Australian Westerns

by KasparM | created - 23 Feb 2012 | updated - 23 Feb 2012 | Public

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3. Rangle River (1936)

Approved | 86 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

Marion Hastings, absent from her Australian home, Rangle River Station, for many years while completing her education in Europe, receives a letter from Dick Drake, her father's ranch ... See full summary »

Director: Clarence G. Badger | Stars: Victor Jory, Margaret Dare, Robert Coote, George Bryant

Votes: 12

4. The Overlanders (1946)

Approved | 91 min | Adventure, Western

It's the start of WWII in Northern Australia. The Japanese are getting close. People are evacuating and burning everything in a "scorched earth" policy. Rather than kill all their cattle, a... See full summary »

Director: Harry Watt | Stars: Chips Rafferty, John Nugent Hayward, Daphne Campbell, Jean Blue

Votes: 322

5. The Kangaroo Kid (1950)

Approved | 72 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

Tex Kinnane (Jock Mahoney as Jock O'Mahoney), posing as a stage driver, goes to Australia to investigate a series of robberies at Goldstar. He makes friends at the saloon with Baldy Muldoon... See full summary »

Director: Lesley Selander | Stars: Jock Mahoney, Guy Doleman, Veda Ann Borg, Douglass Dumbrille

Votes: 6

6. Return of the Plainsman (1953)

Approved | 62 min | Action, Western

The first of two commercially successful collaborations between Rafferty and Robinson is an Australian western in which Rafferty plays a legendary bushman known as the Sundowner who, with ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Robinson | Stars: Chips Rafferty, Henry Murdoch, Victoria Shaw, Max Osbiston

Votes: 8

7. Whiplash (1960–1961)

30 min | Western

Thirty four episodes of this syndicated show were produced in 1960 and 1961; it aired on US TV in 1961. This was an Australian western with American Chris Cobb attempting to establish the ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Graves, Anthony Wickert, Robert Tudawali, Phillip Ross

Votes: 45

8. Inn of the Damned (1975)

Not Rated | 118 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

A sheriff investigates why the guests at a local hostelry check in, but never check out.

Director: Terry Bourke | Stars: Judith Anderson, Alex Cord, Michael Craig, Joseph Fürst

Votes: 246

9. The True Story of Eskimo Nell (1975)

103 min | Comedy, Western

The film's unlikely protagonist is a mild-mannered window peeper named Dead-Eye Dick (Max Gillies), who spies on a Mexican couple.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: Max Gillies, Serge Lazareff, Butcher Vachon, Jerry Thomas

Votes: 63

10. Mad Dog Morgan (1976)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The true story of Irish outlaw Daniel Morgan, who is wanted, dead or alive, in Australia during the 1850s.

Director: Philippe Mora | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Jack Thompson, David Gulpilil, Frank Thring

Votes: 1,009

11. Raw Deal (1977)

94 min | Western

In the 1870s, the colonial administrator hires bounty hunter Palmer and gun salesman Ben to wipe out an army of Irish Catholic revolutionaries in their stronghold. Palmer and Ben recruit ... See full summary »

Director: Russell Hagg | Stars: Gerard Kennedy, Gus Mercurio, Rod Mullinar, Christopher Pate

Votes: 40

12. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)

108 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith is a shocking indictment of the racism inflicted on the Indigenous people of Australia.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Tommy Lewis, Freddy Reynolds, Angela Punch McGregor, Ray Barrett

Votes: 1,217

13. The Man from Snowy River (1982)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

In 1880s Australia, after young Jim Craig's father dies, Jim takes a job at the Harrison cattle ranch, where he is forced to become a man.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Tom Burlinson, Terence Donovan, Tommy Dysart

Votes: 6,763 | Gross: $20.66M

14. Robbery Under Arms (1985)

Not Rated | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Fourth adaptation and first made for television of the classic Australian bushranger novel "Robbery Under Arms" by Rolf Boldrewood. Made by the South Australian Film Corporation during the ... See full summary »

Directors: Donald Crombie, Ken Hannam | Stars: Sam Neill, Steven Vidler, Christopher Cummins, Liz Newman

Votes: 163

16. Return to Snowy River (1988)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

Young Jim Craig returns to his home in the Australian high country. He finds that things are not as he left them - his girlfriend is being pursued by another man, and her father doesn't want Jim back into her life.

Director: Geoff Burrowes | Stars: Tom Burlinson, Sigrid Thornton, Brian Dennehy, Nicholas Eadie

Votes: 1,996 | Gross: $13.69M

17. Quigley Down Under (1990)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Sharpshooter Matt Quigley is hired from Wyoming by an Australian rancher paying a very high price. But when Quigley arrives Down Under, all is not as it seems.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Tom Selleck, Laura San Giacomo, Alan Rickman, Chris Haywood

Votes: 16,803 | Gross: $21.41M

18. Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (1993–1996)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Western

Based on Banjo Paterson's poem "Man From Snowy River", this series takes place in Paterson's Ridge, a small town set in the mountains near Melbourne, during the late 19th century. It tells ... See full summary »

Stars: Andrew Clarke, Brett Climo, Guy Pearce, Sheryl Munks

Votes: 475

19. Lightning Jack (1994)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Western

Lightning Jack Kane is an Australian outlaw in the wild west. During a bungled bank robbery he picks up mute Ben Doyle as a hostage. The two become good friends, with Jack teaching Ben how ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Paul Hogan, Cuba Gooding Jr., Beverly D'Angelo, Kamala Lopez

Votes: 5,713 | Gross: $16.82M

20. McLeod's Daughters (1996 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama, Western

Following the death of her mother, Tess Silverman travels to Drover's Run, the farm where she spent the first few years of her life. Drover's is a rural cattle property in South Australia, ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Offer | Stars: Tammy Macintosh, Kris McQuade, Mercia Deane-Johns, Simone Kessell

Votes: 229

21. The Tracker (2002)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, History, Western

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: 1,931

22. Ned Kelly (2003)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

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: 23,372 | Gross: $0.07M

23. Ned (2003)

81 min | Action, Comedy, Western

A comedy based on the rise and fall of Ned Kelly and his gang of Outlaws.

Director: Abe Forsythe | Stars: Felix Williamson, Abe Forsythe, Damon Herriman, Nick Flint

Votes: 324

24. The Man from Snowy River: Arena Spectacular (2003 TV Movie)

101 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Jim Ryan and Kate Conroy love each other, but John Conroy stands in the way of their happiness until Jim Ryan recaptures a prized colt.

Directors: David Atkins, Ignatius Jones | Stars: Georgie Parker, Steve Bisley, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Lee Kernaghan

Votes: 45

25. The Proposition (2005)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Western

73 Metascore

A lawman apprehends a notorious outlaw and gives him nine days to kill his older brother, or else they'll execute his younger brother.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: Ray Winstone, Guy Pearce, Emily Watson, Richard Wilson

Votes: 45,747 | Gross: $1.90M

26. The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce (2008)

60 min | Biography, Drama, History

Eight men escape from the most isolated prison on earth. Only one man survives and the story he recounts shocks the British establishment to the core. This story is the last confession of Alexander Pearce.

Director: Michael James Rowland | Stars: Adrian Dunbar, Ciarán McMenamin, Dan Wyllie, Don Hany

Votes: 583

27. Dark Frontier (2009)

R | 96 min | Drama, History, Thriller

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: 237

28. Shadows of the Past (2009)

PG | 104 min | Drama, Western

Shadows of the Past is about Steve Kelly, a retired rodeo champion, who accepts a rematch with notorious bucking bull, 'Black Friday', the same bull that ended his career several years ago.... See full summary »

Director: Warren Ryan | Stars: Jordanna Allen, David Barry, Justin Colquhoun, Phil Hearn

Votes: 63

29. Red Hill (2010)

R | 95 min | Thriller, Western

62 Metascore

A young police officer must survive his first day's duty in a small country town.

Director: Patrick Hughes | Stars: Ryan Kwanten, Steve Bisley, Tommy Lewis, Claire van der Boom

Votes: 7,646 | Gross: $0.02M

30. Wild Boys (2011)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

Australia 1860s, Wild Boys follows a gang of bushrangers as they stage hold-ups determined to keep ahead of the troopers or wind up at the end of a noose.

Stars: Daniel MacPherson, Michael Dorman, Alexander England, Zoe Ventoura

Votes: 367