Kiwi flavour

New Zealand cinema, many would describe it as dark and depressing...and it is pretty sombre, and even the comedy is mostly black, the films just have a different feel to them that's all it's own.
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1.
Sleeping Dogs (1977)
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Recluse Smith (Sam Neill) is drawn into a revolutionary struggle between guerillas and right-wingers in New Zealand... (107 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
2.
Goodbye Pork Pie (1980)
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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
 
3.
Smash Palace (1981)
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Al Shaw's life revolves around motor racing and his back country junkyard, the "Smash Palace". His French wife... (108 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
4.
Klynham Summer (1982)
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The same night as a girl is slain in the woods, the teenagers Sam and Les are robbed of all of their hard earned hens... (88 mins.)
Director: Sam Pillsbury
 
5.
Vigil (1984)
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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
 
6.
Came a Hot Friday (1985)
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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
 
7.
Bad Taste (1987)
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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
 
8.
An Angel at My Table (1990)
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In 1920s and 1930s New Zealand, Janet Frame grows up in a poor family with lots of brothers and sisters... (158 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
 
9.
Dead Alive (1992)
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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
 
10.
Crush (1992)
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On the way to interview a novelist, Lane and Christina are involved in a car crash which leaves literary critic Christina brain-damaged... (97 mins.)
Director: Alison Maclean
 
11.
The Piano (1993)
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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
 
12.
Heavenly Creatures (1994)
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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
 
13.
Once Were Warriors (1994)
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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
 
14.
Forgotten Silver (1995 TV Movie)
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The film deals with the career of a supposedly forgotten pioneer of international cinema, Colin McKenzie, who was allegedly born in rural New Zealand in 1888. (53 mins.)
 
15.
Broken English (1996)
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Ivan is the fierce patriarch of a family of Croatian refugees in Auckland. Nina is his daughter, ready to live on her own... (92 mins.)
Director: Gregor Nicholas
 
16.
The Frighteners (1996)
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After a tragic car accident that kills his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead to con people. However, when a demonic spirit appears, he may be the only one who can stop it from killing the living and the dead. (110 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
17.
Scarfies (1999)
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Five kiwi flatmates find something growing in their basement much to their delight, but when the rightful owner comes knocking and finds that they have appropriated the goods things start to go awry. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Sarkies
 
18.
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? (1999)
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This sequel to the New Zealand-set drama "Once Were Warriors" revisits alcoholic Maori man Jake Heke (Temuera Morrison) and his wife... (108 mins.)
Director: Ian Mune
 
19.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
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A meek Hobbit from the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to destroy the powerful One Ring and save Middle Earth from the Dark Lord Sauron. (178 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
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20.
Rain (2001)
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Whilst on a family vacation on the Mahurangi Peninsula in New Zealand, 13-year-old Janey begins to realize that her parents' marriage is on the rocks. (92 mins.)
Director: Christine Jeffs
 
21.
Whale Rider (2002)
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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
 
22.
In My Father's Den (2004)
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A disillusioned war journalist's return home is blighted when he becomes implicated in the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl he has befriended. (127 mins.)
Director: Brad McGann
 
23.
River Queen (2005)
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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. (114 mins.)
Director: Vincent Ward
 
24.
King Kong (2005)
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A movie crew, travelling to a mysterious island to shoot their picture, encounter a furious gorilla, taking their leading actress and forming a special relationship with her, protecting her at all costs. (187 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
25.
The World's Fastest Indian (2005)
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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
 
26.
Samoan Wedding (2006)
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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
 
27.
Black Sheep (2006)
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An experiment in genetic engineering turns harmless sheep into bloodthirsty killers that terrorize a sprawling New Zealand farm. (87 mins.)
Director: Jonathan King
 
28.
Out of the Blue (2006)
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Based on the Aramoana Massacre that occurred on 13 November and 14 November 1990. Resident David Gray, an unemployed gun collector, went on a rampage in which 13 people were shot dead, before Gray himself was shot by police. (103 mins.)
Director: Robert Sarkies
 
29.
Eagle vs Shark (2007)
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Eagle vs Shark is the tale of two socially awkward misfits and the strange ways they try to find love; through revenge on high-school bullies, burgers, and video games. (88 mins.)
Director: Taika Waititi
 
30.
Boy (2010)
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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
 
31.
My Wedding and Other Secrets (2011)
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The contemporary story of Chinese New Zealand-born over-achiever Emily Chu, raised to believe she can get anything she puts her mind to... (85 mins.)
Director: Roseanne Liang
 
32.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
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A reluctant hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, sets out to the Lonely Mountain with a spirited group of dwarves to reclaim their mountain home - and the gold within it - from the dragon Smaug. (169 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
33.
Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill (1995 Documentary)
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A personal journey through Sam Neill's childhood and memories. (52 mins.)
 
34.
Housebound (2014)
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A young woman is forced to return to her childhood home after being placed under house arrest, where she suspects that something evil may be lurking. (107 mins.)
 
35.
What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
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A documentary team films the lives of a group of vampires for a few months. The vampires share a house in Wellington, New Zealand. Turns out vampires have their own domestic problems too. (86 mins.)