The Best Australian Movies

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1.
The Castle (1997)
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A working-class family from Melbourne, Australia fights city hall after being told they must vacate their beloved family home to allow for infrastructural expansion. (85 mins.)
Director: Rob Sitch
 
2.
The Dish (2000)
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A remote Australian community, populated by quirky characters, plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing. (101 mins.)
Director: Rob Sitch
 
3.
Harvie Krumpet (2003 Short Film)
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The odd biography of a man who has Tourette's Syndrome, chronic bad luck, menial jobs, nudist tendencies, and a book of "fakts" hung around his neck. (23 mins.)
Director: Adam Elliot
 
4.
Crocodile Dundee (1986)
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An American reporter goes to the Australian outback to meet an eccentric crocodile poacher and invites him to New York City. (97 mins.)
Director: Peter Faiman
 
5.
Gallipoli (1981)
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Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I. (110 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
6.
Shine (1996)
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Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim. (105 mins.)
Director: Scott Hicks
 
7.
Chopper (2000)
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Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison. His book, "From the Inside", upon which the film is based, was a best-seller. (94 mins.)
Director: Andrew Dominik
 
8.
The Wog Boy (2000)
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Steve liked Celia from the moment they met. But following a clash with her boss, Raelene Beagle-Thorpe... (92 mins.)
Director: Aleksi Vellis
 
9.
Lantana (2001)
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The relationships of four couples unravel after the discovery of a young woman's body in Lantana bush in suburban Sydney. (121 mins.)
Director: Ray Lawrence
 
10.
Babe (1995)
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Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett. (91 mins.)
Director: Chris Noonan
 
11.
Romper Stomper (1992)
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A group of skinheads become alarmed at the way their neighbourhood is changing. (94 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Wright
 
12.
Mad Max (1979)
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In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang. (88 mins.)
Director: George Miller
 
13.
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
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A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets. (127 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
 
14.
Wolf Creek (2005)
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Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are befriended by a local who turns out to be a sadistic psychopath and will plunge them into a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture. (99 mins.)
Director: Greg Mclean
 
15.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
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Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret. (104 mins.)
Director: Stephan Elliott
 
16.
Tomorrow, When the War Began (2010)
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When their country is invaded and their families are taken, eight unlikely high school teenagers band together to fight. (103 mins.)
Director: Stuart Beattie
 
17.
The Man from Snowy River (1982)
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In 1880s Australia when young Jim Craig's father dies Jim takes a job at the Harrison cattle ranch and he is forced to become a man. (102 mins.)
Director: George Miller
 
18.
Japanese Story (2003)
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Against the background of an Australian desert, Sandy, a geologist, and Hiromitsu, a Japanese businessman... (110 mins.)
Director: Sue Brooks
 
19.
Happy Feet (2006)
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Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce! (108 mins.)
 
20.
Strictly Ballroom (1992)
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A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner. (94 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann