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: 1,615,788 | Gross: $315.54M

2. 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: 1,600,156 | Gross: $377.85M

3. 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: 1,445,968 | Gross: $342.55M

4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)

PG-13 | 169 min | Adventure, Family, 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: 744,905 | Gross: $303.00M

5. 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: 149,671 | Gross: $3.33M

6. 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: 589,775 | Gross: $258.37M

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: 463,110 | Gross: $255.12M

8. King Kong (2005)

PG-13 | 187 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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81 Metascore

A greedy film producer assembles a team of moviemakers and sets out for the infamous Skull Island, where they find more than just cannibalistic natives.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann

Votes: 383,714 | Gross: $218.08M

9. 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: 103,900 | Gross: $5.20M

10. 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: 77,245 | Gross: $40.16M

11. 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, Nic Sampson, Cristina Serban Ionda

Votes: 2,192

12. 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: 80,336 | Gross: $16.76M

13. 800 Words (2015–2018)

Not Rated | 50 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.8
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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: 1,575

14. Heavenly Creatures (1994)

R | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.3
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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: 58,014 | Gross: $3.05M

15. Dead Alive (1992)

R | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

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: 89,912 | Gross: $0.24M

16. 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: 20,839 | Gross: $0.26M

17. 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: 17,345

18. 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: 43,198

19. 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: Dong-Gun Jang, Kate Bosworth, Geoffrey Rush, Danny Huston

Votes: 25,042 | Gross: $5.66M

20. 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: 38,636 | Gross: $0.08M

21. Outrageous Fortune (2005– )

TV-MA | 60 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: 1,813

22. 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: 30,866 | Gross: $2.20M

23. 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: 51,132 | Gross: $5.13M

24. 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: 38,826 | Gross: $20.78M

25. Savage Islands (1983)

PG | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.2
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A swashbuckling adventure which takes place in the mid-1800's on the South Pacific islands where bloody raids and battles were once the rule of the day.

Director: Ferdinand Fairfax | Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Michael O'Keefe, Max Phipps, Jenny Seagrove

Votes: 1,973 | Gross: $1.96M

26. This Town (2020)

91 min | Comedy

7.8
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A comedy about love, murder and finding the one. Starring David White, Alice May Connolly, Robyn Malcolm and Rima Te Wiata. Coming soon to cinemas.

Director: David White | Stars: Robyn Malcolm, David White, Alice May Connolly, Rima Te Wiata

Votes: 20

27. Head High (2020– )

Drama

7.7
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Head High charts the rise of high school rugby stars, Mana and Tai. Under the guidance of their step-father coach Vince and police officer mum Renee, the brothers fight to achieve the 'Kiwi' dream of the black jersey.

Stars: Miriama McDowell, Craig Hall, Jayden Daniels, Lionel Wellington

Votes: 36

28. 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: 15,428

29. Shadow in the Cloud (2020)

83 min | Action, Horror | Completed

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, Callan Mulvey, Taylor John Smith

30. 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: 22,552 | Gross: $0.22M

31. Wellington Paranormal (2018– )

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

7.5
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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: 1,739

32. The Tribe (1999–2003)

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: 2,768

33. Mosley (2019)

96 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

6.4
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A species of creatures known as "thoriphants" rebel against their life of servitude and embark on a treacherous journey to find the fabled city of Uprights.

Director: Kirby Atkins | Stars: Lucy Lawless, John Rhys-Davies, Rhys Darby, Temuera Morrison

Votes: 492

34. Meet the Feebles (1989)

Not Rated | 97 min | Animation, Comedy, Music

6.7
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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: 18,468

35. Dark Tourist (2018– )

TV-MA | 40 min | Documentary

7.5
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From a nuclear lake to a haunted forest, New Zealand filmmaker and journalist David Farrier ('Tickled') visits unusual -- and often macabre -- tourism spots around the world.

Stars: David Farrier, Robin Brown, Dan Bulter, Daley Catherine

Votes: 5,522

36. 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: 24,086 | Gross: $2.12M

37. Savage (II) (2019)

100 min | Crime, Drama

8.4
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Inspired by the true stories of New Zealand's street gangs across 30 years, SAVAGE follows DANNY at three defining moments in his life as he grows from a boy into the violent enforcer of a gang.

Director: Sam Kelly | Stars: Jake Ryan, John Tui, Chelsie Preston Crayford, Olly Presling

Votes: 18

38. 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: 37,197 | Gross: $40.41M

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

Not Rated | 27 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

7.5
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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: 1,237

40. Shackleton's Captain (2012 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 52 min | Adventure, History

7.5
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Captain Frank Worsley signs on as Captain of the Endurance to navigate Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew to Antarctica. When the expedition ship is crushed; Worsley's seamanship and navigational skills saves them all.

Director: Leanne Pooley | Stars: Craig Parker, Charles Pierard, Hugh Barnard, Blake Henshaw

Votes: 399

41. 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: 31,316

42. Tickled (2016)

R | 92 min | Documentary, Mystery

7.6
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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: 15,853 | Gross: $0.61M

43. My Talks with Dean Spanley (2008)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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Set in Edwardian England where upper lips are always stiff and men from the Colonies are not entirely to be trusted, Fisk Senior has little time or affection for his son, but when the pair visit an eccentric Indian, they start a strange journey that eventually allows the old man to find his heart.

Director: Toa Fraser | Stars: Jeremy Northam, Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, Peter O'Toole

Votes: 3,311

44. Shortland Street (1992– )

30 min | Drama

4.7
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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, Amanda Billing, Peter Mochrie

Votes: 825

45. Westside (2015– )

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: 428

46. 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: 5,071

47. The Dead Lands (2020– )

Action, Fantasy, Horror

5.7
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A new TV series from writer Glenn Standring based on his movie The Dead Lands (2014). In ancient Maori times, an undead warrior and a young tribeswoman team up to find a way to stop the evil dead from rising.

Stars: Te Kohe Tuhaka, Darneen Christian, Vicky Haughton, Calvin Tuteao

Votes: 677

48. We Need to Talk About A.I (2020)

86 min | Documentary, Sci-Fi

6.4
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A new film from acclaimed director, Leanne Pooley.

Director: Leanne Pooley | Stars: Keir Dullea, Sam Harris, Roman Yampolskiy, Max Tegmark

Votes: 155

49. Killer Sofa (2019)

81 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

3.5
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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: 751

50. The Girl on the Bridge (2020)

91 min | Documentary

9.2
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Documentary following a suicide-survivor who has become an advocate for suicidal young people as she makes a web series about a friend who took her own life.

Director: Leanne Pooley | Star: Jazz Thornton

Votes: 12


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