Best Australian Movies

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1.
Breaker Morant (1980)
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Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers. (107 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
“ Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers. ” - ruirilho
 
2.
Dark City (1998)
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A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun. (100 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
“ A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun and run by beings with telekinetic powers who seek the souls of humans. ” - ruirilho
 
3.
Dead Calm (1989)
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After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae spend some time isolated at sea when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship. (96 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
“ A mass-murderer kidnaps and seduces a young woman after leaving her husband to die on the vessel whose crew he's just slaughtered. ” - ruirilho
 
4.
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
“ 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. ” - ruirilho
 
5.
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
“ Psychiatrist Valerie Somers disappears one night; Det. Leon Zat is called to investigate; his wife has been getting advice from Somers. ” - ruirilho
 
6.
Mad Max (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang. (88 mins.)
Director: George Miller
“ In a dystopic future Australia, a vicious biker gang murder a cop's family and make his fight with them personal. ” - ruirilho
 
7.
Mary and Max (2009)
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A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. (92 mins.)
Director: Adam Elliot
“ A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. ” - ruirilho
 
8.
Muriel's Wedding (1994)
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Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day... (106 mins.)
Director: P.J. Hogan
“ Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day.. ” - ruirilho
 
9.
My Brilliant Career (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Sybylla Melvyn is an independent young woman who soon after arriving to live with her Grandmother Bossier... (100 mins.)
“ The heroine, Sybylla (Davis), a headstrong girl growing up in early 20th century Australia, has the opportunity of marriage to a wealthy young man (Harry played by Niel) whom she loves, but rejects it in order to maintain her independence, preferring to take a job as governess/housekeeper to the family of an illiterate neighbor to whom her father owes money. ” - ruirilho
 
10.
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
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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
“ A story about the disappearance of several Appleyard College students, and a teacher, from Hanging Rock. ” - ruirilho
 
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
“ A group of skinheads become alarmed at the way their neighbourhood is changing. ” - ruirilho
 
12.
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
“ 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. ” - ruirilho
 
13.
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
“ A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner. ” - ruirilho
 
14.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
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Two drag queens and a transsexual travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret. (104 mins.)
Director: Stephan Elliott
“ Two drag queens and a transsexual get a cabaret gig in the middle of the desert. ” - ruirilho
 
15.
The Last Wave (1977)
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A Sydney lawyer defends five Aborigines in a ritualized taboo murder and in the process learns disturbing things about himself and premonitions. (106 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ A Sydney lawyer defends five Aborigines in a ritualized taboo murder and in the process learns disturbing things about himself. ” - ruirilho
 
16.
The Piano (1993)
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A mute woman along with her young daughter, and her prized piano, are sent to 1850s New Zealand for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, and she's soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation. (121 mins.)
Director: Jane Campion
“ A mute woman along with her young daughter, and her prized piano, are sent to 1850s New Zealand for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, and she's soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation. ” - ruirilho
 
17.
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
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In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits. (95 mins.)
Director: George Miller
“ In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits. ” - ruirilho
 
18.
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
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A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer. (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
“ A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer. ” - ruirilho
 
19.
Candy (2006)
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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. (116 mins.)
Director: Neil Armfield
“ 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. ” - ruirilho
 
20.
The Proposition (2005)
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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
“ A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him 9 days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother. ” - ruirilho
 
21.
Bad Boy Bubby (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
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 modern life begins. (114 mins.)
Director: Rolf de Heer
“ Bubby's buxom mother tricked him to stay locked at home for thirty years, during which she mounts and abuses him. Buddy ends up in the streets groping random women until finding a nurse who is even more buxom than his late mother. ” - ruirilho
 
22.
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
“ 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. ” - ruirilho
 
23.
Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
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In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback. (94 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
“ In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback ” - ruirilho
 
24.
The Black Balloon (2008)
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All Thomas wants is a normal adolescence but his autistic brother, Charlie, thwarts his every opportunity. Will Thomas, with the help of his girlfriend, Jackie, accept his brother? (97 mins.)
Director: Elissa Down
“ All Thomas wants is a normal adolescence but his autistic brother, Charlie, thwarts his every opportunity. Will Thomas, with the help of his girlfriend, Jackie, accept his brother? ” - ruirilho
 
25.
Two Hands (1999)
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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... (103 mins.)
Director: Gregor Jordan
“ 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... ” - ruirilho
 
26.
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
“ Against the background of an Australian desert landscape, so much space and so few people, Sandy, a geologist... ” - ruirilho
 
27.
Swimming Upstream (2003)
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The inspirational life story of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton. (114 mins.)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
“ The true story of Tony Fingleton, a young man from a troubled family who found the inner strength to become a champion. Always overshadowed in his father's eyes by his brothers, it is only when Tony displays an extraordinary swimming talent that he feels he has a shot at winning his father's heart. ” - ruirilho