Most Popular Titles With Primary Country of Origin New Zealand


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

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

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: 1,439,098 | 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: 1,422,116 | Gross: $377.85M

3. Mortal Engines (2018)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Post-production

Many years after the "Sixty Minute War," cities survive a now desolate Earth by moving around on giant wheels attacking and devouring smaller towns to replenish their resources.

Director: Christian Rivers | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Stephen Lang, Robert Sheehan, Frankie Adams

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

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

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: 1,285,746 | Gross: $342.55M

5. 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: 420,793 | Gross: $255.12M

6. 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 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: 112,117 | Gross: $3.33M

7. King Kong (2005)

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

7.2
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81 Metascore

In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to the mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.

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

Votes: 355,141 | Gross: $218.08M

8. 800 Words (2015– )

Not Rated | 50 min | Drama

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A recently widowed father quits his job as a popular 800-word columnist for a top-selling Sydney newspaper. Over the Internet, he buys a house on an impulse in a remote New Zealand seaside ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 1,102

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: 79,044 | Gross: $5.20M

10. Dark Tourist (2018– )

TV-MA | 40 min | Documentary

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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: 2,559

11. 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: 71,077 | Gross: $40.16M

12. Heavenly Creatures (1994)

R | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.4
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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: 54,705 | Gross: $3.05M

13. Braindead (1992)

R | 104 min | Comedy, 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: 84,603 | Gross: $0.24M

14. Westside (2015– )

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.1
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Tales of crime and passion in Auckland, New Zealand, spanning from 1974 through to 1979.

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

Votes: 300

15. Wellington Paranormal (2018– )

30 min | Comedy, Crime, Fantasy

7.7
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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: 616

16. The Brokenwood Mysteries (2014– )

Not Rated | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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Detective Senior Sergeant 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: 1,162

17. The Frighteners (1996)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

7.1
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After a tragic car accident 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: 74,450 | Gross: $16.76M

18. Bad Taste (1987)

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

6.7
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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: 40,113

19. The Almighty Johnsons (2011–2013)

47 min | Drama, Fantasy

8.3
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The Almighty Johnsons is a new South Pacific Pictures comedy-drama series about four brothers, raised in heartland New Zealand, who also happen to be the living incarnations of Norse Gods. ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 3,810

20. Meet the Feebles (1989)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

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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: 17,292

21. 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: 15,204 | Gross: $0.26M

22. The Tribe (1999–2003)

30 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

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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: 2,508

23. 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: 36,877 | Gross: $20.78M

24. 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: 28,433 | Gross: $2.20M

25. Outrageous Fortune (2005– )

60 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

8.4
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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: 1,617

26. 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, Marko Realmonte, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 12,048 | Gross: $0.61M

27. 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: 47,934 | Gross: $5.13M

28. All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks (2018– )

TV-14 | Reality-TV, Sport

8.6
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Behind-the-scenes series following the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team throughout 2017, taking an in-depth look at the players and coaches on and off the field.

Stars: Taika Waititi, Ian Foster, Steve Hansen, Rieko Ioane

Votes: 318

29. The Quiet Earth (1985)

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

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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: 22,351 | Gross: $2.12M

30. 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: 36,938 | Gross: $0.08M

31. The Water Horse (2007)

PG | 112 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.5
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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: 34,682 | Gross: $40.41M

32. Shortland Street (1992– )

30 min | Drama

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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: 770

33. Hillary (2016)

Adventure, Biography, Drama

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The biography of Sir Edmund Hillary, who, as a boy, was raised in a strict family, but eventually has to rebel against his stern father's backward ideals, to follow his own convictions. He wants to climb mountains.

Stars: Andrew Munro, Dean O'Gorman, Amy Usherwood, Kelson Henderson

Votes: 106

34. 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 Blake, Kimberley Crossman, Sam Berkley

Votes: 13,200

35. 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, for Tonga with four men on board. After a freak wave turned the boat upside down, they drifted for 119 days before landing on Great Barrier Island.

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

Votes: 1,506

36. Mega Time Squad (2018)

86 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.2
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A small-town crim finds an ancient Chinese time-travel device that can help him pull off a heist and start a new life-but he may not survive the consequences of tampering with time. The ... See full summary »

Director: Tim van Dammen | Stars: Yoson An, Jaya Beach-Robertson, Jonny Brugh, Milo Cawthorne

Votes: 139

37. 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: 28,847

38. Eagle vs Shark (2007)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

6.8
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55 Metascore

Eagle vs Shark is 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: 19,700 | Gross: $0.22M

39. The Changeover (2017)

95 min | Thriller

5.3
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Based on the Carnegie Medal winning novel by Margeret Mahy. Sixteen year-old Laura Chant lives with her mother and four-year-old brother Jacko in a poor new suburb on the edge of a ... See full summary »

Directors: Miranda Harcourt, Stuart McKenzie | Stars: Timothy Spall, Melanie Lynskey, Lucy Lawless, Nicholas Galitzine

Votes: 499

40. Pork Pie (2017)

TV-MA | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.4
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Pork Pie tracks the escapades of a trio of accidental outlaws as they travel the length of the New Zealand in a yellow mini, protesting conformity and chasing lost love, with a posse of cops and a media frenzy hot in their pursuit.

Director: Matt Murphy | Stars: Dean O'Gorman, James Rolleston, Ashleigh Cummings, Antonia Prebble

Votes: 1,226

41. Bloodlines (2010– )

Biography

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In 1999, South African emigrant psychiatrist Colin Bouwer murdered his wife in what he thought was an undetectable manner. He was not counting on the skills and tenacity of New Zealand police and his colleagues in the medical profession.

Stars: Mark Mitchinson, Nathalie Boltt, Craig Hall, Will Hall

Votes: 114

42. The Monster of Mangatiti (2015 TV Movie)

70 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

6.2
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Heather Walsh tells her story of the time she was an emotional prisoner of Bill Cornelius at his remote farm.

Directors: Riccardo Pellizzeri, Philly de Lacey | Stars: Greta Gregory, Mark Mitchinson, Flynn Allan, Mark Warren

Votes: 523

43. The Breaker Upperers (2018)

90 min | Comedy

6.5
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Two women cynical in love, set up an agency to break couples up as a way to avoid letting go and moving on with their lives.

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

Votes: 496

44. In My Father's Den (2004)

R | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.6
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A disillusioned war journalist's return home is blighted when he becomes implicated in the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl he has befriended.

Director: Brad McGann | Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Miranda Otto, Emily Barclay, Colin Moy

Votes: 6,775

45. Harrow (2017)

Horror

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New Zealand TV stars and their eccentric crew are shooting a candid documentary travel series, Showing 'em Round, when their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. They stumble upon ... See full summary »

Stars: Hayley Crawford, Harley Neville, Catriona Toop, Joe Valentine

Votes: 69

46. 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: 23,741 | Gross: $5.66M

47. The Field Guide to Evil (2018)

117 min | Horror

4.6
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A feature-length anthology film. They are known as myths, lore, and folktales. Created to give logic to mankind's darkest fears, these stories laid the foundation for what we now know as the horror genre.

Directors: Ashim Ahluwalia, Can Evrenol, Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz, Katrin Gebbe, Calvin Reeder, Agnieszka Smoczynska, Peter Strickland, Yannis Veslemes | Stars: Jilon VanOver, Birgit Minichmayr, Fatma Mohamed, Sarah Navratil

Votes: 131

48. The Bad Seed (2018)

Drama | Active

The Bad Seed tells the story of two brother's from the same dysfunctional family who have raised themselves up from the desperate days of their early childhood, only to have their newly ... See full summary »

Stars: Matt Minto, Dean O'Gorman, Jodie Hillock, Zoe Jansson-Bush

49. Born Racer (2018)

R | Action, Drama | Completed

The story of the will to win in the words most visually arresting and dynamic auto sport.

Director: Bryn Evans | Stars: Dario Franchitti, Chip Ganassi, Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon

50. The Cul De Sac (2016– )

30 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

6.7
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The Cul De Sac (meaning 'dead end') is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama from New Zealand about a group of teens trying to survive in a world where all of the adults have suddenly vanished along with the Internet and electricity.

Stars: Greta Gregory, Molly Leishman, Simon Mead, Flynn Steward

Votes: 89



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