Indigenous people movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant indigenous people movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, harsh, talky, sincere and captivating films and TV shows about / with indigenous people, death, father daughter relationship, husband wife relationship, culture clash, female nudity, murder, river, coming of age and singing plots mostly in Drama, Adventure and Romance genres shot in Australia, USA, Finland and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as indigenous people: Birds of Passage (2018), Papillon (2017), The Sapphires (2012), Tanna (2015), The Missing (1999), In the Shadow of the Sun (1974), Mauri (1988), Dark Age (1987), Radiance (1998), The World's Greatest Fair (2004).

List of indigenous people movies

Birds of Passage (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Colombia, Denmark, Mexico, Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 125 min.
Story: During the marijuana bonanza, a violent decade that saw the origins of drug trafficking in Colombia, Rapayet and his indigenous Wayuu family get involved in a booming business of selling marijuana to American youth in the 1970s. When greed, passion ...
Plot: negotiation, drug trafficking, shot in the heart, black man, messenger, grandmother, funeral, massacre, revenge, death, murder, violence ...
Time: year 1979, year 1971, 1960s, year 1968, year 1980
Place: south america, colombia
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 7.1
 28K
Papillon (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Czech Republic, Spain, USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Henri "Papillon" Charrière is convicted in Paris for a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, he becomes obsessed with escaping. After planning and executing a series of treacherous ...
Style: factual, suspense, based on memoir, brutal
Plot: prison, prison life, friendship, solitary, false accusation, survival, rebelliousness, human spirit, male bonding, brutality, wrongful conviction, free spirit ...
Time: year 1970, year 1969
Place: south america, venezuela, paris france, france, colombia
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 7.0
 12K
The Sapphires (2012)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 103 min.
Story: It's 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when they entertain the US troops in Vietnam as singing group The Sapphires.
Style: realistic, humorous, sentimental, feel good, captivating ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: vietnam war, native, music band, mother child separation, girl group, rising to stardom, performer's life, family relations, musical tour, goodhearted, artists and showbiz, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 1950s, year 1958 ...
Place: australia, vietnam, asia, southeast asia, melbourne australia ...
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 6.9
 3K
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: tragic ending
Plot: volcano, arranged marriage, beach, tribe, pacific island, indigenous, tradition, love, death of grandfather, forest, christian, warrior ...
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 5.2
 42
The Missing (1999)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia, Italy
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When her child is missing an Australian mother calls for an priest from Italy she has not seen in years.
Plot: religion, catholic, missing child, serial killer, police investigation, mysticism, police violence, father daughter relationship, truck, priest, desert, indigenous people ...
Place: australia
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In the Shadow of the Sun (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 70 min.
Story: Two thieves wander in the chilean desert and finally get to a small town near Bolivia. There, they try to include themselves with the townspeople but their instincts betray them and tragedy ensues. Based on a true story, this film opened one year ...
Plot: rape, thief, desert, escaped convict, indigenous people
Time: 1940s
Place: chile
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 5.9
 35
Mauri (1988)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Rewi Rapana returns to the small country town of Te Mata after his family has left the district. His arrival rekindles old tensions as well as renewing family ties. He is seeking an identity and a permanent place to call home yet desperately hiding ...
Plot: elderly woman, death, small town, love, girl, native, indigenous people, maori, male female relationship, love triangle, bigotry, prejudice ...
Time: 1950s
Place: new zealand
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 6.1
 694
Dark Age (1987)
Genre: Adventure, Horror
Country: Australia
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In the Australian outback, a park ranger and two local guides set out to track down a giant crocodile that has been killing and eating the local populace..
Plot: park ranger, violence, crocodile, australian outback, truck driver, hospital, truck, photograph, blonde, ghost, police car, axe ...
Place: australia
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Skierri: Land of the Dwarf Birches (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: Finland, Sweden
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A film about herder Niila and Sami environment in the time of change and plight. First partly Saami language fiction film in Finland.
Plot: hunter, reindeer, hunting, summer, lapland, jail cell, interrogation, nature, police, husband wife relationship, dog, animal cruelty ...
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 6.8
 294
Radiance (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 83 min.
Story: With the death of their mother, two sisters (Nona and Cressy) return to their childhood home in Northern Australia where their third sister, Mae, lived looking after their mother. The funeral happens and the three find themselves together in the ...
Plot: indigenous people, mother daughter relationship, death of mother, sister sister relationship, beach, fire, funeral, death, memory, arson, opera singer, burning house ...
Place: australia
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The World's Greatest Fair (2004)
Genre: History
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The largest world's fair in history (which took place in St. Louis in 1904) included the first Olympic Games on American soil, where competitors were openly administered drugs and marathon runners were chased off course by dogs. Other firsts ...
Plot: world's fair, marathon, tribe, train crash, indigenous people, telegraph, train, train wreck, mayor, swimming, female photographer, ice cream cone ...
Place: chicago illinois, missouri
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The Sage Hunter (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: THE SAGE HUNTER chronicles the real life adventures of the Taiwanese indigenous hero, Sakinu, a forest ranger who is determined to protect his family's and community's rich traditions. We take in the magnificent panorama of the lush forest ...
Plot: tribe, wild boar, nature, hunter, environmental issues, chinese, animal, indigenous people
Place: taiwan
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On Top of the Whale (1982)
Genre: Fantasy
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A parody of anthropology, linguistics, and cultural imperialism. The film follows an unlikely team of linguists into the wilds of an ersatz Patagonia to study the last speakers of a dying language. That language apparently consists of a single word, ...
Plot: indigenous people, anthropology, language, oneiric, anthropologist
Place: patagonia, south america
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A Bride of the Seventh Heaven (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 85 min.
Story: An elderly Nenet woman in teepee on northern Russia's Jamal Peninsula recounts her early life betrothed to a deity for the entertainment of a blind young girl. In the Nenet culture, a girl child can be married to holiest of holies, Num, before ...
Plot: husband wife relationship, marriage, tradition, friend, blindness, childbirth, nature, prophecy, reindeer, loneliness, birth, curse ...
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Destiny River (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Country: Brazil
Duration: 40 min.
Story: A man returns to his birthplace, the area surrounding the Araguaia river, unaware of an Indian curse targeting him, gathered on his family several years before.
Plot: indigenous people, omen, vanity, spirit, cow, cattle, farm, indian chief, river, curse, magic, native american
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Seven Songs from the Tundra (2000)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Finland
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Finland's submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2000
Style: based on true events
Plot: summer, tent, fishing, indigenous, minority, mosquito, ideology, statue, native, socialism, indigenous people, ritual ...
Time: 20th century
Place: siberia, soviet union
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 7.3
 4K
Sami Blood (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway, Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-breeding Sami girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930s and phrenological examinations at her boarding school, she starts dreaming of another life. To achieve this other life she has to become someone else and break all ...
Style: harsh
Plot: coming of age, lapland, boarding school, racism, identity, corporal punishment, cigarette smoking, university, school, kiss, dancing, humiliation ...
Time: 30s, 1930s
Place: sweden
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Guilty Not Guilty (2018)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Story: A dark side of India's Nuclear Programme
Style: dark humor
Plot: nuclear explosion, struggle, discovery, abuse of power, sadness, ignorance, pain, expose, cover up, radiation, justice, corpse ...
Place: new york
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 7.5
 2K
The Tracker (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Country: Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Somewhere in Australia in the early 20th century outback, an Aboriginal man is accused of murdering a white woman. Three white men are on a mission to capture him with the help of an experienced Indigenous man.
Style: disturbing, rough, serious, bleak, realistic
Plot: racism, aborigine, manhunt, politics, murder, australian outback, fanatic, fugitives, law enforcement, society, vigilantism, injustice ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: australia
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The Business of Fancydancing (2002)
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Seymour Polatkin is a successful, gay Indian poet from Spokane who confronts his past when he returns to his childhood home on the reservation to attend the funeral of a dear friend.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, clever, touching ...
Plot: friendship, orphan, haunted by the past, death in the family, family problems, couples, obsessive quest, society, lifestyle, social differences, human nature, tragic love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: seattle, usa, seattle washington
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We of the Never Never (1982)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Australia
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Based on the well-loved Australian classic by Mrs. Aeneas Gunn, this is the remarkable true story of Jeannie Gunn, a woman who fought to overcome sexual and racial prejudice amid the harsh beauties of the outback. Leaving her Melbourne existence for ...
Style: serious, sincere, touching, sentimental, uplifting ...
Plot: couple relations, hopes, wilderness, society, against the odds, social differences, misfit, fish out of water, human spirit, disorder, couples, culture clash ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s
Place: australia, melbourne australia
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 6.0
 303
The Intended (2002)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Denmark
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A period drama/thriller about a surveyor and his fiancée who arrive in a remote Malaysian trading post and encounter a closed-fisted ivory trader and her ill-meaning family.
Style: disturbing, gloomy, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: jungle, crimes of passion, isolation, misfit, nothing goes right, couple relations, escapades, village life, confined, fish out of water, dysfunctional family, village ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, post world war one
Place: malaysia, asia
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 7.0
 905
Windwalker (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: An ancient Indian warrior who has reached the end of his life is brought back from his 'death' to save his family from a raiding party of enemy Indians in this unique story of 'Indians without a single cowboy.
Style: realistic, sincere, serious
Plot: snow, wind, mountain, wolf, missing son, death, kidnapping, elderly, americana, hopes, escapades, adventure ...
Time: 18th century
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 6.1
 187
Burke & Wills (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A story based on true events about two explorers on a doomed journey trying to cross Australia on foot in the 19 century.
Style: rough, captivating, realistic, epic, stylized ...
Plot: desert, maze, aborigine, journey, sandstorm, outback, tragedy, journalist, countdown, wilderness, realism, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, victorian england, victorian era, 1860s, 1850s
Place: australia, melbourne australia, england
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 7.1
 878
Beneath Clouds (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of Lena, the light-skinned daughter of an Aboriginal mother and Irish father and Vaughn, a Murri boy doing time in a minimum security prison in North West NSW. Dramatic events throw them together on a journey with no money and no ...
Style: captivating, sincere, serious, realistic
Plot: on the road, coming of age, racism, identity, social injustice, prejudice, prison, bus, single mother, irish, convict, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia, sydney australia
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 7.7
 20K
Walkabout (1971)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: UK, Australia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Under the pretense of having a picnic, a geologist takes his teenage daughter and 6-year-old son into the Australian outback and attempts to shoot them. When he fails, he turns the gun on himself, and the two city-bred children must contend with ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, touching, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: desert, tribe, survival, culture clash, wilderness, coming of age, suicide, teenage girl, rite of passage, hunter, geologist, picnic ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: australia, sydney australia, adelaide south australia
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Little Indian, Big City (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Stephen, an international trader, tracks down his ex-wife Patricia in some Amazonian backwater. He needs her consent to a divorce so that he can marry Charlotte. Unfortunately, he discovers a son he didn’t know he had – Mimi-Siku. The young ...
Style: humorous, funny, comic, entertaining, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: jungle, culture clash, mischievous children, family, fish out of water, adventure, disorder, estrangement, nothing goes right, city life, down on your luck, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: venezuela, france, latin america, europe, paris france ...
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 7.0
 4K
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: serious, touching, realistic, enigmatic, art house ...
Plot: swamp, tribe, mistaken identity, storytelling, kidnapping, murder, canoe, hunting, death, vengeance, heroes, couples ...
Time: ancient history, 1930s
Place: australia, tokyo
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Squanto: A Warrior's Tale (1994)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Family
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Squanto is a high-born Indian warrior from a tribe on the Atlantic coast of North America which devotes its life to hunting and rivalry with a neighboring tribe. Everything changes forever after a ship arrives from England, prospecting the ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, entertaining, talky ...
Plot: thanksgiving, culture clash, monastery, ship, village, native american, adventure, confined, society, captivity, rescue, adventurer ...
Time: 17th century, 19th century
Place: england, europe, usa, new england, atlantic ocean ...
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The Sleeping Dictionary (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A young Englishman is dispatched to Sarawak to become part of the British colonial government. He encounters some unorthodox local traditions, and finds himself faced with tough decisions of the heart involving the beautiful Selima, the unwitting ...
Style: erotic, captivating, romantic, scenic, atmospheric ...
Plot: forbidden love, romance, opposites attract, jungle, love story, love and romance, culture clash, love affair, master and servant, family relations, impossible love, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: mine, malaysia, england, ireland
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