The Best Native American Movies Films

The Best Native American Movies

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The best Native American movies and films with Native American themes. These are films that focus on American Indians, and their cultures as part of the story's central theme. 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.

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. 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 Native American films 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 movie of all time.

List Criteria: Only movies featuring native Americans.

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    Dances with Wolves

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    Windtalkers

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    Powwow Highway

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    Thunderheart

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    Little Big Man

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    Smoke Signals

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    A Man Called Horse

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    Last of the Dogmen

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    Windwalker

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    The New World

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    Geronimo: An American Legend

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    War Party

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    Skins

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    Son of the Morning Star

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    The Broken Chain

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    Grand Avenue

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    The Doe Boy

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    Sunchaser

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    Medicine River

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    new! Dead Man

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    Miracle in the Wilderness

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    The Exiles

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    Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

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