Indigenous movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant indigenous movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, harsh, captivating, atmospheric and melancholic films and TV shows about / with indigenous, culture clash, tribe, murder, family relations, society, adventure, death, runaway and australian plots mostly in Drama, Adventure and Comedy genres shot in Australia, USA, Mexico and other countries.
indigenous movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as indigenous: Tanna (2015), Once Were Warriors (1994), Blood Quantum (2019), Trickster (2020), Dance Me Outside (1994), The Turning (2013), Robinson Crusoe (1997), Always Further On (1965), Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), Rapa Nui (1994).

List of indigenous movies

Tanna (2015)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance
Country: Australia, Vanuatu
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In a traditional tribal society in the South Pacific, a young girl, Wawa, falls in love with her chief’s grandson, Dain. When an inter-tribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away, refusing ...
Style: sentimental, captivating, realistic, psychological, tragic ending
Plot: volcano, tradition, indigenous, pacific island, native tribe, beach, tragic love, forbidden love, lovers, forced marriage, australian, ceremony ...
Place: pacific ocean
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Once Were Warriors (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A drama about a Maori family lving in Auckland, New Zealand. Lee Tamahori tells the story of Beth Heke’s strong will to keep her family together during times of unemployment and abuse from her violent and alcoholic husband.
Style: rough, emotional, realistic, tense, sincere ...
Plot: alcohol abuse, funeral, domestic violence, suicide, rape, unemployment, dysfunctional family, violence, family relations, indigenous, tattoo, alcohol ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new zealand
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Blood Quantum (2019)
Genre: Horror
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The dead are coming back to life outside the isolated Mi'kmaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its Indigenous inhabitants who are strangely immune to the zombie plague.
Plot: zombie apocalypse, zombie, first nations, immunity, survival, graphic violence, extreme violence, shot to death, moral dilemma, indigenous, zombie outbreak, native american reservation ...
Place: canada
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Trickster (2020)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Canada
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: An Indigenous teen struggles to support his dysfunctional family as myth, magic, and monsters slowly infiltrate his life.
Style: captivating, light, twists and turns, unusual plot structure, disturbing
Plot: indigenous people, high school student, workplace, native american tribe, indians, mysticism, illness, mother son relationship, hallucination, job seeking, mythology, employer employee relationship ...
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Dance Me Outside (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Explores the sensitive, and tense, relationship between life on an First Nations reservation and life in the outside world. When Native Canadian Silas Crow is forced to write a personal essay in order to get a much-desired job, he tells the story of ...
Style: stylized, sincere, gloomy, atmospheric, clever ...
Plot: native american reservation, native american, revenge, society, dishonesty, interracial relations, small town life, small town, misfit, buddies, youth, best friends ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, ontario canada
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The Turning (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Seventeen talented Australian directors from diverse artistic disciplines each create a chapter of the hauntingly beautiful novel by multi award-winning author Tim Winton. The linking and overlapping stories explore the extraordinary turning points ...
Style: anthology, captivating, realistic, serious, touching ...
Plot: introspection, human nature, friendship, haunted by the past, family relations, family problems, estrangement, infidelity, moral dilemma, parents and children, homecoming, family life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: australia
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Robinson Crusoe (1997)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Robinson Crusoe flees Britain on a ship after killing his friend over the love of Mary. A fierce ocean storm wrecks his ship and leaves him stranded by himself on an uncharted island. Left to fend for himself, Crusoe seeks out a tentative survival ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, baroque
Plot: desert island, survival, island, friendship, shipwreck, adventure, danger, destiny, ocean, jungle, adventurer, stranded on an island ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
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Always Further On (1965)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Raul (Igancio Lopez Tarso) is a white man who enjoys the simple way of life practiced by the Indians of Mexico. He does his best to try and help the tribe, but he becomes a victim of greedy land grabbers who covet the tribal property. Jaime ...
Plot: corruption, exploitation, murder, anthropologist, environmental issue, deforestation, mountain, ecology, corrupt politician, indigenous
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Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Summoned from an ashram in Tibet, Ace finds himself on a perilous journey into the jungles of Africa to find Shikaka, the missing sacred animal of the friendly Wachati tribe. He must accomplish this before the wedding of the Wachati's Princess ...
Style: humorous, not serious, gross out humor, idiotic, absurd ...
Audience: family outing, kids, teens
Plot: adventure, farce, investigation, private detective, save the day, animal life, disorder, human animal relationship, goofy hero, crimes, stupidity, jungle ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: africa, nigeria, tibet, china, asia ...
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Rapa Nui (1994)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Inter-tribal rivalry leads to a competition to erect a huge statue (moai) in record time before Make can take part in the race to retrieve the egg of a Sooty Tern. The reward for winning this race is to rule the island for one year.
Style: captivating, sentimental, romantic, melancholic, serious ...
Plot: island, rivalry, love triangle, love and romance, love affair, family feud, state affairs, adventurer, isolation, parents and children, map, catastrophe ...
Time: 18th century, 17th century
Place: chile, latin america, polynesia
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10,000 BC (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe.
Style: epic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: survival, adventure, daring rescue, pyramid, heroic mission, wilderness, cave, redemption, danger, legends and myths, mammoth, destiny ...
Time: stone age, prehistoric times, prehistory, future
Place: north africa, egypt
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1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France, Spain
Duration: 154 min.
Story: 1492: Conquest of Paradise depicts Christopher Columbus’ discovery of The New World and his effect on the indigenous people.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, atmospheric, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: adventurer, native americans, adventure, against the odds, state affairs, military, obsessive quest, danger, royal family, rebelliousness, father son relationship, tribe ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century, renaissance, 1500s, year 1941
Place: spain, europe, bahamas, west indies, haiti ...
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Operation Buffalo (2020)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 52 min.
TV show
Story: A captivating drama set in Maralinga, South Australia, at the height of the Cold War. At a remote army base carrying out British nuclear testing, paranoia runs rife and nuclear bombs are not the only things being tested, as loyalty, love, and ...
Style: political
Plot: trial, bush, airfield, indigenous, native, bomb, camera, minister, cold war, prostitute, tv, outback ...
Time: year 1956, 1950s, 50s
Place: south australia, australia, britain, adelaide south australia, england
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Roma (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A story that chronicles a year in the life of a middle-class family in Mexico City in the early 1970s.
Style: touching, thought provoking, rough, captivating
Plot: maid, routine, middle class, master servant relationship, pregnancy, nanny, infidelity, strongman, class differences, female protagonist, sea, father son relationship ...
Time: 70s, year 1970, year 1971
Place: mexico city, mexico
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Mundo Mágico (1983)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Mexico
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Anthology movie that presents 3 stories about romance.
Style: anthology
Plot: romance, indigenous, festival, storm, polygamy, murder, accident, revenge, jungle
Place: mexico
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O dynasteias (1985)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Greece
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The adventurous life of a man who wandered around the world, spent a few years playing "Tarzan" in the jungle, became rich and eventually returned back in his birth-place.
Plot: rug, african tribe, soldier, jungle, rich, gorilla, mill, return home, millionaire, legacy, sacrifice, father son reunion ...
Time: 1950s, 80s, 50s
Place: korea
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Llovizna (1978)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Eduardo, a typical bourgeois man from Mexico City, goes on a business trip to a province, accompanied by his lover. While there, he picks up a large sum of money and, after a spat with his lover, sets off on his drive back to the city alone. On the ...
Plot: suspicion, guilt, fear, road trip, rain, indigenous, poverty, salesman, affair, murder
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Two Rode Together (1961)
Genre: Western
Country: USA
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Two tough westerners bring home a group of settlers who have spent years as Comanche hostages.
Style: realistic, serious, cynical, suspenseful
Plot: american indian, rescue, hostage, small town, hostages, chase, captivity, culture clash, society, chief, interracial relations, kidnapping ...
Time: 60s, 1880s
Place: texas, usa
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Australia Day (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 98 min.
Story: On Australia's most controversial national holiday, the lives of three Australians from diverse cultural backgrounds will collide, illuminating contemporary issues of racial tension and national identity that simmer beneath the surface of ...
Style: multicultural, sincere, suspense, touching, controversial ...
Plot: sociology, sex slavery, immigration, criminal underworld, nationalism, racial tension, manhunt, tolerance, society, gang, on the run, human trafficking ...
Time: 2010s
Place: australia, austria, china
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Santo Luzbel (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A conflict arises between the people of the town and the local priest when they have to decide how to represent certain biblical episode.
Plot: spirituality, peasant, landowner, theology, husband wife relationship, death of child, priest, indigenous, actor, religion, mexican, faith ...
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Unbowed (1999)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: This movie challenges ones mind to see racism from another perspective. It forces the issue of racism not on a black/white side of things, but an African American and Indian proportionally view.
Plot: interracial romance, tribal chief, secret, engagement, native american, tribe, culture clash, u.s. army, student, female director, racism, college ...
Time: 1890s, 1900s
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The Conquest of Chile (1971)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Chile, Italy, Spain, Peru
Duration: 100 min.
Story: La Araucana is a Chilean film based on an epic poem in Spanish about the Spanish conquest of Chile, by Alonso de Ercilla; it is also known in English as The Araucaniad. It is considered the national epic of the Kingdom of Chile and one of the most ...
Style: epic
Plot: conquering, conquistador, conqueror, history of chile, colonization, indigenous, native american, latin american history, battles, waterfall, battle
Time: 16th century
Place: south america, chile
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The Nullarbor Nymph (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: Australia
Duration: 66 min.
Story: Following two Water Australia employees who travel out along the Nullarbor Plain only to discover they are being hunted by the mythological creature, the Nullarbor Nymph.
Style: psychotronic, suspense, humorous, scary, tense ...
Plot: mysterious woman, hearing voices, countryside, australian, missing person, hallucination, indigenous, schlock, woman, hotel, blonde, bush ...
Time: 70s, year 1971, year 1972
Place: australia, south australia
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Volcano (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Guatemala, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: María, a 17-year-old Kaqchikel Maya, lives with her parents on a coffee plantation at the foot of an active volcano. She is set to be married to the farm's foreman. But María longs to discover the world on the other side of the mountain, a ...
Style: sincere, realistic, serious, captivating, gloomy
Plot: teenage life, unfulfilled love, youth, love and romance, poverty, pregnant teenager, lower class, pregnancy, mother daughter relationship, volcano, arranged marriage, unfulfillment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: latin america, guatemala
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Where the Green Ants Dream (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, Australia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Extraordinary images from Werner Herzog. Shot in the Australian Outback the Aborigines (in this film anyway) believe that this is the place where the green ants go to dream, and that if their dreams are disturbed, it will bring down disaster on us ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, contemplative, disturbing ...
Plot: desert, culture clash, geologist, legal action, mining, land rights, australian aboriginal, heroes, lone wolves, confined, adventure, rescue ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia, south australia
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Ten Canoes (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A story within a story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, an Aboriginal narrator tells a story about his ancestors on a goose hunt. A youngster on the hunt is being tempted to adultery with his elder brother's wife, so an ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, melancholic, witty ...
Plot: tribe, australian aboriginal, swamp, murder, vengeance, storytelling, couples, love and romance, forbidden love, couple relations, heroes, expedition ...
Time: ancient history, 1930s
Place: australia, tokyo
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Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.
Style: thought provoking, emotional, touching, serious, factual ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: child abuse, racism, punishment, australian outback, culture clash, survival, kidnapping, life is a bitch, hopes, outback, aborigine, human spirit ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, africa
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Madeinusa (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Peru, Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Madeinusa is a girl aged 14 with a sweet Indian face who lives in an isolated village in the Cordillera Blanca Mountain range of Peru. This strange place is characterized by its religious fervor. From Good Friday at three o'clock in the ...
Style: serious, stylized, captivating, dark, realistic ...
Plot: social differences, forbidden love, family relations, religions or cults, hopes, against the odds, fall in love, village, village life, vanity, father daughter incest, racism ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: peru, latin america, andes mountains
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Jindabyne (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Stewart Kane, an Irishman living in the Australian town of Jindabyne, is on a fishing trip in isolated hill country with three other men when they discover the body of a murdered girl in the river. Rather than return to the town immediately, they ...
Style: realistic, serious, twists and turns, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Plot: murder, fishing, police detective, serial killer, countryside, small town, investigation, crimes, couple relations, weekend, law enforcement, couples ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, new south wales
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Amazon (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Finland, Brazil, France, Canada, Germany, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Widowed and broke Finnish businessman Kari takes his two teenage daughters with him to Brazil. A bush pilot introduces him to the idea of gold mining in the jungle, but a beautiful and educated local woman warns him about the possible consequences ...
Style: semi serious
Plot: jungle, rain forest, tribe, love affair, heist, destiny, adventurer, society, danger, escapades, adventure, culture clash ...
Time: 80s
Place: rio de janeiro, brazil
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