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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    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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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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    Perrey Reeves, Cynthia Geary, Adam Beach

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    A Martinez, Amanda Wyss, Wes Studi

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    Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo, Christian Slater

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    Sandrine Holt, Hugh Dillon, Adam Beach

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    Val Kilmer, David Crosby, Sam Shepard

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    Carole Androsky, Robert Little Star, Dustin Hoffman

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    Matt Damon, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman

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    Tom Berenger, Barbara Hershey, Wilford Brimley

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    Tom Laughlin, Howard Hesseman, Johnny Otis

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    Richard Harris, Judith Anderson, James Gammon

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    Sandrine Holt, August Schellenberg, Raoul Trujillo

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    Graham Greene, Winona LaDuke, Tina Keeper

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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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    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond

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    Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly

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    Irene Bedard, Tantoo Cardinal, Eloy Casados

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    Cynthia Geary, Leo Rossi, Evan Adams

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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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    Pierce Brosnan

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    James Stewart, Debra Paget, Will Geer

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    Gary Cole, Rosanna Arquette, Dean Stockwell

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    James Duval, Gordon Tootoosis, Jim Metzler

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    Bradley Cooper, Chris Mulkey, Adam Beach

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    Zahn McClarnon, Deanna Dunagan, Moses Brings Plenty

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    Nyla, Allakariallak, Cunayou

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    Medicine River

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    Steve Coogan, Richard Jenkins, Vincent Kartheiser

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    Johnny Depp, Steve Buscemi, John Hurt

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    Brandon Routh, Crystal Allen, Gil Birmingham

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    Robert De Niro, Liam Neeson, Jeremy Irons

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    Melissa Leo, Mark Boone Junior, Michael O'Keefe

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    Tim McGraw, Ricky Schroder, Wayne Knight

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    Woody Harrelson, Anne Bancroft, Talisa Soto

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    Paul Newman, Martin Balsam, Fredric March

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    Miracle in the Wilderness Kim Cattrall

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    Wes Studi, Paul Butler, J. Kenneth Campbell

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    Burt Reynolds, Fernando Rey, Aldo Sambrell

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    Ward Churchill, Charles Abourezk

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