Maori (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)

Popularity▲ A-Z User Rating Number of Votes US Box Office Runtime Year Release Date Date of Your Rating Your Rating
The Piano (1993)
89 metascore

The Piano (1993)

R | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance

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: 73,136 | Gross: $40.16M

Invictus (2009)
74 metascore

Invictus (2009)

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

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: 141,003 | Gross: $37.49M

Once Were Warriors (1994)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

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: 29,374 | Gross: $2.20M

Bad Taste (1987)

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

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: 41,375

Boy (I) (2010)
70 metascore

Boy (I) (2010)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 16,701 | Gross: $0.26M

Whale Rider (2002)
80 metascore

Whale Rider (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Family

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: 37,613 | Gross: $20.78M

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

Votes: 779

Moby Dick (1998– )

PG | 180 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his Captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.

Stars: Henry Thomas, Patrick Stewart, Bruce Spence, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Votes: 3,462

The Dead Lands (2014)
59 metascore

The Dead Lands (2014)

R | 107 min | Action, Adventure

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: 4,189 | Gross: $0.00M

River Queen (2005)

R | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 2,401

White Lies (I) (2013)

99 min | Drama

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: 334

Mirror, Mirror (1995–1998)

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

When Jo Tiegan is given an oval-shaped mirror, as a gift, by the elderly owner of an antique shop, she is amazed to see another girl's image in the mirror instead of her own reflection. It ... See full summary »

Stars: Petra Yared, Michala Banas, Nicholas Hooper, Judy McIntosh

Votes: 496

The Patriarch (2016)

103 min | Drama

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: 634

The Casketeers (2018– )

TV-14 | Documentary

Maori funeral directors Francis and Kaiora Tipene and staff temper good humor with care and respect as they help Polynesian families cope with loss.

Stars: Francis Tipene, Kaiora Tipene

Votes: 161

Vai (2019)

90 min | Drama

A portmanteau feature film by 9 female Pacific filmmakers and filmed on seven Pacific islands. It is about the journey of empowerment through culture over the lifetime of one woman, Vai.

Directors: Becs Arahanga, Amberley Jo Aumua, Matasila Freshwater, Dianna Fuemana, Miria George, Ofa Guttenbeil, Marina McCartney, Nicole Whippy, Sharon Whippy | Stars: Ro Mereani Adi Tuimatanisiga, Ar-Ramadi Longopoa, Betsy Lania Luitolo, Agnes Pele

Votes: 30

The Tracker (2002)
71 metascore

The Tracker (2002)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, History, Western

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: 2,126

The Rehearsal (2016)
61 metascore

The Rehearsal (2016)

102 min | Drama

First-year acting student Stanley mines his girlfriend's family scandal as material for the end-of-year show at drama school. The result is a moral minefield.

Director: Alison Maclean | Stars: Michelle Ny, James Rolleston, Ella Edward, Erroll Shand

Votes: 211

Broken English (1996)

NC-17 | 92 min | Drama, Romance

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: 643 | Gross: $0.48M

Waru (2017)

86 min | Drama

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: Ainsley Gardiner, Casey Kaa, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, Briar Grace Smith, Paula Whetu Jones, Chelsea Winstanley, Katie Wolfe | Stars: Awahina Rose Ashby, Jonny Brugh, Amber Cureen, Roimata Fox

Votes: 201

Kaitangata Twitch (2010–2011)

23 min | Family, Fantasy

It's fifty years since Shelly Gentry disappeared and 50 is one of those numbers that seem to mean something. People celebrate fifty. In pre-European New Zealand, the tiny Island of ... See full summary »

Stars: Te Waimarie Kessell, George Henare, Charles Mesure, Miriama Smith

Votes: 39

Mataku (2002–2005)

30 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

30 minute dramas based on Maori legend. Introduced by Temuera Morrison.

Stars: Calvin Tuteao, Lawrence Makoare, Hemi Rudoph, Hori Ahipene

Votes: 45

Find Me a Maori Bride (2015– )

30 min | Comedy

Follows two cousins on their quest to find Maori brides within 6 months to fulfill the will requirements of their grandmother in order to inherit the family land holdings worth 47 million dollars.

Stars: Amanda Billing, Nikora Edwards, Cohen Holloway, Te Kohe Tuhaka

Votes: 35

Brown Boys (2019)

92 min | Comedy

A coming-of-age film about six Samoan men growing up in South Auckland, New Zealand.

Director: Hans Masoe | Stars: Hans Masoe, Lagi Farani, Johnny Aukusitino, Suivai Autagavaia

Votes: 5

Hinekura (2019)

Short, Drama | Post-production

On the day she gets her first menses, Hinekura is initiated into adulthood with ceremony and blessings. She's taken to a wananga where her role within the tribe is revealed to her.

Director: Becs Arahanga | Stars: Kahumako Rameka, Mere Boynton, Aporonia Arahanga, Kasina Campbell

Brown Eye (2015)


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Stars: Mike King, Nathan Rarere, Jamaine Ross

Mt. Zion (2013)

96 min | Drama

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: 231

Ahikaroa (2018– )


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Stars: Zoe Boyle, Michael Whittaker, Chelsea Belle, Shuuko Calderón

Rain of the Children (2008)

98 min | Documentary, Drama

Puhi was chosen at age 12 by the great Tuhoe prophet Rua Kenana to marry his son, Whatu, and goes on to have an extraordinary life of hardship and wonder showing her fortitude through life ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Ward | Stars: Harmony Wihapi, Melody Wihapi, Mikaira Tawhara, Miriama Rangi

Votes: 177

Land of Fury (1954)

90 min | Adventure, Drama, History

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: 133

Kawa (2010)

Not Rated | 76 min | Drama, Romance

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: 308

This Is Piki (2016– )


Directed by Kiel McNaughton, "This is Piki" is a Maori drama series produced by well known actor Cliff Curtis, also featuring Temurea Morrison, most often recognized for his role as "Jake ... See full synopsis »

Stars: Tia Maipi, Eds Eramiha, Aroha Hathaway, Kimo Houltham

Matariki (2010)

92 min | Drama

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: 103

Orphans & Kingdoms (2014)

74 min | Drama

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: 31

Lucky People Center International (1998)

85 min | Documentary, Music

The film is a journey through some twenty countries where existential issues are addressed and the participants have all taken a stand against modern society and trying to make human life better.

Directors: Erik Pauser, Johan Söderberg

Votes: 555

Waitangi: What Really Happened (2011 TV Movie)

68 min | History

A dramatization of the days leading up to 6 February 1840 when the gathered Maori leaders signed the Treaty of Waitangi, told in recreations and interviews with the participants and locals.

Director: Peter Burger | Stars: George Henare, Rawiri Paratene, Calvin Tuteao, Jarod Rawiri

Votes: 25

Twilight of the Gods (1996)

15 min | Short, War

Following a pitched battle, a Maori warrior finds a wounded European soldier and helps him back to health. How will this clash of cultures in a time of warfare turn out?

Director: Stewart Main | Stars: Greg Mayor, Marton Csokas, John Maunsell, Tony Kingi

Votes: 188

Only in Aotearoa (2015– )


It's back for round two with the brownest, funniest and cockiest sketch comedy trio, Jamaine Ross, James Roque and Pax Assadi. Be warned, these boys are not afraid to test the boundaries, ... See full summary »

Stars: Pax Assadi, Zoe Boyle, Tammy Davis, Jessica Hansell

Votes: 12

Maunga (Mountain) (2019)

Short, Drama | Post-production

On Christmas Eve 1944, three teenagers who have lost everything, come together on one night and become family.

Directors: Wanda Lepionka, David Strong | Stars: Phoenix Connolly, John Landreth, Dra McKay, Kawakawa Fox-Reo

The Market (2005– )

50 min | Drama

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Stars: Chris Graham, Gina Varela, Phil Brown, Nathaniel Lees

Votes: 9

Love Has No Language (2008)


..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: 7

Down by the Riverside (2007)

84 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

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

Patu! (1983)

112 min | Documentary, Sport

A documentary about demonstrations against apartheid when South Africa's rugby team tours New Zealand.

Director: Merata Mita

Votes: 35

The Ring Inz (2017– )

30 min | Comedy

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Stars: Hori Ahipene, William Davis, Mana Epiha, Stephanie Huriana Fong

Ngati (1987)

92 min | Drama

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: 77

The Grave Digger of Kapu (2018)

16 min | Short, Drama

The last gravedigger in a Maori community struggles to find a younger man to whom he can pass on his skills and knowledge.

Director: Libby Hakaraia | Star: Jim Moriarty

The Great Maiden's Blush (2016)

108 min | Drama

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: 21

The Lost Pearl (2016)

23 min | Short, Romance

A life changing event sends Tane back to Tahiti where he will have to reconnect to his self and and love again.

Director: Temuera Morrison

Once Bitten (2009– )

52 min | Documentary

A documentary about second time round relationships. It explores the way we love in today's complex world and survive to tell the tale.

Reset (I) (2016 TV Movie)

50 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

When the Earth speaks... who will listen? RESET is about a Maori boy prophet, JUSTIN, who intercepts a communication between our dying planet and caretaker aliens from a distant galaxy, and must embark on a quest with his friends.

Director: Darren Simmonds | Stars: Shizandra Bowden, Stephen Butterworth, Maxine Cunliffe, Carl Drake

Votes: 41

Poi E (2016)

92 min | Documentary, Biography, Family

POI E is the story of the creation of New Zealand's iconic song of celebration, the song that became the unofficial national anthem.

Director: Te Arepa Kahi | Stars: Patea Maori Club, Ngoi Pewhairangi, Maaka Pohatu, Dalvanius Prime

Votes: 113

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