Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans and aboriginal are often distorted, clichéd and stereotypical. Racial tensions between the whites and the natives have existed for years and very few films have managed to depict the real plight of the natives in a realistic manner. Many of the best Native American movies are honored and recognized at the Native American film festivals like American Indian Film Festival, the Native American Film and Video Festival and so on but are yet to receive widespread mainstream recognition which is what makes this article very relevant.
There have been some amazing movies about Native Americans and Native American culture over the years and so we, at The Cinemaholic, thought it’s time we come up with a list of the best of Native American movies. So with all that said now, here’s the list of top movies ever made about Native Americans/American Indians. You can watch some of these Native Americans on Netflix or Amazon Prime or Hulu.
10. The Business of Fancydancing (2002)
Not as good as some of the others on the list but ‘The Business of Fancydancing’ can still be regarded as one of the best Native American movies ever made. Written and directed by Sherman Alexie, the film depicts the relationship between two Native American friends who reunite after the death of their close friend. The film explores homosexuality within the Native culture and takes on the themes of identity, cultural alienation and partly existential issues. Though it’s heavily flawed in parts, the heartfelt passion with which the film is made along with the actors’ performances make for a satisfying experience.
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9. Skins (2002)