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.


Last of His Tribe - 1992
Another true story, this one taking place in the early 1900s.

Last of the Dogmen - 1995
A bounty hunter in search of escaped prisoners finds something else instead.

Last of the Mohicans - 1992
This classic tale has been remade many times. The 1992 version stars Daniel Day-Lewis in the main character of Hawkeye. The story is not authentic to the book - but in some ways that's good. The book was VERY stereotypical in its treatment of the Native Americans. The movie focusses on the fort attack - which was authentic - and on getting every detail they could of the tribes done properly.

Legends of the Fall - 1995
This epic story is set in the late 1800s and early 1900s, starring Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins is a veteran of the Indian Wars and is heartsick about what happened. He takes his 3 young boys, an Indian Chief and a mixed-race couple out to Montana to try to raise his family in peace. Of course it's not meant to last - soon a woman has all 3 brothers astir, and WWI brings death. The story is narrated by the Chief.

Little Big Man - 1970
Dustin Hoffman plays a man who is over 100, telling his life story to a researcher. With the wisdom of age he talks about his family being slain by Pawnee when he was 10, being raised by the Cheyenne, and how his life then went back and forth between white and Native American during his adult life.

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