Top 40 Best Australian Cult Films

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1. A City's Child (1971)

81 min

To escape her demanding, sick mother and her suburban loneliness, a middle-aged woman slides into a fantasy world in which there is incredible relief.

Director: Brian Kavanagh | Stars: Monica Maughan, Sean Scully, Moira Carleton, Vivean Gray

Votes: 13

2. The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988)

PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Men seeking relief from the Black Death, guided by a boy's vision, dig a tunnel from 14th century England to 20th century New Zealand.

Director: Vincent Ward | Stars: Bruce Lyons, Chris Haywood, Hamish Gough, Marshall Napier

Votes: 3,078 | Gross: $1.33M

3. Mad Max (1979)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

Votes: 177,151 | Gross: $8.75M

4. In Search of Anna (1978)

91 min | Drama

Tony's out of jail. His mates think he's got the proceeds from the robbery and want it. Tony just wants to find Anna. He deals with one problem at a time. This is a road movie and a trip. A... See full synopsis »

Director: Esben Storm | Stars: Richard Moir, Judy Morris, Chris Haywood, Bill Hunter

Votes: 48

5. The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

The small town of Paris, Australia deliberately causes car accidents, then sells/salvages all valuables from the wrecks as a means of economy.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Terry Camilleri, John Meillon, Kevin Miles, Rick Scully

Votes: 3,196

6. Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

Not Rated | 114 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

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 the modern and nihilistic life begins.

Director: Rolf de Heer | Stars: Nicholas Hope, Claire Benito, Ralph Cotterill, Syd Brisbane

Votes: 11,319

7. Turkey Shoot (1982)

R | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Deviants are held at a rehabilitation fortress until they're set into a deadly game of survival, in the hopes of returning to world society.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Steve Railsback, Olivia Hussey, Michael Craig, Carmen Duncan

Votes: 2,681

8. Dogs in Space (1986)

R | 103 min | Drama

The film is set in a house occupied by a collection of social misfits. The main storyline is that of a strange musician's relationship with a girl, their drug use and his band. These events... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lowenstein | Stars: Michael Hutchence, Saskia Post, Nique Needles, Deanna Bond

Votes: 1,062

9. The Dragon Flies (1975)

R | 111 min | Action, Drama, Adventure

Hong Kong Inspector Fang Sing Leng travels to Australia to extradite a drug dealer. When the hood is assassinated on his way to court, everyone suspects Jack Wilton, a crime lord who the local police haven't been able to pick up.

Directors: Brian Trenchard-Smith, Jimmy Wang Yu | Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, George Lazenby, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Roger Ward

Votes: 1,076

10. Long Weekend (1978)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

When a suburban couple go camping for the weekend at a remote beach, they discover that nature isn't in an accommodating mood.

Director: Colin Eggleston | Stars: John Hargreaves, Briony Behets, Mike McEwen, Roy Day

Votes: 3,454

11. Next of Kin (1982)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Mystery

In a rest home for elderly people, a daughter reads her mother's diary. Soon events that are mentioned in the mother's diary begin to happen to the daughter.

Director: Tony Williams | Stars: Jacki Kerin, John Jarratt, Alex Scott, Gerda Nicolson

Votes: 1,157

12. Patrick (1978)

PG | 96 min | Horror

A comatose hospital patient harasses and kills though his powers of telekinesis to claim his private nurse as his own.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: Susan Penhaligon, Robert Helpmann, Rod Mullinar, Bruce Barry

Votes: 2,499

13. Thirst (1979)

R | 93 min | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi

The descendant of Elizabeth Bathory is abducted by a cult of self-proclaimed supermen who achieve this state of superiority by drinking from the "blood cows" (read: people) kept at the "dairy farm", and they try to get her to join them.

Director: Rod Hardy | Stars: Chantal Contouri, Shirley Cameron, Max Phipps, Henry Silva

Votes: 1,067

14. Ghosts... of the Civil Dead (1988)

93 min | Crime, Drama

Prison gangs clash in a high-tech security jail where there are no rules.

Director: John Hillcoat | Stars: David Field, Mike Bishop, Chris DeRose, Kevin Mackey

Votes: 1,635

15. Nancy Nancy (2006)

90 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

A mysterious stranger arrives at an isolated seaside town and keeps a backward brother and sister hostage in their own home.

Director: Timothy Spanos | Stars: Tim Burns, Michael Burkett, Polly Stanton, Matt Thomas

Votes: 40

16. Black Water (2007)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A terrifying tale of survival in the mangrove swamps of Northern Australia

Directors: David Nerlich, Andrew Traucki | Stars: Diana Glenn, Maeve Dermody, Andy Rodoreda, Ben Oxenbould

Votes: 11,830

17. The Blood of Heroes (1989)

R | 90 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Sport

In a future, where most of mankind and technology is wiped out, 6 people travel from place to place playing a brutal form of football with a dog skull. They hope one day to play in the league in a city.

Director: David Webb Peoples | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Joan Chen, Delroy Lindo, Anna Katarina

Votes: 5,700 | Gross: $0.88M

18. 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: 4,259

19. Dark City (1998)

R | 100 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

66 Metascore

A man struggles with memories of his past, which includes a wife he cannot remember, and a nightmarish world without a sun.

Director: Alex Proyas | Stars: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt

Votes: 177,564 | Gross: $14.38M

20. Lake Mungo (2008)

R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Strange things start happening after a girl is found drowned in a lake.

Director: Joel Anderson | Stars: Rosie Traynor, David Pledger, Martin Sharpe, Talia Zucker

Votes: 13,257

21. Mallboy (2000)

Drama

The world of 14 year old Shaun revolves around his broken family home, and a group of truant friends who inhabit Melbourne's northern suburb shopping centres. As he tries to make the ... See full summary »

Director: Vincent Giarrusso | Stars: Kane McNay, Nell Feeney, Brett Swain, Maxie Rickard

Votes: 119

22. Twentieth Century Oz (1976)

R | 85 min | Fantasy, Comedy, Musical

Dorothy is a sixteen-year-old groupie riding with a rock band when, suddenly, the van is in a road accident, and she hits her head. She wakes up in a fantasy world as gritty and realistic ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Löfvén | Stars: Joy Dunstan, Graham Matters, Bruce Spence, Michael Carman

Votes: 124

23. Pure S (1975)

85 min | Drama

A group of Australian heroin addicts go out and try to score a hit after a friend overdoses.

Director: Bert Deling | Stars: Sally McNee, Doc Smith, Russell Kirby, Kenny Taylor

Votes: 88

24. Pandemonium (1987)

88 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A beautiful nude feral girl raised by dingoes returns to Babylon, Australia to find her family. Her mom is an evil landlady and her nutty tenants want the girl for themselves. One of them realizes the girl was sent to stop the Apocalypse.

Director: Haydn Keenan | Stars: David Argue, Amanda Dole, Esben Storm, Arna-Maria Winchester

Votes: 73

25. 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: 830

26. Undead (2003)

R | 97 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

34 Metascore

A quaint Australian fishing village is overcome by meteorites that turn its residents into the ravenous undead, leaving a small group of those unharmed to find a way out.

Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig | Stars: Felicity Mason, Mungo McKay, Rob Jenkins, Lisa Cunningham

Votes: 12,258 | Gross: $0.04M

27. The F.J. Holden (1977)

101 min | Drama

Bankstown, NSW, Australia, 1970s. Kevin and his mate Bob spend their time drinking and cruising around the western suburbs of Sydney in Kevin's yellow FJ Holden, looking for girls. One day ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Thornhill | Stars: Paul Couzens, Carl Stever, Gary Waddell, Karlene Rogerson

Votes: 187

28. Dead End Drive-In (1986)

R | 92 min | Action, Drama, Horror

In the near future, a teenage couple are trapped in a drive-in theater which has become a concentration camp for social outcasts. The inmates are treated to drugs, exploitation films, junk food, and new wave music.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Ned Manning, Natalie McCurry, Peter Whitford, Wilbur Wilde

Votes: 2,307

29. Body Melt (1993)

AO | 81 min | Horror, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Residents of peaceful Pebbles Court, Homesville, are being used unknowingly as test experiments for a new 'Body Drug' that causes rapid body decomposition (melting skin etc.) and painful death.

Director: Philip Brophy | Stars: Gerard Kennedy, Andrew Daddo, Ian Smith, Regina Gaigalas

Votes: 2,084

30. The Wicked (1987 TV Movie)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

What happens when two rodeo men and a female hitchhiker go up against vampire.

Director: Colin Eggleston | Stars: Richard Morgan, Angela Kennedy, Brett Climo, John Doyle

Votes: 75

31. Going Down (1983)

94 min | Comedy, Drama

Four young Australian girls decide to give their best friend, who is leaving the next day to move to New York, a night she'll never forget.

Director: Haydn Keenan | Stars: Tracy Mann, Vera Plevnik, Julie Barry, Moira MacLaine-Cross

Votes: 34

32. Midnite Spares (1983)

87 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

After discovering that a group of car thieves may have something to do with his father's untimely death, Steve pursues the criminals and attempts to capture them as well as prove his prowess as a racecar driver.

Director: Quentin Masters | Stars: James Laurie, Gia Carides, Max Cullen, Bruce Spence

Votes: 114

34. Bloodmoon (1990)

R | 100 min | Horror, Thriller

A serial killer is loose at an all girl school, where he strangles girls with a piece of barbed wire.

Director: Alec Mills | Stars: Leon Lissek, Christine Amor, Ian Williams, Helen Thomson

Votes: 403

35. You Can't Stop the Murders (2003)

99 min | Comedy, Thriller

Small-town police fear for their lives after a set of serial murders with a Village People connection.

Director: Anthony Mir | Stars: Gary Eck, Akmal Saleh, Anthony Mir, Richard Carter

Votes: 523

36. The Chain Reaction (1980)

92 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

An earthquake in rural Australia causes a dangerous leak at WALDO, a nuclear waste storage facility. Heinrich Schmidt, an engineer badly hurt in the accident, knows that the leak will ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Barry | Stars: Steve Bisley, Arna-Maria Winchester, Ross Thompson, Ralph Cotterill

Votes: 706

37. Future Schlock (1984)

85 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

In a future time when middle-class, Stepford-type suburbanites have triumphed over individualists and non-conformists and made them prisoner, two vanquished but not defeated non-conformists... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Kiely, Barry Peak | Stars: Mary-Anne Fahey, Mike Bishop, Tracey Callander, Tiriel Mora

Votes: 18

38. 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: 234

39. Housos vs. Authority (2012)

Comedy

Shazza Jones is a die-hard resident of "Sunnyvale" the roughest, toughest, meanest area of Australia not yet rejuvenated by the Australian Government. Packed together inside this 'Hope-less... See full summary »

Director: Paul Fenech | Stars: George Kapiniaris, Jimmy Jackson, Rhys Nicholson, Lindsay Stankovic

Votes: 584

40. Bloodlust (1992)

R | 85 min | Action, Horror

Three vampires wander the streets of Melbourne killing, screwing and taking drugs. They decide to carry out a heist, stealing three million and attracting the attention of various ... See full summary »

Directors: Jon Hewitt, Richard Wolstencroft | Stars: Jane Stuart Wallace, Kelly Chapman, Robert James O'Neill, Phil Motherwell

Votes: 200



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