Present day productions about Native Americansby nativecelebs | created - 20 Jun 2011 | updated - 21 Jun 2011 | Public
So many movies about Native Americans are "buckskin" productions, where they're presented as they were living (or thought to be living) in the past. So here's a list of fictional Native Americans living in today's world. No particular order, apart from the first three.
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1. Smoke Signals (1998)
PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Drama
Young Indian man Thomas is a nerd in his reservation, wearing oversize glasses and telling everyone stories no-one wants to hear. His parents died in a fire in 1976, and Thomas was saved by... See full summary »
Votes: 8,709 | Gross: $6.72M
4. Grand Avenue (1996 TV Movie)
R | 167 min | Drama
When Mollie's boyfriend Jack dies on the reservation, she is asked to leave the reservation by her boyfriend's sister for not being one of there own, aside from Mollie's son. Mollie is ... See full summary »
6. Edge of America (2003 TV Movie)
105 min | Drama
Based on a true story, a black educator takes a job teaching high-school English at the Three Nations Reservation, and is coaxed into coaching the girls basketball team.
7. Moose TV (2005– )
Some local guys take over the local TV station. It's a bit goofball - complete with a crooked chief.
8. Dance Me Outside (1994)
R | 84 min | Comedy, Drama
A story of life on a First Nations reserve in Ontario: Silas and Frank are trying to get into college to train to be mechanics but they find themselves having to deal with girls, family ...... See full summary »
Votes: 972 | Gross: $0.30M
9. The Rez (1996–1997)
The follow up series to Dance Me Outside. Darrell Dennis took over Adam Beach's role, but Adam joined as another character in a later season. It's out on DVD.
10. Spirit Rider (1993 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Family
Jesse Threebears is a troubled Native-American teen who has been tossed from one foster home to the next since his mother died when he was an infant. Finally, he is taken in by his ... See full summary »
12. Thunderheart (1992)
R | 119 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A young mixed-blood FBI agent is assigned to work with a cynical veteran investigator on a murder on a poverty-stricken Sioux reservation.
Votes: 12,275 | Gross: $22.66M
13. Powwow Highway (1989)
R | 88 min | Drama
Depicts the struggles of reservation-dwelling Native Americans in the North Central United States. The main character is an introspective and lovable person in a process of seeking pride ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,397 | Gross: $0.28M
16. The Business of Fancydancing (2002)
103 min | Drama, Music
Seymour Polatkin is a successful, gay Native American poet from Spokane who confronts his past when he returns to his childhood home on the reservation to attend the funeral of a dear ... See full summary »
Votes: 476 | Gross: $0.17M
17. Skinwalkers (2002 TV Movie)
100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The story revolves around the legend of the skin walkers or "S Dubs", a folk legend from Utah about the spirits of murdered Indians returning to seek revenge upon those who disrespect the land.
20. Black Cloud (2004)
PG-13 | 97 min | Drama
Black Cloud, is an inspirational story about a young Navajo, Native American boxer, who overcomes personal challenges as he comes to terms with his heritage, while fighting his way for a spot on the US Olympic boxing team.
21. Christmas in the Clouds (2001)
PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Romance
A classic comedy of mistaken identity and romance set during the holiday season at a ski resort that is owned and operated by a Native American Nation. Shot on location at The Sundance ... See full summary »
22. Older Than America (2008)
102 min | Drama
A woman's haunting visions reveal a Catholic priest's sinister plot to silence her mother from speaking the truth about the atrocities that took place at her Native American boarding school... See full summary »
24. Imprint (I) (2007)
PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Thriller
Shayla Stonefeather, a Native American attorney prosecuting a Lakota teen in a controversial murder trial, returns to the reservation to say goodbye to her dying father. After the teen is ... See full summary »
26. The Lost Child (2000 TV Movie)
94 min | Drama
An adopted woman tries to track down her family and ends up discovering that she was stolen from her birth mother on a reservation when she was just a little girl.
27. Rez Bomb (2008)
95 min | Romance, Thriller
Set on and around the poorest place in the USA, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Rez Bomb is a love story/thriller about a Lakota girl and a white guy who are very much in love but get ... See full summary »
28. Medicine River (1993 TV Movie)
PG | 94 min | Comedy
When photographer Will returns home for his mother's funeral he gets more than he bargained for from a strange cast of characters on the reservation.
29. Naturally Native (1998)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama
Three Native American sisters (Red-Horse, Bedard, Guerrero) decide to try to sell a line of cosmetics they call Naturally Native, based on old tribal remedies, only to have to fight an ... See full summary »
Votes: 104 | Gross: $0.01M
30. Turquoise Rose (2007)
Not Rated | 94 min | Drama
"Turquoise Rose" is a coming of age story about a Navajo girl from Arizona. Raised in the suburbs of Phoenix, "T" attends college and is interning as a photojournalist at the local paper. ... See full summary »
31. Sioux City (1994)
PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A young Lakota Sioux, adopted by a wealthy Jewish couple in Beverly Hills, gets in touch with his cultural roots and solves a mystery in this thriller. Because of his upbringing, Jesse ... See full summary »
32. War Party (1988)
R | 97 min | Action, Drama
A group of re-enactors attempt to stage a hundred year anniversary battle between US Cavalry and Blackfeet Indians. Unfortunately racial hostilities and a real gun lead to some all too real... See full summary »
Votes: 517 | Gross: $0.66M
33. DreamKeeper (2003 TV Movie)
174 min | Drama, Fantasy
In South Dakota, in an Indian reservation, an old storyteller Indian asks his grandson Shane, who is in trouble owing money to some bad guys, to take his old pony and him to Albuquerque to ... See full summary »
Most of it is legends, but the framework is from modern day.
34. Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee (1994 TV Movie)
100 min | Drama
Mary Crow Dog, daughter of a desperately poor Indian family in South Dakota, is swept up in the protests of the 1960s and becomes sensitized to the injustices that society inflicts on her ... See full summary »
35. Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story (2005 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 91 min | Biography, Drama, Family
Simon Jackson fights to save the endagered Spirit Bear from extinction by going up against the foresting industry.
37. Navajo Blues (1996)
R | 90 min | Action
A police detective, who has to testify against a Las Vegas mobster's son who killed a cop, has to be hidden away for his safety until the hearing. Placed on an Indian reservation, he gets ... See full summary »
Supposedly not a good movie.