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)
6.9
55 metascore

Aquaman (2018)

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

Arthur Curry, 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: 394,710 | 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: 80,261 | Gross: $40.16M

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: 152,081 | Gross: $37.49M

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: 22,956 | Gross: $0.26M

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: 31,921 | Gross: $2.20M

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: 44,559

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: 39,855 | Gross: $20.78M

Vegas (2021– )

Action, Crime

Vegas is set in a fictional world very like modern-day Aotearoa, but in truth it could be a thousand-year tale of warring Norsemen.

Stars: Cian Elyse White, Eds Eramiha, Dahnu Graham, Katie Wolfe

Votes: 60

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: 24,816 | 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: 3,728

The Stolen (II) (2017)

TV-14 | 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: Graham McTavish, Alice Eve, Jack Davenport, Richard O'Brien

Votes: 1,137

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: 4,633 | Gross: $0.00M

Cousins (III) (2021)

98 min | Drama

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, Chelsie Preston Crayford, Miriama Smith, Cian Elyse White

Votes: 93

The Dead Lands (2020– )

Action, Fantasy, Horror

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: 791

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: 2,512

Green Dolphin Street (1947)

Approved | 141 min | Adventure, Romance, Drama

A young man, loved by two sisters, becomes a naval officer and sails 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: 1,415

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: 654 | Gross: $0.48M

Two Cars, One Night (2003)

12 min | Short, Drama, Romance

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: 2,180

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: 398

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: 47

Chiếc Gương Kỳ Diệu (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: 541

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: 829

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: 414

Rurangi (2020)

87 min | Drama

After skipping town a decade ago, transgender activist Caz Davis returns to the remote, politically divided dairy community of Rurangi, hoping to reconnect with his estranged father, who hasn't heard from him since before Caz transitioned.

Director: Max Currie | Stars: Elz Carrad, Arlo Green, Awhina-Rose Ashby, Kirk Torrance

Votes: 49

Ani (2019)

13 min | Short, Drama

9-year-old Ani drifts into a land of play and make believe after her mother runs out on the family - leaving Ani and her father to fend for themselves.

Director: Josephine Stewart-Tewhiu | Stars: Isabella Evans, Maaka Pohatu

Votes: 15

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: 154

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: 41

Snakeskin (2001)

R | 94 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A hitchhiker takes two kids on the ride of their dreams, but they soon learn that their newfound hero is just as capable of delivering nightmares.

Director: Gillian Ashurst | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Boyd Kestner, Dean O'Gorman, Oliver Driver

Votes: 471

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: 345

Ahikaroa (2018– )

Drama

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

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

Votes: 8

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

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: Awhina-Rose Ashby, Jonny Brugh, Amber Curreen, Roimata Fox

Votes: 271

Colonial Combat (2019–2021)

Drama

Colonial Combat takes a laugh at our unofficial NZ colonial history. It's a dog eat dog world, where colourful characters compete inside and outside of the ring.

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

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: 184

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

Rurangi (2020– )

96 min | Drama

After skipping town a decade ago, transgender activist Caz Davis returns to the remote, politically divided dairy community of Rurangi, hoping to reconnect with his estranged father, who hasn't heard from him since before Caz transitioned.

Stars: Elz Carrad, Arlo Green, Awhina-Rose Ashby, Kirk Torrance

Votes: 14

Brown Eye (2015)

Comedy

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Stars: Mike King, Nathan Rarere, Jamaine Ross

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: 206

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: 266

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: 215

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: 39

Hinekura (2019)

17 min | 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

Votes: 8

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, Sergio Harford

The Market (2005– )

50 min | Drama

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

Votes: 9

Kaikohe Demolition (2004)

52 min | Documentary

In Kaikohe, a small, poor and vibrant town in the far north of Aotearoa, locals, interviewed in the thermal hot springs, participate in demolition derbies.

Director: Florian Habicht | Stars: Uncle Bim, Uncle Bimm, Ben Haretuku, Carmen Zielinski

Votes: 66

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: 601

The Ring Inz (2017– )

30 min | Comedy

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

The Untold Tales of Tuteremoana (2022 TV Movie)

Fantasy | Post-production

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Director: Hiona Henare | Stars: Lawrence Makoare, Rita Peihopa, Isis Bradley

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

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

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