films The Best Native American Movies  

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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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The Last of the Mohicans is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Native American Movies
The Last of the Mohicans Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite

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Dances with Wolves is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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Smoke Signals is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Smoke Signals Perrey Reeves, Cynthia Geary, Adam Beach

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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Anna Paquin, J.K. Simmons, Aidan Quinn

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Powwow Highway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Powwow Highway A Martinez, Amanda Wyss, Wes Studi

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Dance Me Outside is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Dance Me Outside Sandrine Holt, Hugh Dillon, Adam Beach

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Windtalkers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Windtalkers Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo, Christian Slater

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Thunderheart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Thunderheart Val Kilmer, David Crosby, Sam Shepard

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Little Big Man is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Little Big Man Carole Androsky, Robert Little Star, Dustin Hoffman

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Last of the Dogmen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Last of the Dogmen 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
Geronimo: An American Legend 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
Billy Jack Tom Laughlin, Howard Hesseman, Johnny Otis

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Skins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Skins 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
A Man Called Horse 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
Black Robe Sandrine Holt, August Schellenberg, Raoul Trujillo

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Windwalker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Windwalker Trevor Howard, James Remar, Billy Drago

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The New World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Native American Movies
The New World Christian Bale, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer

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War Party is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Native American Movies
War Party Antonio Te Maioha, Reweti Te Mete, Fred Te Kani Dargaville Koro

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Dreamkeeper is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Dreamkeeper August Schellenberg, Nathaniel Arcand, Alex Rice

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Incident at Oglala is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Native American Movies

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Into the West is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Native American Movies

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Legends of the Fall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Legends of the Fall Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond

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Grand Avenue is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Grand Avenue Irene Bedard, Tantoo Cardinal, Eloy Casados

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Reel Injun is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Native American Movies

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Stolen Women: Captured Hearts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Stolen Women: Captured Hearts Janine Turner, Dennis Weaver, Jean Louisa Kelly

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The Broken Chain is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Native American Movies
The Broken Chain Pierce Brosnan

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The Business of Fancydancing is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Native American Movies
The Business of Fancydancing Cynthia Geary, Leo Rossi, Evan Adams

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Cheyenne Autumn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Cheyenne Autumn James Stewart, Edward G. Robinson, Ricardo Montalbán

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Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Pocahontas Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly

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The Doe Boy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Native American Movies
The Doe Boy James Duval, Gordon Tootoosis, Jim Metzler

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Son of the Morning Star is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Son of the Morning Star Gary Cole, Rosanna Arquette, Dean Stockwell

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Dead Man is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Dead Man Johnny Depp, Steve Buscemi, John Hurt

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Broken Arrow James Stewart, Debra Paget, Will Geer

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Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Madeline Piujuq Ivalu

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Clearcut is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Clearcut Graham Greene, Tom Jackson

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Medicine River is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Native American Movies

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The Cherokee Word for Water is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Native American Movies
The Cherokee Word for Water Zahn McClarnon, Deanna Dunagan, Moses Brings Plenty

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Nanook of the North is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Nanook of the North Nyla, Allakariallak, Cunayou

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The Only Good Indian is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Native American Movies
The Only Good Indian Wes Studi, Paul Butler, J. Kenneth Campbell

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Barking Water is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Barking Water Laura Spencer, David Hill, Richard Ray Whitman

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The Indian in the Cupboard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Native American Movies
The Indian in the Cupboard Steve Coogan, Richard Jenkins, Vincent Kartheiser

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Frozen River is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Frozen River Melissa Leo, Mark Boone Junior, Michael O'Keefe

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Imprint is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Imprint Tonantzin Carmelo, Michael Spears, Carla-Rae Holland

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Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resi... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Native American Movies

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Sunchaser is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Sunchaser Woody Harrelson, Anne Bancroft, Talisa Soto

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Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee Peter Weller, Irene Bedard

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On The Ice is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Native American Movies
On The Ice Veron Kanayurak, Jay Rapoza, Frank Qutuq Irelan

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Shouting Secrets is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Native American Movies

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More Than Frybread is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Native American Movies

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Maïna is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Maïna Graham Greene, Tantoo Cardinal, Eric Schweig