Native American MoviesNative Americans, also known as American Indians, have often been the "bad guys" in movies. The good cowboys go out and slaughter the bad Indians. Alternately, in movies that feature a Native American character, that character is often either a stereotypical "silent tracker" type or a heavy drinker who needs help. It's only a few movies that portray a more balanced look at the intricate life of the Native American.
AAcross the Wide Missouri -
Stars Clark Gable and Ricardo Montalban as a pair of trappers. Gable, the good guy, marries an Indian princess while Montalban causes trouble.
A Man Called Horse - 1970
Richard Harris stars as an English man captured by the Sioux in the 1800s. Things are not "all peace and harmony" - there is violence and blood - but there is also understanding.
Along the Navajo Trail - 1945
Roy Rogers stars as a US Marshall who is trying to figure out what happened to a government agent. Oddly enough, despite the name there are NO indians of any sort in this film - it's all about local ranchers and Spanish "gypsies" in wooden wagons.
Apache - 1954
Massai - an Apache loner - is played by Burt Lancaster. When he refuses to surrender with Geronimo, he is sent to Florida but takes off on his own.
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