Movies made wholly or in part in Western Australia

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1. Australia (2008)

PG-13 | 165 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

53 Metascore

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.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Shea Adams, Eddie Baroo

Votes: 114,930 | Gross: $49.55M

2. Abandon (2002)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

36 Metascore

An investigation of a college student's missing boyfriend becomes quite strange when she begins to see him periodically.

Director: Stephen Gaghan | Stars: Katie Holmes, Benjamin Bratt, Charlie Hunnam, Zooey Deschanel

Votes: 8,914 | Gross: $10.73M

3. Aussie Park Boyz (2004)

R | 103 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Deals with the challenges of ethnic hatred while growing up on the streets of Western Australia's Perth. Cam and best friend Pep organise street fights for money. Local gangsters set them up, with other gangs in the city looking for them.

Director: Nunzio La Bianca | Stars: Joe Murabito, Vince Ferraloro, Renato Santoro, Biagio Ventrelli

Votes: 343

4. The Actress (2005)

90 min | Comedy

Tom, Claire and Kevin are looking for a new house mate ...then Emma showed up to destroy all of their relationships.

Director: Zak Hilditch | Stars: Caitlin Higgins, Matt Hardie, Laura Henderson, Jodie Passmore

Votes: 42

5. Bitter Art (2009)

86 min | Comedy, Drama

Bitter Art is an award winning Australian comedy. Set in the small town of Pemberton we find Tyson at a crossroads. His life is not where he wants it to be. He should be in Hollywood. ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Hatch | Stars: Andrea Burdett, Nathan Coenen, Luke Dabic, Vito de Francesco

Votes: 21

6. Blackfellas (1993)

95 min | Drama

An Aboriginal man is caught between his allegiance to his people and his aspirations to escape the cycle of self-destructive behaviour.

Director: James Ricketson | Stars: John Moore, David Ngoombujarra, Jaylene Riley, Lisa Kinchela

Votes: 85

7. Blame (2010)

R | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

A group of young vigilantes seeking revenge for a sexual betrayal fall far from grace. When the truth is out they find themselves on the dark side of justice.

Director: Michael Henry | Stars: Damian de Montemas, Sophie Lowe, Kestie Morassi, Simon Stone

Votes: 590

10. Bran Nue Dae (2009)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

54 Metascore

In the Summer of 1969 a young man is filled with the life of the idyllic old pearling port Broome - fishing, hanging out with his mates and his girl. However his mother returns him to the ... See full summary »

Director: Rachel Perkins | Stars: Rocky McKenzie, Jessica Mauboy, Ernie Dingo, Missy Higgins

Votes: 1,631 | Gross: $0.11M

11. The Catalpa Rescue (2007)


The Catalpa Rescue is the extraordinary story of the daring rescue of six Irish rebels from a notoriously brutal penal colony in Fremantle, West Australia in 1876.

Director: Lisa Harney | Stars: Phelim Drew, Ronan Leahy, Ian Bliss, Jack Campbell

Votes: 19

12. Clowning Around (1992)

183 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Follows a boy who realizes there is more to being a clown, than just clowning around.

Director: George Whaley | Stars: Clayton Williamson, Ernie Dingo, Rebecca Smart, Jean-Michel Dagory

Votes: 138

13. The Course (2007)

81 min | Comedy, Romance

King of the computer nerds Ben, transforms himself into a sonnet reading, serenading, sword fighting, cross-dressing Shakespearean Love Machine, to woo the girl of his dreams.

Director: Miranda Edmonds | Stars: Khrob Edmonds, Trilby Glover, Tom O'Sullivan, Emma Herriman

Votes: 5

14. Crush (II) (2009)

R | 82 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An American student studying in Australia mistakenly gets involved with a mysterious and unhinged girl while house-sitting for a rich family on vacation.

Directors: Jeffrey Gerritsen, John V. Soto | Stars: Christopher Egan, Brooke Harman, Emma Lung, Christian Clark

Votes: 1,355

15. Where the Outback Ends (1989)

PG | 106 min | Drama

Daisy, a gun-toting grumpy old battle-axe, eeking out her life in a tumbledown shack in the middle of nowhere. Into her life stumbles Simon, a mild-mannered accountant. Together, they form ... See full summary »

Director: Stasch Radwanski Jr. | Stars: Jan Adele, Sean Scully, Colin McEwan, Leith Taylor

Votes: 14

16. Day of the Panther (1988)

84 min | Action

A martial-arts expert goes after a criminal gang and its boss, who were responsible for the death of his partner.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Edward John Stazak, John Stanton, James Richards, Michael Carman

Votes: 323

17. Death Bet (2008)

PG-13 | 81 min | Action

Justin, a second-generation immigrant, has just returned home to the town of Hawkersham. It is a port town where illegal immigrants come in search for a new life. Instead they are used as ... See full summary »

Director: Morten Willoch | Stars: Kenny Low, Tracey Grace Baker, Dean McAskil, Kurtis Wakefield

Votes: 47

18. Dingo (1991)

PG | 109 min | Drama, Music

Traces the pilgrimage of John Anderson, an average guy with a passion for jazz, from his home in outback Western Australia to the jazz clubs of Paris, to meet his idol, jazz trumpeter Billy... See full summary »

Director: Rolf de Heer | Stars: Colin Friels, Miles Davis, Helen Buday, Joe Petruzzi

Votes: 291

19. The Director's Cut (2009)

87 min | Comedy, Horror

A group of filmmakers set off to a remote part of Western Australia to shoot their low budget period drama. But something doesn't want them to finish. and is out to kill them all. One by one.

Director: Paul Komadina | Stars: Jonathan Patrick Moore, Mollie King, David Maguire, Renato Fabretti

Votes: 51

20. Drift (II) (2013)

R | 113 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

35 Metascore

In the 70s two brothers battle killer waves, conservative society and ruthless bikers to kick-start the modern surf industry.

Directors: Ben Nott, Morgan O'Neill | Stars: Myles Pollard, Xavier Samuel, Sam Worthington, Lesley-Ann Brandt

Votes: 4,500

21. Fran (1985)

98 min | Drama

A single mother, Fran (Noni Hazlehurst) is selflessly devoted to her children. But something is lacking in her life, and that something is the love of a man her own age. Her efforts to ... See full summary »

Director: Glenda Hambly | Stars: Noni Hazlehurst, Annie Byron, Alan Fletcher, Narelle Simpson

Votes: 62

22. Harlequin (1980)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A modern-day politician is faced with an incomprehensible in this mystical-fantasy. Senator Rast is a very powerful man. But his is nothing compared to the extraordinary power of the ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Robert Powell, David Hemmings, Carmen Duncan, Broderick Crawford

Votes: 1,060

23. I Am Bish (2009)

89 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

The film appears at first to be a documentary. Bish, a final year film student, is shooting the documentary for his graduating project. Things change when an unspecified "incident" wipes ... See full summary »

Directors: Dave Bishop, Khrob Edmonds | Stars: Pia Miranda, Vanessa Pitrau, Tahnee Arlt, Mark Attrill

Votes: 52

24. Japanese Story (2003)

R | 110 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Against the background of an Australian desert, Sandy, a geologist, and Hiromitsu, a Japanese businessman, play out a story of human inconsequence in the face of the blistering universe. ... See full summary »

Director: Sue Brooks | Stars: Toni Collette, Gotaro Tsunashima, Lynette Curran, Matthew Dyktynski

Votes: 6,067 | Gross: $0.65M

26. Last Train to Freo (2006)

89 min | Drama, Thriller

Two thugs from the Perth suburb of Midland catch the last train to Fremantle. When a young woman boards the train a few stops later, they begin talking and find out not everyone on the train is who they seem to be.

Director: Jeremy Sims | Stars: Steve Le Marquand, Tom Budge, Gigi Edgley, Glenn Hazeldine

Votes: 829

27. Let's Get Skase (2001)

96 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Christopher Skase. He ruled Australia and stole a fortune, fleeing to the coast of Spain. No one could touch him. No one could stop him. Until Peter Dellasandro and a small force of men swore they'd bring him down.

Director: Matthew George | Stars: Lachy Hulme, Alex Dimitriades, Craig McLachlan, Adam Haddrick

Votes: 282

28. Little Sparrows (2010)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

Simple and sincere, celebrating life and the unconditional love of a mother.

Director: Yu-Hsiu Camille Chen | Stars: Nicola Bartlett, James Hagan, Nina Deasley, Melanie Lyons

Votes: 174

29. Love in Limbo (1993)

95 min | Comedy

1950's. Gawky teenager Ken Riddle has a wealth of sexual knowledge, but has yet to lose his virginity. Ken is forced to join the workforce after he's thrown out of school for selling ... See full summary »

Director: David Elfick | Stars: Craig Adams, Rhondda Findleton, Martin Sacks, Aden Young

Votes: 290

30. Love in Perth (2010)

90 min | Drama, Romance

Lola, 16 years old girl, got a scholarship at famous High School in Perth, Australia. Her good friend named Beni who actually had a crush on her said to her that hell be waiting for Lola to... See full synopsis »

Director: Findo Purwono | Stars: Gita Gutawa, Michella Putri, Michelle Denis Coates, Joshua Otay

Votes: 45

31. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

77 Metascore

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich community escape a horde of bandits.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps

Votes: 157,006 | Gross: $12.47M

32. Needle (2010)

R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A killer uses an 18th century machine with supernatural powers to terrorize students at a college.

Director: John V. Soto | Stars: Travis Fimmel, Ben Mendelsohn, Murray Bartlett, Michael Dorman

Votes: 2,633

34. No Through Road (2008)

Not Rated | 85 min | Thriller

The serenity of another quiet evening is shattered for an amateur photographer when a desperate woman takes refuge in his humble suburban home. Reluctantly, he is pulled into a cat and ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Barrett | Stars: James Helm, Megan Palinkas, George Shevtsov, Richie Flanagan

Votes: 186

35. The Olive Tree (1975)

70 min | Drama

The murder of a farm hand emerge as a struggles takes place between a father wants his son to take over the farm and his daughter who also wants the farm.

Director: Edgar Metcalfe | Stars: John Adam, Alan Cassell, Faith Clayton, Robert van Mackelenberg

36. Plugg (1975)

88 min | Comedy

Plugg, a seedy private detective, is hired to watch over a suspected brothel, but with the tenacious inspector Closer on his tail, this assignment will prove to be a difficult one.

Director: Terry Bourke | Stars: Peter Thompson, Cheryl Rixon, Norman Yemm, Reg Gorman

Votes: 31

37. Plum Role (2007)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama

Jacob is an up and coming actor living in the most isolated city in the world, Perth in Western Australia . Jacob receives his big break in the form of a starring role in a new cop show ... See full summary »

Director: Zak Hilditch | Stars: Matt Hardie, Laura Henderson, Luke Jago, Adam McGurk

Votes: 26

38. Dreamtime's Over (II) (2009)

76 min | History, Horror, Thriller

Three Australian couples stumble across an ancient curse in the Outback, and their dream holiday turns into a nightmare that may kill them all.

Director: Oscar D'Roccster | Stars: Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Jesse Johnson, Natalie Walker, Ben Knight

Votes: 274

39. Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

PG | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

80 Metascore

In 1931, three half-white, half-Aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their houses 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: 26,245 | Gross: $6.17M

40. Red Dog (2011)

PG | 92 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Based on the legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master.

Director: Kriv Stenders | Stars: Josh Lucas, Rachael Taylor, Rohan Nichol, Luke Ford

Votes: 15,604

41. Road Games (1981)

PG | 101 min | Mystery, Thriller

71 Metascore

A truck driver plays a cat-and-mouse game with a mysterious serial killer on a desolate Australian highway.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: Stacy Keach, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marion Edward, Grant Page

Votes: 4,401

42. Southern Cross (2004)

92 min | Drama

Southern Cross is an Australian family drama. Two immigrant children's mom dies, and her children are put in a detention center. Instead of waiting around, the children plan to escape and ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Defriest | Stars: Yeung-Ming Tan, Laura Black, Bill Kerr, Geoff Miethe

Votes: 39

43. Stoned Bros (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy

Best mates Eddie and Charlie's spiritual journey goes off track and becomes a riotous trip through outback Australia.

Director: Richard Frankland | Stars: Luke Carroll, Leon Burchill, Valentino del Toro, David Page

Votes: 236

44. Swimming Upstream (2003)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

58 Metascore

The inspirational life story of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Jesse Spencer, Tim Draxl

Votes: 3,066 | Gross: $0.05M

45. Teesh and Trude (2002)

93 min | Drama

In Unit 16b at Platypus Rise Flats, two hard and damaged women living on a diet of soapies, sarcasm and frustration are about to reach breaking point. A bad day becomes worse by the hour ... See full summary »

Director: Melanie Read | Stars: Susie Porter, Linda Cropper, Jacob Allan, Peter Phelps

Votes: 50

46. Thunderstruck (2004)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

After a near death experience, five Boys, all devoted AC/DC fans, make a pact to bury their best friend next to the grave of Bon Scott. 12 years later, having gone their different ways, they come together to fulfill the promise.

Director: Darren Ashton | Stars: Damon Gameau, Stephen Curry, Ryan Johnson, Callan Mulvey

Votes: 848

47. Two Fists, One Heart (2008)

105 min | Action, Drama, Sport

This is a contemporary story set in Perth, Western Australia. Anthony Argo is a young Italian/Australian boxer, being pushed to the limit by his Sicilian father-trainer, Joe. Joe wants ... See full summary »

Director: Shawn Seet | Stars: Daniel Amalm, Ennio Fantastichini, Jessica Marais, Rai Fazio

Votes: 239

48. Under the Lighthouse Dancing (1997)

94 min | Drama

The story of 6 friends who journey to an island off the coast of Australia for the weekend. Two of them (Emma and Harry) announce that they intend to get married, but have made no plans, ... See full summary »

Director: Graeme Rattigan | Stars: Aden Gillett, Jack Thompson, Jacqueline McKenzie, Naomi Watts

Votes: 406

49. Wasted on the Young (I) (2010)

R | 97 min | Drama, Thriller

When a high school party goes dangerously off the rails, one teenager finds that revenge is just a computer click away.

Director: Ben C. Lucas | Stars: Oliver Ackland, Adelaide Clemens, Alex Russell, Patrick Cullen

Votes: 2,357