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1. Age of Consent (1969)

R | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

An elderly artist thinks he has become too stale and is past his prime. His friend (and agent) persuades him to go to an off-shore island to try once more. On the island he rediscovers his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: James Mason, Helen Mirren, Jack MacGowran, Neva Carr-Glynn

Votes: 2,165

2. 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: 2,394

3. My Brilliant Career (1979)

G | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

A young independent woman who lives with her grandmother and aunt in the countryside rebels against being pressured into marriage and chooses to solely focus on having a career as a writer. Nevertheless, two suitors propose to her.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes, Robert Grubb

Votes: 2,998

4. Hoodwink (1981)

89 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

True story about a jailed bank robber who pretends he's become blind to get an early release. Cops don't believe him, but a lonely minister's wife arrives to teach him how to live with his "condition". They fall in love. Big mistake.

Director: Claude Whatham | Stars: John Hargreaves, Judy Davis, Dennis Miller, Wendy Hughes

Votes: 82

5. 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: 33,248 | Gross: $5.73M

6. Lonely Hearts (1982)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

In this offbeat comedy, an unlikely romance develops between a flamboyant, middle-aged piano tuner and an extremely timid office worker. In HD.

Director: Paul Cox | Stars: Wendy Hughes, Norman Kaye, Jon Finlayson, Julia Blake

Votes: 307 | Gross: $0.78M

7. Where the Green Ants Dream (1984)

R | 100 min | Drama

A geologist employed by an Australian mining company finds himself disputing the rights of some aborigines who believe their land to be sacred.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Bruce Spence, Wandjuk Marika, Roy Marika, Ray Barrett

Votes: 1,774

8. Crocodile Dundee (1986)

PG-13 | 97 min | Adventure, Comedy

62 Metascore

An American reporter goes to the Australian outback to meet an eccentric crocodile poacher and invites him to New York City.

Director: Peter Faiman | Stars: Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, John Meillon, David Gulpilil

Votes: 83,550 | Gross: $174.64M

9. The Good Wife (1987)

R | 98 min | Drama, Romance

In pre-WWII Australia, a love triangle develops between a man, his wife and the man's brother.

Director: Ken Cameron | Stars: Rachel Ward, Bryan Brown, Steven Vidler, Sam Neill

Votes: 450 | Gross: $1.16M

10. 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: 904

11. Proof (1991)

R | 86 min | Drama, Romance

The life of a blind photographer who is looked after by a housekeeper is disrupted by the arrival of an agreeable restaurant worker.

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Geneviève Picot, Russell Crowe, Heather Mitchell

Votes: 5,677 | Gross: $0.52M

12. Strictly Ballroom (1992)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

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: 22,800 | Gross: $11.74M

13. 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: 34,863 | Gross: $0.18M

14. The Piano (1993)

R | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance

89 Metascore

A mute woman is sent to 1850s New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but is soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin

Votes: 71,547 | Gross: $40.16M

15. 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: 41,985 | Gross: $11.22M

16. 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: 31,452 | Gross: $15.19M

17. Cosi (1996)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Lewis is a young Sydney amateur theater director at his first experience: he is offered a job with a Governmental program for the rehabilitation of mentally ill patients in a Sydney ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Joffe | Stars: Ben Mendelsohn, Barry Otto, Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths

Votes: 1,679

18. Diana & Me (1997)

98 min | Comedy, Romance

Australian Diana Spencer wins a competition in a women's magazine, and as a prize gets a trip for two to London, where she wants to meet her idol and namesake, Princess Diana. She goes ... See full summary »

Director: David Parker | Stars: Toni Collette, Dominic West, Malcolm Kennard, Victoria Eagger

Votes: 193

19. Blackrock (1997)

103 min | Drama, Thriller

When a young schoolgirl is raped and murdered, the mateship between a group of surfers is tested as the truth is slowly revealed.

Director: Steven Vidler | Stars: Laurence Breuls, Linda Cropper, Simon Lyndon, Chris Haywood

Votes: 874

20. Kiss or Kill (1997)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After a robbery scam that goes bad, lovers Nikki and Al take off into the Australian outback, pursued by the police and a malevolent footballer named Zipper Doyle, and meet a number of offbeat characters.

Director: Bill Bennett | Stars: Matt Day, Frances O'Connor, Tiffany Peters, Julie Wood

Votes: 1,239 | Gross: $0.73M

21. Holy Smoke (1999)

R | 115 min | Drama, Comedy

57 Metascore

While on a journey of discovery in exotic India, beautiful young Ruth Barron falls under the influence of a charismatic religious guru. Her desperate parents then hire P.J. Waters, a macho ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Kate Winslet, Harvey Keitel, Julie Hamilton, Sophie Lee

Votes: 13,081 | Gross: $1.76M

22. Paperback Hero (1999)

96 min | Comedy, Romance

Jack Willis is a handsome roadtrain driver with a secret - he has just become a top-selling romance novelist. However, being a 'man's man' in the Australian outlook, to avoid embarrassment,... See full summary »

Director: Antony J. Bowman | Stars: Claudia Karvan, Hugh Jackman, Angie Milliken, Andrew S. Gilbert

Votes: 1,852

23. 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: 9,169

24. Dear Claudia (1999)

92 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

A romantic comedy about a lonely postman, a desperate hitchhiker, a gifted sculptor, an infatuated pilot, a blind a sailor, a street kid, a mistress, a miner, a butcher, two thieves and a ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Cudlipp | Stars: Bryan Brown, Aleksandra Vujcic, Deborah Mailman, Kim Hillas

Votes: 294

25. Strange Planet (1999)

96 min | Comedy, Romance

This romantic comedy takes place over the course of one year - opening on New Year's Eve of one year and closing exactly one year later. The film focuses on three women living together in a... See full summary »

Director: Emma-Kate Croghan | Stars: Claudia Karvan, Naomi Watts, Alice Garner, Tom Long

Votes: 774

26. Red Planet (2000)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

34 Metascore

Astronauts, and their robotic dog AMEE (Autonomous Mapping Evaluation and Evasion), search for solutions to save a dying Earth by searching on Mars, only to have the mission go terribly awry.

Director: Antony Hoffman | Stars: Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tom Sizemore, Benjamin Bratt

Votes: 51,604 | Gross: $17.48M

27. Pitch Black (2000)

R | 109 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

49 Metascore

A commercial transport ship and its crew are marooned on a planet full of bloodthirsty creatures that only come out to feast at night. But then, they learn that a month-long eclipse is about to occur.

Director: David Twohy | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, Vin Diesel, Keith David

Votes: 210,699 | Gross: $39.24M

28. The Dish (2000)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, History

74 Metascore

A remote Australian community, populated by quirky characters, plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing.

Director: Rob Sitch | Stars: Sam Neill, Billy Mitchell, Roz Hammond, Christopher-Robin Street

Votes: 14,012 | Gross: $2.25M

29. 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: 17,478 | Gross: $4.46M

30. He Died with a Felafel in His Hand (2001)

Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Romance

A nightmare chase through hell in a never-ending, unrequited daisy chain of desire...

Director: Richard Lowenstein | Stars: Noah Taylor, Emily Hamilton, Romane Bohringer, Alex Menglet

Votes: 3,059

31. Russian Doll (2001)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

34 Metascore

Harvey, a self-doubting private investigator, plans to marry his girlfriend until he is hired to solve an adultery case and discovers the adulterer is cheating with his fiancée. Lost and ... See full summary »

Director: Stavros Kazantzidis | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Natalia Novikova, David Wenham, Rebecca Frith

Votes: 428 | Gross: $0.13M

32. 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: 25,513 | Gross: $6.17M

33. Till Human Voices Wake Us (2002)

R | 101 min | Drama, Romance

39 Metascore

A man returns to Victoria, Australia, where he grew up, and encounters a mysterious woman who reminds him of someone he once knew.

Director: Michael Petroni | Stars: Guy Pearce, Helena Bonham Carter, Peter Curtin, Frank Gallacher

Votes: 2,192 | Gross: $0.12M

34. 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: 5,974 | Gross: $0.65M

35. Peaches (2004)

109 min | Drama

This is the story of teenage girl Steph, who is brought up by her fiery aunt Jude after her pregnant mother Jass and Vietnamese father are killed in a car crash. The arrival of her late ... See full summary »

Director: Craig Monahan | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Jacqueline McKenzie, Emma Lung, Matthew Le Nevez

Votes: 445

36. 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: 7,840 | Gross: $0.01M

37. Jindabyne (2006)

R | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

After four men on a fishing trip discover a dead body in the water, they choose to delay reporting it and continue fishing.

Director: Ray Lawrence | Stars: Laura Linney, Gabriel Byrne, John Howard, Stelios Yiakmis

Votes: 6,085 | Gross: $0.40M

38. Irresistible (2006)

R | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A wife and mother is consumed by the thought that her husband's co-worker is trying to win him away from her and their family.

Director: Ann Turner | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, Emily Blunt, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell

Votes: 5,253

39. 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: 4,075 | Gross: $0.28M

40. Mao's Last Dancer (2009)

PG | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Music

55 Metascore

In Maoist China, a boy is taken from his family and trained to become a dancer, but everything he knows is challenged when he is chosen to attend a ballet summer school in Houston, Texas.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Chi Cao, Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan, Penne Hackforth-Jones

Votes: 6,830 | Gross: $4.81M

41. Samson and Delilah (2009)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

Samson and Delilah's world is small- an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, ... See full summary »

Director: Warwick Thornton | Stars: Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson, Mitjili Napanangka Gibson, Scott Thornton

Votes: 2,973

42. Charlie & Boots (2009)

101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

A father and son who travel from Victoria to Cape York to fulfill their lifelong ambition to fish off Australia's northern tip.

Director: Dean Murphy | Stars: Paul Hogan, Alan Powell, Morgan Griffin, Shane Jacobson

Votes: 1,275

43. Tracks (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 112 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

78 Metascore

A young woman goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog.

Director: John Curran | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Lily Pearl, Philip Dodd

Votes: 24,566 | Gross: $0.51M

44. Patrick (2013)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror

48 Metascore

At a private clinic, a young nurse soon discovers that one of the comatose patients is quite sinister.

Director: Mark Hartley | Stars: Charles Dance, Rachel Griffiths, Sharni Vinson, Peta Sergeant

Votes: 3,464

45. Lion (2016)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama

69 Metascore

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Director: Garth Davis | Stars: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar

Votes: 168,576 | Gross: $51.69M



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