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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 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.

The Best Native American Movies Films
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    Christian Bale, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer

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    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Julia Ormond

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    James Stewart, Debra Paget, Will Geer

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    Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connolly

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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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    Steve Coogan, Richard Jenkins, Vincent Kartheiser

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    Burt Reynolds, Fernando Rey, Aldo Sambrell

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