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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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608 135
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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367 52
Powwow Highway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Powwow Highway A Martinez, Amanda Wyss, Wes Studi

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501 67
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is listed (or ranked) 5 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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308 50
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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307 95
Little Big Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Little Big Man Carole Androsky, Robert Little Star, Dustin Hoffman

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483 129
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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410 133
Windtalkers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Windtalkers Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo, Christian Slater

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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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Skins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Skins Graham Greene, Winona LaDuke, Tina Keeper

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188 74
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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Geronimo: An American Legend is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Geronimo: An American Legend Matt Damon, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman

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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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237 87
Dreamkeeper is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Native American Movies
PanyEconomidou added Dreamkeeper August Schellenberg, Nathaniel Arcand, Alex Rice

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122 67
War Party is listed (or ranked) 19 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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186 56
Incident at Oglala is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Native American Movies

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Grand Avenue is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Grand Avenue Irene Bedard, Tantoo Cardinal, Eloy Casados

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Legends of the Fall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Native American Movies
matt24a added Legends of the Fall Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond

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Into the West is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Native American Movies
k-kelly added Into the West

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The Business of Fancydancing is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Native American Movies
k-kelly added The Business of Fancydancing Cynthia Geary, Leo Rossi, Evan Adams

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Stolen Women: Captured Hearts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Native American Movies
PanyEconomidou added 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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Reel Injun is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Native American Movies
k-kelly added Reel Injun

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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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Clearcut is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Native American Movies
wiabux added Clearcut Graham Greene, Tom Jackson

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The Only Good Indian is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Native American Movies
DanChapman added The Only Good Indian Wes Studi, Paul Butler, J. Kenneth Campbell

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Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner Natar Ungalaaq, Sylvia Ivalu, Madeline Piujuq Ivalu

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The Cherokee Word for Water is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Native American Movies
kristina-kiehl added The Cherokee Word for Water Zahn McClarnon, Deanna Dunagan, Moses Brings Plenty

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Pocahontas is listed (or ranked) 33 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) 34 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) 35 on the list The Best Native American Movies
Son of the Morning Star Gary Cole, Rosanna Arquette, Dean Stockwell

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smallprint84 added Broken Arrow James Stewart, Debra Paget, Will Geer

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Barking Water is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Native American Movies
GlendaWard added Barking Water Laura Spencer, David Hill, Richard Ray Whitman

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Dead Man is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Native American Movies
press1 added Dead Man Johnny Depp, Steve Buscemi, John Hurt

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Medicine River is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Native American Movies
PattiLynnWalker added Medicine River

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Nanook of the North is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Native American Movies
SarahMorneau added Nanook of the North Nyla, Allakariallak, Cunayou

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Imprint is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Native American Movies
MichaelMassey added Imprint Tonantzin Carmelo, Michael Spears, Carla-Rae Holland

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Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resi... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Native American Movies

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Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded... is listed (or ranked) 43 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) 44 on the list The Best Native American Movies
MarylyleMcCue added On The Ice Veron Kanayurak, Jay Rapoza, Frank Qutuq Irelan

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More Than Frybread is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Native American Movies
k-kelly added More Than Frybread

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Frozen River is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Native American Movies
press1 added Frozen River Melissa Leo, Mark Boone Junior, Michael O'Keefe

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The Indian in the Cupboard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Native American Movies
The Indian in the Cupboard Steve Coogan, Richard Jenkins, Vincent Kartheiser

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

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Shouting Secrets is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Native American Movies
MarylyleMcCue added Shouting Secrets

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