Australian Movies Ranked

by zzzorf | created - 09 Sep 2016 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

These are all the movies from my home country of Australia that I have watched & rated since joining IMDb in July 2016. This is not a complete list of everything I have watched ever as my memory isn't that good but is a complete list since joining and thus keeping track. I have them listed in order of my ratings from top to bottom.

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1. Tomorrow, When the War Began (2010)

R | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

54 Metascore

When their country is invaded and their families are taken, eight unlikely teenagers band together to fight.

Director: Stuart Beattie | Stars: Caitlin Stasey, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lincoln Lewis, Deniz Akdeniz

Votes: 29,347

10/10

2. Fat Pizza (2003)

96 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The life at a suburban Sydney pizzeria.

Director: Paul Fenech | Stars: Paul Fenech, Tahir Bilgic, Rob Shehadie, Bill Bentley

Votes: 3,288

10/10

3. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

71 Metascore

World War II American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer

Votes: 374,563 | Gross: $67.21M

10/10

4. Bush Christmas (1947)

Passed | 80 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

In Australia, five children pursue horse thieves through the mountains.

Director: Ralph Smart | Stars: Chips Rafferty, John Fernside, Stan Tolhurst, Pat Penny

Votes: 360

10/10

5. Somewhere in the Darkness (1999)

94 min | Drama

Two men and a boy trapped under a collapsed building have nothing but talk and imagination to occupy the time waiting for rescue or death.

Director: Paul Fenech | Stars: Rowan Witt, Barry Jenkins, Sandy Gutman, Richard Morecroft

Votes: 47

10/10

6. Phar Lap (1983)

PG | 107 min | Biography, Drama, Family

55 Metascore

The true story of an Australian racehorse that became a champion, with the help of a local stableboy.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Tom Burlinson, Judy Morris, Richard Morgan, Robert Grubb

Votes: 1,513

9/10

7. Looking for Alibrandi (2000)

103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A teenage Australian girl deals with the traumas of everyday life. These include her difficult relationship with her single mother, the unexpected return of her long-lost father, the ... See full summary »

Director: Kate Woods | Stars: Greta Scacchi, Anthony LaPaglia, Elena Cotta, Kerry Walker

Votes: 2,875

9/10

8. King of the Coral Sea (1954)

Approved | 85 min | Adventure, Crime

Ted King, aided by Jack Janiero, is in charge of a company owned by Peter Merriman, reputed playboy, which he inherited from his father. Merriman decides to have a look at the company which... See full summary »

Director: Lee Robinson | Stars: Chips Rafferty, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Ilma Adey, Rod Taylor

Votes: 26

9/10

9. 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: 6,983 | Gross: $0.09M

9/10

10. The Man from Snowy River (1982)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

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: 7,284 | Gross: $20.66M

9/10

11. Pacific Adventure (1946)

95 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

An Australian biopic about the life of pioneering aviator Charles "Smithy" Kingsford-Smith.

Director: Ken G. Hall | Stars: Ron Randell, Muriel Steinbeck, John Tate, Joy Nichols

Votes: 19

9/10

12. Scorched (2008 TV Movie)

90 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Set 5 years in the future. After years without rain fire engulfs the entire city.

Director: Tony Tilse | Stars: Cameron Daddo, Rachael Carpani, Georgie Parker, Vince Colosimo

Votes: 249

9/10

13. The Wiggles Movie (1997)

G | 83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

The Wiggles throw a surprise party for Dorothy the Dinosaur, while she goes after a magician who takes Greg's magic wand to become popular.

Director: Dean Covell | Stars: Murray Cook, Jeff Fatt, Greg Page, Anthony Field

Votes: 365

9/10

14. Bait (III) (2012)

R | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A freak tsunami traps shoppers at a coastal Australian supermarket inside the building - along with 12-foot Great White Sharks.

Director: Kimble Rendall | Stars: Richard Brancatisano, Xavier Samuel, Chris Betts, Sharni Vinson

Votes: 14,894

9/10

15. Felicity (1978)

R | 90 min | Drama, Romance

Young Felicity lives in a monastic school. The only way to live out her sexual fantasies is together with her girlfriend Jenny. But then she receives an invitation to her sister in ... See full summary »

Director: John D. Lamond | Stars: Glory Annen, Chris Milne, Joni Flynn, Jody Hanson

Votes: 875

8/10

16. Paper Planes (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Family

An imaginative children's film about a young Australian boy's passion for flight and his challenge to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan.

Director: Robert Connolly | Stars: Sam Worthington, Ed Oxenbould, Deborah Mailman, Ena Imai

Votes: 3,649

8/10

17. 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: 894

8/10

18. Black and White (2002)

99 min | Drama

Recreation of the landmark 1958 South Australian Court trial of young aboriginal Max Stuart.

Director: Craig Lahiff | Stars: Robert Carlyle, Charles Dance, Kerry Fox, David Ngoombujarra

Votes: 670

8/10

19. Tim (1979)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, Romance

A somewhat mentally handicapped 20-year-old man works as a laborer, but everyone abuses his naiveté. A nice 40-year-old American woman hires him one day and they become close. However, the town and his family see her as predatory.

Director: Michael Pate | Stars: Piper Laurie, Mel Gibson, Alwyn Kurts, Pat Evison

Votes: 2,923

8/10

20. Charlie's Farm (2014)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Horror

In an effort to do something different, four friends head into Australia's outback to explore Charlie's Farm, the site where a violent family met their end at the hands of an angry mob. ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Sun | Stars: Tara Reid, Nathan Jones, Bill Moseley, Kane Hodder

Votes: 2,840

8/10

21. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

R | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

77 Metascore

In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich community escape a horde of bandits.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps

Votes: 156,112 | Gross: $12.47M

8/10

22. 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: 1,846 | Gross: $0.21M

8/10

23. Flirting (1991)

R | 99 min | Drama, Romance

Two freethinking teenagers - a boy and a girl - confront with authoritarian teachers in their boarding schools. The other students treat this differently.

Director: John Duigan | Stars: Noah Taylor, Thandie Newton, Nicole Kidman, Bartholomew Rose

Votes: 5,424 | Gross: $2.42M

8/10

24. For the Term of His Natural Life (1927)

101 min | Adventure, Romance

A convict, wrongfully accused and sent a harsh prison colony, attempts to escape.

Director: Norman Dawn | Stars: George Fisher, Eva Novak, Dunstan Webb, Jessica Harcourt

Votes: 83

8/10

25. The Gold and the Glory (1984)

112 min | Drama, Sport

Steve Lucas is a nineteen year old who is filled with the burning resentment of being forced to live in his brother's shadow. His brother Adam, is burdened by his father's desire for glory,... See full summary »

Director: Igor Auzins | Stars: Joss McWilliam, Nick Tate, Colin Friels, Josephine Smulders

Votes: 139

8/10

26. A 2nd Chance (2011)

PG | 90 min | Drama, Family, Sport

A young girl and her coach overcome adversity to make their way into the National Australian Gymnastics Squad.

Director: Clay Glen | Stars: Nina Pearce, Adam Tuominen, Emily Morris, Amy Handley

Votes: 703

8/10

27. Jessica (I) (2004 TV Movie)

196 min | Drama

Young Jessica is sent to a mental asylum by her rotten family on a false pretense. Her only chance is a down-on-his-luck boozing lawyer.

Director: Peter Andrikidis | Stars: Leeanna Walsman, Lisa Harrow, Sam Neill, Tony Martin

Votes: 452

8/10

28. Caddie (1976)

100 min | Drama, Romance

Sydney, Australia in the mid-1920's. Proud and classy Caddie Marsh is forced to get a job as a barmaid and raise two children on her own after her rich cad husband walks out on her. Despite... See full summary »

Director: Donald Crombie | Stars: Helen Morse, Takis Emmanuel, Jack Thompson, Jacki Weaver

Votes: 183

8/10

29. The Day of the Roses (1998– )

220 min | Drama

The dramatized true-story of the Granville train disaster in Jan 1977 and the subsequent inquiry. Told across two time-frames: the impossible conditions of rescuers, victims and survivors and the divisive investigation by the Coroner.

Stars: Cormac Costello, Stephen Curry, Helen Dallimore, Gigi Edgley

Votes: 164

8/10

30. Broken Hill (2009)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Family, Music

A sheep-rancher's son aspires to win a music conservatory scholarship, but to apply he needs musicians who can play his music. Circumstances lead him to form a band out of prison inmates.

Director: Dagen Merrill | Stars: Luke Arnold, Alexa PenaVega, Rhys Wakefield, Timothy Hutton

Votes: 601 | Gross: $0.05M

8/10

31. The River Kings (1991)

200 min | Drama

Filmed on South Australia's glorious River Murray, this television mini-series is set during the 1920s and tells of the story of a runaway who escapes to the river to work on a paddle-boat ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Kerr, Edward Hepple, Willie Fennell, Tamblyn Lord

Votes: 28

8/10

32. Mystery Road (2018– )

Not Rated | 57 min | Drama

Detective Jay Swan is assigned to investigate a mysterious disappearance on an outback cattle station. Soon, Jay's investigation uncovers a past injustice that threatens the fabric of the whole community.

Stars: Aaron Pedersen, Judy Davis, Deborah Mailman, Wayne Blair

Votes: 1,382

8/10

33. My Pet Dinosaur (2017)

98 min | Action, Adventure, Family

A troubled town is plunged into chaos when a boy accidentally makes a new friend.

Director: Matt Drummond | Stars: Jordan Dulieu, Annabel Wolfe, Scott Irwin, Beth Champion

Votes: 975

8/10

34. All About E (2015)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A beautiful sexy DJ is forced to run when she stumbles on a stash of cash. Can she keep the money, conquer her demons, AND get the girl?

Director: Louise Wadley | Stars: Mandahla Rose, Brett Rogers, Julia Billington, Simon Bolton

Votes: 847

8/10

35. Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)

PG | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

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: 26,145 | Gross: $6.17M

7/10

36. The Black Balloon (2008)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Romance

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: 8,271 | Gross: $0.09M

7/10

37. The Sapphires (2012)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

It's 1968, and four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertain the US troops in Vietnam.

Director: Wayne Blair | Stars: Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens

Votes: 12,246 | Gross: $2.45M

7/10

38. Mystery Road (2013)

Not Rated | 121 min | Mystery, Thriller

72 Metascore

An indigenous detective returns to the Outback to investigate the murder of a young girl.

Director: Ivan Sen | Stars: Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten, Jack Thompson

Votes: 5,499

7/10

39. The Reef (2010)

R | 94 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

A great white shark hunts the crew of a capsized sailboat along the Great Barrier Reef.

Director: Andrew Traucki | Stars: Damian Walshe-Howling, Gyton Grantley, Adrienne Pickering, Zoe Naylor

Votes: 15,461

7/10

40. Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in search for her homeland with the aid of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoë Kravitz

Votes: 791,395 | Gross: $154.06M

7/10

41. Babe (1995)

G | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

83 Metascore

Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.

Director: Chris Noonan | Stars: James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski, Christine Cavanaugh, Miriam Margolyes

Votes: 110,042 | Gross: $66.60M

7/10

42. The Kid Stakes (1927)

69 min | Drama

Young "Fatty" Finn and his friends enter their pet goat in a race, but his rival "Bruiser" Murphy lets the goat loose, right before the race.

Director: Tal Ordell | Stars: Robin 'Pop' Ordell, Charles Roberts, Ray Salmon, Frank Boyd

Votes: 46

7/10

43. 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: 1,298

7/10

44. Breaker Morant (1980)

PG | 107 min | Drama, History, War

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: 11,368 | Gross: $7.14M

7/10

45. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

After being exiled from the most advanced town in post apocalyptic Australia, a drifter travels with a group of abandoned children to rebel against the town's queen.

Directors: George Miller, George Ogilvie | Stars: Mel Gibson, Tina Turner, Bruce Spence, Adam Cockburn

Votes: 119,119 | Gross: $36.20M

7/10

46. 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: 185,590 | Gross: $51.74M

7/10

47. The Woman Suffers (1918)

77 min | Drama

Ralph Manton discovers that his sister Marjory has been seduced and demands to be told the name of the man. Faithful to her lover, she refuses but later Ralph discovers his identity and confronts him. The tables are turned..

Director: Raymond Longford | Stars: Lottie Lyell, Boyd Irwin, Roland Conway, Connie Martyn

Votes: 17

7/10