Pacific Islander Films, Ranked

I'm making an effort to screen every film ever shot in the Pacific Islands that features Pacific Islander characters and/or culture. I figured that I might as well rank them here as I go. Many of these I've seen, but not since I joined Letterboxd. If I've rated the film below, it means that I've rewatched it for this list. Otherwise, the ranking is based on my current memory of my initial viewing or the assumptions I have. Rankings are based on a balance between the quality of the film and representation of Pacific Island people or lands in the film. As a Pacific Islander and filmmaker myself, I recognize that much of that representation is problematic, if not downright offensive. That’s just not the focus of this list.

  • Boy

    1

  • The Dead Lands

    2

  • Once Were Warriors

    3

  • Cousins

    4

  • Waru

    5

  • Mauri

    6

  • Whale Rider

    7

  • Patu!

    8

  • Next Goal Wins

    9

  • Out of State

    10

  • Island Soldier

    11

  • Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses

    12

  • The Land Has Eyes

    13

  • Hawaiian Soul

    14

  • Hae Hawai’i

    15

  • Polynesian Panthers

    16

  • This Is the Way We Rise

    17

  • Tanna

    18

  • Metro Manila

    19

  • Tama Tū

    20

  • Shopping

    21

  • The Orator

    22

  • Utu

    23

  • Eating Up Easter

    24

  • In Football We Trust

    25

  • For My Father's Kingdom

    26

  • Ho'omau

    27

  • Vai

    28

  • The Strength of Water

    29

  • Two Cars, One Night

    30

  • Down on the Sidewalk in Waikiki

    31

  • The Patriarch

    32

  • No. 2

    33

  • Waikiki

    34

  • Māui's Hook

    35

  • South Pacific

    36

  • Patutiki, l'art du tatouage des îles Marquises

    37

  • Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

    38

  • Princess Ka'iulani

    39

  • Moana

    40

  • Moana

    41

  • Tabu

    42

  • Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau

    43

  • The Heart of the Sea: Kapolioka'ehukai

    44

  • Picture Bride

    45

  • The Legend of Baron To'a

    46

  • Papa Mau

    47

  • Hotere

    48

  • Pacific Warriors

    49

  • I Was a Simple Man

    50

  • One Thousand Ropes

    51

  • Lola Igna

    52

  • Kumu Hina

    53

  • The Pā Boys

    54

  • Conquest of Hawaii

    55

  • Gold, Silver, Death

    56

  • What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

    57

  • The Haumana

    58

  • The Dark Horse

    59

  • From What Is Before

    60

  • Graceland

    61

  • Birdshot

    62

  • Us, at The End of the Year

    63

  • Norte, the End of History

    64

  • Rap's Hawaii

    65

  • The Laughing Samoans: Fobulous

    66

  • Gary of the Pacific

    67

  • There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho

    68

  • Rapa Nui

    69

  • Mo'o!

    70

  • Iska

    71

  • Ongka's Big Moka

    72

  • Billy T Te Movie

    73

  • By the Balls

    74

  • Journey to the South Pacific

    75

  • Finding 'Ohana

    76

  • Lava

    77

  • Lilo & Stitch

    78

  • Coming Home in the Dark

    79

  • Savage

    80

  • Aloha

    81

  • The Descendants

    82

  • Blue Crush

    83

  • Riding Giants

    84

  • Bustin' Down the Door

    85

  • Reel Paradise

    86

  • Poi E: The Story of Our Song

    87

  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    88

  • Aquaman

    89

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    90

  • Baby Done

    91

  • Eagle vs Shark

    92

  • What We Do in the Shadows

    93

  • The Hurricane

    94

  • Venus of the South Seas

    95

  • Hawaii

    96

  • The Hawaiians

    97

  • Nate and Hayes

    98

  • Molokai: The Story of Father Damien

    99

  • River Queen

    100