Top 35 Greatest Australian Films

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1. Chopper (2000)

Unrated | 94 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.2
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65 Metascore

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.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Eric Bana, Simon Lyndon, Vince Colosimo, Renée Brack

Votes: 33,099 | Gross: $0.23M

Greatest Australian Film Of All Time

2. Candy (2006)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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57 Metascore

A poet falls in love with an art student who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin. Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and despair.

Director: Neil Armfield | Stars: Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Budge

Votes: 38,469 | Gross: $0.04M

3. Wolf Creek (2005)

R | 99 min | Horror

6.3
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54 Metascore

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.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, John Jarratt

Votes: 59,909 | Gross: $16.19M

4. The Castle (1997)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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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.

Director: Rob Sitch | Stars: Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Stephen Curry, Anthony Simcoe

Votes: 12,862 | Gross: $0.86M

5. The Snowtown Murders (2011)

Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.6
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66 Metascore

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.

Director: Justin Kurzel | Stars: Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris, Bob Adriaens

Votes: 14,696 | Gross: $0.01M

6. Mad Max (1979)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.0
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67 Metascore

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

Votes: 165,102 | Gross: $8.75M

7. Crackerjack (2002)

92 min | Comedy

6.8
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When dwindling membership and increasing overheads makes a local bowling club and prime candidate for a takeover, it's all hands on deck to save the club, in what turns into an epic battle ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Moloney | Stars: Mick Molloy, Bill Hunter, Frank Wilson, Monica Maughan

Votes: 2,026

8. Bad Eggs (2003)

98 min | Comedy, Thriller

6.4
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Ben Kinnear and Mike Paddock are two undercover detectives with way too much publicity.

Director: Tony Martin | Stars: Mick Molloy, Bob Franklin, Judith Lucy, Alan Brough

Votes: 1,305

9. Two Hands (1999)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

7.2
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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 »

Director: Gregor Jordan | Stars: Heath Ledger, Bryan Brown, David Field, Tom Long

Votes: 8,747

10. Animal Kingdom (2010)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama

7.3
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83 Metascore

A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.

Director: David Michôd | Stars: James Frecheville, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton, Bryce Lindemann

Votes: 48,870 | Gross: $1.04M

11. Romper Stomper (1992)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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A group of skinheads become alarmed at the way their neighbourhood is changing.

Director: Geoffrey Wright | Stars: Russell Crowe, Daniel Pollock, Jacqueline McKenzie, Alex Scott

Votes: 33,642 | Gross: $0.18M

12. Ned Kelly (2003)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.5
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56 Metascore

An innocent man becomes one of the most wanted criminals the world has ever known.

Director: Gregor Jordan | Stars: Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Naomi Watts

Votes: 22,994 | Gross: $0.07M

13. The Wog Boy (2000)

92 min | Comedy

5.8
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Steve liked Celia from the moment they met. But following a clash with her boss, Raelene Beagle-Thorpe, Minister for employment, he finds himself on national television branded as ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksi Vellis | Stars: Nick Giannopoulos, Lucy Bell, Vince Colosimo, Geraldine Turner

Votes: 1,757

14. Kenny (2006)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy

7.3
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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 »

Director: Clayton Jacobson | Stars: Shane Jacobson, Travis Golland, Chris Davis, Alf Scerri

Votes: 5,754

15. The Dish (2000)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.2
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74 Metascore

A remote Australian community, populated by quirky characters, plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing.

Director: Rob Sitch | Stars: Sam Neill, Billy Mitchell, Roz Hammond, Christopher-Robin Street

Votes: 13,529 | Gross: $2.25M

16. Crackers (1998)

92 min | Comedy

6.3
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It's Christmas, and Hilary and her son, Joey are going to visit her parents in the suburbs. Not only are they up for the problems between Joey and Hilary's boyfriend and his son, but they ... See full summary »

Director: David Swann | Stars: Warren Mitchell, Peter Rowsthorn, Susan Lyons, Daniel Kellie

Votes: 318

17. Take Away (2003)

88 min | Comedy

5.7
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Tony Stilano and Trev Spackneys both own, live over and work in adjoining take-away fish shops in Melbourne. Although they have fallen into a habitual rivalry based on a cause long ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Gracie | Stars: Vince Colosimo, Stephen Curry, Rose Byrne, Nathan Phillips

Votes: 574

18. The Reef (2010)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

5.8
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A great white shark hunts the crew of a capsized sailboat along the Great Barrier Reef.

Director: Andrew Traucki | Stars: Damian Walshe-Howling, Gyton Grantley, Adrienne Pickering, Zoe Naylor

Votes: 13,608

19. Daybreakers (2009)

R | 98 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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57 Metascore

In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.

Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Harriet Minto-Day

Votes: 111,298 | Gross: $30.10M

20. Muriel's Wedding (1994)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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63 Metascore

A young social outcast in Australia steals money from her parents to finance a vacation where she hopes to find happiness, and perhaps love.

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Bill Hunter, Sophie Lee

Votes: 29,996 | Gross: $15.19M

21. Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)

R | 103 min | Documentary

7.7
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76 Metascore

The story of the Australian exploitation genre cinema of 1970s and 80s.

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Phillip Adams, Glory Annen, Christine Amor, Victoria Anoux

Votes: 3,479 | Gross: $0.02M

22. The Hunter (IV) (2011)

R | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

6.8
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63 Metascore

Martin, a mercenary, is sent from Europe by a mysterious biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger.

Director: Daniel Nettheim | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Morgana Davies, Jacek Koman

Votes: 33,001 | Gross: $0.18M

23. Rogue (2007)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

6.2
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An American journalist on assignment in the Australian outback encounters a man-eating crocodile while trapped on a rapidly flooding mud island.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: Michael Vartan, Radha Mitchell, Sam Worthington, Caroline Brazier

Votes: 23,536 | Gross: $0.01M

24. Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

PG | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.5
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80 Metascore

In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a journey across the Outback.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Kenneth Branagh, Laura Monaghan

Votes: 24,708 | Gross: $6.17M

25. Babe (1995)

G | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.8
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83 Metascore

Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.

Director: Chris Noonan | Stars: James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Christine Cavanaugh, Miriam Margolyes

Votes: 101,421 | Gross: $66.60M

26. Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Bubby has spent thirty years trapped in the same small room, tricked by his mother. One day, he manages to escape, and, deranged and naive in equal measures, his adventure into the modern and nihilistic life begins.

Director: Rolf de Heer | Stars: Nicholas Hope, Claire Benito, Ralph Cotterill, Syd Brisbane

Votes: 10,392

27. Sanctum (2011)

R | 108 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

5.9
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42 Metascore

An underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world.

Director: Alister Grierson | Stars: Rhys Wakefield, Allison Cratchley, Christopher James Baker, Richard Roxburgh

Votes: 49,357 | Gross: $23.07M

28. Happy Feet (2006)

PG | 108 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

6.5
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77 Metascore

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!

Directors: George Miller, Warren Coleman, Judy Morris | Stars: Elijah Wood, Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman, Robin Williams

Votes: 145,843 | Gross: $198.00M

29. The Man Who Sued God (2001)

97 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.5
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Billy Connolly plays Steve Myers, a lawyer who became a fisherman from frustration. When his one piece of property, his boat, is struck by lightning and destroyed he is denied insurance ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Joffe | Stars: Billy Connolly, Judy Davis, Colin Friels, Wendy Hughes

Votes: 4,498

30. Looking for Alibrandi (2000)

103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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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 »

Director: Kate Woods | Stars: Greta Scacchi, Anthony LaPaglia, Elena Cotta, Kerry Walker

Votes: 2,647

31. Tomorrow, When the War Began (2010)

R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.2
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54 Metascore

When their country is invaded and their families are taken, eight unlikely high school teenagers band together to fight.

Director: Stuart Beattie | Stars: Caitlin Stasey, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lincoln Lewis, Deniz Akdeniz

Votes: 28,198

32. Crocodile Dundee (1986)

PG-13 | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy

6.5
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62 Metascore

An American reporter goes to the Australian outback to meet an eccentric crocodile poacher and invites him to New York City.

Director: Peter Faiman | Stars: Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon, David Gulpilil

Votes: 80,189 | Gross: $174.64M

33. Moulin Rouge! (2001)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.6
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66 Metascore

A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 238,755 | Gross: $57.39M

34. Gallipoli (1981)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.5
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65 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr, Harold Hopkins

Votes: 31,937 | Gross: $5.73M

35. Strictly Ballroom (1992)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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72 Metascore

A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter, Pat Thomson

Votes: 21,828 | Gross: $11.74M