With The Australian Film Commission (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. The Piano (1993)

R | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance

7.6
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89 Metascore

In the mid-19th century, a mute woman is sent to 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: 83,243 | Gross: $40.16M

2. Daybreakers (2009)

R | 98 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.4
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57 Metascore

In the year 2019, a plague has transformed almost every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.

Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Harriet Minto-Day

Votes: 126,155 | Gross: $30.10M

3. Candy (2006)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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57 Metascore

A poet falls in love with an art student who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin. Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and despair.

Director: Neil Armfield | Stars: Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Budge

Votes: 44,880 | Gross: $0.04M

4. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.1
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65 Metascore

A young Australian reporter tries to navigate the political turmoil of Indonesia during the rule of President Sukarno with the help of a diminutive photographer.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt, Bembol Roco

Votes: 20,794 | Gross: $10.28M

5. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Mystery

7.5
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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: 36,134 | Gross: $0.23M

6. Romper Stomper (1992)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama

6.8
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61 Metascore

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: 38,777 | Gross: $0.18M

7. Gallipoli (1981)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.4
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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: 38,656 | Gross: $5.73M

8. Shine (1996)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Music

7.7
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87 Metascore

Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.

Director: Scott Hicks | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Justin Braine, Sonia Todd

Votes: 53,165 | Gross: $35.81M

9. Black Water (2007)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.9
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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: 14,486

10. Sweetie (1989)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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81 Metascore

An introspective young woman's life is upturned by the arrival of her maladjusted sister.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Geneviève Lemon, Karen Colston, Tom Lycos, Jon Darling

Votes: 3,747 | Gross: $0.94M

11. Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

PG | 94 min | Biography, Drama

7.4
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80 Metascore

In 1931, three half-white, half-Aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their houses 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: 28,287 | Gross: $6.17M

12. Road Games (1981)

PG | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.6
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71 Metascore

A laid-back American truck driver in south Australia starts to suspect a man driving a green van of killing young women along his route, and proceeds to play a cat-and-mouse game in order to catch him red-handed.

Director: Richard Franklin | Stars: Stacy Keach, Jamie Lee Curtis, Marion Edward, Grant Page

Votes: 6,141

13. The Secret of Moonacre (2008)

PG | 103 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.1
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Maria inherits a book of secrets from her dad. She moves to her uncle's Moonacre estate. A family curse was cast on the valley. Only Maria can break it using her book.

Director: Gabor Csupo | Stars: Ioan Gruffudd, Dakota Blue Richards, Tim Curry, Juliet Stevenson

Votes: 9,982

14. Breaker Morant (1980)

PG | 107 min | Drama, History, War

7.9
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72 Metascore

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: 13,081 | Gross: $7.14M

15. Ned Kelly (2003)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.5
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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: 26,668 | Gross: $0.07M

16. The Last Wave (1977)

PG | 106 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

7.0
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85 Metascore

A Sydney lawyer defends five Aboriginal Persons 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: 9,458

17. Fortress (1985)

TV-MA | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

7.1
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An Australian school teacher and her students are kidnapped. She and the children fight for their lives and try to escape from their captors.

Director: Arch Nicholson | Stars: Sean Garlick, Rachel Ward, Elaine Cusick, Laurie Moran

Votes: 3,039

18. Long Weekend (1978)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.6
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61 Metascore

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: 5,037

19. Body Melt (1993)

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

5.2
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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: 3,010

20. The Black Balloon (2008)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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68 Metascore

All Thomas wants is a normal adolescence but his autistic brother, Charlie, thwarts his every opportunity. Will Thomas, with the help of his girlfriend, Jackie, accept his brother?

Director: Elissa Down | Stars: Rhys Wakefield, Luke Ford, Toni Collette, Erik Thomson

Votes: 8,813 | Gross: $0.09M

21. Paradise Road (1997)

R | 122 min | Drama, History, War

6.8
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48 Metascore

A group of women who are imprisoned on the island of Sumatra by the Japanese during World War II use music to relieve their misery.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Glenn Close, Frances McDormand, Pauline Collins, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 5,435 | Gross: $1.92M

22. Oscar and Lucinda (1997)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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66 Metascore

In mid-1800s England, Oscar is a young Anglican priest, a misfit and an outcast, but with the soul of an angel. As a boy, even though from a strict Pentecostal family, he felt God told him ... See full summary »

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, Ciarán Hinds, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 6,742 | Gross: $1.51M

23. Attack Force Z (1981)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Drama, History

5.5
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A group of Australian commandos launch a secret mission against Japanese forces in World War II.

Director: Tim Burstall | Stars: John Phillip Law, Mel Gibson, Sam Neill, Chris Haywood

Votes: 2,381

24. Patrick (1978)

PG | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.1
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A comatose hospital patient harasses and kills through 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: 3,348

25. Japanese Story (2003)

R | 110 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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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: 6,432 | Gross: $0.65M

26. Death Defying Acts (2007)

PG | 97 min | Drama, History, Romance

5.8
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48 Metascore

On a tour of Britain in 1926, Harry Houdini (Guy Pearce) enters into a passionate affair with a psychic out to con him.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Saoirse Ronan

Votes: 10,044 | Gross: $0.00M

27. On the Beach (2000 TV Movie)

195 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.0
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After a global nuclear war, the residents of Australia must come to terms with the fact that all life will be destroyed in a matter of months.

Director: Russell Mulcahy | Stars: Armand Assante, Rachel Ward, Bryan Brown, Jacqueline McKenzie

Votes: 3,806

28. A Town Like Alice (1981)

301 min | Drama, Romance, War

8.3
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Set against the brutal chaos of World War II, a love story begins that will take two lovers through a living nightmare of captivity, across three continents and two decades. From the steamy... See full summary »

Stars: Helen Morse, Bryan Brown, Gordon Jackson, John Lee

Votes: 928

29. Proof (1991)

R | 86 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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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: 6,560 | Gross: $0.52M

30. The Efficiency Expert (1991)

PG | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

6.2
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An expert on productivity shows wacky workers in 1966 Australia how to run their moccasin factory like clockwork, despite laying off more than half the workforce.

Director: Mark Joffe | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Ben Mendelsohn, Alwyn Kurts, Bruno Lawrence

Votes: 1,758 | Gross: $0.10M

31. Fair Game (1986)

R | 86 min | Action, Thriller

6.0
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A young woman running an animal sanctuary in the outback takes her revenge on a trio of kangaroo hunters who terrorized her.

Director: Mario Andreacchio | Stars: Cassandra Delaney, Peter Ford, David Sandford, Garry Who

Votes: 1,303

32. Don's Party (1976)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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Don is a schoolteacher living with his wife Kath and baby son in suburban Melbourne. On the night of the 1969 federal election he invites a small group of friends to celebrate a predicted ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 1,351

33. The Lighthorsemen (1987)

PG | 131 min | Drama, War

6.9
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In 1917 when the British forces are bogged down in front of the Turkish and German lines in Palestine they rely on the Australian light horse regiment to break the deadlock.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Peter Phelps, Nick Waters, John Larking, John Heywood

Votes: 1,712

34. The Tracker (2002)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, History, Western

7.4
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71 Metascore

Fanatic is a government trooper who is heading an expedition to find an Aboriginal man accused of murdering a white woman. Others in the expedition are the Follower, a greenhorn trooper, the Veteran, and the Tracker.

Director: Rolf de Heer | Stars: David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Damon Gameau, Grant Page

Votes: 2,819

35. Mad Dog Morgan (1976)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.0
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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: 1,497

36. The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1988)

PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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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: 3,613 | Gross: $1.33M

37. The Devil's Playground (1976)

107 min | Drama

6.8
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Fred Schepisi's first feature is this lushly photographed period drama detailing a young boy's coming-of-age in a strict Catholic seminary in 1950s Australia.

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

Votes: 1,159

38. Dark Age (1987)

R | 91 min | Adventure, Horror

6.1
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A park ranger is tasked with dealing with a killer crocodile that appears to have a spiritual connection with the local Aboriginals.

Director: Arch Nicholson | Stars: John Jarratt, Nikki Coghill, Max Phipps, Burnham Burnham

Votes: 1,143

39. Harlequin (1980)

PG | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.2
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An enigmatic faith healer - who appears to possess genuine magical powers - and a political fixer vie for influence over a senator and his family.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Robert Powell, David Hemmings, Carmen Duncan, Broderick Crawford

Votes: 1,386

40. The Coca-Cola Kid (1985)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

5.9
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58 Metascore

Ex-marine turned Coca-Cola marketing guru Becker is on a mission to boost sales in Australia when he discovers a dry spot in the Outback, where everyone is guzzling homegrown brew - and not a drop of his company's cola.

Director: Dusan Makavejev | Stars: Eric Roberts, Greta Scacchi, Bill Kerr, Chris Haywood

Votes: 3,022

41. Alexandra's Project (2003)

Unrated | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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62 Metascore

A regular suburban family man comes home from work on his birthday to find a deserted house and a videotape waiting to be played...

Director: Rolf de Heer | Stars: Gary Sweet, Helen Buday, Bogdan Koca, Samantha Knigge

Votes: 5,017

42. The Children of Huang Shi (2008)

R | 125 min | Drama, War

7.0
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49 Metascore

About young British journalist, George Hogg, who with the assistance of a courageous Australian nurse, saves a group of orphaned children during the Japanese occupation of China in 1937.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Radha Mitchell, Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh

Votes: 9,531 | Gross: $1.03M

43. The Rage in Placid Lake (2003)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy

6.9
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63 Metascore

An exuberant, sharply satirical comedy about two parentally neglected teenagers who find the courage to believe in themselves

Director: Tony McNamara | Stars: Jordan Brooking, Ben Lee, Rose Byrne, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 2,846

44. Where the Green Ants Dream (1984)

R | 100 min | Drama

7.0
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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: 2,279

45. Balibo (2009)

Not Rated | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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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: 2,712

46. The Shiralee (1987)

Not Rated | 180 min | Drama, Family

7.5
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Macauley is a swagman on the road in the 1940s looking for work. He's a laid back, laconic sort of bloke but when he gets landed with his daughter after his drunken play-girl wife in ... See full summary »

Stars: Bryan Brown, Noni Hazlehurst, Rebecca Smart, Lewis Fitz-Gerald

Votes: 382

47. The Plumber (1979 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 76 min | Horror, Thriller

6.5
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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: 2,102

48. Storm Boy (1976)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Family

7.0
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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.

Directors: Henri Safran, Ian Goddard | Stars: Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil, Judy Dick

Votes: 1,269

49. The Chain Reaction (1980)

92 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

5.4
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A holidaying couple is pursued by the thugs of a nearby nuclear storage facility's boss, who is intent on covering up an accidental leak.

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

Votes: 938

50. The Odd Angry Shot (1979)

Unrated | 92 min | Action, Comedy, War

6.8
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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: 1,176


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