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by tiopete | created - 31 May 2015 | updated - 31 May 2015 | Public

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1. Black Cloud (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

Black Cloud, is an inspirational story about a young Navajo, Native American boxer, who overcomes personal challenges as he comes to terms with his heritage, while fighting his way for a spot on the US Olympic boxing team.

Director: Ricky Schroder | Stars: Eddie Spears, Russell Means, Julia Jones, Tim McGraw

Votes: 465

2. Where the Spirit Lives (1989)

96 min | Drama

A young Native Canadian (First Nations person) fights to keep her culture and identity when she is abducted to a residential school.

Director: Bruce Pittman | Stars: Michelle St. John, Kim Bruisedhead Fox, Marianne Jones, Gus Chief Moon

Votes: 224

3. Crooked Arrows (2012)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Sport

42 Metascore

A story centered on a Native American lacrosse team making its way through a prep school league tournament.

Director: Steve Rash | Stars: Brandon Routh, Gil Birmingham, Crystal Allen, Chelsea Ricketts

Votes: 1,765 | Gross: $1.83M

4. The Snow Walker (2003)

PG | 103 min | Adventure, Drama

A pilot and his passenger struggle for survival after crashing in the Arctic tundra.

Director: Charles Martin Smith | Stars: Barry Pepper, Annabella Piugattuk, James Cromwell, Kiersten Warren

Votes: 9,663

5. Hank Williams First Nation (2005)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

Life in a remote Indian Reservation is stirred up when one of its Elders begins to question the death of Hank Williams.

Director: Aaron James | Stars: Gordon Tootoosis, Jimmy Herman, Stacy Da Silva, Colin Van Loon

Votes: 113

6. Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama

Red Crow Mi'kmaq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the Crow, that means imprisonment at St. Dymphna's. That means being at the mercy of "Popper", the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school.

Director: Jeff Barnaby | Stars: Devery Jacobs, Glen Gould, Brandon Oakes, Roseanne Supernault

Votes: 1,007 | Gross: $0.00M

7. Empire of Dirt (2013)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

Three generations of First Nations women struggle to deal with the demons of their past.

Director: Peter Stebbings | Stars: Cara Gee, Shay Eyre, Barbara Gordon, Jean Yoon

Votes: 134

8. Maïna (2013)

102 min | Adventure

A Canadian aboriginal woman journeys to the Arctic in search of a missing member of her tribe, and falls in love with a man from a rival clan.

Director: Michel Poulette | Stars: Roseanne Supernault, Ipeelie Ootoova, Uapshkuss Thernish, Eric Schweig

Votes: 390

9. Turquoise Rose (2007)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

"Turquoise Rose" is a coming of age story about a Navajo girl from Arizona. Raised in the suburbs of Phoenix, "T" attends college and is interning as a photojournalist at the local paper. ... See full summary »

Director: Travis Holt Hamilton | Stars: Deshava Apachee, Donavon G. Barney, Ethel Begay, Kathleen Benner

Votes: 47

10. The Cherokee Word for Water (2013)

PG | 92 min | Drama

The work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Directors: Tim Kelly, Charlie Soap | Stars: Kimberly Guerrero, Mo Brings Plenty, Steve Reevis, Darryl Tonemah

Votes: 49

11. The Activist (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Thriller

A political thriller during the Wounded Knee insurrection in 1973. Two activist are arrested and maintain in custody in a sheriff's office. They will meet a Nixon advisor, a lawyer, a ... See full summary »

Director: Cyril Morin | Stars: Chadwick Brown, Tonantzin Carmelo, Michael Spears, Ron Roggé

Votes: 87

12. Empire of Dirt (2013)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama

Three generations of First Nations women struggle to deal with the demons of their past.

Director: Peter Stebbings | Stars: Cara Gee, Shay Eyre, Barbara Gordon, Jean Yoon

Votes: 134

13. Maïna (2013)

102 min | Adventure

A Canadian aboriginal woman journeys to the Arctic in search of a missing member of her tribe, and falls in love with a man from a rival clan.

Director: Michel Poulette | Stars: Roseanne Supernault, Ipeelie Ootoova, Uapshkuss Thernish, Eric Schweig

Votes: 390

14. Turquoise Rose (2007)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

"Turquoise Rose" is a coming of age story about a Navajo girl from Arizona. Raised in the suburbs of Phoenix, "T" attends college and is interning as a photojournalist at the local paper. ... See full summary »

Director: Travis Holt Hamilton | Stars: Deshava Apachee, Donavon G. Barney, Ethel Begay, Kathleen Benner

Votes: 47

15. The Cherokee Word for Water (2013)

PG | 92 min | Drama

The work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the first modern female Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Directors: Tim Kelly, Charlie Soap | Stars: Kimberly Guerrero, Mo Brings Plenty, Steve Reevis, Darryl Tonemah

Votes: 49

16. The Activist (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Thriller

A political thriller during the Wounded Knee insurrection in 1973. Two activist are arrested and maintain in custody in a sheriff's office. They will meet a Nixon advisor, a lawyer, a ... See full summary »

Director: Cyril Morin | Stars: Chadwick Brown, Tonantzin Carmelo, Michael Spears, Ron Roggé

Votes: 87

17. Uvanga (2013)

86 min | Drama

Anna is nervous when she and her son, Tomas, arrive in the small, close-knit community of Igloolik, in the Canadian Arctic.

Directors: Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Madeline Ivalu | Stars: Lukasi Forrest, Marianne Farley, Travis Kunnuk, Robert Naylor

Votes: 55

18. Frozen River (2008)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

A mom looks for another source of income, when her husband leaves with the money meant for the new mobile home. A nearby Indian territory stretches across the border to Canada with a drivable frozen river between. Smugling?

Director: Courtney Hunt | Stars: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, Michael O'Keefe

Votes: 23,871 | Gross: $2.51M

19. Whale Rider (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Family

80 Metascore

A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 37,977 | Gross: $20.78M

20. Shadow of the Hawk (1976)

PG | 92 min | Adventure, Horror

The Westernized grandson of a shaman returns to the wilderness to learn more about his Native American heritage. When he encounters powerful evil spirits, he enlists the aid of his lover and a local chief to stop the spirits.

Directors: George McCowan, Daryl Duke | Stars: Jan-Michael Vincent, Marilyn Hassett, Chief Dan George, Pia Shandel

Votes: 335

21. The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (2006)

112 min | Drama

A portrayal of the lives of the last great Inuit shaman, Avva, and his beautiful and headstrong daughter, Apak. Based on the journals of 1920s Danish ethnographer Knud Rasmussen.

Directors: Norman Cohn, Zacharias Kunuk | Stars: Pakak Innuksuk, Leah Angutimarik, Neeve Irngaut, Natar Ungalaaq

Votes: 330

22. Winter in the Blood (2013)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

52 Metascore

Virgil First Raise wakes with a shiner and a hangover in a roadside ditch on the stark but beautiful plains of Montana. As he rises to face the day he sees a vision of his father lying dead... See full summary »

Directors: Alex Smith, Andrew J. Smith | Stars: Chaske Spencer, David Morse, Gary Farmer, Julia Jones

Votes: 196

23. Imprint (I) (2007)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Thriller

Shayla Stonefeather, a Native American attorney prosecuting a Lakota teen in a controversial murder trial, returns to the reservation to say goodbye to her dying father. After the teen is ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Linn | Stars: Tonantzin Carmelo, Carla-Rae, Michael Spears, Cory Brusseau

Votes: 582

24. The Daughter of Dawn (1920)

80 min | Western

This restored silent film features a love triangle involving a Kiowa chief's daughter and ensuing conflict between Kiowa and Comanche villages.

Director: Norbert A. Myles | Stars: Belo Cozad, Em-koy-e-tie, Hunting Horse, Esther LeBarre

Votes: 333

25. She Sings to the Stars (2015)

106 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

The endless desert. A Native American grandmother lives alone tending her corn. Her half-Mexican grandson and a white, aging magician are stranded. No water. A river of stars. Everything changes: anything is possible.

Director: Jennifer Corcoran | Stars: Larry Cedar, Fannie Loretto, Jesus Mayorga

Votes: 41

26. Craters of the Moon (2013)

77 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A young couple on a cross-country road trip lose their way in a blizzard and wind up stranded in the middle of nowhere. As the days pass, their relationship slowly deteriorates, leading to the film's chilling climax.

Director: Jesse Millward | Stars: Breeda Wool, Cody Lightning, Matt Davenport, Lynette Millward

Votes: 199

27. Road to Paloma (2014)

R | 91 min | Drama, Thriller

44 Metascore

Wolf, a Native American on the run after avenging his mother's murder, flees across the desolate American West on his motorcycle, where he'll discover that justice has a cost.

Director: Jason Momoa | Stars: Jason Momoa, Robert Homer Mollohan, Lisa Bonet, Sarah Shahi

Votes: 4,440

28. Drunktown's Finest (2014)

Unrated | 95 min | Drama

55 Metascore

Three young Native Americans - an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual - strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.

Director: Sydney Freeland | Stars: Jeremiah Bitsui, Carmen Moore, MorningStar Angeline, Tailinh Agoyo

Votes: 201

29. The Dome of Heaven (2011)

89 min | Drama

Set in the unique beauty of Oklahoma country, "Dome of Heaven" is the story of the Moses family, dysfunctionally struggling for decades, and which consists of a Cherokee father and German ... See full summary »

Directors: Diane Glancy, Jeremy Osbern | Stars: Wes Studi, Thirza Defoe, Noah Watts, Doug Bauer

Votes: 11

30. The Lesser Blessed (2012)

R | 86 min | Drama

A drama centered on a First Nations teenager trying to find his place in the modern world.

Director: Anita Doron | Stars: Joel Evans, Kiowa Gordon, Chloe Rose, Adam Butcher

Votes: 582

31. Among Ravens (2014)

Not Rated | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

8 Metascore

The story of a group of friends who reunite for their annual 4th of July weekend only to be confronted by Chad, a strange and beautiful nature photographer who begins to change their lives one by one.

Directors: Russell Friedenberg, Randy Redroad | Stars: Christian Campbell, Vinnie Duyck, Russell Friedenberg, Calum Grant

Votes: 319



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