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: 1,712,199 | Gross: $315.54M

2. 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: 774,281 | Gross: $303.00M

3. Jojo Rabbit (2019)

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

7.9
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58 Metascore

A young boy in Hitler's army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

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

Votes: 330,086 | Gross: $0.35M

4. 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: 616,237 | Gross: $258.37M

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

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

8.9
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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: 1,691,234 | Gross: $377.85M

6. Wellington Paranormal (2018– )

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: 2,858

7. 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: 488,888 | Gross: $255.12M

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

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

8.7
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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: 1,529,011 | Gross: $342.55M

9. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Horror

7.7
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76 Metascore

Viago, Deacon and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane - 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: 164,390 | Gross: $3.33M

10. 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: 3,173

11. Shadow in the Cloud (2020)

R | 83 min | Action, Horror, War

4.8
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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: 18,794

12. Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)

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

7.9
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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: 118,069 | 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 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: 84,272 | Gross: $16.76M

14. The Piano (1993)

R | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.6
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89 Metascore

In the mid-19th century, a mute woman is sent to 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: 81,178 | Gross: $40.16M

15. 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, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititi, Moerangi Tihore

Votes: 23,609 | Gross: $0.26M

16. 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: 61,359 | Gross: $3.05M

17. 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: 93,129 | Gross: $0.24M

18. 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: 19,845

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: 32,411 | Gross: $2.20M

20. Creamerie (2021– )

24 min | Comedy

6.9
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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, J.J. Fong, Perlina Lau, Jay Ryan

Votes: 347

21. The Gulf (2019– )

45 min | Crime

6.5
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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, Alison Bruce, Timmie Cameron

Votes: 682

22. The Warrior's Way (2010)

R | 100 min | Action, Fantasy, Western

6.3
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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: 25,747 | Gross: $5.66M

23. 800 Words (2015–2018)

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

8.0
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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: 1,850

24. Bad Taste (1987)

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

6.6
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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: 45,114

25. Cousins (III) (2021)

98 min | Drama

7.0
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94 Metascore

Entwines the very different lives of three Maori girls, cousins, through tumultuous decades, after one of them is taken from her family and raised in an orphanage.

Directors: Ainsley Gardiner, Briar Grace Smith | Stars: Rachel House, Cohen Holloway, Ana Scotney, Chelsie Preston Crayford

Votes: 249

26. 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: 53,016 | Gross: $5.13M

27. Outrageous Fortune (2005–2010)

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

8.3
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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: 1,959

28. 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: 38,883 | Gross: $40.41M

29. The Almighty Johnsons (2011–2013)

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

8.2
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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: 4,387

30. 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 Lei Howden | Stars: Milo Cawthorne, James Joshua Blake, Kimberley Crossman, Sam Berkley

Votes: 16,459

31. 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: 39,716 | Gross: $0.08M

32. The Sounds (2020)

44 min | Drama, Thriller

6.4
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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: 820

33. 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: 20,446

34. Eagle vs Shark (2007)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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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: 23,642 | Gross: $0.22M

35. One Lane Bridge (2020– )

TV-14 | 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, Alison Bruce, Aidee Walker

Votes: 532

36. 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: 41,460 | Gross: $20.78M

37. 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: 17,304 | Gross: $0.61M

38. The Quiet Earth (1985)

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

6.8
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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: 25,159 | Gross: $2.12M

39. Killer Sofa (2019)

81 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

3.6
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A killer reclining chair becomes enchanted by a girl and starts committing crimes of passion.

Director: Bernie Rao | Stars: Jed Brophy, Jordan Rivers, Piimio Mei, Nathalie Morris

Votes: 1,797

40. Coming Home in the Dark (2021)

93 min | Horror, Thriller

6.7
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A school teacher is forced to confront a brutal act from his past when a pair of ruthless drifters takes him and his family on a nightmare road-trip.

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

Votes: 132

41. What We Do in the Shadows: Interviews with Some Vampires (2005)

Not Rated | 27 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

7.6
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Three male vampires who share an apartment are interviewed by a TV crew.

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

Votes: 1,589

42. The Justice of Bunny King (2021)

101 min | Drama

8.6
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A triumph over adversity tale about women fighting their way back from the bottom of society.

Director: Gaysorn Thavat | Stars: Thomasin McKenzie, Essie Davis, Xana Tang, Ryan O'Kane

Votes: 42

43. Shortland Street (1992– )

30 min | Drama

4.8
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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, Sam Bunkall

Votes: 891

44. The Adventures of Tintin: Red Rackham's Treasure

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

45. Baby Done (2020)

91 min | Comedy

6.1
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64 Metascore

Wannabe-adventurer Zoe freaks out when she falls pregnant to her long-term boyfriend Tim. As Tim embraces the prospect of fatherhood, Zoe attempts to rush through her dreams.

Director: Curtis Vowell | Stars: Rose Matafeo, Matthew Lewis, Emily Barclay, Rachel House

Votes: 906

46. Housebound (2014)

Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

6.8
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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: 32,849

47. Abandoned (VI) (2015)

TV-14 | 86 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

6.3
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In 1989 the trimaran Rose Noelle set sail from Picton, New Zealand, bound for Tonga with four crew. After a freak wave capsized the yacht, they drifted for 119 days before landing on Great Barrier Island.

Director: John Laing | Stars: Dominic Purcell, Peter Feeney, Owen Black, Greg Johnson

Votes: 2,716

48. 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: 539

49. 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: 2,884

50. The Breaker Upperers (2018)

90 min | Comedy

5.9
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76 Metascore

For the right price, BFFs Jen and Mel will ruthlessly end any romance. But when one grows a conscience, it threatens to derail their relationship.

Directors: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek | Stars: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek, James Rolleston, Celia Pacquola

Votes: 5,663


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