The Best Native American Movies Films

The Best Native American Movies

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List Criteria: Only movies featuring native Americans.

Looking for the best Native American movies and films with Native American themes? This list ranks all the good Native American movies so you know what to watch first if you are looking to learn more about the culture and history of these people. These are films that focus on American Indians and their cultures as part of the story's central theme - famous films like Dances with Wolves and The Last of the Mohicans are widely known, but this list also includes lesser-known films like Smoke Signals and Skins. Some of these rank among the best war movies ever produced while others are heartfelt dramas who also have a place with the best costume drama films. Still others are love stories and great Native American romance movies. 

Once referred to as "Indians," Native Americans have an incredibly rich culture and history. While they may have originally only been used in Westerns as "the bad guys" (often played by white guys in red-face), today, Native Americans are just as often the heroes. Their braves, teepees, art, tomahawks, and skill with hunting buffalo are all veritable icons in American Indian movies. It's no small wonder then that they continue to find their way into Hollywood.

This is meant to be a list of all the greatest movies about Native Americans of all time, but if you feel we've left out any of the best Native American movies, please feel free to add them to the list yourself in the hope that they will receive enough votes to become the top Native American films of all time.
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    Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Native American Movies

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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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    The Last of the Mohicans is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Native American Movies

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite

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    Anna Paquin, J.K. Simmons, Aidan Quinn

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    Smoke Signals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Native American Movies


    Perrey Reeves, Cynthia Geary, Adam Beach

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    A Martinez, Amanda Wyss, Wes Studi

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    Sandrine Holt, Hugh Dillon, Adam Beach

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    Windtalkers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Native American Movies


    Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo, Christian Slater

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    Little Big Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Native American Movies

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    Carole Androsky, Robert Little Star, Dustin Hoffman

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    Thunderheart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Native American Movies


    Val Kilmer, David Crosby, Sam Shepard

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    Tom Berenger, Barbara Hershey, Wilford Brimley

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    Geronimo: An American Legend is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Native American Movies

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    Matt Damon, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman

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    Billy Jack is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Native American Movies


    Tom Laughlin, Howard Hesseman, Johnny Otis

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    Graham Greene, Winona LaDuke, Tina Keeper

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    A Man Called Horse is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Native American Movies


    Richard Harris, Judith Anderson, James Gammon

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    Black Robe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Native American Movies


    Sandrine Holt, August Schellenberg, Raoul Trujillo

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    Trevor Howard, James Remar, Billy Drago

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    Christian Bale, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer

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    Antonio Te Maioha, Reweti Te Mete, Fred Te Kani Dargaville Koro

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    August Schellenberg, Nathaniel Arcand, Alex Rice

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    Legends of the Fall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Native American Movies

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    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond

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    Irene Bedard, Tantoo Cardinal, Eloy Casados

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    Janine Turner, Dennis Weaver, Jean Louisa Kelly

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    James Stewart, Edward G. Robinson, Ricardo Montalbán

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    Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Native American Movies


    Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly

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    Pierce Brosnan

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    James Stewart, Debra Paget, Will Geer

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    Zahn McClarnon, Deanna Dunagan, Moses Brings Plenty

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    Cynthia Geary, Leo Rossi, Evan Adams

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    James Duval, Gordon Tootoosis, Jim Metzler

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    Son of the Morning Star is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Native American Movies


    Gary Cole, Rosanna Arquette, Dean Stockwell

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    Nyla, Allakariallak, Cunayou

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    The Mission is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Native American Movies

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    Robert De Niro, Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons

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    Dead Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Native American Movies

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    Johnny Depp, Steve Buscemi, John Hurt

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    Wes Studi, Paul Butler, J. Kenneth Campbell

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    Graham Greene, Tom Jackson

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    The Indian in the Cupboard is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Native American Movies


    Steve Coogan, Richard Jenkins, Vincent Kartheiser

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    Laura Spencer, David Hill, Richard Ray Whitman

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    Woody Harrelson, Anne Bancroft, Talisa Soto

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    Melissa Leo, Mark Boone Junior, Michael O'Keefe

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    Tonantzin Carmelo, Michael Spears, Carla-Rae Holland

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    Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Madeline Piujuq Ivalu

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    Paul Newman, Martin Balsam, Fredric March

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    Miracle in the Wilderness is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Native American Movies

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    Miracle in the Wilderness Kim Cattrall

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    Burt Reynolds, Fernando Rey, Aldo Sambrell

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