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
Aquaman (2018)
7.0
55 metascore

Aquaman (2018)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa), the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson

Votes: 338,720 | Gross: $335.06M

The Piano (1993)
7.6
89 metascore

The Piano (1993)

R | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance

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: 76,606 | Gross: $40.16M

Boy (I) (2010)
7.5
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: 20,114 | Gross: $0.26M

Invictus (2009)
7.3
74 metascore

Invictus (2009)

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

Nelson Mandela, in his first term as President of South Africa, 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: 146,270 | Gross: $37.49M

Bad Taste (1987)
6.6
52 metascore

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: 42,909

Once Were Warriors (1994)
7.9
77 metascore

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: 30,594 | Gross: $2.20M

Whale Rider (2002)
7.5
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: 38,623 | Gross: $20.78M

The Quiet Earth (1985)

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

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: 23,920 | Gross: $2.12M

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: 3,605

The Dead Lands (2014)
6.3
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: 4,406 | Gross: $0.00M

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: 895

Two Cars, One Night (2004)

12 min | Drama, Romance, Short

Sometimes first love is found in the most unlikely of places, like in the carpark outside the Te Kaha pub.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Rangi Ngamoki, Hutini Waikato, Te Ahiwaru Ngamoki-Richards, Riwai Waka

Votes: 1,830

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: 112

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: 2,467

Green Dolphin Street (1947)

Approved | 141 min | Adventure, Romance, Drama

A young man, loved by two sisters, becomes a naval officer and boards the new clipper ship 'Green Dolphin' to New Zealand, where he drunkenly writes a marriage proposal to the wrong sister, profoundly affecting the life of the other.

Director: Victor Saville | Stars: Van Heflin, Lana Turner, Donna Reed, Richard Hart

Votes: 1,279

The Rehearsal (2016)
5.7
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: 239

The Tracker (2002)
7.3
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: 2,375

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: 373

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: 314

Mahana (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: 782

Mirror, Mirror (1995–1998)

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

When Jo Tiegan is given a 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.

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

Votes: 518

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: 650 | Gross: $0.48M

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: 324

Brown Eye (2015)

Comedy

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Stars: Mike King, Nathan Rarere, Jamaine Ross

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: 42

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: 61

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: 255

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: 40

Ahikaroa (2018– )

Drama

Ahikaroa is a Maori bilingual series which follows the trials and tribulations of best friends Smooch, Hemi and Geo.

Stars: Te Ahorangi Winitana, Turia Schmidt-Peke, Nepia Takuira-Mita, Awhimai Fraser

Votes: 6

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, Tamati Patuwai

Votes: 48

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: 180

This is Us (2020 Video)

Documentary, Short

A series of digital films showcasing the diversity of Muslim New Zealanders' experiences as they reveal what they love the most. Soon after March 15th, when PM Jacinda Arden said, "they are... See full summary »

Director: Ghazaleh Golbakhsh | Stars: Tima Alhaddad, Shaymaa Arif, Dewi Astutipuji, Kareem Adel Ismail

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: 179

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: 237

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: 42

Colonial Combat (2019– )

Drama

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Stars: Erroll Anderson, Mark Hadlow, Lawrence Wharerau, John Wraight

Herbs - Songs of Freedom (2019)

91 min | Documentary

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Stars: Annie Crummer, Dave Dobbyn, Spencer Fusimalohi, John Hawkesby

Votes: 9

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 | Stars: Alexander Brenner, Djossou Dotche, Bruno Manser, Sogyal Rinpoche

Votes: 580

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: 121

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: 198

This Is Piki (2016– )

Drama

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

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: 27

Births, Deaths and Marriages (2019)

73 min | Comedy, Drama

One family. One weekend. One hell of a home video. Births, Deaths and Marriages is a slice of life kiwi comedy about life, death and everything in between.

Director: Beatrice Joblin | Stars: Ariadne Baltazar, Paul Barrett, Terry Binding, Geraldine Brophy

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

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: 81

Rurangi

Drama | Post-production

Burnt-out trans activist Caz returns to the rural dairy community he fled before transition, to reconnect with his father. As father and son reconcile, Caz finds new purpose, spearheading the town's environmental fight against 'Big Dairy'.

Stars: Elz Carrad, Arlo Green, Awahina Rose Ashby, Kirk Torrance

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: 105

Gurl (2021)

20 min | Short, Drama, Musical | Post-production

A musical fantasy with a surprisingly tender love story at its heart, GURL takes place one frantic night as a beautiful young sex worker waits for her salesman lover to whisk her away from ... See full synopsis »

Director: Mika X. | Stars: Jackie Clarke, Regan Taylor, Mika X., Amanaki Prescott-Faletau

Hinekura (2019)

Short, Drama

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

The Market (2005– )

50 min | Drama

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

Votes: 9

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