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, complex and touching films and TV shows about / with maori, storytelling, dialogue, family relations, mentor, catastrophe, redemption, culture clash, runaway and beautiful scenery 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: Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016), Crocodile Dundee II (1988), The Luminaries (2020), The Dead Lands (2020), The Stolen (2017), The Dark Horse (2014), Mauri (2019), Down by the Riverside (2007), Broken (2018), Nights in the Gardens of Spain (2010).

List of maori movies

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: scenic, humorous, touching, colourful, funny ...
Plot: hunting, wilderness, countryside, nature, childhood, adoption, boy, escape, social worker, forest, juvenile delinquent, sarcasm ...
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: humorous, exciting, feel good, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: crocodile, gangsters, culture clash, kidnapping, adventurer, job seeking, adventure, maori, survival, escapades, rescue, love and romance ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: australia, new york, usa, colombia, manhattan new york city ...
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The Luminaries (2020)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Mystery
Country: UK, New Zealand
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: disturbing, suspense, ironic, tense
Plot: treasure, gold rush, treasure hunt, gold, prostitute, buried treasure, ambition, greed, wilderness, one last chance, escapades, prostitution ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
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, realistic, surreal, witty ...
Plot: monty python, actor's life, artists and showbiz, writer's life, fictional biography, father son relationship, broadway, world war two, drinking problem, christmas, silly humor, gender ...
Time: 20th century, year 1942, year 1979
Place: england, europe, new york, new zealand, ibiza
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 5.8
 744
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: sincere, captivating, psychological, disturbing, tense
Plot: death, evil dead, crimes, heroes, couples, society, love, adaptation, murder, escapades, danger, hopes ...
Time: stone age
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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.
Plot: gold rush, kidnapping, high society, thief, brothel, dead husband, revenge, blonde, see through, drowned, pretty woman, butt naked ...
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, emotional, captivating, serious
Plot: chess, mental illness, contests and competitions, dedicated educator, hopes, power relations, mentally unstable, teaching, compassion, father son relationship, friendship, hallucination ...
Time: 20th century
Place: new zealand
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 6.1
 76
Mauri (2019)
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: bigotry, on the run, small town, love triangle, female director, impostor, car accident, maori, countryside, waterfront, family relations, prison escape ...
Time: 1950s, 50s
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: suspenseful, suspense, bleak, scary, tense ...
Plot: spy, death, chase, murder, neo noir, psychopath, female director, flirting, massacre, stabbed in the stomach, feminism, catholic ...
Place: new zealand
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 5.1
 164
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: forgiveness, gang, redemption, gun, tragedy, god, fight, surfing, hopes, maori, revenge, murder ...
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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: emotional, realistic, sentimental, psychological, serious ...
Plot: family relations, gender, society, crumbling marriage, couples, family problems, family in crisis, homosexuality, secret, coming out, double life, infidelity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand
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Alien Addiction (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, 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, ...
Plot: alien, director, actor, forest, video, trailer, crash, maori, junkie
Place: new zealand
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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: realistic, serious, rough, bleak, emotional
Plot: gang, uninhibited rivalry, vengeance, death in the family, parents and children, urban ghetto life, dysfunctional family, starting over, redemption, kids in trouble, bar, family relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: new zealand
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 7.4
 344K
Cloud Atlas (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
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, atmospheric, enigmatic, surreal ...
Plot: life philosophy, destiny, reincarnation, human nature, dystopic future, life & death, death, karma, multiple storylines, love and romance, supernatural, tribe ...
Time: future, 1930s, 19th century, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: seoul, san francisco, hawaii, south korea
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 7.5
 39K
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, thought provoking, atmospheric, emotional, intense ...
Audience: family outing, girls' night, date night
Plot: whale, loss of son, culture clash, tradition, generation gap, sexism, coming of age, destiny, childhood, parents and children, lifestyle, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new zealand, australia
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 6.0
 2K
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: epic, sincere, touching, captivating, serious ...
Plot: rescue, political unrest, destiny, culture clash, family relations, hopes, romance, danger, parents and children, battles, settler, society ...
Time: 19th century
Place: new zealand
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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: atmospheric, surreal, serious, clever, contemplative ...
Plot: apocalypse, alone, post apocalypse, catastrophe, vestiges of humanity, end of the world, laboratory, explosion, experiment, survivor, disorder, chaos ...
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: humorous, witty, stylized, tricky, surreal ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: romance, true love, couple relations, countryside, absurd humor, farmer, love triangle, old woman, hit by a car, magic, love and romance, infidelity ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 1960s, year 1969
Place: new zealand, australia
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 7.6
 79K
The Piano (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: New Zealand, Australia, France, USA
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: psychological, serious, stylized, sexual, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: infidelity, love triangle, couples, sexual relations, pianist, love and romance, human nature, love affair, couple relations, desire, piano, arranged marriage ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1850s, 18th century
Place: new zealand, scotland
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Journey to the Center of the Earth (1999)
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 180 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: serious, stylized, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: kids, family outing, boys' night, teens, pre-teens
Plot: archaeologist, imaginary kingdom, dinosaur, misfit, rescue, obsessive quest, dangerous animal, heroes, rivalry, space and aliens, deadly, danger ...
Time: 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, semi serious, scenic, entertaining, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, teens
Plot: adventure, pirate, treasure hunt, ship, family, survival, missing person, heroic mission, rescue, friendship, young heroes, danger ...
Time: 60s, 19th century, victorian era, 1850s
Place: australia, south america, new zealand, latin america, glasgow scotland ...
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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: suspenseful, rough, atmospheric, serious, scary
Plot: ocean or sea, slasher, gory, supernatural, good versus evil, danger, imaginary, ghost, rivalry, deadly, ocean, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new zealand
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 6.2
 654
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, sexual, sentimental, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: interracial relations, culture clash, forbidden love, pregnancy, immigrants, restaurant, family relations, refugee, romance, dysfunctional family, parents and children, infidelity ...
Time: 90s
Place: new zealand, former yugoslavia, europe, bosnia herzegovina, california
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 6.6
 223K
Ender's Game (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, 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, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: chosen one, young heroes, space wars, child prodigy, intelligence, save the world, basic training, prodigy, space and aliens, space battle, evil alien, adventure ...
Time: future
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 7.5
 22K
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, emotional, unusual plot structure, visually appealing ...
Plot: family relations, daydreamer, mischievous children, parents and children, small town, unsupportive parent, loser, robbery, buried truth, siblings relations, exploitation, youth ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1984, future
Place: new zealand, tokyo
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 7.1
 1K
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, realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: psychopath, murder, prison, australian, family relations, prison sex, dysfunctional family, redemption, crime, crimes, family problems, society ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia, california, sydney australia, tokyo
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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, rough, exciting, realistic
Plot: survival, vengeance, adventure, against the odds, heroes, rivalry, danger, youth, gory, deadly, master warrior, warrior ...
Place: new zealand
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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, domestic violence, funeral, suicide, rape, unemployment, dysfunctional family, violence, family relations, indigenous, ghetto, tattoo ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new zealand
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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: manhunt, foe turned friend, escapades, track down, adventure, wanted, on the run, false accusation, wilderness, loss of daughter, society, chases and races ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 90s
Place: new zealand
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