Most Popular Maori-Language Feature Films


1. Boy (I) (2010)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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70 Metascore

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.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: James Rolleston, Taika Waititi, Moerangi Tihore, Cherilee Martin

Votes: 12,189 | Gross: $0.26M

2. The Piano (1993)

R | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.6
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89 Metascore

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.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin

Votes: 68,335 | Gross: $40.16M

3. Once Were Warriors (1994)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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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.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, Julian Arahanga

Votes: 27,264 | Gross: $2.20M

4. Invictus (2009)

PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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74 Metascore

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.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng

Votes: 133,066 | Gross: $37.49M

5. Whale Rider (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Family

7.6
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80 Metascore

A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 35,914 | Gross: $20.78M

6. The Stolen (II) (2017)

98 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The story of a woman who must find her kidnapped son, navigating a world she doesn't know, on the edge of danger with every heartbeat.

Director: Niall Johnson | Stars: Alice Eve, Graham McTavish, Jack Davenport, Richard O'Brien

7. The Dead Lands (2014)

R | 107 min | Action, Adventure

6.3
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59 Metascore

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.

Director: Toa Fraser | Stars: James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare, Te Kohe Tuhaka, Xavier Horan

Votes: 3,820 | Gross: $0.00M

8. Waru (2017)

88 min | Drama

7.5
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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

Votes: 47

9. Mahana (2016)

103 min | Drama

7.3
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From the author of "The Whale Rider", a tale of family rivalry and reconciliation, set against the stunning backdrop of rural New Zealand in the 1960s.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Temuera Morrison, Akuhata Keefe, Nancy Brunning, Jim Moriarty

Votes: 490

10. The Tracker (2002)

90 min | Drama, History, Western

7.5
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71 Metascore

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 »

Director: Rolf de Heer | Stars: David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Damon Gameau, Grant Page

Votes: 1,890

11. River Queen (2005)

R | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.0
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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.

Director: Vincent Ward | Stars: Samantha Morton, Kiefer Sutherland, Cliff Curtis, Temuera Morrison

Votes: 2,278

12. White Lies (I) (2013)

99 min | Drama

6.7
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A medicine woman - a giver of life - is asked to hide a secret which may protect one life but which will destroy another.

Director: Dana Rotberg | Stars: Whirimako Black, Rachel House, Antonia Prebble, Nancy Brunning

Votes: 232

13. Broken English (1996)

NC-17 | 92 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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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, despite his angry objections. Eddie is the Maori she takes as her ... See full summary »

Director: Gregor Nicholas | Stars: Aleksandra Vujcic, Julian Arahanga, Rade Serbedzija, Marton Csokas

Votes: 621 | Gross: $0.48M

14. Mt. Zion (2013)

96 min | Drama

5.9
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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 »

Director: Te Arepa Kahi | Stars: Stan Walker, Temuera Morrison, Miriama Smith, Darcy Ray Flavell-Hudson

Votes: 220

15. Kawa (2010)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama, Romance

6.1
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An apparently happy family man must reveal a lifelong secret - that he is gay.

Director: Katie Wolfe | Stars: Calvin Tuteao, Nathalie Boltt, George Henare, Vicky Haughton

Votes: 283

16. Orphans & Kingdoms (2014)

74 min | Drama

7.7
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One night. One house. One Island. Everything changes for a lonely man and three delinquent kids.

Director: Paolo Rotondo | Stars: Colin Moy, Calae Hignett-Morgan, Hanelle Harris, Jesse James Rehu Pickery

Votes: 30

17. Land of Fury (1954)

90 min | Adventure, Drama, History

5.6
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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.

Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Jack Hawkins, Glynis Johns, Noel Purcell, Inia Te Wiata

Votes: 114

18. Down by the Riverside (2007)

84 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

5.5
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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.

Directors: Brad Davison, Marama Killen | Stars: Shane Burns, Jo Eggleton, Lydia Farley, Jordan-Leigh Foulds

Votes: 35

19. Matariki (2010)

Drama

6.8
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A random act of violence leaves eight people in crisis, searching for hope and new beginnings, as the Matariki constellation (Maori New Year) rises in the Southern skies.

Director: Michael Bennett | Stars: Jason Wu, Xana Tang, Michael Whalley, Alix Bushnell

Votes: 100

20. Savage Play (1995)

135 min | Drama, Romance

5.2
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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.

Director: Alan Lindsay | Stars: Peter Bland, James Fleming, Paris Jefferson, Peter Kaa

Votes: 20

21. The Great Maiden's Blush (2016)

108 min | Drama

8.4
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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.

Directors: Andrea Bosshard, Shane Loader | Stars: Renee Lyons, Miriama McDowell, K.C. Kelly, Carl Drake

Votes: 18

22. The Feathers of Peace (2000)

82 min | Drama

7.2
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Director: Barry Barclay | Stars: John Callen, William Davis, Alan de Malmanche, Star Gossage

Votes: 15

23. Ngati (1987)

92 min | Drama

7.3
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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.

Director: Barry Barclay | Stars: Tuta Ngarimu Tamati, Iranui Haig, Tawai Moana, Michael Tibble

Votes: 72

24. Love Has No Language (2008)

Romance

6.2
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..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?

Director: Ken Khan | Stars: Rati Agnihotri, Yazmeen Baker, James Gray, Sam Iosefo

Votes: 5

25. The Maori Merchant of Venice (2002)

Drama

6.9
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A modern day take on the classic bard tale - with Silver as a movie producer.

Director: Don Selwyn | Stars: Waihoroi Shortland, Ngarimu Daniels, Te Rangihau Gilbert, Scott Morrison

Votes: 27

26. He Wawata Whaea (2009)

52 min | Biography

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Director: Shirley Horrocks