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1. The Right Stuff (1983)

PG | 193 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.9
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91 Metascore

The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid

Votes: 52,427 | Gross: $21.50M

2. The Proposition (2005)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Western

7.4
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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: 47,651 | Gross: $1.90M

3. A Cry in the Dark (1988)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

6.9
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A mother whose child was killed in a dingo attack in the Australian Outback fights to prove her innocence when she is accused of murder.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Dale Reeves, David Hoflin

Votes: 8,424 | Gross: $6.91M

4. Howling III (1987)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror

3.3
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A female werewolf runs away from her family, and falls in love with a man who works in the movie business, while a sociologist who studies these creatures is looking for proof of their existence.

Director: Philippe Mora | Stars: William Yang, Deby Wightman, Christopher Pate, Jerome Patillo

Votes: 4,043

5. The Sapphires (2012)

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

7.0
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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: 12,210 | Gross: $2.45M

6. Goldstone (2016)

R | 110 min | Crime, Thriller

6.4
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78 Metascore

Indigenous Detective Jay Swan arrives in the frontier town of Goldstone on a missing persons inquiry. What seems like a simple light duty investigation opens a web of crime and corruption. ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Sen | Stars: Aaron Pedersen, Alex Russell, Jacki Weaver, David Wenham

Votes: 3,570 | Gross: $0.09M

7. Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (2014)

Not Rated | 98 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

6.2
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54 Metascore

A talented mechanic prepares to battle his way through hordes of flesh-eating monsters after his sister is kidnapped on the eve of a zombie apocalypse.

Director: Kiah Roache-Turner | Stars: Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, Leon Burchill, Keith Agius

Votes: 14,736

8. Mystery Road (2013)

Not Rated | 121 min | Mystery, Thriller

6.6
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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: 5,464

9. The Flying Doctors (1986–1992)

50 min | Drama

6.7
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This series chronicles the events surrounding the activities of the Royal Flying Doctors Service, which operates its own aircraft -in this case from the base at Coopers Crossing, an ... See full summary »

Stars: Lenore Smith, Robert Grubb, Maurie Fields, Val Jellay

Votes: 647

10. Charlie's Country (2013)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

7.2
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75 Metascore

Displeased with the intervention of whitefella laws, Charlie takes off to live the old way and sets off a chain reaction of enlightening difficulties.

Director: Rolf de Heer | Stars: David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford, Lizzie Durrurrnga

Votes: 1,718

11. Black Comedy (2014–2018)

Comedy

6.9
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A sketch comedy show featuring Indigenous Australian writers and performers.

Stars: Aaron Fa'aoso, Nakkiah Lui, Elizabeth Wymarra, Matt Day

Votes: 161

12. The Shout (1978)

86 min | Horror, Drama

6.7
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A traveller by the name of Crossley forces himself upon a musician and his wife in a lonely part of Devon, and uses the aboriginal magic he has learned to displace his host.

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski | Stars: Alan Bates, Susannah York, John Hurt, Robert Stephens

Votes: 3,238

13. Oscar and Lucinda (1997)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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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: 6,215 | Gross: $1.51M

14. Throwback (II) (2014)

Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

3.8
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Two treasure hunters, a park ranger and an unhinged ex-cop tangle with a Yowie, the Australian Bigfoot, deep in the jungles of Far North Queensland.

Director: Travis Bain | Stars: Shawn Brack, Anthony Ring, Melanie Serafin, Vernon Wells

Votes: 268

15. The Secret River (2015)

Adventure, Drama, History

7.2
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In 1806, William Thornhill is sentenced to New South Wales for life where he is drawn into a terrifying conflict that will leave a bloody and indelible stain.

Stars: Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Sarah Snook, Lachy Hulme, Tim Minchin

Votes: 452

16. Mad Dog Morgan (1976)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.1
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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: 1,139

17. Against the Wind (1978)

50 min | Drama, History

8.2
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Mary Mulvane, an 18 year old Irish girl, is transported to New South Wales for seven years for doing little else than protecting her own property. She must endure the horror of transport to... See full summary »

Stars: Mary Larkin, Kerry McGuire, Jon English, Warwick Sims

Votes: 727

18. The Final Quarter (2019)

Documentary, Biography, History

7.6
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Australian documentary filmmaker Ian Darling re-examines the incidents that marked the final 3 years of footballer Adam Goodes' playing career.

Director: Ian Darling

Votes: 94

19. Yolngu Boy (2001)

88 min | Adventure, Drama

6.8
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Lorrpu, Botj and Milika are three Yolngu (Aboriginal) teenagers who once shared a childhood dream of becoming great hunters together. But as teenagers they changed: Botj did bad things ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Johnson | Stars: John Sebastian Pilakui, Nathan Daniels, Sean Mununggurr, Lirrina Mununggurr

Votes: 306

20. Botany Bay (1952)

Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.2
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In 1787, American medical student Hugh Tallant and British convicts are sent from London to New South Wales on a ship commanded by the evil Captain Gilbert.

Director: John Farrow | Stars: Alan Ladd, James Mason, Patricia Medina, Cedric Hardwicke

Votes: 391

21. Heartland (1994)

50 min | Drama

7.8
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Heartland was an Australian television drama series that ran on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1994. It ran for thirteen episodes and starred Cate Blanchett and Ernie Dingo. The... See full summary »

Stars: Cate Blanchett, Ernie Dingo, Grahame Mundara Rich, Paul Caesar

Votes: 98

22. The Fringe Dwellers (1986)

PG | 98 min | Drama

6.8
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Story of an aboriginal family who tries to move out of the fringe into the main white community.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Kristina Nehm, Justine Saunders, Bob Maza, Kylie Belling

Votes: 330 | Gross: $0.15M

23. Australian Rules (2002)

95 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

6.8
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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: 742

24. Mabo (2012 TV Movie)

Biography, Drama

7.1
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Mabo tells the story of one of Australia's national heroes - Eddie Koiki Mabo, the Torres Strait Islander who left school at age 15, yet spearheaded the High Court challenge that overthrew the fiction of terra nullius.

Director: Rachel Perkins | Stars: Jimi Bani, Deborah Mailman, Ewen Leslie, Tom Budge

Votes: 255

25. Savage Man Savage Beast (1975)

Unrated | 94 min | Documentary, Adventure, Drama

5.3
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A notorious mondo film depicting unbelievable and bizarre rituals, animal killing and cruelty, and people being killed and eaten, all by either animals or humans against each other or themselves.

Directors: Antonio Climati, Mario Morra | Stars: Giuseppe Rinaldi, Pit Dernitz

Votes: 303

26. The Rollicking Adventures of Eliza Fraser (1976)

130 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

5.9
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An old captain & his young wife share a lot of adventures after they're shipwrecked and captured by Aborigines on an island near Australia.

Director: Tim Burstall | Stars: Susannah York, John Waters, John Castle, Noel Ferrier

Votes: 128

27. Spear (2015)

84 min | Drama

6.6
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Djali,a young Aboriginal man journeys through his community to understand what it means to be a man with ancient traditions in a modern world.

Director: Stephen Page | Stars: Aaron Pedersen, Djakapurra Munyarryun, Waangenga Blanco, Kaine Sultan-Babij

Votes: 82

28. Double the Fist (2004–2008)

30 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

7.5
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"Double the Fist" is a show about four of the most extreme people on the planet in their pursuit of 'Fist'. The means: strength, power, knowledge, and most importantly, PAIN! The 'Fist' ... See full summary »

Stars: Craig Anderson, Bryan Moses, Tony Walters, Doug Bayne

Votes: 139

29. Whiplash (1960–1961)

30 min | Western

8.2
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Thirty four episodes of this syndicated show were produced in 1960 and 1961; it aired on US TV in 1961. This was an Australian western with American Chris Cobb attempting to establish the ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Graves, Tony Wickert, Robert Tudawali, Phillip Ross

Votes: 46

30. Jedda the Uncivilized (1955)

101 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.3
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Set against the harsh natural surrounds of outback Northern Territory, Jedda captures a rare and honest glimpse into the heart and history of indigenous Australia. Young Jedda is caught ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chauvel | Stars: Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Robert Tudawali, Betty Suttor, Paul Reynall

Votes: 255

31. Black and White (2002)

99 min | Drama

6.7
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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: 668

32. Tudawali (1987 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 87 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.8
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Ernie Dingo delivers an outstanding portrayal of Robert Tudawali, the first Aboriginal film star, whose lead role in Jedda is iconic in Australian cinema. This film traces the life of Tudawali.

Director: Steve Jodrell | Stars: Ernie Dingo, Jedda Cole, Peter Fisher, Frank Wilson

Votes: 35

33. Mad Bastards (2010)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

6.6
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TJ's quest to find the son he's never known, takes him on a journey across the remote and stunning Kimberley landscape. On the road, TJ questions his life of violence... he meets a host of ... See full summary »

Director: Brendan Fletcher | Stars: Dean Daley-Jones, Lucas Yeeda, Greg Tait, Ngaire Pigram

Votes: 428

34. Putuparri and the Rainmakers (2015)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

8.5
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A documentary about an Aboriginal man living in Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia that maps out his ancestors' spiritual connection to the land and his family's continuing custodianship of it.

Director: Nicole Ma

Votes: 42

35. Toomelah (2011)

Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Drama

6.2
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In a remote Aboriginal community, 10 year old Daniel yearns to be a gangster, like the male role models in his life. Skipping school, getting into fights and running drugs for Linden, who leads the main gang in town.

Director: Ivan Sen | Stars: Daniel Connors, Christopher Edwards, Michael Connors, Dorothy Cubby

Votes: 299

36. RAN: Remote Area Nurse (2006)

Drama

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The series follows the life of Helen Tremain, the Remote Area Nurse, charged with providing medical services to the remote Torres Strait Islanders community.

Stars: Susie Porter, Charles Passi, Billy Mitchell, Charles Asai

Votes: 54

37. Australia: The Story of Us (2014–2015)

Documentary, History

6.7
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The series looks back at some of the people, places and events that have shaped the country over the last 40,000 years.

Stars: Richard Roxburgh, Tim Flannery, Tim Costello, Andrew O'Keefe

Votes: 52

38. One Night the Moon (2001)

57 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

7.1
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Based on the true story of a young girl who went missing in the Australian outback in 1932.

Director: Rachel Perkins | Stars: Kaarin Fairfax, Paul Kelly, Kelton Pell, Memphis Kelly

Votes: 304

39. The Commitments (2016)

100 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.7
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A musical with Soul, is an original musical based on the shared histories of Garlambirla, otherwise known as Coffs Harbour, on the mid-north coast of New South Wales.

Directors: Madge Hair, Simon Smith | Stars: Regan Arnold, Kiara Bale, Jessica Beehag, Mikaela Brown-Hickson

Votes: 13

40. Bush Christmas (1947)

Passed | 80 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.2
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In Australia, five children pursue horse thieves through the mountains.

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

Votes: 361

41. Stones of Death (1988)

R | 88 min | Horror

4.5
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The residents of a housing development find themselves in trouble after they discover that their development was built on top of a sacred aboriginal graveyard, on which a curse was placed upon anyone who disturbed it.

Director: James Bogle | Stars: Zoe Carides, Tom Jennings, Eric Oldfield, Kerry McKay

Votes: 132

42. The Overlanders (1946)

Approved | 91 min | Adventure, Western

6.7
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It's the start of WWII in Northern Australia. The Japanese are getting close. People are evacuating and burning everything in a "scorched earth" policy. Rather than kill all their cattle, a... See full summary »

Director: Harry Watt | Stars: Chips Rafferty, John Nugent Hayward, Daphne Campbell, Jean Blue

Votes: 354

43. Spike Up (2007)

Short, Crime, Drama

6.9
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Steve Barker is a veteran police officer struggling to find any self-respect or connection with his young family.

Director: Anthony Maras | Stars: Roy Billing, Jake Chamberlin, Mark Constable, Lisa Flanagan

Votes: 33

44. Dead Heart (1996)

104 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.6
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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: 246

45. Manganinnie (1980)

90 min | Drama

7.2
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Aboriginal woman Manganinnie survives a Black Line raid which claims the life of her husband, Meenopeekameena.

Director: John Honey | Stars: Mawuyul Yanthalawuy, Anna Ralph, Phillip Hinton, Elaine Mangan

Votes: 86

46. Free Rein (2011)

Documentary, Adventure

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Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward travel across the Kimberleys. Together they encounter wild horses, breathtaking vistas, crocodiles, rodeos, indigenous Australians, and bush poetry.

Director: John Stainton | Stars: Bryan Brown, Rachel Ward

47. Breaking Loose: Summer City II (1988)

PG-13 | 87 min | Action

3.6
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A disillusioned and directionless Australian teen who finds his life spiraling more quickly than he can handle makes an impulsive escape to the Australian coast to stay with a friend of his... See full summary »

Director: Rod Hay | Stars: Peter Phelps, Vince Martin, Abigail, David Ngoombujarra

Votes: 32

48. The Dreaming (1988)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

4.4
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A doctor treats a sick aborigine, who had defied a tribal taboo and visited a sacred cave. The doctor soon finds herself having disturbing dreams and finds herself involved in a 200-year-old mystery.

Director: Mario Andreacchio | Stars: Arthur Dignam, Penny Cook, Gary Sweet, Laurence Clifford

Votes: 120

49. Bedevil (1993)

90 min | Horror

5.7
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Three Australian stories of the supernatural are recounted in this anthology. Rick (Jack Charles), an Aboriginal boy living near a swamp on Bribie Island, is haunted by an American solider ... See full summary »

Director: Tracey Moffatt | Stars: Diana Davidson, Jack Charles, Ben Kennedy, Kenneth Avery

Votes: 116

50. Nulla Nulla (2015)

5 min | Short, Comedy

5.9
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Fresh out of the academy, White Cop experiences his first taste of Aboriginal community life, as Black Cop puts him to the test.

Director: Dylan River | Stars: Wayne Blair, Khan Chittenden, Audrey Martin, Pamela Sampson

Votes: 15



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