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

  • Mauri

    5

  • Whale Rider

    6

  • Waru

    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

  • Vai

    14

  • HAWAIIAN SOUL

    15

  • Hae Hawai’i

    16

  • Tanna

    17

  • Mahana

    18

  • Metro Manila

    19

  • South Pacific

    20

  • Eating Up Easter

    21

  • Patutiki, l'art du tatouage des îles Marquises

    22

  • The Orator

    23

  • Waikiki

    24

  • Utu

    25

  • Ho'omau

    26

  • One Thousand Ropes

    27

  • Māui's Hook

    28

  • In Football We Trust

    29

  • Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau

    30

  • Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen

    31

  • This is the Way We Rise

    32

  • Hotere

    33

  • Papa Mau

    34

  • There Once was an Island: Te Henua e Nnoho

    35

  • Tama Tū

    36

  • Down on the Sidewalk in Waikiki

    37

  • Two Cars, One Night

    38

  • Picture Bride

    39

  • I Was a Simple Man

    40

  • Princess Ka'iulani

    41

  • Lola Igna

    42

  • Gold, Silver, Death

    43

  • Rapa Nui

    44

  • No. 2

    45

  • Pacific Warriors

    46

  • Kumu Hina

    47

  • The Haumana

    48

  • Moana

    49

  • Moana

    50

  • Tabu

    51

  • Journey to the South Pacific

    52

  • Conquest of Hawaii

    53

  • The Dark Horse

    54

  • From What Is Before

    55

  • Graceland

    56

  • Birdshot

    57

  • Iska

    58

  • Ongka's Big Moka

    59

  • River Queen

    60

  • What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

    61

  • Us, at The End of the Year

    62

  • White Lies

    63

  • Norte, the End of History

    64

  • Mo'o!

    65

  • The Hurricane

    66

  • Venus of the South Seas

    67

  • Coming Home in the Dark

    68

  • Savage

    69

  • Rap's Hawaii

    70

  • Aloha

    71

  • The Descendants

    72

  • Blue Crush

    73

  • Riding Giants

    74

  • Reel Paradise

    75

  • The Legend of Baron To'a

    76

  • Gary of the Pacific

    77

  • Finding 'Ohana

    78

  • Lava

    79

  • Lilo & Stitch

    80

  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    81

  • Aquaman

    82

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    83

  • Hawaii

    84

  • The Hawaiians

    85

  • Nate and Hayes

    86

  • Molokai: The Story of Father Damien

    87

  • Soul Surfer

    88

  • The Islands

    89

  • Miracle

    90

  • Tracker

    91

  • Jonah From Tonga

    92

  • The Other Side of Heaven

    93

  • The Other Side of Heaven 2: Fire of Faith

    94

  • Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti

    95

  • Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings

    96

  • American Aloha: Hula Beyond Hawai'i

    97

  • E Haku Inoa: To Weave a Name

    98

  • Mighty Uke

    99

  • South Pacific

    100