Favorite Australian films

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1. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Mystery

81 Metascore

During a rural summer 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.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Rachel Roberts, Anne-Louise Lambert, Vivean Gray, Helen Morse

Votes: 28,325 | Gross: $0.23M

2. Sunday Too Far Away (1975)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

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: 561

3. Gallipoli (1981)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, History

65 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr, Harold Hopkins

Votes: 32,622 | Gross: $5.73M

4. Storm Boy (1976)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Family

Mike is a lonely Australian boy living in a coastal wilderness with his reclusive father. In search of friendship he encounters an Aboriginal native loner and the two form a bond in the care of orphaned pelicans.

Director: Henri Safran | Stars: Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil, Judy Dick

Votes: 788

5. Newsfront (1978)

PG | 110 min | Drama, History

In post war Australia the men and women of Cinetone struggle to produce the weekly news reels for the movie going public.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Bill Hunter, Gerard Kennedy, Wendy Hughes, Chris Haywood

Votes: 606

6. Mad Max (1979)

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

67 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: 168,781 | Gross: $8.75M

7. Breaker Morant (1980)

PG | 107 min | Drama, History, War

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: 10,858 | Gross: $7.14M

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: 989

9. The Year My Voice Broke (1987)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Romance

In 1962, a prepubescent boy in rural Australia watches painfully as his best friend and first love, an older girl, blossoms into womanhood and falls for a thuggish rugby player, setting off... See full summary »

Director: John Duigan | Stars: Noah Taylor, Loene Carmen, Ben Mendelsohn, Graeme Blundell

Votes: 1,701 | Gross: $0.21M

10. 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: 1,575

11. 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: 45,832 | Gross: $1.90M

12. After the Deluge (2003 TV Movie)

194 min | Drama, Romance

Follows the stories of the four men of the Kirby family. As Alex's marriage breaks apart, Toby tries desperately to start a family, and Marty tries to kick-start his faded music career as ... See full summary »

Director: Brendan Maher | Stars: David Wenham, Hugo Weaving, Samuel Johnson, Aden Young

Votes: 253

13. The Castle (1997)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

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.

Director: Rob Sitch | Stars: Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Stephen Curry, Anthony Simcoe

Votes: 13,115 | Gross: $0.86M

14. Romper Stomper (1992)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama

A group of skinheads become alarmed at the way their neighbourhood is changing.

Director: Geoffrey Wright | Stars: Russell Crowe, Daniel Pollock, Jacqueline McKenzie, Alex Scott

Votes: 34,329 | Gross: $0.18M

15. The Interview (1998)

Unrated | 104 min | Thriller, Crime, Drama

A duel between a suspected murderer and a detective pressed by people who want results. But whose skin is really wanted.

Director: Craig Monahan | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Tony Martin, Aaron Jeffery, Paul Sonkkila

Votes: 4,163

16. The Boys (1998)

R | 86 min | Crime, Drama

Brett Sprague is a violent and psychopathic man, who is released on parole after serving a sentence for assault. As he returns to his family house and we watch him and his brothers, Stevie ... See full summary »

Director: Rowan Woods | Stars: David Wenham, Toni Collette, Lynette Curran, John Polson

Votes: 1,197 | Gross: $0.00M

17. Two Hands (1999)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

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. Meanwhile two street kids start a ... See full summary »

Director: Gregor Jordan | Stars: Heath Ledger, Bryan Brown, David Field, Tom Long

Votes: 8,940

18. Animal Kingdom (2010)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.

Director: David Michôd | Stars: James Frecheville, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton, Bryce Lindemann

Votes: 49,728 | Gross: $1.04M

19. Dead Heart (1996)

104 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A no holds barred look into the gaping divisions which exist within an Aboriginal settlement in outback Australia. These separations split the inhabitants, straining relationships until something has to give.

Director: Nick Parsons | Stars: Bryan Brown, Ernie Dingo, Angie Milliken, Gnarnayarrahe Waitairie

Votes: 230

20. The Sum of Us (1994)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

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."

Directors: Geoff Burton, Kevin Dowling | Stars: Jack Thompson, Russell Crowe, John Polson, Deborah Kennedy

Votes: 4,639 | Gross: $2.51M

21. Muriel's Wedding (1994)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

A young social outcast in Australia steals money from her parents to finance a vacation where she hopes to find happiness, and perhaps love.

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Bill Hunter, Sophie Lee

Votes: 30,641 | Gross: $15.19M

22. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Music

68 Metascore

Two drag performers and a transgender woman travel across the desert to perform their unique style of cabaret.

Director: Stephan Elliott | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp, Rebel Penfold-Russell

Votes: 40,881 | Gross: $11.22M

23. Strictly Ballroom (1992)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice, Bill Hunter, Pat Thomson

Votes: 22,346 | Gross: $11.74M

24. The Snowtown Murders (2011)

Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

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.

Director: Justin Kurzel | Stars: Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris, Bob Adriaens

Votes: 15,030 | Gross: $0.01M

25. 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: 10,673

26. Road to Nhill (1997)

95 min | Comedy

One of three cars carrying lady bowls players is overdue. Unsure about which car, who the occupants might have been, or what might have happened to them, the locals embark on a chaotic ... See full summary »

Director: Sue Brooks | Stars: Tony Barry, Vikki Blanche, Paul Chubb, Lynette Curran

Votes: 169

27. Chopper (2000)

Unrated | 94 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

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.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Eric Bana, Simon Lyndon, Vince Colosimo, Renée Brack

Votes: 33,576 | Gross: $0.23M

28. Lantana (2001)

R | 121 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

84 Metascore

The relationships of four couples unravel after the discovery of a young woman's body in Lantana bush in suburban Sydney.

Director: Ray Lawrence | Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Geoffrey Rush, Rachael Blake, Kerry Armstrong

Votes: 17,350 | Gross: $4.46M

29. 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: 1,938

30. Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

PG | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

80 Metascore

In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes 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: 25,118 | Gross: $6.17M

31. Wolf Creek (2005)

R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

54 Metascore

Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are plunged in a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture by a sadistic psychopathic local.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, John Jarratt

Votes: 60,913 | Gross: $16.19M

32. Look Both Ways (2005)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

64 Metascore

During one unusually hot and tragic weekend, four people struggle after hearing some life-changing news, this in turn brings them together.

Director: Sarah Watt | Stars: Mary Kostakidis, Justine Clarke, Daniela Farinacci, Robbie Hoad

Votes: 2,852 | Gross: $0.10M

33. Little Fish (2005)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

Set in the Little Saigon district outside of Sydney, a woman (Blanchett) trying to escape her past becomes embroiled in a drug deal.

Director: Rowan Woods | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Sam Neill, Hugo Weaving, Martin Henderson

Votes: 7,747 | Gross: $0.01M

34. Somersault (2004)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A young girl flees her hometown and arrives in the Australian Alps, where new experiences help her learn the differences between sex and love.

Director: Cate Shortland | Stars: Abbie Cornish, Sam Worthington, Lynette Curran, Damian de Montemas

Votes: 6,764 | Gross: $0.09M

35. Balibo (2009)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

War correspondent Roger East and the young Jose Ramos-Horta travel to East Timor to investigate the murders of the Balibo Five in 1975.

Director: Robert Connolly | Stars: Jane Hampson, Bea Viegas, Christine Martins, Ana Rosa Mendoça

Votes: 2,182

36. 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: 14,586

37. Australian Rules (2002)

95 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

In Prospect Bay, a remote outpost on the South Australian coast, two communities, the Goonyas and the Nungas, come together on the one field they have in common, the football field. But the... See full summary »

Director: Paul Goldman | Stars: Nathan Phillips, Luke Carroll, Lisa Flanagan, Tom Budge

Votes: 715

38. Beneath Clouds (2002)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Romance

The story of Lena, the light-skinned daughter of an Aboriginal mother and Irish father and Vaughn, a Murri boy doing time in a minimum security prison in North West NSW. Dramatic events ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Sen | Stars: Dannielle Hall, Damian Pitt, Jenna Lee Connors, Terry Dahlstron

Votes: 851

39. The Quiet Earth (1985)

R | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A man named Zac Hobson awakens to find himself alone in the world. In a desperate attempt to search for others, he finds only two who have their own agenda.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Bruno Lawrence, Alison Routledge, Pete Smith, Anzac Wallace

Votes: 22,065 | Gross: $2.12M

40. Oyster Farmer (2004)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

51 Metascore

A love story about a young man who runs away up an isolated Australian river and gets a job with eighth generation oyster famers.

Director: Anna Reeves | Stars: Alex O'Loughlin, Jim Norton, Diana Glenn, David Field

Votes: 1,150

41. Wake in Fright (1971)

R | 109 min | Drama, Thriller

88 Metascore

After a bad gambling bet, a schoolteacher is marooned in a town full of crazy, drunk, violent men who threaten to make him just as crazy, drunk, and violent.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay

Votes: 7,527 | Gross: $0.05M

42. Ten Canoes (2006)

Unrated | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It's a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and ... See full summary »

Directors: Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr | Stars: Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, Richard Birrinbirrin, Peter Minygululu

Votes: 4,021 | Gross: $0.28M

43. 2:37 (2006)

91 min | Drama

At 2:37, someone commits suicide in the school lavatory. The day is told up to that point from the viewpoint of six different students.

Director: Murali K. Thalluri | Stars: Teresa Palmer, Frank Sweet, Sam Harris, Charles Baird

Votes: 6,587

44. Head On (1998)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Romance

A 19 year old Greek Australian youth struggles with his sexual identity and has one clumsy heterosexual and several homosexual encounters.

Director: Ana Kokkinos | Stars: Alex Dimitriades, Elena Mandalis, Damien Fotiou, Alex Papps

Votes: 3,607 | Gross: $0.38M

45. Welcome to Woop Woop (1997)

R | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

A con artist escapes a deal gone wrong in New York and winds up in the Aussie outback in a strange town whose inhabitants are an oddball collection of misfits.

Director: Stephan Elliott | Stars: Johnathon Schaech, Rod Taylor, Susie Porter, Dee Smart

Votes: 1,636 | Gross: $0.04M

46. The Last Days of Chez Nous (1992)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Vicki returns to her elder sister Beth's house in Australia after an affair in Italy. Beth, with a teenage daughter, has become involved in something of a marriage of convenience with ... See full summary »

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Lisa Harrow, Bruno Ganz, Kerry Fox, Miranda Otto

Votes: 690 | Gross: $0.83M

47. Death in Brunswick (1990)

R | 109 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Carl Fitzgerald is down-on-his-luck until he meets Sophie, a beautiful Greek girl. He gets a job as a cook, but accidentally kills fellow worker Mustafa. He turns to his unscrupulous best ... See full summary »

Director: John Ruane | Stars: Sam Neill, Zoe Carides, John Clarke, Yvonne Lawley

Votes: 873

48. The Big Steal (1990)

99 min | Comedy

To impress a girl a shy teenaged boy buys a used Jaguar.

Director: Nadia Tass | Stars: Ben Mendelsohn, Claudia Karvan, Marshall Napier, Damon Herriman

Votes: 837

49. Dead Calm (1989)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

70 Metascore

After a tragedy, John Ingram and his wife Rae are spending some time isolated at sea, when they come across a stranger who has abandoned a sinking ship.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane, Rod Mullinar

Votes: 32,413 | Gross: $7.83M