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.


Renegades - 1989
Keifer Sutherland and Lou Diamond Phillips star as a Philly cop and a Navajo who are thrown together by a robbery gone bad. Keifer was trying to find a bad cop and was undercover with robbers - and one of those robbers steals a tribal spear, killing Lou's brother in the process. Soon the two have to trust each other to take down the bad guys. The movie begins and ends on a reservation but is primarily shot in the Philly streets (well, Toronto streets). The only culture here is Lou's father who uses smoke to heal Keifer's gut-shot, and Lou's uncanny ability to track people through the streets guided only by his inner eye.

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