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, 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: 305,049 | Gross: $335.06M

The Piano (1993)
7.6
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: 74,009 | Gross: $40.16M

Invictus (2009)
7.3
74 metascore

Invictus (2009)

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

Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman), in his first term as President of South African, 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: 142,451 | 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: 17,395 | Gross: $0.26M

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: 41,879

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: 29,770 | 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: 37,909 | 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: 23,274 | 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: 3,507

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: 828

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: 4,260 | 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: 2,419

The Tracker (2002)
7.4
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: 2,189

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: 505

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: 264

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: 716

The Rehearsal (2016)
5.8
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: 219

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: 645 | Gross: $0.48M

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: 55

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: 209

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: 37

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: 346

Brown Eye (2015)

Comedy

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Stars: Mike King, Nathan Rarere, Jamaine Ross

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

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

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: 9

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: 175

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: 190

Colonial Combat

Drama | Post-production

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

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: 315

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: 46

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: 136

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: 233

The Ring Inz (2017– )

30 min | Comedy

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

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: 40

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, Bruno Manser, Annie Sprinkle

Votes: 565

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

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

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

Herbs - Songs of Freedom (2019)

Documentary

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Stars: Annie Crummer, Dave Dobbyn, John Hawkesby, Bob Marley

Votes: 6

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

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: 116

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: 37

Bastion Point: Day 507 (1980)

Documentary, Short

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Directors: Merata Mita, Leon Narbey, Gerd Polhmann

Votes: 6

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: 78

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: 26

Ever the Land (2015)

90 min | Documentary

EVER THE LAND explores the sublime bond between people and their land through a landmark architectural undertaking by one of New Zealand's most passionately independent Maori tribes, Ngai Tuhoe.

Director: Sarah Grohnert

Votes: 14

Turangawaewae (2002)

Drama, Short

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Director: Peter Burger | Stars: Wi Kuki Kaa, Nancy Brunning, Sydney Larkins, Greg Matetaka

Votes: 22

The Maori Merchant of Venice (2002)

Drama

A modern day take on the classic bard tale - with Silver as a movie producer.

Director: Don Selwyn | Stars: Waihoroi Shortland, Ngarimu Daniels, Te Rangihau Gilbert, Scott Morrison

Votes: 28

Savage Play (1995)

135 min | Drama, Romance

The first NZ Native Rugby Team on a 17 month tour of the U.K. This is a love story from with in that legendary tour of which the Natives did the first Haka before a game of rugby and they wore the black jersey for the first time.

Director: Alan Lindsay | Stars: Peter Bland, James Fleming, Stephen Hall, Paris Jefferson

Votes: 20

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