26 of the Best Films from Australia

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)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him. (113 mins.)
Director: David Michôd
 
2.
Beneath Clouds (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story of Lena, the light-skinned daughter of an Aboriginal mother and Irish father and Vaughn, a... (90 mins.)
Director: Ivan Sen
 
3.
The Boys (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Brett Sprague is a violent and psychopathic man, who is released on parole after serving a sentence for assault... (86 mins.)
Director: Rowan Woods
 
4.
The Castle (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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
 
5.
Chopper (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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
 
6.
The Home Song Stories (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A man remembers his childhood and his mother, a Chinese night club singer who struggled to survive in Australia with her two children. (103 mins.)
Director: Tony Ayres
 
8.
Kenny (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
From the biggest festival to the smallest church social, Kenny Smyth delivers porta-loos to them all... (99 mins.)
 
9.
Lantana (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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.
Little Fish (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Set in the Little Saigon district outside of Sydney, a woman (Blanchett) trying to escape her past becomes embroiled in a drug deal. (114 mins.)
Director: Rowan Woods
 
11.
Look Both Ways (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
During one unusually hot and tragic weekend, four people struggle after hearing some life-changing news, this in turn brings them together. (100 mins.)
Director: Sarah Watt
 
12.
Looking for Alibrandi (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A teenage Australian girl deals with the traumas of everyday life. These include her difficult relationship with her single mother... (103 mins.)
Director: Kate Woods
 
13.
The Magician (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(85 mins.)
Director: Scott Ryan
 
14.
Noise (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The community reels after an incident on a suburban train. A young cop, beset with doubt and afflicted with tinnitus... (108 mins.)
Director: Matthew Saville
 
15.
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
During a rural 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. (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
16.
Praise (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An unfocused twentysomething (Peter Fenton) moves in with a former co-worker (Sacha Holder), who is... (98 mins.)
Director: John Curran
 
17.
The Proposition (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother. (104 mins.)
Director: John Hillcoat
 
18.
Romper Stomper (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A group of skinheads become alarmed at the way their neighbourhood is changing. (94 mins.)
Director: Geoffrey Wright
 
19.
Romulus, My Father (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
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. (104 mins.)
 
20.
Samson & Delilah (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Samson and Delilah's world is small- an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy... (100 mins.)
 
21.
The Snowtown Murders (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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. (119 mins.)
Director: Justin Kurzel
 
22.
Storm Boy (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Storm Boy is a rambunctious Australian youth, living along the coastline with his freewheeling father. At the behest of an aging aborigine, Storm Boy takes care of an uncared-for nest of pelicans. (88 mins.)
Director: Henri Safran
 
23.
Ten Canoes (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land... (90 mins.)
 
24.
Three Dollars (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
THREE DOLLARS is the story of Eddie, an honest, compassionate man who finds himself with a wife, a child... (118 mins.)
Director: Robert Connolly
 
25.
The Tracker (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
It's 1922; somewhere in Australia. When a Native Australian man is accused of murdering a white woman... (90 mins.)
Director: Rolf de Heer
 
26.
Two Hands (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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... (103 mins.)
Director: Gregor Jordan