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Great movies set in the 'New World'.

A list of brilliant films about exploration of the 'New World': The Americas and Australasia.

Epic adventures in to wild, dangerous and unknown lands. Clashes of culture, and the ways of life on the extreme fringes of society and civilization.

The New World (2005)

A beautifully shot take on the Jamestown / Pocahontas story.

Cabeza de Vaca - 1991

Epic Spanish language film based on the true story of Cabeza de Vaca's journey in to Native American society, pre-European-settlement.

Black Robe (1991)

Similar to Cabeza de Vaca, but this time set in the cold, northern Canadian region.

The Revenant

An epic journey into the frozen northern Dakota region.

1492: Conquest of Paradise

Ridley Scott's take on the Columbus story.


Mel Gibson's Mayan / Aztec adventure.

The Mission

The Mission is a powerful action epic about a man of the sword (Robert De Niro) and a m...

Aguirre, Wrath of God (1972)

Werner Herzog explores the South American frontier.