The Best Native American Movies Films
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The Best Native American Movies

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. 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. Still others are 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. 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, Graham Greene

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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Pete Postlethwaite

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    Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo, Christian Slater

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    Perrey Reeves, Adam Beach, Cynthia Geary

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    Anna Paquin, Aidan Quinn, J.K. Simmons

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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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    A Martinez, Wes Studi, Gary Farmer

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    Sandrine Holt, Hugh Dillon, Adam Beach

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    Tom Berenger, Barbara Hershey, Wilford Brimley

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    Tom Laughlin, Howard Hesseman, Alan Myerson

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    Richard Harris, Judith Anderson, James Gammon

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    Matt Damon, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman

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    Trevor Howard, James Remar, Billy Drago

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    Antonio Te Maioha, Vaughn Ahchee Ti Tore, Fred Te Kani Dargaville Koro

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    Christian Bale, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer

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    Sandrine Holt, August Schellenberg, Raoul Trujillo

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    Graham Greene, Winona LaDuke, Tina Keeper

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    Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Linda Hunt

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    James Stewart, Edward G. Robinson, Ricardo Montalbán

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    August Schellenberg, Nathaniel Arcand, Alex Rice

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    Pierce Brosnan

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    Grand Avenue Irene Bedard, Tantoo Cardinal, Eloy Casados, Alexis Cruz, Deeny Dakota

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    Gary Cole, Rosanna Arquette, Dean Stockwell

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    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond

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    Janine Turner, Dennis Weaver, Jean Louisa Kelly

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    James Stewart, Will Geer, Jay Silverheels

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    James Duval, Gordon Tootoosis, Jim Metzler

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    Nyla, Cunayou, Allakariallak

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    Medicine River

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    often listed
    Woody Harrelson, Anne Bancroft, Talisa Soto

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    Steve Coogan, Richard Jenkins, Vincent Kartheiser

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    Melissa Leo, Mark Boone Junior, Michael O'Keefe

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    Johnny Depp, Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop

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    Paul Newman, Martin Balsam, Fredric March

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    Miracle in the Wilderness

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    Burt Reynolds, Fernando Rey, Aldo Sambrell

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    Ward Churchill, Charles Abourezk

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    Brandon Routh, Crystal Allen, Gil Birmingham

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    Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson

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    Amy Adams, Robin Williams, Ben Stiller

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    Graham Greene, Tom Jackson

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    Russell Means, Tamara Feldman, Joseph McKelheer

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    Tonantzin Carmelo, Michael Spears, Cory Brusseau

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    David Hill, Laura Spencer, Richard Ray Whitman

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    Charles Bronson, Jack Palance, James Whitmore

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    Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

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    The Exiles Homer Nish, Mary Donahue, Eddie Sunrise

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    The Only Good Indian

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