Some Hidden Jewels from New Zealand Cinemaby lyndon-iok | created - 19 Aug 2015 | updated - 28 Feb 2017 | Public
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1. Runaway Killer (1964)
102 min | Drama, Thriller
dir. John O'Shea; thriller-road movie
2. Sleeping Dogs (1977)
Not Rated | 107 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A New Zealand man recently estranged from his family gets unwittingly caught up in a revolution.
dir. Roger Donaldson; action-thriller
3. Goodbye Pork Pie (1980)
R | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Local goon, Gerry, hires a yellow mini in Kaitaia using a stolen license. John's wife has just left him and moved to Invercargill. He is devastated and needs to talk to her. He has no ... See full summary »
dir. Geoff Murphy; action-comedy
4. Battletruck (1982)
PG | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Post World War III futuristic tale of collapsed governments & bankrupt countries heralding a new lawless age.
dir. Harley Cokliss; sci-fi-action-adventure
5. The Lost Tribe (1983)
114 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery
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 »
dir. John Laing; horror-mystery
6. Utu (1983)
R | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, History
In 1870, a Maori warrior working with the British finds his village massacred, and vows revenge.
dir. Geoff Murphy; historical drama-action
7. Vigil (1984)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama
A lonely girl living on an isolated, mist-cloaked farm is confronted with the changes wrought by a stranger that arrives.
dir. Vincent Ward; drama
8. The Quiet Earth (1985)
R | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A man named Zac Hobson awakens to find himself alone in the world. In a desperate attempt to search for others, he finds only two who have their own agenda.
Votes: 23,274 | Gross: $2.12M
dir. Geoff Murphy; sci-fi, mystery
9. Came a Hot Friday (1985)
PG | 101 min | Comedy
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 »
Votes: 176 | Gross: $0.01M
10. Kingpin (1985)
87 min | Drama
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 »
dir. Mike Walker; urban drama
11. Ngati (1987)
92 min | Drama
An Australian doctor comes to a small Maori village where a child is suffering from Leukemia, as he discovers the truth about his heritage the town rallies together to keep the freezing works open.
dir. Barry Barclay; historical drama
12. Bad Taste (1987)
Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
The population of a small town disappears and is replaced by aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain.
dir. Peter Jackson; horror-splatter-comedy
13. The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988)
PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Men seeking relief from the Black Death, guided by a boy's vision, dig a tunnel from 14th century England to 20th century New Zealand.
Votes: 3,135 | Gross: $1.33M
dir. Vincent Ward; fantasy
14. An Angel at My Table (1990)
R | 158 min | Biography, Drama
In 1920s and 1930s New Zealand, Janet Frame grows up in a poor family with lots of brothers and sisters. Already at an early age she is different from the other kids. She gets an education ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,054 | Gross: $1.05M
dir. Jane Campion; biopic
15. Dead Alive (1992)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Horror
A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.
Votes: 87,536 | Gross: $0.24M
dir. Peter Jackson; horror-comedy-splatter
16. Desperate Remedies (1993)
R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
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 »
Votes: 357 | Gross: $0.07M
dir. Stewart Main, Peter Wells; comedy-drama
17. The Piano (1993)
R | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance
A mute woman is sent to 1850s New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but is soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.
Votes: 74,009 | Gross: $40.16M
dir. Jane Campion; historical drama
18. 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.
Votes: 29,770 | Gross: $2.20M
dir. Lee Tamahori; urban drama
19. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
R | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Two teenage girls share a unique bond; their parents, concerned that the friendship is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.
Votes: 56,553 | Gross: $3.05M
dir. Peter Jackson; historical drama, fantasy
20. A Little Death (1994)
dir. Simon Perkins, Peter Swagel; short
21. Forgotten Silver (1995 TV Movie)
53 min | Comedy
The film deals with the career of a supposedly forgotten pioneer of international cinema, Colin McKenzie, who was allegedly born in rural New Zealand in 1888.
Votes: 5,522 | Gross: $0.03M
dir. Peter Jackson; documentary (?)
22. O Tamaiti (1997)
15 min | Short
For 11-year-old Tino, being the eldest of five children in a Samoan family is no easy task. Tino plays guardian and protector to his younger siblings. As Tino strives to cope in an adult ... See full summary »
dir. Sima Urale; short
23. Scarfies (1999)
R | 94 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller
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.
dir. Robert Sarkies; mystery, comedy
24. Whale Rider (2002)
PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Family
A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.
Votes: 37,909 | Gross: $20.78M
dir. Niki Caro; drama
25. Christmas (2003)
89 min | Drama, Comedy
The drama of relationships in a dysfunctional New Zealand family, living in a town going nowhere.
dir. Gregory King; drama
26. In My Father's Den (2004)
R | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A disillusioned war journalist's return home is blighted when he becomes implicated in the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl he has befriended.
dir. Brad McGuinn; drama
27. Two Cars, One Night (2004)
12 min | Drama, Romance, Short
Sometimes first love is found in the most unlikely of places, like in the carpark outside the Te Kaha pub.
dir. Taika Cohen; short
28. Out of the Blue (I) (2006)
103 min | Crime, Drama
Based on the Aramoana Massacre that occurred on 13 November and 14 November 1990. Resident David Gray, an unemployed gun collector, went on a rampage in which 13 people were shot dead, before Gray himself was shot by police.
Votes: 3,127 | Gross: $0.00M
dir. Robert Sarkies; thriller
29. Boy (I) (2010)
Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 17,395 | Gross: $0.26M
dir. Taika Waititi; comedy, drama
30. Tracker (2010)
R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
An Afrikaner veteran of the Boer War has just immigrated to New Zealand and is hired to track a man accused of killing a soldier. While hunting through the countryside he captures his ... See full summary »
dir. Ian Sharp; adventure, drama
31. Housebound (2014)
Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
A young woman is forced to return to her childhood home after being placed under house arrest, where she suspects that something evil may be lurking.
dir. Gerard Johnstone; horror, comedy
32. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
R | 86 min | Comedy, Horror
Viago, Deacon and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane - like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs and overcoming flatmate conflicts.
Votes: 131,909 | Gross: $3.33M
dir. Taika Waititi; comedy, horror
33. The Dark Horse (2014)
R | 124 min | Biography, Drama
A brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life.
Votes: 5,372 | Gross: $0.06M
dir. James Napier Robertson; drama
34. Orphans & Kingdoms (2014)
74 min | Drama
One night. One house. One Island. Everything changes for a lonely man and three delinquent kids.
dir. Paolo Rotondo; drama
35. The Dead Lands (2014)
R | 107 min | Action, Adventure
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.
Votes: 4,260 | Gross: $0.00M
dir. Toa Frase; action, mystery
36. Deathgasm (2015)
Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Horror
Two teenage boys unwittingly summon an ancient evil entity known as The Blind One by delving into black magic while trying to escape their mundane lives.
dir. Jason Lei Howden; horror, comedy
37. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
PG-13 | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.
Votes: 91,047 | Gross: $5.20M
dir. Taika Waititi; adventure, comedy
38. The Patriarch (2016)
103 min | Drama
From the author of "The Whale Rider", a tale of family rivalry and reconciliation, set against the stunning backdrop of rural New Zealand in the 1960s.
dir. Lee Tamahori; drama