Maori movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant maori movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, visually appealing, emotional, touching and complex films and TV shows about / with maori, storytelling, mentor, family relations, dialogue, runaway, culture clash, redemption, catastrophe and fight plots mostly in Drama, Adventure and Action genres shot in New Zealand, UK, USA and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as maori: Whale Rider (2002), River Queen (2005), Nights in the Gardens of Spain (2010), Mauri (1988), Broken (2018), Broken English (1996), Boy (2010), The Dead Lands (2020), The Piano (1993), Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016).

List of maori movies

 7.5
 43K
Whale Rider (2002)
Genre: Drama, Family
Country: New Zealand, Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, ...
Style: touching, emotional, thought provoking, atmospheric, feel good ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, kids, teens, date night
Plot: tradition, coming of age, whale, sexism, culture clash, society, youth, destiny, childhood, loss of son, legend, women ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new zealand, australia
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What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 108 min.
Story: 5 Years have passed and Jake has turned his back on his family. He's still up to his usual tricks in McClutchy's Bar, unaware, as he downs his latest opponent, that his eldest son, Nig, Has died in a gang fight. The uncomfortable family ...
Style: multicultural, realistic, serious, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: gang, native american, crimes, indigenous people, lifestyle, gang violence, kids in trouble, family problems, opponent, family relations, starting over, hopes ...
Time: 90s
Place: new zealand
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 5.9
 3K
River Queen (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: New Zealand, UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: 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.
Style: captivating, sincere, epic, touching, serious ...
Plot: rescue, political unrest, romance, hopes, family relations, destiny, culture clash, parents and children, intrigue, british empire, battles, river ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era
Place: new zealand, ireland
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Nights in the Gardens of Spain (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Kawariki must become the leader of the family after his father retires in this intimate drama. A husband and father, he realizes that in order to lead with integrity, he must come out and be honest about his own life, even though it will test the ...
Style: realistic, emotional, sentimental, psychological, serious ...
Plot: gay, family relations, homosexuality, couples, gender, crumbling marriage, society, lgbt, family problems, family in crisis, secret, sex scene ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
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 6.1
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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: small town, on the run, love triangle, bigotry, impostor, car accident, death, love, elderly woman, native, countryside, redneck ...
Time: 50s
Place: new zealand
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 5.1
 180
Broken (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 97 min.
Story: 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.
Plot: gang, forgiveness, boxing, fight, betrayal, murder, revenge, surfing, redemption, tragedy, god, hopes ...
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 6.4
 706
Broken English (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 92 min.
Story: 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 lover. Nina works at a restaurant where Eddie cooks. For a ...
Style: sexy, dramatic, entertaining, intense, splatter ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: culture clash, romance, dysfunctional family, interracial relations, sex, nudity (full frontal - brief), hospital, wine, chase, violence, destiny, male nudity ...
Time: 90s
Place: new zealand, former yugoslavia, europe, california, bosnia herzegovina
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 7.5
 27K
Boy (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 87 min.
Story: It's 1984, and Michael Jackson is king - even in Waihau Bay, New Zealand. Here we meet Boy, an 11-year-old who lives on a farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother, Rocky (who thinks he has magic powers). Shortly after Gran leaves for ...
Style: touching, humorous, visually appealing, unusual plot structure, surreal ...
Plot: coming of age, childhood, absent father, youth, small town, daydreamer, family relations, mischievous children, parents and children, robbery, loser, unsupportive parent ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1984, future
Place: new zealand, tokyo
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The Dead Lands (2020)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Horror
Country: New Zealand
TV show
Story: Waka, a murdered Māori warrior returned from the Afterlife, and Mehe, a determined young woman, embark on a quest to find who "broke the world" and how to close the breach between the living and the dead.
Style: captivating, sincere, disturbing, psychological, tense
Plot: evil dead, death, zombie, medieval, murder, love, adaptation, society, escapades, hopes, couples, crimes ...
Time: stone age
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 7.5
 89K
The Piano (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Australia, France
Duration: 121 min.
Story: After a long voyage from Scotland, pianist Ada McGrath and her young daughter, Flora, are left with all their belongings, including a piano, on a New Zealand beach. Ada, who has been mute since childhood, has been sold into marriage to a local man ...
Style: sexual, psychological, serious, sexy, scenic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: piano, love triangle, sexual relations, adultery, couples, infidelity, love and romance, love affair, desire, human nature, couple relations, arranged marriage ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1850s, 18th century
Place: new zealand, scotland
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Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Ricky is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive.
Style: funny, touching, scenic, humorous, bloody ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, kids
Plot: coming of age, nature, hunting, juvenile delinquent, boy, wilderness, adoption, dog, childhood, sarcasm, forest, countryside ...
Place: new zealand
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The Dark Horse (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 124 min.
Story: One-time Maori speed-chess champ, Genesis Potini, lives with a bi-polar disorder and must overcome prejudice and violence in the battle to save his struggling chess club, his family and ultimately, himself.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, emotional, motivational ...
Plot: chess, mental illness, friendship, compassion, brother brother relationship, uncle nephew relationship, underdog, contests and competitions, dedicated educator, hopes, teenager, illness ...
Time: 20th century, future
Place: new zealand
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Crocodile Dundee II (1988)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: Australia
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Australian outback expert protects his New York love from gangsters who've followed her down under.
Style: exciting, humorous, feel good, clever, satirical ...
Audience: kids, girls' night, date night
Plot: crocodile, treasure hunt, jungle, gangsters, kidnapping, culture clash, survival, adventurer, adventure, australian, snake, gang ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: australia, new york, los angeles, las vegas, usa ...
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 6.5
 4K
Tracker (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Western
Country: New Zealand, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: An ex-Boer war guerrilla in New Zealand is sent out to bring back a Maori accused of killing a British soldier. Gradually they grow to know and respect one another but a posse, led by the British Commanding officer is close behind and his sole ...
Style: captivating, serious, atmospheric, stylized, realistic
Plot: foe turned friend, manhunt, escapades, track down, adventure, false accusation, wilderness, on the run, wanted, society, loss of daughter, survival ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new zealand
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The Luminaries (2020)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, New Zealand
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: The 19th-century tale of love, murder and revenge as men and women travel across the world to make their fortunes on the wild West Coast of New Zealand's South Island.
Style: tense, disturbing, suspense, ironic
Plot: treasure, gold, treasure hunt, gold rush, prostitute, buried treasure, greed, ambition, one last chance, wilderness, escapades, feminist ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1860s
Place: new zealand
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Down by the Riverside (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 84 min.
Story: An intertwining story of murder and mystery across two decades. In the early twentieth century, several pregnant girls meet in a country house, where they have been sent to give birth and have their children adopted. The girls are never seen by ...
Style: neo noir, suspense, bleak, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, murder, chase, spy, death, feminist, driver, forest, birth, suffocation, catholic ...
Place: new zealand
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Alien Addiction (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Riko lives with his auntie in a rural town of New Zealand. He's habitually idle most days, hanging with his mates and causing trouble, until one day while out in the woods he stumbles across a UFO. Riko discovers two aliens, he befriends them, ...
Style: feel good, entertaining, futuristic, funny, light ...
Plot: alien, human alien relationship, alien encounter, alien contact, alien creature, escapades, humour, ufo, lifestyle, alien race, alien space craft, crash ...
Place: new zealand
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 7.4
 363K
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, China
Duration: 172 min.
Story: A set of six nested stories spanning time between the 19th century and a distant post-apocalyptic future. Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. ...
Style: thought provoking, psychological, futuristic, surreal, enigmatic ...
Plot: distopia, reincarnation, dystopic future, destiny, life & death, multiple storylines, life philosophy, human nature, karma, tribe, post apocalypse, utopia ...
Time: future, 20th century, year 1975, year 1936, distant future ...
Place: san francisco, belgium, seoul, south korea, hawaii
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The Quiet Earth (1985)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 91 min.
Story: After a top-secret experiment misfires, a scientist may be the only man left alive in the world.
Style: philosophical, surreal, mind bending, atmospheric, apocalyptic ...
Plot: post apocalypse, apocalypse, alone, end of the world, male nudity, distopia, disaster, vestiges of humanity, love triangle, experiment, survival, cyberpunk ...
Time: future
Place: new zealand
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The Price of Milk (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: New Zealand
Duration: 87 min.
Story: New Zealand milk farmer Rob gives his lover Lucinda a ring. Trying to spark up her relationship with Rob, she takes her friend Drosophila's advice and starts to try and make Rob angry. But she tends to go too far. Admiring her ring while ...
Style: witty, stylized, tricky, humorous, surreal ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: romance, magic, couple relations, countryside, absurd humor, farmer, old woman, love, surrealism, dog, summer, insanity ...
Time: future, 90s, 60s, year 1969
Place: australia, new zealand
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Journey to the Center of the Earth (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
TV show
Story: 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.
Style: epic, exciting, serious, stylized, suspenseful
Audience: family outing, kids, boys' night, teens, pre-teens
Plot: archaeologist, dinosaur, imaginary kingdom, alien, monster, empire, prehistoric animal, heroic mission, missing person, adventure, space and aliens, obsessive quest ...
Time: prehistoric times, 19th century, 1870s
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In Search of the Castaways (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In Search of the Castaways is a 1962 Walt Disney Productions feature film starring Hayley Mills and Maurice Chevalier in a tale about a worldwide search for a shipwrecked sea captain. The film was directed by Robert Stevenson from a screenplay by ...
Style: humorous, scenic, entertaining, witty, sweet ...
Audience: kids, teens, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: treasure hunt, adventure, ship, disney, family, survival, pirate, stranded, fantasy world, heroic mission, rescue, friendship ...
Time: 19th century, 60s, victorian era, 1850s
Place: australia, south america, argentina, new zealand, latin america ...
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 4.7
 2K
The Ferryman (2007)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: New Zealand, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Out on a dead calm ocean, in a thick fog, a group of tourists on a pleasure craft are about to cross paths with an ancient and terrible evil. Sharing the same ocean, a sick, dying old Greek man drifts alone on a stricken yacht. The Greek (John ...
Style: slasher, suspenseful, serious, scary, rough ...
Plot: good versus evil, ghost, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, legends and myths, vengeance, rivalry, escapades, ocean, body swapping, supernatural horror, ghost ship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new zealand
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 6.6
 242K
Ender's Game (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Based on the classic novel by Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game is the story of the Earth's most gifted children training to defend their homeplanet in the space wars of the future.
Style: futuristic, exciting, serious, entertaining, intense ...
Audience: teens, family outing, kids, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: adventure, alien, chosen one, distopia, space wars, training, young heroes, intelligence, prodigy, space and aliens, child prodigy, space battle ...
Time: future
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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: disturbing, realistic, rough, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: gang, alcohol abuse, dysfunctional family, child abuse, sexual abuse, children, family relations, suicide, abuse, gangsters, indigenous people, drug addiction ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new zealand
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 5.3
 1K
The Stolen (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Western
Country: UK, Germany, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand
Duration: 98 min.
Story: 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.
Style: disturbing, suspense, psychological, captivating
Plot: changing lives, lifestyle change, female protagonist, social problems, child abduction, character change, life is a bitch, kidnapped boy, family problems, single mother, criminal gang, gold rush ...
Time: victorian era
Place: new zealand
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A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam pay tribute to their late Monty Python colleague Graham Chapman in this hilarious, 3-D animated adaptation of Chapman's brazenly fictionalized life story. (TIFF)
Style: humorous, not serious, witty, realistic, surreal ...
Plot: actor's life, artists and showbiz, fictional biography, writer's life, monty python, father son relationship, drinking problem, broadway, gay, gay sex, gender, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 20th century, year 1979, year 1942
Place: england, europe, ibiza, new york, new zealand
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The Dead Lands (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: New Zealand, UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Hongi, a Maori chieftain’s teenage son, must avenge his father’s murder in order to bring peace and honour to the souls of his loved ones after his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery. Vastly outnumbered by a band of villains led by ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, rough, realistic
Plot: survival, vengeance, against the odds, adventure, heroes, rivalry, youth, master warrior, warrior, battles, medieval, indigenous people ...
Place: new zealand
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 6.9
 2K
The Boys (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 86 min.
Story: 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 and Glenn, for the next 24 hours, it becomes clear this day ...
Style: disturbing, visually appealing, allegory, rough, bloody ...
Plot: crimes, murder, prison, dysfunctional family, redemption, psychopath, violence, australian, suburbs, weapons, adaptation, catastrophe ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia, california, sydney australia, tokyo
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