New Zealand (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

PG-13 | 178 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.8
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92 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

Votes: 1,866,059 | Gross: $315.54M

2. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

PG-13 | 201 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

9.0
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94 Metascore

Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,836,961 | Gross: $377.85M

3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Fantasy

7.8
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58 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis

Votes: 827,668 | Gross: $303.00M

4. Jojo Rabbit (2019)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, War

7.9
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58 Metascore

A young German boy in the Hitler Youth whose hero and imaginary friend is the country's dictator is shocked to discover that his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi

Votes: 387,618 | Gross: $33.37M

5. The Power of the Dog (2021)

R | 126 min | Drama, Romance, Western

6.8
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89 Metascore

Charismatic rancher Phil Burbank inspires fear and awe in those around him. When his brother brings home a new wife and her son, Phil torments them until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Kodi Smit-McPhee

Votes: 173,742

6. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

PG-13 | 179 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.8
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87 Metascore

While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom

Votes: 1,658,704 | Gross: $342.55M

7. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

PG-13 | 161 min | Adventure, Fantasy

7.8
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66 Metascore

The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott

Votes: 663,740 | Gross: $258.37M

8. The Brokenwood Mysteries (2014– )

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.9
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Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd arrives on assignment in Brokenwood, a small town where memories - and animosities - run deep.

Stars: Neill Rea, Fern Sutherland, Cristina Serban Ionda, Nic Sampson

Votes: 5,211

9. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)

PG-13 | 144 min | Adventure, Fantasy

7.4
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59 Metascore

Bilbo and company are forced to engage in a war against an array of combatants and keep the Lonely Mountain from falling into the hands of a rising darkness.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 533,345 | Gross: $255.12M

10. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Horror

7.6
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76 Metascore

Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are vampires who are struggling with the mundane aspects of modern life, like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

Directors: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi | Stars: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Jonny Brugh

Votes: 185,117 | Gross: $3.33M

11. Shadow in the Cloud (2020)

R | 83 min | Action, Horror, War

5.0
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66 Metascore

A female WWII pilot traveling with top secret documents on a B-17 Flying Fortress encounters an evil presence on board the flight.

Director: Roseanne Liang | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Beulah Koale, Taylor John Smith

Votes: 27,305

12. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

PG-13 | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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81 Metascore

A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House

Votes: 131,334 | Gross: $5.20M

13. The Frighteners (1996)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.1
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52 Metascore

After a tragic car accident that kills his wife, a man discovers he can communicate with the dead, and he uses that gift 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.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter Dobson, John Astin

Votes: 89,699 | Gross: $16.76M

14. Dead Alive (1992)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.5
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54 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Timothy Balme, Diana Peñalver, Elizabeth Moody, Ian Watkin

Votes: 98,265 | Gross: $0.24M

15. Heavenly Creatures (1994)

R | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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86 Metascore

Two teenage girls share a unique bond; their parents, concerned that the friendship is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent

Votes: 64,291 | Gross: $3.05M

16. Mister Organ (2022)

96 min | Documentary

7.8
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Journalist David Farrier (Tickled) is drawn into a game of cat and mouse with a mysterious individual. Delving deeper he unearths a trail of court cases, royal bloodlines and ruined lives, in this true story of psychological warfare.

Director: David Farrier

Votes: 94

17. Boy (I) (2010)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

7.5
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70 Metascore

Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan who lives on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, 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, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititi, Moerangi Tihore

Votes: 27,002 | Gross: $0.26M

18. Wellington Paranormal (2018–2022)

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

7.6
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Sergeant Maaka, and Officers Minogue and O'Leary, are members of the Wellington, New Zealand, police. Their job is to investigate paranormal phenomena.

Stars: Mike Minogue, Karen O'Leary, Maaka Pohatu, Thomas Sainsbury

Votes: 6,206

19. Once Were Warriors (1994)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

7.9
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77 Metascore

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: 34,667 | Gross: $2.20M

20. One Lane Bridge (2020– )

TV-14 | 52 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

6.5
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During a murder investigation at Queenstown's infamous One Lane Bridge, ambitious young Maori Detective, Ariki Davis, inadvertently reawakens a spiritual gift that endangers the case, his career and his life.

Stars: Dominic Ona-Ariki, Joel Tobeck, Phoebe McKellar, Alex Walker

Votes: 1,104

21. 6 Days (I) (2017)

R | 94 min | Action, Drama, History

6.2
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36 Metascore

Based on the Iranian Embassy siege of 1980, this action-thriller dramatizes a six-day standoff between armed Iranian Arabs and SAS soldiers ready for a counterattack.

Director: Toa Fraser | Stars: Jamie Bell, Mark Strong, Abbie Cornish, Martin Shaw

Votes: 22,382

22. Bad Taste (1987)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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52 Metascore

The population of a small town disappears and is replaced by aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Terry Potter, Pete O'Herne, Craig Smith, Mike Minett

Votes: 47,401

23. Whale Rider (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Family

7.5
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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: 42,718 | Gross: $20.78M

24. Eagle vs Shark (2007)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

6.7
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55 Metascore

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.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Loren Taylor, Jemaine Clement, Craig Hall, Joel Tobeck

Votes: 25,037 | Gross: $0.22M

25. The World's Fastest Indian (2005)

PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.8
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68 Metascore

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.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Diane Ladd, Iain Rea, Tessa Mitchell

Votes: 55,438 | Gross: $5.13M

26. 800 Words (2015–2018)

TV-PG | 50 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.9
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A recently widowed father quits his job as a popular 800-word columnist for a top-selling Sydney newspaper.

Stars: Erik Thomson, Melina Vidler, Benson Jack Anthony, Michelle Langstone

Votes: 2,344

27. Meet the Feebles (1989)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

6.6
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Multiple animals and insects experience the sleazier side of show business while working on a variety show.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Danny Mulheron, Donna Akersten, Stuart Devenie, Mark Hadlow

Votes: 21,381

28. Coming Home in the Dark (2021)

TV-MA | 93 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

5.7
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64 Metascore

A schoolteacher is forced to confront a brutal act from his past when a pair of ruthless drifters take his family and him on a nightmare road trip.

Director: James Ashcroft | Stars: Daniel Gillies, Erik Thomson, Miriama McDowell, Matthias Luafutu

Votes: 5,973

29. Black Sheep (2006)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.8
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62 Metascore

An experiment in genetic engineering turns harmless sheep into bloodthirsty killers that terrorize a sprawling New Zealand farm.

Director: Jonathan King | Stars: Oliver Driver, Nathan Meister, Tammy Davis, Matthew Chamberlain

Votes: 40,992 | Gross: $0.08M

30. The Warrior's Way (2010)

R | 100 min | Action, Fantasy, Western

6.2
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45 Metascore

A warrior-assassin is forced to hide in a small town in the American Badlands after refusing a mission.

Director: Sngmoo Lee | Stars: Jang Dong-Gun, Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush, Danny Huston

Votes: 26,569 | Gross: $5.66M

31. The Water Horse (2007)

PG | 112 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.4
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71 Metascore

A lonely boy discovers a mysterious egg that hatches a sea creature of Scottish legend.

Director: Jay Russell | Stars: Emily Watson, David Morrissey, Alex Etel, Bruce Allpress

Votes: 41,357 | Gross: $40.41M

32. Housebound (2014)

Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

6.7
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Gerard Johnstone | Stars: Morgana O'Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru, Ross Harper

Votes: 35,332

33. Shortland Street (1992– )

30 min | Drama

4.6
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Shortland Street, a five-night-a-week soap set in an Auckland City hospital, follows the complicated personal and professional lives of its staff, family and friends.

Stars: Michael Galvin, Ben Mitchell, Sally Martin, Ben Barrington

Votes: 985

34. The Exchange (VI) (2021)

105 min | Drama

6.6
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Sabina and Esther's relationship is pushed to breaking point when international exchange student Annie comes to stay. The Exchange is a new feature film from the creators of Flunk.

Director: Rob McLaughlin | Stars: Mirene Castelltort, Lucy Wyma, Celine Dam, Xavier Garneau-Roughan

Votes: 46

35. Outrageous Fortune (2005–2010)

TV-MA | 45 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.5
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When career criminal Wolfgang West gets put away for four years, his wife Cheryl decides it's time for her family to go straight. But can the Wests change the habits of a lifetime?

Stars: Robyn Malcolm, Antony Starr, Siobhan Marshall, Antonia Prebble

Votes: 2,231

36. Tickled (2016)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

7.5
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76 Metascore

Journalist David Farrier stumbles upon a mysterious tickling competition online. As he delves deeper he comes up against fierce resistance, but that doesn't stop him getting to the bottom of a story stranger than fiction.

Directors: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve | Stars: David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, David Starr, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 18,943 | Gross: $0.61M

37. The Tribe (1999–2003)

TV-PG | 30 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

7.6
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A group of young adults struggle to survive in a world where all the adults have been killed by a mysterious virus.

Stars: Caleb Ross, Victoria Spence, Meryl Cassie, Antonia Prebble

Votes: 3,052

38. Creamerie (2021– )

24 min | Comedy

6.7
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In the not too distant future, a viral plague has swept the earth. In a matter of weeks, it decimated 99% of men. The 1% were sent to The Facility in New Zealand but didn't survive. Or did they?

Stars: Ally Xue, JJ Fong, Perlina Lau, Jay Ryan

Votes: 863

39. Deathgasm (2015)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

6.3
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65 Metascore

Two teenage boys unwittingly summon an ancient evil entity known as The Blind One by delving into black magic while trying to escape their mundane lives.

Director: Jason Howden | Stars: Milo Cawthorne, James Joshua Blake, Kimberley Crossman, Sam Berkley

Votes: 17,973

40. The Adventures of Tintin: Red Rackham's Treasure (2027)

Animation, Action, Adventure | Announced

Based on the comic book Prisoners of the Sun, where Tintin and Haddock head to South America to find a cure for their friend professor Calculus.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Andy Serkis, Jamie Bell

41. Nude Tuesday (2022)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.7
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79 Metascore

A suburban couple goes to a new-age retreat as a last ditch attempt to save their marriage. Their path to reconnection is riddled with hilarity and humiliation as they seek to find themselves and each other.

Director: Armagan Ballantyne | Stars: Jackie van Beek, Damon Herriman, Jemaine Clement, Ian Zaro

Votes: 580

42. The Almighty Johnsons (2011–2013)

TV-14 | 47 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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Four brothers living in New Zealand are modern reincarnations of Norse gods.

Stars: Emmett Skilton, Timothy Balme, Dean O'Gorman, Jared Turner

Votes: 4,727

43. Under the Vines (2021– )

60 min | Comedy

7.3
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Rebecca Gibney and Charles Edwards star as two city slickers who inherit a failing vineyard in rural New Zealand.. the only problems are that neither of them has ever done a hard days' work- and they despise one another.

Stars: Rebecca Gibney, Charles Edwards, Trae Te Wiki, Simon Mead

Votes: 733

44. The Quiet Earth (1985)

R | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.7
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A man named Zac Hobson awakens to find himself alone in the world. In a desperate attempt to search for others, he finds only two who have their own agenda.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge, Pete Smith, Anzac Wallace

Votes: 26,361 | Gross: $2.12M

45. Juniper (IV) (2021)

94 min | Drama

6.5
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When a self-destructive teenager is suspended from school and asked to look after his feisty alcoholic grandmother as a punishment, the crazy time they spend together turns his life around.

Director: Matthew J. Saville | Stars: Charlotte Rampling, Marton Csokas, George Ferrier, Edith Poor

Votes: 882

46. There Is No I in Threesome (2021)

TV-MA | 88 min | Documentary, Drama

5.5
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Before tying the knot, Ollie and Zoe want to try something new.

Director: Jan Oliver Lucks | Stars: Jan Oliver Lucks, Natalie Medlock, Simon London, Siobhan Price

Votes: 783

47. The Gulf (2019– )

45 min | Crime

6.7
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A detective's personal and professional life start to unravel when she is involved in a fatal car accident and begins to lose her memory.

Stars: Kate Elliott, Ido Drent, Timmie Cameron, Dahnu Graham

Votes: 1,351

48. Muru (2022)

104 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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Inspired by actual events, MURU is the story of a local Police Sergeant 'Taffy' Tawharau (Cliff Curtis), who must choose between his badge and his people, when the Government launches an ... See full summary »

Director: Tearepa Kahi | Stars: Cliff Curtis, Jay Ryan, Manu Bennett, Simone Kessell

Votes: 120

49. The Sounds (2020)

44 min | Drama, Thriller

6.5
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Maggie and Tom Cabbott move to the town of Pelorus to escape the oppressive influence of Tom's family. But when he disappears, unsettling facts about Tom soon come to light and the search brings long-buried wounds to the surface.

Stars: Rachelle Lefevre, Matt Whelan, Matt Nable, Emily Piggford

Votes: 1,204

50. Westside (2015– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.0
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Tales of crime and passion in Auckland, New Zealand, spanning from 1974 through to 1984.

Stars: Antonia Prebble, David de Lautour, Daniel Musgrove, Pana Hema Taylor

Votes: 684


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