I enjoyed this piece, and it has given me a few things to think about (and a new film to see - Belle looks good). I just saw "12 Years a Slave" and then read some of the reviews of the film and was surprised to learn some placed it in the White Savior camp. Sure, without Brad Pitt's character, I presume Solomon Northup would have never escaped slavery, but like Green Book this is a story that actually happened - I don't see how you could leave the Brad Pitt character out.
I probably have liked all the White Savior films (all listed here plus many at the Wikipedia link - Cloud Atlas was the only one I found almost unwatchable). I am white and grew up in the suburbs. I do recognize the trope though and I'm interested to see ways writers can work around it a bit better if they want to tell a story (especially a true story) that will have that type of dynamic. I'm also interested in the idea of a Black Savior film which one commenter mentions - a black friend of mine who's very into movies and I tried to think of some and we only came up with American History X (if you view Avery Brooks as the savior character - I realize he doesn't get the screen time though - and the person being saved as Edward Norton's character). If anyone knows of better examples, I'd be interested in seeing them (we also thought of a LatinX Savior - Stand and Deliver).
I'm willing to let a lot of things slide in a movie that is enjoyable and has a good message overall. Both Dances with Wolves and Avatar qualify for me, though I recognize that they could have been better. Many Native Americans were quite happy with Dances with Wolves as I recall - it gave a lot of actor roles to Natives, and had a lot of subtitled content, and as one commenter said, you can view the Natives as saving Dunbar. Why Costner had to squander that good will with the stupid casino fight, I'll never understand.
Good luck with this page and future pages, and thanks for keeping it an open resource that anyone could read (and comment on).