With New Zealand On Air (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. 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: 18,176 | Gross: $0.26M

2. Abandoned (VI) (2015)

TV-14 | 86 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

6.3
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In 1989 the trimaran Rose Noelle set sail from Picton, New Zealand, for Tonga with four men on board. After a freak wave turned the boat upside down, they drifted for 119 days before landing on Great Barrier Island.

Director: John Laing | Stars: Dominic Purcell, Peter Feeney, Owen Black, Greg Johnson

Votes: 2,127

3. 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: 38,156 | Gross: $20.78M

4. 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: 30,079 | Gross: $2.20M

5. Black Sheep (2006)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.8
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62 Metascore

An experiment in genetic engineering turns harmless sheep into bloodthirsty killers that terrorize a sprawling New Zealand farm.

Director: Jonathan King | Stars: Oliver Driver, Nathan Meister, Tammy Davis, Matthew Chamberlain

Votes: 38,078 | Gross: $0.08M

6. Out of the Blue (I) (2006)

103 min | Crime, Drama

7.1
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70 Metascore

Based on the Aramoana Massacre that occurred on 13 November and 14 November 1990. Resident David Gray, an unemployed gun collector, went on a rampage in which 13 people were shot dead, before Gray himself was shot by police.

Director: Robert Sarkies | Stars: Karl Urban, Matthew Sunderland, Lois Lawn, Simon Ferry

Votes: 3,150 | Gross: $0.00M

7. Pork Pie (2017)

TV-MA | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.5
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Pork Pie tracks the escapades of a trio of accidental outlaws as they travel the length of the New Zealand in a yellow mini, protesting conformity and chasing lost love, with a posse of cops and a media frenzy hot in their pursuit.

Director: Matt Murphy | Stars: Dean O'Gorman, James Rolleston, Ashleigh Cummings, Antonia Prebble

Votes: 1,851

8. In My Father's Den (2004)

R | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.5
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A disillusioned war journalist's return home is blighted when he becomes implicated in the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl he has befriended.

Director: Brad McGann | Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Miranda Otto, Emily Barclay, Colin Moy

Votes: 7,115

9. A Heavenly Vintage (2009)

R | 120 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

5.6
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In 19th century France, a peasant winemaker endeavors to create the perfect vintage.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Jérémie Renier, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Patrice Valota, Vania Vilers

Votes: 759

10. Forgotten Silver (1995 TV Movie)

53 min | Comedy

7.4
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The film deals with the career of a supposedly forgotten pioneer of international cinema, Colin McKenzie, who was allegedly born in rural New Zealand in 1888.

Directors: Costa Botes, Peter Jackson | Stars: Peter Jackson, Jeffrey Thomas, Costa Botes, Marguerite Hurst

Votes: 5,559 | Gross: $0.03M

11. Under the Mountain (2009)

PG-13 | 90 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

4.9
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Teenage twins battle dark forces hidden beneath Auckland's volcanoes.

Director: Jonathan King | Stars: Tom Cameron, Sophie McBride, Oliver Driver, Leon Wadham

Votes: 1,994

12. 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

13. Separation City (2009)

107 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.7
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A painful tale about marriage, bad sex and requited love.

Director: Paul Middleditch | Stars: Joel Edgerton, Rhona Mitra, Danielle Cormack, Les Hill

Votes: 852

14. Mirror, Mirror (1995–1998)

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.4
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When Jo Tiegan is given an oval-shaped mirror, as a gift, by the elderly owner of an antique shop, she is amazed to see another girl's image in the mirror instead of her own reflection. It ... See full summary »

Stars: Petra Yared, Michala Banas, Nicholas Hooper, Judy McIntosh

Votes: 512

15. Topless Women Talk About Their Lives (1997)

87 min | Drama, Comedy

6.4
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Liz has missed an appointment to have an abortion. She has to keep her child, and neither her boyfriend Geoff nor child's father Neil are too happy about it. She can not decide which ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Sinclair | Stars: Danielle Cormack, Joel Tobeck, Ian Hughes, Willa O'Neill

Votes: 353

16. Fracture (2004)

107 min | Drama, Thriller, Crime

6.4
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The story of how one man's crime ruins the lives of two families forever.

Director: Larry Parr | Stars: Kate Elliott, Jared Turner, Timothy Lee, Miranda Harcourt

Votes: 147

17. Home by Christmas (2010)

95 min | Biography, Romance, War

7.0
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A film memoir based on NZ filmmaker Gaylene Preston's interviews with her father about his World War II experiences.

Director: Gaylene Preston | Stars: Tony Barry, Tai Berdinner-Blades, Rowan Bettjeman, Nick Blake

Votes: 74

18. Crush (1992)

Unrated | 97 min | Drama

6.2
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On the way to interview a novelist, Lane and Christina are involved in a car crash which leaves literary critic Christina brain-damaged. Lane undertakes the assignment and becomes attracted... See full summary »

Director: Alison Maclean | Stars: Marcia Gay Harden, Donogh Rees, Caitlin Bossley, William Zappa

Votes: 430 | Gross: $0.11M

19. True Crime: Siege (2012 TV Movie)

90 min | Crime, Drama

6.4
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On the 7th of May 2009, Senior Constables Len Snee, Grant Diver and Bruce Miller arrived at 41 Chaucer Rd in Napier to serve a search warrant on Jan Molenaar for the growing of cannabis. ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Smith | Stars: Joel Tobeck, Mark Mitchinson, Miriama Smith, Alistair Browning

Votes: 184

20. The Barefoot Bandits (2016– )

Animation

7.8
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The little known island of Ngaro has long held many a mystery, though this fact has been largely unnoticed by the quiet townsfolk that call it home. That is until Tane, Fridge, and Riley, ... See full summary »

Stars: Laura Daniel, Tammy Davis, Josh Thomson, Ryan Cooper

Votes: 29

21. Panic at Rock Island (2011 TV Movie)

95 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

4.5
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An island on spectacular Sydney Harbour. Summer sun Top international artists. Tens of thousands of music fans from across the world Idyllic... Until unimaginable disaster strikes.

Director: Tony Tilse | Stars: Grant Bowler, Zoe Cramond, Eli Kent, Vince Colosimo

Votes: 604

22. Desperate Remedies (1993)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.6
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In a town called Hope on the edge of Britain's empire, desperations clash: the beautiful Dorothea Brook is desperate to free her pregnant sister Rose from the clutches of Fraser, a fortune ... See full summary »

Directors: Stewart Main, Peter Wells | Stars: Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Kevin Smith, Lisa Chappell, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 358 | Gross: $0.07M

23. Alex (1992)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama, Sport

6.4
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Headstrong New Zealand teen Alex Archer trains to qualify for the 1960 Rome Olympics in the women's 100 freestyle. Unlike the other top swimmers who train only for swimming, Alex takes ... See full summary »

Director: Megan Simpson Huberman | Stars: Lauren A Jackson, Chris Haywood, Josh Picker, Cathy Godbold

Votes: 127

24. Rain of the Children (2008)

98 min | Documentary, Drama

7.0
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Puhi was chosen at age 12 by the great Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana to marry his son, Whatu, and goes on to have an extraordinary life of hardship and wonder showing her fortitude through life ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Ward | Stars: Harmony Wihapi, Melody Wihapi, Mikaira Tawhara, Miriama Rangi

Votes: 177

25. 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous (2005)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

5.6
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Growing up is mystifying, but Billy discovers all he has to be is himself

Director: Stewart Main | Stars: Andrew Paterson, Harriet Beattie, Jay Collins, Georgia McNeil

Votes: 477

26. The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls (2009)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Comedy, Music

7.4
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62 Metascore

Fun, disarming and musically provocative, the Topp Twins are New Zealand's finest lesbian country and western singers and the country's greatest export since rack of lamb and the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy.

Director: Leanne Pooley | Stars: Jools Topp, Paul Horan, Jean Topp, Peter Topp

Votes: 287 | Gross: $0.02M

27. New Zealand Idol (2004–2006)

Game-Show, Music, Reality-TV

3.8
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Thousands of hopeful Kiwi singers aged between 16 and 28 send in their registration forms for New Zealand Idol, for their chance to shine in front of the judges, and all of New Zealand.

Stars: Dominic Bowden, Frankie Stevens, Paul Ellis, Jackie Clarke

Votes: 32

28. The Art of the Architect (2014– )

60 min | Reality-TV

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This 8-part series is hosted by Peter Elliott and raises awareness of the importance of architecture and design. 'The Art of the Architect' follows the journey of local architects as they ... See full summary »

Stars: Daniel Birt, Peter Elliott, Robin Ratcliffe, Mark Wassung

29. Lawless: Beyond Justice (2001 TV Movie)

R | 93 min | Thriller, Drama

5.2
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Two private investigators discover the truth behind a gangland drug deal gone wrong.

Director: Geoffrey Cawthorn | Stars: Kevin Smith, Angela Marie Dotchin, Jennifer Rubin, Bruce Hopkins

Votes: 64

30. The End of the Golden Weather (1991)

100 min | Drama

6.0
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Family drama set in New Zealand about Geoff Crome, a young boy (Fulford) who immerses himself in his own private fantasy world where he meets Firpo (Papps), a strange being who dreams of ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Mune | Stars: Stephen Fulford, Stephen Papps, Paul Gittins, Gabrielle Hammond

Votes: 101

31. Buzzy Bee and Friends (2009– )

5 min | Animation

7.1
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Stars: Madeleine Sami, Stephanie Liebert, Richard Simpson, Jennifer Ward-Lealand

Votes: 8

32. Hairy MacLary (1995– )

5 min | Family

7.8
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A collection of hairy maclary stories

Star: Miranda Harcourt

Votes: 17

33. Herbs - Songs of Freedom (2019)

91 min | Documentary

7.9
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Stars: Annie Crummer, Dave Dobbyn, Spencer Fusimalohi, John Hawkesby

Votes: 8

34. Darryl: An Outward Bound Story (2017)

Comedy

7.7
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A web-series about a hopeless long distance runner with crippling self-doubt who tries to get his mojo back by taking part in an outdoor experience course.

Stars: Fasitua Amosa, John Argall, Millen Baird, Owen Black

Votes: 9

35. Bread & Roses (1994)

PG-13 | 92 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

6.9
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Summarises the early life of politician Sonja Davies. Sonja is a young independent socialist embarking on a career in nursing during World War 2.

Director: Gaylene Preston | Stars: Geneviève Picot, Mick Rose, Perry Piercy, Ingrid Prosser

Votes: 43

36. Tamatoa the Brave Warrior (1998–1999)

Animation

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The adventures of Tamatoa, a young Maori boy and his friends Moana, Manu (the moa), Moko (the tuatara) and Kereru (the kereru).

Stars: Michele A'Court, Veeshayne Armstrong, Jonny Brugh, Jason Hoyte

37. Spin Doctors (2001– )

30 min

6.8
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Stars: Emily Barclay, Campbell Cooley, Mick Innes, Jim McLarty

Votes: 6

38. Billy T: Te Movie (2011)

89 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

6.9
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Cinema documentary feature celebrating iconic New Zealand entertainer, Billy T James.

Director: Ian Mune | Stars: Billy T. James, Judy Bailey, Jeff Bennet, Barry Crump

Votes: 56

39. 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

40. Colour of War: The ANZACs (2004 TV Movie)

135 min | Documentary, War

8.3
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Directors: Paul Rudd, Ben Ulm | Star: Russell Crowe

Votes: 28

41. Signing Off (1997)

15 min | Comedy, Short

7.9
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It's the late 1950s, and the DJ of a nostalgic radio program, out-of-date in the time of the Beatles, has just been fired. On his last broadcast, he decides to play requests, and a loyal ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Sarkies | Stars: David Corballis, Pamela Pow, Paul Barrett, Hilary Norris

Votes: 92

42. Together Again (2000– )

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Star: Kerre Woodham

43. Cowboys of Culture (1990 TV Movie)

45 min | Documentary

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Director: Geoff Steven | Stars: Geoff Steven, Roger Horrocks, Bruno Lawrence, Alun Bollinger

44. The Footstep Man (1992)

89 min

7.0
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A sound technician must literally walk in the footsteps of the characters on the screen. A film that connects the world of modern film-making to the Paris of painter Toulouse-Lautrec and his model/lover Mireille who commits suicide.

Director: Leon Narbey | Stars: Steven Grives, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Michael Hurst, Sarah Smuts-Kennedy

Votes: 24

45. The Smell of Money (1993 TV Movie)

46 min | Documentary

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A documentary that follows a group of workers in a small New Zealand town for the year after after they lose their jobs at the local freezing works.

Directors: Jonathan Brough, David Geary

46. Both Sides of the Fence (1983– )

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Stars: Kevin Wilson, David Warwick, Roy Leywood, Marijke Mann

47. Split Enz - Spellbound (1993 TV Movie)

69 min | Documentary, Music, Musical

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The career of New Zealand's pop band Split Enz is recounted from their formation by Mike Chunn, Phil Judd and Tim Finn at Auckland University in 1971 to their demise in 1984, when Neil Finn walked away.

Directors: Kerry Brown, Bruce Sheridan | Stars: Sam Neill, Bruce Sheridan, Split Enz

49. Jeremy Redmore: Bad Philosophy (2014 Video)

4 min | Short, Music

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Director: Joe Hitchcock | Stars: Jeremy Redmore, Sascha Moore, Anton Tennet, Toni Garson

50. Behind the Bull: Forgotten Silver (2000 Video)

22 min | Documentary, Short

6.3
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Stars: Victoria Beynon-Cole, Costa Botes, Tina Cleary, Chris Coad

Votes: 50


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