Native Americans are the indigenous people of America. While the white settlers came to the continent about 500 years ago, Native American tribes had been living there for what can be traced back to 15,000 years. So, when you think about the number of people who remain, you are forced to consider the situations that lead to such a massive decline in their numbers. However, we will not go into further details of this discussion. If we begin discussing the history of America, then we’ll be here forever. This isn’t a history lesson, but knowing the things of the past is very important to understand the present and the future.
A large number of movies are made every year, but there is a very small percentage, if any at all, that centres around the stories of the American Indians. They had struggled when the Europeans arrived, and even now, they have struggles that are rarely paid any attention. Hollywood isn’t helping either. With very few numbers of films and series that come out about them, there is an even smaller number of them on Netflix. Here is the list of really good Native American movies on Netflix.
7. The Red Road (2014-15)
The show revolves around a local cop struggling to keep his family together while simultaneously policing two clashing communities: the small town where he grew up and the neighboring mountains, home of a Native American tribe. After a terrible tragedy and coverup occurs involving the cop’s wife, an unholy alliance is forged between the cop and Phillip Kopus, a dangerous member of the tribe that will come back to haunt all involved. The TV show, which was canceled after two seasons, stars Martin Henderson and Jason “Aquaman” Momoa.
6. The Lone Ranger (2013)
Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp have made some good films together, but ‘The Lone Ranger’ is not one of them. Had it not been the lack of better choices on Netflix, this film probably wouldn’t have been on the list. Anyway, it looks like we’ll have to deal with this. It stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer as the dynamic duo of Tonto and John Reid. Set in the late 1800s, it starts with John Reid coming back to his hometown in Texas on a train that, unbeknownst to him, is also carrying a ruthless outlaw and a mysterious Comanche. The outlaw escapes with the help of his gang, and in order to recapture him, John’s brother, who is a ranger and the one who caught Cavendish in the first place, goes after the gang along with his team. However, all the rangers are killed, being ambushed by the outlaws. In order to exact justice for his brother’s death, John Reid takes up the mantel of the Lone Ranger.