BEST AUSTRALIAN FILMS

A collection of some of Australia's best films.
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1.
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
“ The best film to start understand Australianisms and the quirky Down Under humour. ” - mykl_tour
 
2.
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
“ Seen to be believed. Russel Crowe at his best! ” - mykl_tour
 
3.
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
“ One of the most successful Australian films ever made. ” - mykl_tour
 
4.
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
“ Eire, haunting and picturesque. A film that pioneered a renaissance of the Australian film industry. ” - mykl_tour
 
5.
Animal Kingdom (2010)
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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
“ Harsh & compelling. Jackie Weaver creates the ultimate evil. ” - mykl_tour
 
6.
The Boys (1998)
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Brett Sprague is a violent and psychopathic man, who is released on parole after serving a sentence for assault... (86 mins.)
Director: Rowan Woods
“ Based on a horrifying true story. ” - mykl_tour
 
7.
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
“ The film no backpacker should ever see if planning to venture around Australia. ” - mykl_tour
 
8.
Ten Canoes (2006)
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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.)
“ An original venture in story telling and film about the Australian Aborigines. ” - mykl_tour
 
9.
Careful, He Might Hear You (1983)
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Family jealousies. His mother dead, PS lives in Sydney with working-class Aunt Lily and Uncle George... (110 mins.)
Director: Carl Schultz
“ Chilling and moving Australian classic ” - mykl_tour
 
10.
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
“ The film that helped America discover Australia ” - mykl_tour
 
11.
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
“ An Australian epic ” - mykl_tour
 
12.
Phar Lap (1983)
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The true story of a Australian racehorse that becomes a champion with the help of a local stableboy. (107 mins.)
Director: Simon Wincer
“ Before there was Seabiscuit there was the legend of Phar Lap ” - mykl_tour
 
13.
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
“ Easy going Aussie comedy with Eric Bana when he was a famous comedian! ” - mykl_tour
 
14.
Ginger Meggs (1982)
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The escapades of Ginger Meggs, local larrikin. He's trying to win the heart of Minnie Peters, but the pressures of school, his rival Eddie Coogan and bully Tiger Kelly make life tough for him. Besides, there's fishing to be done. (100 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Dawson
“ Australian comic strip children's classic ” - mykl_tour
 
15.
The Delinquents (1989)
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A small town in Australia, in the late 1950s: Brownie and Lola are deeply in love. But because they are under-age... (101 mins.)
Director: Chris Thomson
“ 1950's theme film with Kylie Minogue when she was still an actor. ” - mykl_tour
 
16.
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
“ Disturbing and elegantly made Australian drama. ” - mykl_tour
 
17.
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
“ Baz Lurhman's best! ” - mykl_tour
 
18.
Australia (2008)
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Set in northern Australia before World War II, an English aristocrat who inherits a sprawling ranch reluctantly pacts with a stock-man in order to protect her new property from a takeover plot. As the pair drive 2,000 head of cattle over unforgiving landscape, they experience the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces firsthand. (165 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
“ Epic, if a bit misunderstood. ” - mykl_tour
 
19.
Oscar and Lucinda (1997)
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In mid-1800s England, Oscar is a young Anglican priest, a misfit and an outcast, but with the soul of an angel... (132 mins.)
 
20.
Paradise Road (1997)
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Fact-based recounting of a group of women who are imprisoned on the island of Sumatra by the Japanese during World War II and used music as a relief to their misery. (122 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
“ A heart-wrenching drama set in WWII. Cate Blanchette is phenomenal. ” - mykl_tour
 
21.
Little Fish (2005)
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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
 
22.
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
“ Kid's classic! ” - mykl_tour
 
23.
The Heartbreak Kid (1993)
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Michael Jenkins' movie "The Heartbreak Kid" centres on the coming of age relationship between a teacher (Claudia Karvin)... (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Jenkins
 
24.
Head On (1998)
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A 19 year old Greek Australian youth struggles with his sexual identity and has one clumsy heterosexual and several homosexual encounters. (104 mins.)
Director: Ana Kokkinos
“ Full On! ” - mykl_tour
 
25.
The Sum of Us (1994)
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A widowed father has to deal with two complex issues: while he is searching for "Miss Right," his son, who is in his 20s and gay, is searching for "Mr. Right." (100 mins.)
“ Russel Crowe and Jack Thomson like you've never seen them! ” - mykl_tour
 
26.
Proof (1991)
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The life of a blind photographer who is looked after by a housekeeper is disrupted by the arrival of an agreeable restaurant worker. (86 mins.)
 
27.
The Club (1980)
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Boardroom and dressing-room intrigues spill on to the field at the Australian Rules football club. (96 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
28.
A Cry in the Dark (1988)
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A mother whose child was killed in a Dingo attack in the Australian outback fights to prove her innocence when she is accused of murder. (120 mins.)
Director: Fred Schepisi
“ Based on a true story. Evil Angels is a sociological look into the Australian media witch hunt against Lindy Chamberlain. Meryl Strep's Australian accent is uncanny! ” - mykl_tour
 
29.
BMX Bandits (1983)
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Two BMX expert bikers and a friend of theirs (Kidman) become entangled with a group of bank robbers after discovering a carton of walkie-talkies. (88 mins.)
“ Nicole Kidman's best! ” - mykl_tour
 
30.
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
 
31.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
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After being exiled from the most advanced town in post apocalyptic Australia, a drifter travels with a group of abandoned children to rebel against the town's queen. (107 mins.)
 
32.
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
 
33.
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
 
34.
Ned Kelly (2003)
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An innocent man becomes one of the most wanted criminals the world has ever known. (110 mins.)
Director: Gregor Jordan
 
35.
Blackrock (1997)
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When a young schoolgirl is raped and murdered, the mateship between a group of surfers is tested as the truth is slowly revealed. (103 mins.)
Director: Steven Vidler
 
36.
Flirting (1991)
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Danny has been sent to boarding school, in this sequel to The Year My Voice Broke. Against a backdrop... (99 mins.)
Director: John Duigan
 
37.
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
 
38.
Starstruck (1982)
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Young woman wants to become the next big singer with the help of her friends and despite the wishes of her working class family. (105 mins.)
 
39.
Children of the Revolution (1996)
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Few knew that Stalin spent his last night in the arms of a young Australian woman. Few still knew that... (101 mins.)
Director: Peter Duncan
 
40.
The Dish (2000)
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A remote Australian antenna, populated by quirky characters, plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing. (101 mins.)
Director: Rob Sitch
 
41.
The Magic Pudding (2000)
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An old man, a young anthropomorphic koala, a South Pole penguin and Albert, a magic sentient walking and talking bowl of pudding with an attitude are searching for koala's missing parents. However, sinister forces want the pudding. (80 mins.)
Director: Karl Zwicky
 
42.
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
 
43.
Dirty Deeds (2002)
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1973 Sydney: An Australian gangster sees booming business, due to U.S. soldiers being in town for relaxing between their tours to the Vietnam war, attracts the attention of first the Chicago mafia, and then their East Coast competitors. (110 mins.)
Director: David Caesar
 
44.
Diana & Me (1997)
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Australian Diana Spencer wins a competition in a women's magazine, and as a prize gets a trip for two to London... (98 mins.)
Director: David Parker
 
45.
Lilian's Story (1996)
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For forty years Lilian Singer has been locked up in a 'loony bin' by her father. Her release is eventually... (94 mins.)
 
46.
Emerald City (1988)
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A couple move to Sydney from a small town, and soon become lured by the bright lights of the big city... (92 mins.)
Director: Michael Jenkins
 
47.
Spider & Rose (1994)
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Spider and Rose are on the road to Coonabarabran. It's Spider's last day working as an ambo, and he's in a hurry... (94 mins.)
Director: Bill Bennett
 
48.
Jindabyne (2006)
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Stewart Kane, an Irishman living in the Australian town of Jindabyne, is on a fishing trip in isolated... (123 mins.)
Director: Ray Lawrence
 
49.
My Brilliant Career (1979)
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Sybylla Melvyn is an independent young woman who soon after arriving to live with her Grandmother Bossier... (100 mins.)
 
50.
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
 
51.
Romulus, My Father (2007)
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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.)
 
52.
Razzle Dazzle (2007)
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A man wants to make a difference in the world of dance. (95 mins.)
Director: Darren Ashton
 
53.
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
 
54.
The Secret Life of Us (2001 TV Movie)
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55.
Radiance (1998)
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With the death of their mother, two sisters (Nona and Cressy) return to their childhood home in Northern Australia where their third sister... (83 mins.)
Director: Rachel Perkins
 
56.
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
 
57.
Kenny (2006)
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From the biggest festival to the smallest church social, Kenny Smyth delivers porta-loos to them all... (99 mins.)
 
58.
The Snowtown Murders (2011)
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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
 
59.
Walkabout (1971)
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Two young siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Australian boy on "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe. (100 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg