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1. 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

2. Breaker Morant (1980)

PG | 107 min | Drama, History, War

7.9
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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.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters, Bryan Brown

Votes: 10,700 | Gross: $7.14M

3. Against the Wind (1978– )

50 min | Drama, History

8.3
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Mary Mulvane, an 18 year old Irish girl, is transported to New South Wales for seven years for doing little else than protecting her own property. She must endure the horror of transport to... See full summary »

Stars: Mary Larkin, Kerry McGuire, Jon English, Warwick Sims

Votes: 656

4. Ned Kelly (1970)

GP | 100 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

5.0
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Based on a true story, Ned Kelly is unable to support his family in the Australian outback, he turns to stealing horses in order to make money. He gets more deeply drawn into the outlaw ... See full summary »

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Mick Jagger, Clarissa Kaye-Mason, Mark McManus, Ken Goodlet

Votes: 928

5. The Tracker (2002)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, History, Western

7.5
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71 Metascore

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 »

Director: Rolf de Heer | Stars: David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Damon Gameau, Grant Page

Votes: 1,895

6. Dark Frontier (2009)

R | 96 min | Drama, History, Thriller

5.4
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1902....the Australian Federation is a year old. Twelve year-old Tom's beloved father, Nat, has dragged him and his sister, Sarah, to an isolated farm at the edge of the woods. But Nat's ... See full summary »

Director: Kriv Stenders | Stars: Aden Young, Toby Wallace, Hanna Mangan Lawrence, Pip Miller

Votes: 231

7. Sunday Too Far Away (1975)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

7.1
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A hard-drinking but hard-working gun shearer leads a group of Outback sheep herders into striking after wealthy landowners attempt to drive them from their territory.

Director: Ken Hannam | Stars: Jack Thompson, Max Cullen, Robert Bruning, Jerry Thomas

Votes: 549

8. Burke & Wills (1985)

PG-13 | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.1
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A story based on true events about two explorers on a doomed journey trying to cross Australia on foot in the 19 century.

Director: Graeme Clifford | Stars: Jack Thompson, Nigel Havers, Greta Scacchi, Matthew Fargher

Votes: 176

9. 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997 TV Movie)

67 min | Documentary, History

7.2
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Australian born film maker George (Mad Max) Miller offers a personal view of Australian films. He suggests that they can be regarded as visual music, public dreaming, mythology, and ... See full summary »

Director: George Miller | Star: George Miller

Votes: 104

10. Through My Eyes (2004)

240 min | Drama

7.7
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The true life story of Lindy Chamderlain and her recount of a dingo taking her baby

Stars: Miranda Otto, Craig McLachlan, Peter O'Brien, Steven Vidler

Votes: 151

11. Jedda the Uncivilized (1955)

101 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.3
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Set against the harsh natural surrounds of outback Northern Territory, Jedda captures a rare and honest glimpse into the heart and history of indigenous Australia. Young Jedda is caught ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chauvel | Stars: Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Robert Tudawali, Betty Suttor, Paul Reynall

Votes: 203

12. Wills & Burke (1985)

100 min | Biography, Comedy

4.6
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Parody of historical epics that focuses on real-life Australian explorers William John Wills and Robert O'Hara Burkes, who tragically tried to cross the Australian continent from the south, to the north, a distance of 3,250 km.

Director: Bob Weis | Stars: Garry McDonald, Kim Gyngell, Peter Collingwood, Jonathan Hardy

Votes: 105

13. Australians at War (2001– )

446 min | Documentary, History, War

7.8
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From the Boer War to the present day peacekeeping missions, Australians at War is the most comprehensive visual record ever made of our wartime history. Australian men and women, veterans ... See full summary »

Star: John Stanton

Votes: 23

14. Bastard Boys (2007)

225 min | Drama

8.1
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The true story about the war on the Australian waterfront, when on the 7th April 1998, Chris Corrigan and the Liberal Government at the time, conspired and illegally dismissed the unionised... See full summary »

Stars: Darren K. Hawkins, Kelly Hetherington, Lynne McGregor, Ivan Topic

Votes: 110

15. Answered by Fire (2006 TV Movie)

190 min | Drama

7.9
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An action packed mini series set against the tumultuous lead up to the 1999 referendum in East Timor and its horrifying aftermath, in which two UN Volunteers take on more than they ... See full summary »

Director: Jessica Hobbs | Stars: Daniela Carvalho, Alex Tilman, Fatima Almeida, Damien Garvey

Votes: 218

16. Mary (1994)

75 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

5.9
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MARY is based on the true life story of Mary MacKillop who in the 1860s began an order of nuns to teach poor Catholic children in rural Australia. When she refused to obey the local Bishop,... See full summary »

Director: Kay Pavlou | Stars: Lucy Bell, Linden Wilkinson, Rebecca Scully-Webster, Brendan Higgins

Votes: 26

17. Australian Made: The Movie (1987)

79 min | Documentary, History, Music

7.8
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Director: Richard Lowenstein | Stars: Zan Abeyratne, Christina Amphlett, Chris Bailey, Jimmy Barnes

Votes: 13

18. Flashbacks with Barry Humphries (1999– )

Documentary, Comedy, History

8.1
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Barry Humphries with the help of alter egos Dame Edna Everage, Sir Les Patterson and Sandy Stone, traipses through four decades of Australian history from the 50s to the 80s in this four part series.

Star: Barry Humphries

Votes: 16

19. Lockout (2007 TV Movie)

56 min | Documentary

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In 1929 one of the darkest chapters in Australian industrial history was written in blood and bitterness on the Northern Coalfields of NSW, a tale that will echo across our landscape in story, song and legacy.

Director: Jason van Genderen | Stars: Chris Haywood, Jack O'Shea, Jim Comerford, Mabel Comerford

20. Australians Hit Hollywood (2009)

55 min | Documentary

7.9
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Since Errol Flynn became a Hollywood movie star in the 1930's Australians have been following their artistic dreams to America. Today a wealth of Australian talent is achieving success in ... See full summary »

Director: Kalee StClair | Stars: Jenni Baird, Michala Banas, Stuart Beattie, Ross Berryman

Votes: 13

21. Tudawali (1988 TV Movie)

87 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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Ernie Dingo delivers an outstanding portrayal of Robert Tudawali, the first Aboriginal film star, whose lead role in Jedda is iconic in Australian cinema. This film traces the life of Tudawali.

Director: Steve Jodrell | Stars: Ernie Dingo, Jedda Cole, Peter Fisher, Frank Wilson

Votes: 26

22. Air Australia (2007– )

55 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.0
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Australia's airline history is a saga of daring feats, can-do attitude, pig-headed visionaries, iron-fisted politicians, warring pilots; of humble beginnings and mega deals.

Stars: Colin Friels, Dustin Clare, Bob Brisbane, Matt Elverd

Votes: 9

23. The Sentimental Bloke (1919)

106 min | Drama, Romance

5.7
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A down-at-heal ex-convict undergoes an epiphany as he experiences the love of a good woman for the first time.

Director: Raymond Longford | Stars: Arthur Tauchert, Lottie Lyell, Gilbert Emery, Stanley Robinson

Votes: 197

24. Rhythm and Poetry (2007)

71 min | Documentary, History, Music

8.4
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The first documentary exploring the history of the fastest growing musical genre in Australia during the past five years.

Director: Brendan Hay | Stars: Bliss n Eso, Def Wish Cast, Koolism, Morganics

Votes: 8

25. Distant Voices (2002 Video)

21 min | Documentary, Short, History

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26. The Battle of Broken Hill (1981)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, History

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On January 1 1915, two Muslim men from British India went on a murderous rampage near a place called Broken Hill in New South Wales, Australia.

Director: Robin Levinson | Stars: Michael Pate, David Robertson, Harold Berrett, Margaret Atkinson

27. The Story of Australia (2013– )

Documentary

5.2
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A documentary on the heritage, diverse culture, industry, enterprise and unique natural features of Australia.

Votes: 5

28. When Initiation Stopped, History Stopped (1984 Video)

26 min | Documentary, Short, History

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Directors: Gabrielle Kelly, Rodney Long | Stars: Veronica Brody, Cliff Coulthard, Leila Rankine

29. Neighbours Revealed (2000– )

25 min | Documentary, History

7.7
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A glimpse at Australia's longest running drama series; behind-the-scenes interviews and anecdotes from some of Australia's most well known actors as they guide the viewer through an average... See full summary »

Stars: Daniel MacPherson, Ryan Moloney, Dan Paris, Andrew Bibby

Votes: 7

30. The Drover's Boy (2014)

11 min | Documentary, Short, Drama | Completed

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The Drover's Boy is based on an old ballad about a forbidden love between a white Drover and his Aboriginal wife in outback Australia.

Director: Margaret McHugh | Stars: Katherine Beckett, Dale March

31. Once Upon Australia (1995 TV Short)

Documentary, Animation, Short

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Australian claymation legend Nick Hilligoss depicts the evolution of life in Australia from first fishes and amphibians to dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals such as the giant kangaroos, as well as what comes after the end of Man's era.

Director: Nick Hilligos | Star: Sandy Gore

32. Welcome to Australia (1999 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary, Sport

7.7
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Director: Alan Lowery | Stars: Robert Cavanagh, John Howard, Jacqui Katona, Wally McArthur

Votes: 34

33. Two Laws (1982)

130 min | Documentary, History

7.1
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Docu-drama outlining the culture clash in law between indigenous Australians and white European settled Australia.

Directors: Alessandro Cavadini, Carolyn Strachan

Votes: 17

34. Friends & Enemies (1987)

88 min | Documentary, History

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One thousand power workers went on strike against the South East Queensland Electrical Board (SEQEB)in February 1985 in protest against the introduction of contract worker hire. This ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Zubrycki | Star: Vince Lester

35. Sightsee TV (2014– )

30 min | Documentary

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Sightsee TV is the travel show uncovering the stories behind towns all over Australia, looking at their history, and showcasing all their beauty.

Stars: Lachlan Itter, Ashleigh Paholek, Soul Jensen

36. Tic Tac 2 Heelflip (2001 Video)

52 min | Documentary

8.8
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Australia's Skateboarding History.

Director: Mike Hill | Stars: Rob Bain, Ted Bainbridge, Chad Bartie, Sally Clarke

Votes: 8

37. Sunshine City (1973)

118 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Director: Albie Thoms | Stars: Jim Anderson, Cynthia Dyer-Bennet, David Elfick, Pier Farri

38. Rail Around Queensland: Back to the Gabba (2006 Video)

50 min | Documentary, History

8.9
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Director: Steven Malone | Star: Michael Tunn

Votes: 12

39. Howard on Menzies: Building Modern Australia (2016)

57 min | Documentary, Biography

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Former Prime Minister John Howard is adamant that Bob Menzies, Australia's longest-serving PM, had a very positive impact on modern Australia. Howard examines Menzies' career and legacy to ... See full summary »

Stars: John Howard, James Carleton, Malcolm Turnbull, Linda Cropper

40. Into the Streets (2013)

6 min | Documentary, Short, History

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Sydney's first Gay Mardi Gras - It started the breakout of a movement in this country.

Director: Logan Mucha | Stars: Paul Barton, Callum McInerney, Craig Walker

41. Bush Medicine (1984 Video)

47 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Nura Ward | Stars: Nura Ward, Anmanari Alice, Nora Rupert

42. Backs to the Blast: An Australian Nuclear Story (1981)

52 min | Documentary, History

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One hour documentary examining the seventy year history of nuclear and atomic industry, weapons, testing in South Australia from 1910 to 1980.

Director: Harry Bardwell | Star: Martin Vaughan

43. City of Dreams (2000)

Documentary, Biography

7.6
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Director: Belinda Mason | Stars: Merridy Eastman, Walter Burley Griffin, Marion Mahony, Gail Maurice

Votes: 7

44. Because They're Black (1983 Video)

42 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Rosemary Burden

45. The Stirrers (2012)

4 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

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On Palm Island (North Queensland, Australia) in the 1970s, 12-year-old Jacqui witnessed a riot. This hybrid documentary presents a true story, originally recorded in her school project book... See full summary »

Director: Margaret McHugh | Stars: Jacqui Callinan, Mary Hutson

46. My Survival as an Aboriginal (1979)

51 min | Documentary, History

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Director: Essie Coffey

47. Not Forgotten (2008)

52 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Mark Lee uncovers the stories behind the memorials and the names. He pieces together personal histories, traces their descendants, and discovers how Australian families, communities and the nation as a whole was touched by the Great War.

Director: Jane Jeffes | Stars: Leon Anderson, Cynthia Lee, Mark Lee

48. Time Out (1963– )
Episode: Sir Frederick Pottinger (1963)

History

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Stars: Richard Davis, Alistair Duncan

49. Time Out (1963– )
Episode: Thomas Wainewright (1963)

History

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Director: Philip Berry | Stars: Alistair Duncan, Max Meldrum