poverty-stricken Sioux reservation.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Val Kilmer, Sam Shepard, Graham Greene, Fred Ward

Votes: 13,146 | Gross: $22.66M

3. 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: 993 | Gross: $0.54M

4. Clearcut (1991)

R | 100 min | Drama, Thriller, Western

He's not a "militant"... he's manito. Spirit Being.

Director: Ryszard Bugajski | Stars: Graham Greene, Ron Lea, Michael Hogan, Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman

Votes: 524

5. 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: 1,461 | Gross: $0.28M

6. 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: 1,302 | Gross: $0.24M

7. 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: 593

8. The Dark Wind (1991)

R | 111 min | Drama, Mystery

A Navajo police officer is mixed up in drug smuggling and murder on the reservation.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Lance Baker, Betty C. Barlow, Gary Basaraba, Billy Beck

Votes: 522

9. Last of the Dogmen (1995)

PG | 118 min | Adventure, Western

A Montana bounty hunter is sent into the wilderness to track three escaped prisoners. Instead he sees something that puzzles him. Later with a female Native Indian history professor, he ... See full summary »

Director: Tab Murphy | Stars: Tom Berenger, Barbara Hershey, Kurtwood Smith, Steve Reevis

Votes: 4,647 | Gross: $7.40M

10. Crazy Horse (1996 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 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: 351

11. 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: 427 | Gross: $4.65M

12. 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: 5,694

13. Cheyenne Warrior (1994 TV Movie)

PG | 90 min | Action, Western

An interracial love story, set in the turbulent wild west, stirs up tensions between the Indians and the settlers.

Director: Mark Griffiths | Stars: Kelly Preston, Bo Hopkins, Dan Haggerty, Clint Howard

Votes: 401

14. Woman Walks Ahead (2017)

R | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History

51 Metascore

Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter from 1890s Brooklyn, travels to Dakota to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull and becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples' struggle over the rights to their land.

Director: Susanna White | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Louisa Krause, Boots Southerland, Chaske Spencer

Votes: 4,383 | Gross: $0.06M

15. Windwalker (1980)

PG | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

In 1797 Utah, an aged Cheyenne patriarch helps his kin to fight off a raiding party of rival Crow warriors and he tells his grandchildren the story of their family.

Director: Kieth Merrill | Stars: Trevor Howard, Nick Ramus, James Remar, Serene Hedin

Votes: 937 | Gross: $18.64M

16. Le jour avant le lendemain (2008)

93 min | Drama

74 Metascore

Two isolated families meet for a summertime celebration. Food is abundant and the future seems bright, but Ningiuq, a wise old woman, sees her world as fragile and moves through it with a ... See full summary »

Directors: Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Madeline Ivalu | Stars: Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Madeline Ivalu, Paul-Dylan Ivalu, Mary Qulitalik

Votes: 156

17. 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: 330

18. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001)

R | 172 min | Drama

91 Metascore

The telling of an Inuit legend of an evil spirit causing strife in the community and one warrior's endurance and battle of its menace.

Director: Zacharias Kunuk | Stars: Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Peter-Henry Arnatsiaq, Lucy Tulugarjuk

Votes: 6,066 | Gross: $3.79M

19. Searchers (2016)

94 min | Drama

Inspired by the John Ford film The Searchers, an Inuit woman and her daughter are kidnapped by three Inuit men, while her husband and son are away. The Inuit husband sets out on a journey to find his family and punish the perpetrators.

Directors: Zacharias Kunuk, Natar Ungalaaq | Stars: Benjamin Kunuk, Karen Ivalu, Jonah Qunaq, Joey Sarpinak

Votes: 125

20. Angry Inuk (2016)

85 min | Documentary

An Inuk filmmaker takes a close look at the central role of seal hunting in the lives of the Inuit, the importance of the revenue they earn from sales of seal skins, and the negative impact... See full summary »

Director: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril | Stars: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Aaju Peter

Votes: 163

21. Uvanga (2013)

86 min | Drama

Anna is nervous when she and her son, Tomas, arrive in the small, close-knit community of Igloolik, in the Canadian Arctic.

Directors: Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Madeline Ivalu | Stars: Lukasi Forrest, Marianne Farley, Travis Kunnuk, Robert Naylor

Votes: 55

22. 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

23. Fargo (2014– )

TV-MA | 53 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder in and around frozen Minnesota. Yet all of these tales mysteriously lead back one way or another to Fargo, North Dakota.

Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Votes: 285,641

24. Dances with Wolves (1990)

PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

72 Metascore

Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

Votes: 225,078 | Gross: $184.21M

25. 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: 37

26. The Legend of Walks Far Woman (1982 TV Movie)

111 min | Western, Drama

A woman kills her husband after he becomes violently abusive following concussion. The tribe then banishes her from the community.

Director: Mel Damski | Stars: Raquel Welch, Bradford Dillman, George Clutesi, Nick Mancuso

Votes: 176

27. Into the West (2005)

TV-14 | 552 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Tales from the American West in the 19th century, told from the perspective of two families, one of white settlers and one of Native Americans.

Stars: Joseph M. Marshall, Irene Bedard, Gil Birmingham, John Terry

Votes: 6,175

28. Comanche Moon (2008)

TV-14 | 360 min | Drama, Western

The adventures and love lives of young Texas Rangers Woodrow Call and Augustus McRae leading up to their retirement to the city of Lonesome Dove.

Stars: Steve Zahn, Ryan Merriman, Keith Robinson, Wes Studi

Votes: 2,672

29. The Donner Party (2009)

R | 95 min | Drama

Based on the real events of The Donner Party tragedy. The Donner Party was a group of California-bound American settlers caught up in the western expansion of the 1840s. After becoming ... See full summary »

Director: Terrence Martin | Stars: Crispin Glover, Clayne Crawford, Michele Santopietro, Mark Boone Junior

Votes: 946

30. Strike One (2014)

102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A young boy living in a gang-controlled place finds that he might be able to get by in his neighborhood, but possibly never get out because he is affiliated with gang-related activities.

Director: David Llauger Meiselman | Stars: Alan Corral, Danny Trejo, James Russo, Billy Gallo

Votes: 248

31. Dangerous Minds (1996–1997)

60 min | Drama

Based on the major motion picture starring Michelle Pfeiffer.

Stars: Annie Potts, Tamala Jones, Cedrick Terrell, K. Todd Freeman

Votes: 120

32. 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: 63

33. Apache (1954)

Passed | 91 min | Western

Refusing to let himself be re-settled on a Florida reservation, Massai, an Apache warrior, escapes his captors and returns to his homeland to become a peaceful farmer.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Jean Peters, John McIntire, Charles Bronson

Votes: 3,633 | Gross: $6.00M

34. Grey Owl (1999)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Western

The story of the life and work of the Canadian fur trapper-turned-conservationist who claimed to be an aboriginal North American.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Stewart Bick, Vlasta Vrana, Annie Galipeau

Votes: 3,236 | Gross: $0.63M

35. The Revenant (2015)

R | 156 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

76 Metascore

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 642,494 | Gross: $183.64M

36. Hold the Dark (2018)

TV-MA | 125 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

63 Metascore

After the deaths of three children suspected to be killed by wolves, writer Russell Core is hired by the parents of a missing six-year-old boy to track down and locate their son in the Alaskan wilderness.

Director: Jeremy Saulnier | Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Skarsgård, James Badge Dale, Riley Keough

Votes: 28,690

37. 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: 178,511 | Gross: $33.80M

38. The New World (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

69 Metascore

The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Colin Farrell, Q'orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale

Votes: 79,459 | Gross: $12.71M



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