Most Popular Maori-Language Feature Films
1. Boy (I) (2010)
Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 12,189 | Gross: $0.26M
2. The Piano (1993)
R | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance
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.
Votes: 68,335 | Gross: $40.16M
3. Once Were Warriors (1994)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama
A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts.
Votes: 27,264 | Gross: $2.20M
4. Invictus (2009)
PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Votes: 133,066 | Gross: $37.49M
5. Whale Rider (2002)
PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Family
A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.
Votes: 35,914 | Gross: $20.78M
7. The Dead Lands (2014)
R | 107 min | Action, Adventure
After his tribe is slaughtered through an act of treachery, the teenage son of a slain Maori chieftain looks to avenge his father's murder and bring peace and honor to the souls of his loved ones.
Votes: 3,820 | Gross: $0.00M
8. Waru (2017)
88 min | Drama
A powerful and challenging story surrounding the tangi (funeral) of a small boy Waru who dies at the hands of his caregiver and how the boys death impacts the community.
Directors: Chelsea Cohen, Ainsley Gardiner, Casey Kaa, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, Briar Grace Smith, Paula Whetu Jones, Katie Wolfe | Stars: Awahina Rose Ashby, Jonny Brugh, Amber Cureen, Roimata Fox
10. The Tracker (2002)
90 min | Drama, History, Western
It's 1922; somewhere in Australia. When a Native Australian man is accused of murdering a white woman, three white men (The Fanatic, The Follower and The Veteran) are given the mission of ... See full summary »
11. River Queen (2005)
R | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
13. Broken English (1996)
NC-17 | 92 min | Drama, Romance
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 ... See full summary »
Votes: 621 | Gross: $0.48M
14. Mt. Zion (2013)
96 min | Drama
Turei's family are hard-working potato farm workers in rural New Zealand. A talented musician, Turei dreams of his band being the support act for Bob Marley's 1979 tour. But it's a dream ... See full summary »
17. Land of Fury (1954)
90 min | Adventure, Drama, History
In 1821,among the first British sailors to set foot on New Zealand, Phillip Wayne befriends a Maori tribe's chief, marries in England and returns to New Zealand with a small group of followers to settle.
18. Down by the Riverside (2007)
84 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
New Zealand 1920. Five pregnant, unwed girls are sent to a country house to have their children. Twenty years later, the horrific truth is discovered.
20. Savage Play (1995)
135 min | Drama, Romance
The first NZ Native Rugby Team on a 17 month tour of the U.K. This is a love story from with in that legendary tour of which the Natives did the first Haka before a game of rugby and they wore the black jersey for the first time.
21. The Great Maiden's Blush (2016)
108 min | Drama
When Bunny and Aila face the challenges of new motherhood, they develop a precarious friendship leading each to confront her past and come to terms with the paternity of her baby.
23. Ngati (1987)
92 min | Drama
An Australian doctor comes to a small Maori village where a child is suffering from Leukemia, as he discovers the truth about his heritage the town rallies together to keep the freezing works open.
24. Love Has No Language (2008)
..a girl from India..a boy from New Zealand - two cultures.. two unhappy sets of parents,family and friends.. one unbreakable bond of love - or will they break under the heat of all that is pitted against them?