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The Best Native American Movies

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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 Native 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, some are even . 

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 be featured in Hollywood.

This is meant to be a list of all the greatest movies about Native Americans of all time, a few of them are even based on true stories. Vote up your  favorites to see which ones become the top Native American films of all time.

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  • The Last of the Mohicans
    1
    Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Michael Mann
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
    2
    Anna Paquin, J.K. Simmons, Aidan Quinn
    • Released: 2007
    • Directed by: Yves Simoneau
  • Dances with Wolves
    3
    Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene
    • Released: 1990
    • Directed by: Kevin Costner
  • Smoke Signals
    4
    Adam Beach, Evan Adams, Irene Bedard
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Chris Eyre
  • Thunderheart
    5
    Val Kilmer, Graham Greene, Sam Shepard
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Michael Apted
  • Into the West
    6
    Keri Russell, Gary Busey, Tom Berenger
    • Released: 2005
    • Directed by: Simon Wincer
  • Windtalkers
    7
    Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach, Peter Stormare
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: John Woo
  • Powwow Highway
    8
    A Martinez, Gary Farmer, Amanda Wyss
    • Released: 1988
    • Directed by: Jonathan Wacks
  • Last of the Dogmen
    9
    Tom Berenger, Barbara Hershey, Kurtwood Smith
    • Released: 1995
    • Directed by: Tab Murphy
  • Windwalker
    10
    Trevor Howard, Nick Ramus, James Remar
    • Released: 1980
    • Directed by: Kieth Merrill
  • Skinwalkers
    11
    Adam Beach, Wes Studi, Michael Greyeyes
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Chris Eyre
  • Dance Me Outside
    12
    Ryan Rajendra Black, Adam Beach, Jennifer Podemski
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Bruce McDonald
  • Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee
    13
    Irene Bedard, August Schellenberg, Joseph Runningfox
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Frank Pierson
  • A Man Called Horse
    14
    Richard Harris, Judith Anderson, Jean Gascon
    • Released: 1970
    • Directed by: Elliot Silverstein
  • Crazy Horse
    15
    Michael Greyeyes, Wes Studi, Irene Bedard
    • Released: 1996
    • Directed by: John Irvin
  • Dreamkeeper
    16
    August Schellenberg, Nathaniel Arcand, Alex Rice
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Steve Barron
  • Incident at Oglala
    17
    Robert Redford
    • Released: 1992
    • Directed by: Michael Apted
  • Little Big Man
    18
    Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Martin Balsam
    • Released: 1970
    • Directed by: Arthur Penn
  • Legends of the Fall
    19
    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Edward Zwick
  • Skins
    20
    Eric Schweig, Graham Greene, Gary Farmer
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Chris Eyre
  • Wind River
    21
    Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Gil Birmingham
    • Released: 2017
    • Directed by: Taylor Sheridan
  • Songs My Brothers Taught Me
    22
    Irene Bedard, Dakota Brown, Cat Clifford
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: Chloé Zhao
  • Reel Injun
    23
    Adam Beach, Chris Eyre, Russell Means
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: Jeremiah Hayes, Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge
  • Black Robe
    24
    Lothaire Bluteau, Aden Young, Sandrine Holt
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Bruce Beresford
  • More Than Frybread
    25
    Tatanka Means, Greg Fernandez, Mary Kim Titla
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Travis Holt Hamilton