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1. The Dead Lands (2020– )

Action, Fantasy, Horror

4.4
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A new TV series from writer Glenn Standring based on his movie The Dead Lands (2014). In ancient Maori times, an undead warrior and a young tribeswoman team up to find a way to stop the evil dead from rising.

Stars: Te Kohe Tuhaka, Darneen Christian, Kali Kopae, Briar Rose

Votes: 163

2. Ender's Game (2013)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.6
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51 Metascore

Young Ender Wiggin is recruited by the International Military to lead the fight against the Formics, an insectoid alien race who had previously tried to invade Earth and had inflicted heavy losses on humankind.

Director: Gavin Hood | Stars: Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 215,735 | Gross: $61.74M

3. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

PG-13 | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.9
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81 Metascore

A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House

Votes: 94,678 | Gross: $5.20M

4. Cloud Atlas (2012)

R | 172 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.4
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55 Metascore

An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.

Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski | Stars: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 333,188 | Gross: $27.11M

5. The Piano (1993)

R | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.6
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89 Metascore

In the mid-19th century, a mute woman is sent to New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but is soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin

Votes: 74,826 | Gross: $40.16M

6. Boy (I) (2010)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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70 Metascore

Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititi, Moerangi Tihore

Votes: 18,238 | Gross: $0.26M

7. The Dead Lands (2014)

R | 107 min | Action, Adventure

6.3
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59 Metascore

After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, the teenage son of a slain Maori chieftain looks to avenge his father's murder and bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones.

Director: Toa Fraser | Stars: James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Xavier Horan

Votes: 4,303 | Gross: $0.00M

8. Once Were Warriors (1994)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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77 Metascore

A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, Julian Arahanga

Votes: 30,098 | Gross: $2.20M

9. Whale Rider (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Family

7.5
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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: 38,169 | Gross: $20.78M

10. Crocodile Dundee II (1988)

PG | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.6
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41 Metascore

Australian outback expert protects his New York love from gangsters who've followed her down under.

Director: John Cornell | Stars: Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon, Ernie Dingo

Votes: 51,202 | Gross: $109.31M

11. The Quiet Earth (1985)

R | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.8
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A man named Zac Hobson awakens to find himself alone in the world. In a desperate attempt to search for others, he finds only two who have their own agenda.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge, Pete Smith, Anzac Wallace

Votes: 23,464 | Gross: $2.12M

12. A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012)

R | 85 min | Animation, Comedy

5.9
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45 Metascore

An animated, factually incorrect biography of Graham Arthur Chapman, one of the founding members of the comedy group Monty Python.

Directors: Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, Ben Timlett | Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

Votes: 1,528 | Gross: $0.01M

13. The Dark Horse (2014)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama

7.5
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77 Metascore

A brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life.

Director: James Napier Robertson | Stars: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance, James Napier Robertson

Votes: 5,453 | Gross: $0.06M

14. In Search of the Castaways (1962)

Approved | 98 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.6
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In 19th century England, young Mary Grant and her brother, Robert, embark on a dangerous quest to find their missing father, a sea captain who vanished somewhere along the Chilean coast.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Hayley Mills, Maurice Chevalier, George Sanders, Wilfrid Hyde-White

Votes: 2,629 | Gross: $21.75M

15. The Stolen (II) (2017)

98 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.2
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The story of a woman who must find her kidnapped son, navigating a world she doesn't know, on the edge of danger with every heartbeat.

Director: Niall Johnson | Stars: Alice Eve, Jack Davenport, Graham McTavish, Richard O'Brien

Votes: 865

16. What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? (1999)

108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

6.4
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This sequel to the New Zealand-set drama "Once Were Warriors" revisits alcoholic Maori man Jake Heke (Temuera Morrison) and his wife, Beth (Rena Owen), who have separated, largely due to ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Mune | Stars: Temuera Morrison, Rena Owen, Clint Eruera, Nancy Brunning

Votes: 3,064

17. River Queen (2005)

R | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.0
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An intimate story set during the 1860s in which a young Irish woman Sarah and her family find themselves on both sides of the turbulent wars between British and Maori during the British colonization of New Zealand.

Director: Vincent Ward | Stars: Samantha Morton, Kiefer Sutherland, Cliff Curtis, Temuera Morrison

Votes: 2,430

18. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1999)

Unrated | 178 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

5.7
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Remake of Jules Verne's classic story finds adventurers seeking a mysterious hidden land. They are joined by the wife of another man, who had previously gone on a similar expedition and disappeared.

Stars: Treat Williams, Jeremy London, Tushka Bergen, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Votes: 2,384

19. The Boys (1998)

R | 86 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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Brett Sprague is a violent and psychopathic man, who is released on parole after serving a sentence for assault. As he returns to his family house and we watch him and his brothers, Stevie ... See full summary »

Director: Rowan Woods | Stars: David Wenham, Toni Collette, Lynette Curran, John Polson

Votes: 1,269 | Gross: $0.00M

20. The Price of Milk (2000)

PG-13 | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

6.7
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49 Metascore

Lucinda, Rob and their 117 cows lead a charmed existence in a magic land. He milks, she's the honey. But Lucinda is worried that their happiness cannot last. She tests their love with a game of sabotage that threatens to curdle everything.

Director: Harry Sinclair | Stars: Danielle Cormack, Karl Urban, Willa O'Neill, Michael Lawrence

Votes: 1,613 | Gross: $0.11M

21. Broken English (1996)

NC-17 | 92 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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Ivan is the fierce patriarch of a family of Croatian refugees in Auckland. Nina is his daughter, ready to live on her own, despite his angry objections. Eddie is the Maori she takes as her ... See full summary »

Director: Gregor Nicholas | Stars: Aleksandra Vujcic, Julian Arahanga, Rade Serbedzija, Marton Csokas

Votes: 647 | Gross: $0.48M

22. Broken (VI) (2018)

97 min | Crime, Drama

4.9
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Logan, an ex-gang leader, has left the gang life to raise his daughter Tori. But when Tori is murdered by an opposing gang in town, Logan must choose forgiveness or revenge.

Director: Tarry Mortlock | Stars: Joshua Calles, Ruby Grubb, Wayne Hapi, Jol Sparks

Votes: 159

23. Land of Fury (1954)

90 min | Adventure, Drama, History

5.7
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In 1821,among the first British sailors to set foot on New Zealand, Phillip Wayne befriends a Maori tribe's chief, marries in England and returns to New Zealand with a small group of followers to settle.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Glynis Johns, Noel Purcell, Inia Te Wiata

Votes: 139

24. Utu (1983)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.0
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In 1870, a Maori warrior working with the British finds his village massacred, and vows revenge.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Anzac Wallace, Bruno Lawrence, Tim Elliott, Kelly Johnson

Votes: 893

25. The Ferryman (2007)

R | 100 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

4.7
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The story of a group of twenty-somethings who charter a boat to Fiji for the trip of a lifetime, before stumbling upon an evil that demands vengeance at any cost.

Director: Chris Graham | Stars: John Rhys-Davies, Kerry Fox, Tamer Hassan, Amber Sainsbury

Votes: 1,793

26. Women of the World (1963)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary

5.8
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"The camera strips woman right down to her skin," proclaimed the ads,"...lays bare the secrets of her mind and body!" Using outtakes from MONDO CANE as their foundation, Directors Gualtiero... See full summary »

Directors: Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Stefano Sibaldi, Belinda Lee, Peter Ustinov

Votes: 283

27. Alien Addiction (2019)

Comedy, Drama

8.6
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One man, two aliens, same buzz.

Director: Shae Sterling | Stars: Jimi Jackson, Thomas Sainsbury, JoJo Waaka, Harry Summerfield

Votes: 56

28. Mauri (1988)

101 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

6.1
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Near the remote East Cape the matriarch lives in her very basic dwelling with real fire in the hearth, where she cooks. We get an insight in the whanau in this saga, where troubles are met ... See full summary »

Director: Merata Mita | Stars: Anzac Wallace, Eva Rickard, James Heyward, Susan D. Ramari Paul

Votes: 44

29. Merata: How Mom Decolonized the Screen (2018)

89 min | Documentary, Biography

7.4
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Documentary portrait of pioneering filmmaker and mother Merata Mita, detailing how her filmmaking intersected with the lives of her children and indigenous filmmakers globally, and featuring rare archival footage dating back to 1977.

Director: Hepi Mita | Stars: Awatea Mita, Eruera 'Bob' Mita, Hepi Mita, Alanis Obomsawin

Votes: 62

30. Mataku (2002–2005)

30 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.9
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30 minute dramas based on Maori legend. Introduced by Temuera Morrison.

Stars: Calvin Tuteao, Lawrence Makoare, Hemi Rudoph, Tamati Patuwai

Votes: 49

31. Kawa (2010)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama, Romance

6.1
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An apparently happy family man must reveal a lifelong secret - that he is gay.

Director: Katie Wolfe | Stars: Calvin Tuteao, Nathalie Boltt, George Henare, Vicky Haughton

Votes: 315

32. Twilight of the Gods (1996)

15 min | Short, War

7.3
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Following a pitched battle, a Maori warrior finds a wounded European soldier and helps him back to health. How will this clash of cultures in a time of warfare turn out?

Director: Stewart Main | Stars: Greg Mayor, Marton Csokas, John Maunsell, Tony Kingi

Votes: 194

33. Kaitangata Twitch (2010–2011)

23 min | Family, Fantasy

8.2
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It's fifty years since Shelly Gentry disappeared and 50 is one of those numbers that seem to mean something. People celebrate fifty. In pre-European New Zealand, the tiny Island of ... See full summary »

Stars: Te Waimarie Kessell, George Henare, Charles Mesure, Miriama Smith

Votes: 40

34. Down by the Riverside (2007)

84 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

5.3
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New Zealand 1920. Five pregnant, unwed girls are sent to a country house to have their children. Twenty years later, the horrific truth is discovered.

Directors: Brad Davison, Marama Killen | Stars: Shane Burns, Jo Eggleton, Lydia Farley, Jordan-Leigh Foulds

Votes: 35

35. New Zealand from Above (2012– )

43 min | Documentary

8.5
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An aerial journey from the deep south of the South Island to the northern tip of the North Island. We discover the landscapes and meet New Zealanders who talk about their work, interests and culture.

Star: Julian Pulvermacher

Votes: 35

36. Quest of the H.M.S. Buffalo (1986 Video)

43 min | Documentary, Short, History

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Director: Brian Grant | Stars: Brenton Whittle, John Bannon, Barry Eshman, Alan Hale

37. Patu! (1983)

112 min | Documentary, Sport

7.6
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A documentary about demonstrations against apartheid when South Africa's rugby team tours New Zealand.

Director: Merata Mita

Votes: 38

38. Kingi's Story (1981 TV Movie)

47 min | Drama

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Director: Mike Walker

39. Flight of the Albatross (1995)

93 min | Drama, Family, Romance

5.5
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After a period of separation, Sarah visits her research scientist mother on a remote New Zealand island. Before long Sarah becomes inextricably involved in events involving both Maori ... See full summary »

Director: Werner Meyer | Stars: Jack Thompson, Taungaroa Emile, Julia Brendler, Suzanne von Borsody

Votes: 31

40. Hugh and Heke (2010)

81 min | Comedy, Family

6.9
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Two families on holiday discover a beautiful area of beach where they both want to camp. The hard-headed patriarch territorially face off but their soft-hearted families make friends.

Director: Reston Griffiths | Stars: Ariana Ashby, Davey Briggs, Shara Connolly, Dominique Crawford

Votes: 14

41. Songs from the Inside (2012– )

30 min | Documentary

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Four New Zealand musicians teach songwriting to prisoners in Rimutaka and Arohata Correctional facilities near Wellington, New Zealand.

Stars: Anika Moa, Ruia Aperahama, Warren Maxwell, Maisey Rika

42. Der Liebe entgegen (2002 TV Movie)

182 min | Drama, Adventure, Romance

6.5
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1957 in Berlin. Renate, Angelika and Karin have known each other since they were children. Renate has the idea that the three of them should accept New Zealand's invitation to young German ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Enlen | Stars: Esther Zimmering, Anna Loos, Katja Studt, Clint Eruera

Votes: 13

43. Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion (2014 Video Game)

E | Adventure, Mystery

7.3
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Teen detective Nancy Drew travels to New Zealand to compete in a reality TV competition and ends up investigating the strange mishaps that are causing the show to spiral out of control.

Director: Tim Burke | Stars: Lani Minella, Jennifer Pratt, Sofia Rybin, Shiromi Arserio

Votes: 27

44. How Far Is Heaven (2012)

99 min | Documentary

7.8
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The Sisters of Compassion have lived in the remote village named Jerusalem, in New Zealand, for 120 years. Today, only three nuns remain - their legacy on the river is coming to an end. ... See full summary »

Directors: Christopher Pryor, Miriam Smith | Stars: Anna Maria Shortall, Sue Cosgrove, Margaret Mary Murphy, Chevy

Votes: 21

45. Prophets vs Kings (2020)

Documentary | Announced

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Director: Michelle McGregor

46. Pukana (1999– )

Comedy, Family

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Star: Matai Smith

47. MLW: War Games (2003 Video)

Sport

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"The Hardcore Legend" Terry Funk leads his outnumbered Funkin' Army into the dangerous steel-cage environment of War Games against the MLW World Heavyweight Champion Steve Corino and the ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Alfonso, Mike Alfonso, C.W. Anderson, Sam Anoai

48. Dream Kiss Cry

Drama | Post-production

A group of ethnically diverse Sydney-siders from different parts of the city, cross paths in a collection of interwoven stories about love, loss, mystery, and redemption. This multi-plot ... See full summary »

Director: Melanie Carlile | Stars: Melanie Del Toro, Ben Brock, Renee Lim, Salme Geransar

49. War Stories (1995)

95 min | Documentary, Romance, War

8.0
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Seven New Zealand women speak about their lives during World War II: some lost husbands, some got married, some went into service themselves. The director lets the women tell their stories ... See full summary »

Director: Gaylene Preston | Stars: Jean Andrews, Judith Fyfe, Rita Graham, Neva Clarke McKenna

Votes: 49

50. Longing for New Zealand (2009 TV Movie)

90 min | Romance

5.0
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Trough notary Nolan Davies, the late James Abbott left his New Zealand estate to puzzled New York niche publisher Paige Duvall. She delays a $1,000,000 deal with Douglas Lancaster to ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Keusch | Stars: Suzan Anbeh, Christoph Kottenkamp, Brandon Cook, Vicky Haughton

Votes: 32



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