Present day productions about Native Americans

by 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

7.2
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76 Metascore

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 »

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: Adam Beach, Evan Adams, Irene Bedard, Gary Farmer

Votes: 8,709 | Gross: $6.72M

2. North of 60 (1992–1998)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.4
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A mystery drama series about trials and tribulations of Aboriginal people in the fictional town of Lynx River, Northwest Territories.

Stars: Tina Keeper, Tracey Cook, Tom Jackson, Timothy Webber

Votes: 361

3. Blackstone (2009– )

44 min | Action, Drama

7.5
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Political drama situated in a First Nations community in Canada.

Stars: Carmen Moore, Eric Schweig, Michelle Thrush, Steven Cree Molison

Votes: 272

4. Grand Avenue (1996 TV Movie)

R | 167 min | Drama

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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 »

Director: Daniel Sackheim | Stars: Irene Bedard, Tantoo Cardinal, Eloy Casados, Alexis Cruz

Votes: 203

5. Mixed Blessings (2007– )

Comedy, Drama

7.0
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A widowed Ukrainian plumber and a widowed Cree waitress fall madly in love resulting in a riotous fireworks display of conflicts with friends and family.

Stars: Gary Basaraba, Tina Lameman, Big Daddy Tazz, Griffin Powell-Arcand

Votes: 33

6. Edge of America (2003 TV Movie)

105 min | Drama

7.1
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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.

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: James McDaniel, Irene Bedard, Delanna Studi, Misty Upham

Votes: 318

7. Moose TV (2005– )

Comedy

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Stars: Adam Beach, Nathaniel Arcand, Gary Farmer, Michelle Latimer

Votes: 30

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

7.3
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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 »

Director: Bruce McDonald | Stars: Ryan Rajendra Black, Adam Beach, Jennifer Podemski, Michael Greyeyes

Votes: 972 | Gross: $0.30M

9. The Rez (1996–1997)

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Stars: Darrell Dennis, John L'Ecuyer, Ryan Rajendra Black, Jennifer Podemski

Votes: 60

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

7.2
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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 »

Director: Michael J.F. Scott | Stars: Herbie Barnes, Michelle St. John, Tom Jackson, Gordon Tootoosis

Votes: 92

11. Skins (2002)

R | 84 min | Crime, Drama

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57 Metascore

An inspirational tale about the relationship between two Sioux Indian brothers living on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation.

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: Eric Schweig, Graham Greene, Gary Farmer, Noah Watts

Votes: 1,233 | Gross: $0.24M

12. Thunderheart (1992)

R | 119 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

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A young mixed-blood FBI agent is assigned to work with a cynical veteran investigator on a murder on a poverty-stricken Sioux reservation.

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Val Kilmer, Sam Shepard, Graham Greene, Fred Ward

Votes: 12,275 | Gross: $22.66M

13. Powwow Highway (1989)

R | 88 min | Drama

7.3
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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 »

Director: Jonathan Wacks | Stars: Gary Farmer, A Martinez, Joanelle Romero, Amanda Wyss

Votes: 1,397 | Gross: $0.28M

14. Spirit Bay (1984–1986)

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Stars: Cynthia Debassige, Liza Haldane, Ron Cook, Tom Jackson

Votes: 13

15. The Doe Boy (2001)

85 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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A Cherokee boy is a haemophiliac in a culture obsessed with blood identity.

Director: Randy Redroad | Stars: James Duval, Kevin Anderson, Andrew J. Ferchland, Jeri Arredondo

Votes: 248

16. The Business of Fancydancing (2002)

103 min | Drama, Music

6.9
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49 Metascore

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 »

Director: Sherman Alexie | Stars: Evan Adams, Michelle St. John, Gene Tagaban, Swil Kanim

Votes: 476 | Gross: $0.17M

17. Skinwalkers (2002 TV Movie)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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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.

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: Harrison Lowe, James Dalgam, Adam Beach, Saginaw Grant

Votes: 853

18. Coyote Waits (2003 TV Movie)

107 min | Mystery

7.3
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Two tribal cops uncover a plot involving a lost fortune, an historical artifact and a mythical Coyote on a Navajo reservation.

Director: Jan Egleson | Stars: Adam Beach, Candice Costello, Jimmy Herman, Gary Kanin

Votes: 527

19. A Thief of Time (2004 TV Movie)

94 min | Mystery

7.1
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Officers Leaphorn and Chee search for a missing anthropologist suspected of stealing artifacts from a burial site.

Director: Chris Eyre | Stars: Gary Farmer, Adam Beach, Ernest Tsosie III, Wes Studi

Votes: 542

20. Black Cloud (2004)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

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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.

Director: Ricky Schroder | Stars: Eddie Spears, Russell Means, Julia Jones, Tim McGraw

Votes: 449

21. Christmas in the Clouds (2001)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Family, Romance

6.7
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56 Metascore

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 »

Director: Kate Montgomery | Stars: Timothy Vahle, Sam Vlahos, Mariana Tosca, M. Emmet Walsh

Votes: 600

22. Older Than America (2008)

102 min | Drama

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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 »

Director: Georgina Lightning | Stars: Adam Beach, Tantoo Cardinal, Bradley Cooper, Glen Gould

Votes: 774

23. Four Sheets to the Wind (2007)

R | 81 min | Drama, Romance

6.0
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After his father's untimely suicide, Cufe leaves his home in a Native American reservation in search of a more fulfilling life.

Director: Sterlin Harjo | Stars: Wes Allen, Jeri Arredondo, Laura Bailey, Nando Betancur

Votes: 507

24. Imprint (I) (2007)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Thriller

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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 »

Director: Michael Linn | Stars: Tonantzin Carmelo, Carla-Rae, Michael Spears, Cory Brusseau

Votes: 441

25. Northern Exposure (1990–1995)

60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

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A newly graduated doctor is required to set up his practice in an eccentric Alaskan town.

Stars: Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin, John Cullum

Votes: 12,994

26. The Lost Child (2000 TV Movie)

94 min | Drama

6.4
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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.

Director: Karen Arthur | Stars: Mercedes Ruehl, Cristine Rose, Jamey Sheridan, Irene Bedard

Votes: 257

27. Rez Bomb (2008)

95 min | Romance, Thriller

7.4
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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 »

Director: Steven Lewis Simpson | Stars: Amara Zaragoza, Trent Ford, Chris Robinson, Russell Means

Votes: 66

28. Medicine River (1993 TV Movie)

PG | 94 min | Comedy

6.6
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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.

Director: Stuart Margolin | Stars: Graham Greene, Tom Jackson, Sheila Tousey, Janet-Laine Green

Votes: 108

29. Naturally Native (1998)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama

6.5
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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 »

Directors: Jennifer Wynne Farmer, Valerie Red-Horse | Stars: Valerie Red-Horse, Yvonne Russo, Irene Bedard, Kimberly Guerrero

Votes: 104 | Gross: $0.01M

30. Turquoise Rose (2007)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

8.0
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"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 »

Director: Travis Holt Hamilton | Stars: Deshava Apachee, Donavon G. Barney, Ethel Begay, Kathleen Benner

Votes: 35

31. Sioux City (1994)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

5.9
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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 »

Director: Lou Diamond Phillips | Stars: Lou Diamond Phillips, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Melinda Dillon, Lise Cutter

Votes: 288

32. War Party (1988)

R | 97 min | Action, Drama

6.3
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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 »

Director: Franc Roddam | Stars: Billy Wirth, Kevin Dillon, Tim Sampson, Jimmie Ray Weeks

Votes: 517 | Gross: $0.66M

33. DreamKeeper (2003 TV Movie)

174 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.7
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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 »

Director: Steve Barron | Stars: August Schellenberg, Eddie Spears, Gary Farmer, John Trudell

Votes: 1,266

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

7.4
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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 »

Director: Frank Pierson | Stars: Charles Abourezk, Dave Bald Eagle, Lawrence Bayne, Edgar Bear Runner

Votes: 251

35. Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story (2005 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 91 min | Biography, Drama, Family

6.2
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Simon Jackson fights to save the endagered Spirit Bear from extinction by going up against the foresting industry.

Director: Stefan Scaini | Stars: Mark Rendall, Graham Greene, Katie Stuart, Ed Begley Jr.

Votes: 212

36. The Dark Wind (1991)

R | 111 min | Drama, Mystery

5.7
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A Navajo police officer is mixed up in drug smuggling and murder on the reservation.

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Lance Baker, Betty C. Barlow, Gary Basaraba, Billy Beck

Votes: 488

37. Navajo Blues (1996)

R | 90 min | Action

4.8
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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 »

Director: Joey Travolta | Stars: Steven Bauer, Irene Bedard, Charlotte Lewis, Barry Donaldson

Votes: 82

Supposedly not a good movie.