26 of the Best Films from Australiaby Timothy_Ryan | created - 22 Mar 2011 | updated - 14 Nov 2011 | Public
As an Australian and a big fan of film I'm rather proud of our still rather small countries track record.
A lot of you will already be familiar with some well received or well known Aussie films such as Babe, Mad Max, Wolf Creek, Rabbit-Proof Fence, (the utterly insulting) Australia, Shine, Moulin Rouge!, or even just Crocodile Dundee. The following, however, I like a lot more.
If you are at all interested in good film I sincerely recommend checking out the titles on this list. I think Aussie film maintains a slightly unique flavour, much like our character, which I'm sure many people will love if they give it a chance.
There's a bit of everything in here, from comedy and drama, to action and horror. Let me know what you think, and please feel free to recommend me more!
Here's my top 26 Australian films (in alphabetical order). It certainly wasn't easy.
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1. Animal Kingdom (2010)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama
A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.
Votes: 48,887 | Gross: $1.04M
2. Beneath Clouds (2002)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance
The story of Lena, the light-skinned daughter of an Aboriginal mother and Irish father and Vaughn, a Murri boy doing time in a minimum security prison in North West NSW. Dramatic events ... See full summary »
3. The Boys (1998)
R | 86 min | Crime, Drama
Brett Sprague is a violent and psychopathic man, who is released on parole after serving a sentence for assault. As he returns to his family house and we watch him and his brothers, Stevie ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,183 | Gross: $0.00M
4. The Castle (1997)
R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 12,862 | Gross: $0.86M
5. Chopper (2000)
Unrated | 94 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 33,107 | Gross: $0.23M
7. The Illustrated Family Doctor (2005)
Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
"The Illustrated Family Doctor" is a dark comedy, that centres on the story of Gary Kelp, a young man who condenses reference books for a company called the Info Digest.
8. Kenny (2006)
PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy
From the biggest festival to the smallest church social, Kenny Smyth delivers porta-loos to them all. Ignored and unappreciated, he is one of the cogs in society's machinery; a knight in ... See full summary »
9. Lantana (2001)
R | 121 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
The relationships of four couples unravel after the discovery of a young woman's body in Lantana bush in suburban Sydney.
Votes: 17,191 | Gross: $4.46M
10. Little Fish (2005)
R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Set in the Little Saigon district outside of Sydney, a woman (Blanchett) trying to escape her past becomes embroiled in a drug deal.
Votes: 7,676 | Gross: $0.01M
11. Look Both Ways (2005)
PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
During one unusually hot and tragic weekend, four people struggle after hearing some life-changing news, this in turn brings them together.
Votes: 2,836 | Gross: $0.10M
12. Looking for Alibrandi (2000)
103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A teenage Australian girl deals with the traumas of everyday life. These include her difficult relationship with her single mother, the unexpected return of her long-lost father, the ... See full summary »
13. The Magician (I) (2005)
85 min | Crime, Drama
A mockumentary that follows Ray Shoesmith, a Melbourne hitman who is simultaneously ruthless and caring, likeable and volatile. 'Filmed' by his media student neighbour for a university ... See full summary »
14. Noise (I) (2007)
Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
The community reels after an incident on a suburban train. A young cop, beset with doubt and afflicted with tinnitus, is pitched into the chaos that follows this tragic event. He struggles ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,375 | Gross: $0.02M
15. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
PG | 115 min | Drama, Mystery
During a rural summer picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind.
Votes: 27,555 | Gross: $0.08M
16. Praise (1998)
98 min | Drama
An unfocused twentysomething (Peter Fenton) moves in with a former co-worker (Sacha Holder), who is suffering from low self-esteem because of her weight, looks, and a case of eczema. Their ... See full summary »
Votes: 523 | Gross: $0.03M
17. The Proposition (2005)
R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Western
A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother.
Votes: 45,228 | Gross: $1.90M
19. Romulus, My Father (2007)
R | 104 min | Biography, Drama
It tells the story of Romulus, his beautiful wife, Christina, and their struggle in the face of great adversity to bring up their son, Raimond. It is a story of impossible love that ultimately celebrates the unbreakable bond between father and son.
Votes: 3,843 | Gross: $0.00M
20. Samson and Delilah (2009)
101 min | Drama, Romance
Samson and Delilah's world is small- an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, ... See full summary »
21. The Snowtown Murders (2011)
Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.
Votes: 14,701 | Gross: $0.01M
22. Storm Boy (1976)
Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Family
Mike is a lonely Australian boy living in a coastal wilderness with his reclusive father. In search of friendship he encounters an Aboriginal native loner and the two form a bond in the care of orphaned pelicans.
23. Ten Canoes (2006)
Unrated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It's a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and ... See full summary »
Votes: 3,959 | Gross: $0.28M
24. Three Dollars (2005)
R | 118 min | Drama
THREE DOLLARS is the story of Eddie, an honest, compassionate man who finds himself with a wife, a child, and three dollars. Eddie's world revolves around the three women in his life: his ... See full summary »
25. The Tracker (2002)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, History, Western
It's 1922; somewhere in Australia. When a Native Australian man is accused of murdering a white woman, three white men (The Fanatic, The Follower and The Veteran) are given the mission of ... See full summary »
26. Two Hands (1999)
R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
A 19 year old (Heath Ledger) finds himself in debt to a local gangster (Bryan Brown) when some gang loot disappears and sets him on the run from thugs. Meanwhile two street kids start a ... See full summary »