Native American Movies

Native 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.


Captain Apache - 1971
Lee Van Cleef - a classic Western actor - stars as Captain Apache. This Native American works with the Union Army to figure out why the Indian commissioner was slain.

Chato's Land - 1971
A Native American comes under attack, and goes to every length to protect his family.

Cheyenne Autumn - 1964
Directed by John Ford, this story is one of the more honest looks at American Indian struggles.

Cheyenne Warrior - 1994
Set during the civil war, this movie stars Kelly Preston and tells of a white woman who is widowed and then encounters the Cheyenne tribe.

Clearcut - 1991
Loggers are trying to wipe out a forest on Native American soil - but there is some resistance to this idea.

Crazy Horse - 1996
The tale of a mighty Sioux warrior and his battles. Directed by John Irvin.

Cry Blood - Apache - 2001
A look into the politics of American Indians.

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