The 20 Greatest New Zealand Films of all Time

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1.
Goodbye Pork Pie (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Local goon, Gerry, hires a yellow mini in Kaitaia using a stolen license. John's wife has just left him and moved to Invercargill... (105 mins.)
Director: Geoff Murphy
 
2.
Utu (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In New Zealand in the 1860s the native Maori people fought the British colonials to keep the land guaranteed to them by treaty... (118 mins.)
Director: Geoff Murphy
 
3.
Boy (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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. (87 mins.)
Director: Taika Waititi
 
4.
Once Were Warriors (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts. (102 mins.)
Director: Lee Tamahori
 
5.
Bad Taste (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The population of a small town disappears and is replaced by aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain. (91 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
6.
Samoan Wedding (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Four raucous Samoans are banned from their best friend's wedding. To get in, they have to prove themselves as mature individuals by getting and keeping girlfriends. (97 mins.)
Director: Chris Graham
 
7.
The Piano (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A mute woman is sent to 1850s New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but is soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation. (121 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
 
8.
Meet the Feebles (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Multiple animals and insects experience the sleazier side of show business while working on a variety show. (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
9.
Arriving Tuesday (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
(84 mins.)
 
10.
Topless Women Talk About Their Lives (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Liz has missed an appointment to have an abortion. She has to keep her child, and neither her boyfriend... (87 mins.)
Director: Harry Sinclair
 
11.
Smash Palace (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Al Shaw's life revolves around motor racing and his back country junkyard, the "Smash Palace". His French wife... (108 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
12.
The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The story of New Zealander Burt Munro, who spent years rebuilding a 1920 Indian motorcycle, which helped him set the land speed world record at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in 1967. (127 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
13.
Vigil (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A lonely girl living on an isolated, mist-cloaked farm is confronted with the changes wrought by a stranger that arrives. (90 mins.)
Director: Vincent Ward
 
14.
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two girls have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge. (99 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
15.
Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tale (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Featuring the characters from Murray Ball's "Footrot Flats", (New Zealands most beloved local cartoon strip )... (71 mins.)
Director: Murray Ball
 
16.
Came a Hot Friday (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Set in post-war (1949) rural New Zealand, this film traces the efforts of two con men to run a betting... (101 mins.)
Director: Ian Mune
 
17.
Whale Rider (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize. (101 mins.)
Director: Niki Caro
 
18.
Dead Alive (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors. (104 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
19.
The Quiet Earth (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A man named Zac Hobson awakens to find himself alone in the world. In a desperate attempt to search for others, he finds only two who have their own agenda. (91 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Murphy
 
20.
Black Sheep (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
An experiment in genetic engineering turns harmless sheep into bloodthirsty killers that terrorize a sprawling New Zealand farm. (87 mins.)
Director: Jonathan King