Australian New Wave

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1. Walkabout (1971)

GP | 100 min | Adventure, Drama

Two young siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback and are forced to cope on their own. They meet an Australian boy on "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Jenny Agutter, David Gulpilil, Luc Roeg, John Meillon

Votes: 19,454

2. Stork (1971)

85 min | Comedy

Stork is a 6-foot 7 hypochondriac who dreams of revolution and works at General Motors Holden. He is sacked from his job after doing a strip tease at work and goes to live in a share house ... See full summary »

Director: Tim Burstall | Stars: Bruce Spence, Jacki Weaver, Helmut Bakaitis, Graeme Blundell

Votes: 125

3. Three to Go (1971)

90 min | Drama

Three stories, each presenting a young Australian at a moment of decision about their future.

Directors: Brian Hannant, Oliver Howes, Peter Weir | Stars: Matthew Burton, Grahame Bond, Peter Colville, Georgina West

Votes: 31

4. 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: 7,534 | Gross: $0.05M

5. Night of Fear (1972)

54 min | Horror, Thriller

Insane sadistic hermit stalks and captures those who get lost in his part of the woods. A young woman whose car broke down is about to find out what he does with them next.

Director: Terry Bourke | Stars: Norman Yemm, Carla Hoogeveen, Mike Dorsey, Briony Behets

Votes: 273

6. The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972)

114 min | Comedy

Young Australian, Barry McKenzie, travels to England with his Aunt Edna after his father dies and a request is revealed in his will.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Barry Crocker, Barry Humphries, Spike Milligan, Peter Cook

Votes: 623

7. The Sex Therapist (1973)

R | 87 min | Comedy

Australian waterbed salesman Alvin Sees a psychiatrist about his irresistibilty to women

Director: Tim Burstall | Stars: Graeme Blundell, Abigail, Lynette Curran, Christine Amor

Votes: 388

8. Stone (1974)

103 min | Action, Drama, Adventure

Members of the Grave Diggers Motorcycle Club are being knocked off one by one, and someone needs to find out why! Sandy Harbutt's timeless Australian cult film about a bunch of renegades riding Kawasaki 900s.

Director: Sandy Harbutt | Stars: Deryck Barnes, Sandy Harbutt, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Lex Mitchell

Votes: 1,035

9. Petersen (1974)

R | 97 min | Drama

Tony Petersen, a married electrician and ex-footballer, goes to university to study English. Petersen is odd man out at the uni. He receives extracurricular help from his stuffy professor's... See full summary »

Director: Tim Burstall | Stars: Jack Thompson, Jacki Weaver, Wendy Hughes, Arthur Dignam

Votes: 107

10. 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: 249

11. 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, Yu Wang | Stars: Yu Wang, George Lazenby, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Roger Ward

Votes: 965

12. 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

13. 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: 28,353 | Gross: $0.23M

14. The Devil's Playground (1976)

107 min | Drama

Fred Schepisi's film, 'The Devil's Playground' is an intimate portrait of Tom, a thirteen-year-old struggling in spirit and body with the constraints of living in a Catholic seminary. It is... See full summary »

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Charles McCallum, John Frawley, Arthur Dignam, Nick Tate

Votes: 828

15. Deathcheaters (1976)

93 min | Action, Adventure

Two best friends, Vietnam War veterans turned stunt men, are sent as spies to the Philippines on a top secret mission for the Australian government.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: John Hargreaves, Grant Page, Margaret Gerard, Ziggy

Votes: 104

16. 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: 1,022

17. Don's Party (1976)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

The movie Dons Party is about a wild house party in a suburban Australian neighbourhood. Don Henderson convinces his wife to have another party so that their friends can gather to watch the... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: John Hargreaves, Pat Bishop, Graham Kennedy, Veronica Lang

Votes: 883

18. Backroads (1977)

60 min | Crime, Drama

A black and white lowlife duo drives around Australia's Outback in a stolen vehicle and finds trouble after trouble.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Bill Hunter, Gary Foley, Zac Martin, Terry Camilleri

Votes: 179

19. The Picture Show Man (1977)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

At the beginnings of this centuary a man, his son and a piano player travel around Australia showing the first silent movies (naturally in black and white). But what they really want is ... See full summary »

Director: John Power | Stars: John Meillon, Rod Taylor, John Ewart, Harold Hopkins

Votes: 185

20. 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: 182

21. 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: 1,230

22. 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: 3,037

23. The Getting of Wisdom (1977)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

Oscar-nominated director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies) crafts a tender coming-of-age tale that introduces one of Australian literature's most beloved characters to ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Julia Blake, Dorothy Bradley, Kay Eklund, Max Fairchild

Votes: 314

24. 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: 2,291

25. Money Movers (1978)

R | 92 min | Crime, Action, Thriller

An armoured car company is the target of repeated heists. Company leadership is enforcing new measures in order to tighten the security. However, the biggest danger of a new heist lies within the company's own ranks.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Terence Donovan, Tony Bonner, Ed Devereaux, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell

Votes: 334

26. 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

27. My Brilliant Career (1979)

G | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Sybylla Melvyn is an independent young woman who soon after arriving to live with her Grandmother Bossier and aunt Helen announces that she will never marry and plans on having a career ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 2,912

28. 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: 168,833 | Gross: $8.75M

29. The Odd Angry Shot (1979)

Unrated | 92 min | Action, Comedy, War

In between drinking cans of Fosters beer, Australian soldiers tread on a few landmines, and generally experience the war in Vietnam.

Director: Tom Jeffrey | Stars: Graham Kennedy, John Hargreaves, John Jarratt, Bryan Brown

Votes: 916

30. 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: 611

31. Stunt Rock (1979)

PG | 86 min | Action, Drama, Music

Australian stuntman Grant Page goes to Los Angeles to work on a television series. He uses his spare time to lend his expertise to rock band Sorcery, whose act features duels between the ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Grant Page, Monique van de Ven, Margaret Gerard, Paul Haynes

Votes: 293

32. 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: 10,860 | Gross: $7.14M

33. 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: 6,785 | Gross: $20.66M

34. High Tide (1987)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama

Story about a backup singer for an Elvis impersonator who re-enters her past when she leaves a tour in a small town and finds her daughter in a mobile home park.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Judy Davis, Jan Adele, Claudia Karvan, Frankie J. Holden

Votes: 669 | Gross: $0.14M

35. 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: 25,122 | Gross: $6.17M

36. 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

37. The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)

PG | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

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: 2,943

38. The Last Wave (1977)

PG | 106 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

85 Metascore

A Sydney lawyer defends five Aborigines in a ritualized taboo murder and in the process learns disturbing things about himself and premonitions.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Olivia Hamnett, David Gulpilil, Frederick Parslow

Votes: 7,284

39. Mouth to Mouth (1978)

96 min | Drama

Mouth to Mouth follows the lives of four young people, trying to improve their lives in a harsh and unforgiving city.

Director: John Duigan | Stars: Kim Krejus, Sonia Peat, Ian Gilmour, Serge Frazzetto

Votes: 42

40. The Plumber (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 76 min | Horror, Thriller

A young couple, living in a campus apartment complex, are repeatedly harassed by an eccentric plumber, who subjects them to a series of bizarre mind games while making unnecessary repairs to their bathroom.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Judy Morris, Ivar Kants, Robert Coleby, Candy Raymond

Votes: 1,464

41. 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: 988

42. 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: 926

43. Road Games (1981)

PG | 101 min | Mystery, Thriller

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: 3,744