250 Australian Films – Ranked 1-250

[See Notes below the list for further information on the list and symbols]

Australian Classics – 5 stars

  1. Look Both Ways (2005) (Sarah Watt) (7.1) **>
  2. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) (Peter Weir) (7.6) #+>
  3. Gallipoli (1981) (Peter Weir) (7.5) #**>

Great Oz films – 4 ½ stars

  1. Muriel’s Wedding (1994) (P.J. Hogan) (7.2) #*>
  2. Proof (1991) (Jocelyn Moorhouse) (7.4) #**
  3. The Tracker (2002) (Rolf de Heer) (7.6) #+
  4. Lantana (2001) (Ray Lawrence) (7.4) #**>
  5. My Brilliant Career (1979) (Gillian Armstrong) (7.4) #**>
  6. ‘Breaker’ Morant (1980) (Bruce Beresford) (7.9) #**>
  7. Strictly Ballroom (1992) (Baz Luhrmann) (7.1) #**>
  8. Wake in Fright (1971) (Ted Kotcheff) (7.8) #
  9. Newsfront (1978) (Phillip Noyce) (7.2) #**
  10. Crackerjack (2002) (Paul Moloney) (6.8)>
  11. Russian Doll (2001) (Stavros Kazantzidis) (6.3)
  12. Cloudstreet (2011) (Matthew Saville) (7.4)
  13. Bad Boy Bubby (1993) (Rolf de Heer) (7.5) #+*
  14. Walkabout (1971) (Nicolas Roeg) (7.7) #
  15. The Sapphires (2012) (Wayne Blair) (7.1) **>
  16. Don’s Party (1976) (Bruce Beresford) (6.9) #+*
  17. Eye of the Storm (2011) (Fred Schepisi) (6.3) +
  18. Shine (1996) (Scott Hicks) (7.7) #**>
  19. Storm Boy (1976) (Henri Safran) (7.2) #*

Very good Oz films – 4 stars

  1. Japanese Story (2003) (Sue Brooks) (6.7) #**>
  2. Beneath Clouds (2002) (Ivan Sen) (7.2) #*+
  3. The Castle (1997) (Rob Sitch) (7.7) #>
  4. The Dressmaker (2015) (Jocelyn Moorhouse) (7.1) +>
  5. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978) (Fred Schepisi) (7.4) #+
  6. Man of Flowers (1983) (Paul Cox) (7.3) #+
  7. Careful He Might Hear You (1983) (Carl Schultz) (7.1) #**
  8. The Rage in Placid Lake (2003) (Tony McNamara) (7.1) +
  9. Somersault (2004) (Cate Shortland) (6.8) #**
  10. Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) (Phillip Noyce) (7.5) #*>
  11. Crocodile Dundee (1986) (Peter Faiman) (6.5) #>
  12. Dogs in Space (1986) (Richard Lowenstein) (6.6) #
  13. Dead Heart (1996) (Nick Parsons) (6.5) #
  14. The Club (1980) (Bruce Beresford) (7.0) #+
  15. Danny Deckchair (2003) (Jeff Balsmeyer) (6.8)
  16. Beautiful Kate (2009) (Rachel Ward) (6.8) +
  17. Love Serenade (1996) (Shirley Barrett) (7.0) #+
  18. Ten Canoes (2006) (Rolf de Heer) (7.0) **>
  19. The Removalists (1975) (Tom Jeffrey) (6.7)
  20. The Hunter (2011) (Daniel Nettheim) (6.8) +
  21. They’re a Weird Mob (1966) (Michael Powell) (6.7) #
  22. Oranges and Sunshine (2010) (Jim Loach) (7.1) +>
  23. The Overlanders (1946) (Harry Watt) (6.8) #
  24. The Interview (1998) (Craig Monahan) (7.4) #*
  25. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) (Stephan Elliott) (7.5) #+>
  26. The Devil’s Playground (1976) (Fred Schepisi) (6.9) #**
  27. Burning Man (2011) (Jonathan Teplitzky) (6.5) +
  28. The Last Days of Chez Nous (1992) (Gillian Armstrong) (6.7) +
  29. The Year My Voice Broke (1987) (John Duigan) (7.6) #**
  30. The Turning (2013) (17 Directors) (6.1) +
  31. The Fringe Dwellers (1986) (Bruce Beresford) (6.8) +
  32. Mental (2012) (P.J. Hogan) (6.1) >
  33. Bliss (1985) (Ray Lawrence) (7.0) #**

Above Average Oz films – 3 ½ stars

  1. Sunday Too Far Away (1975) (Ken Hannam) (7.0) #*
  2. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981) (George Miller) (7.6) #*>
  3. Children of the Revolution (1996) (Peter Duncan) (6.3) +
  4. Thank God He Met Lizzie (1997) (Cherie Nowlan) (6.0)
  5. My Year Without Sex (2009) (Sarah Watt) (5.8)
  6. The Getting of Wisdom (1978) (Bruce Beresford) (6.6) #
  7. Three Dollars (2005) (Robert Connolly) (6.3)
  8. Lucky Miles (2007) (Michael James Rowland) (7.2) +
  9. Jedda (1955) (Charles Chauvel) (6.4) #
  10. Not Suitable for Children (2012) (Peter Templeman) (5.9)
  11. A Town Like Alice (1956) (Jack Lee) (7.2)
  12. Mystery Road (2013) (Ivan Sen) (6.5) +
  13. The Black Balloon (2008) (Elissa Down) (7.3) **
  14. Looking for Alibrandi (2000) (Kate Woods) (7.2) #*>
  15. The Man From Snowy River (1982) (George Miller II) (7.2) #>
  16. Country Life (1994) (Michael Blakemore) (6.9)
  17. Beneath Hill 60 (2010) (Jeremy Sims) (7.1) +>
  18. Mullet (2001) (David Caesar) (6.0) +
  19. Dead Letter Office (1998) (John Ruane) (6.6)
  20. Cosi (1996) (Mark Joffe) (6.8) >
  21. Evil Angels (AKA A Cry in the Dark) (1988) (Fred Schepisi) (6.9) #**>
  22. Samson and Delilah (2009) (Warwick Thornton) (7.1) **>
  23. Malcolm (1986) (Nadia Tass) (7.2) #**>
  24. The Dish (2000) (Rob Sitch) (7.3) +>
  25. Better Than Sex (2000) (Jonathan Teplitzky) (6.4) +
  26. One Night the Moon (2001) (Rachel Perkins) (7.2)
  27. Bran Nue Day (2009) (Rachel Perkins) (6.3) +>
  28. Animal Kingdom (2010) (David Michôd) (7.3) **>
  29. Kiss or Kill (1997) (Bill Bennett) (6.4) **
  30. Chopper (2000) (Andrew Dominik) (7.2) #+*>
  31. Caterpillar Wish (2006) (Sandra Sciberras) (7.0)
  32. Unfinished Sky (2007) (Peter Duncan) (6.9) +
  33. Dad and Dave: On Our Selection (1995) (George Whaley) (6.4)
  34. Lilian’s Story (1996) (Jerzy Domaradzki) (7.0)
  35. The Broken Shore (2013) (Rowan Woods) (6.7)
  36. Dimboola (1979) (John Duigan) (6.0)
  37. Peaches (2004) (Craig Monahan) (6.4)
  38. South Solitary (2010) (Shirley Barrett) (6.4)
  39. Dr Plonk (2007) (Rolf de Heer) (6.7)
  40. The Big Steal (1990) (Nadia Tass) (6.9) #+
  41. Mad Max (1979) (George Miller I) (7.0) #+>
  42. Love and Other Catastrophes (1996) (Emma-Kate Croghan) (6.4) +
  43. Charlies Country (2013) (Rolf de Heer) (7.3) +
  44. Oscar and Lucinda (1997) (Gillian Armstrong) (6.7)
  45. The Man Who Sued God (2001) (Mark Joffe) (6.5) >
  46. Little Fish (2005) (Rowan Woods) (6.3) #+
  47. Jindabyne (2006) (Ray Lawrence) (6.4) +>
  48. Crackers (1998) (David Swann) (6.4)
  49. The Square (2008) (Nash Edgerton) (6.8) +
  50. Satellite Boy (2012) (Catriona McKenzie) (6.5) +
  51. Babe (1995) (Chris Noonan) (6.8) #>
  52. Holy Smoke (1999) (Jane Campion) (5.9)
  53. We of the Never Never (1982) (Igor Auzins) (7.0) #+>
  54. The Bank (2001) (Robert Connolly) (6.7) +
  55. Kangaroo (1987) (Tim Burstall) (6.8)
  56. The Goddess Of 1967 (2000) (Clara Law) (7.1)
  57. Noise (2007) (Matthew Saville) (6.8) +
  58. Flirting (1991) (John Duigan) (7.3) *
  59. Till Human Voices Wake Us (2002) (Michael Petroni) (6.5)
  60. Australia (2008) (Baz Luhrmann) (6.6) >
  61. Dirty Deeds (2002) (David Caesar) (6.3) +>
  62. The Odd Angry Shot (1979) (Tom Jeffrey) (6.8) #
  63. Lonely Hearts (1982) (Paul Cox) (7.0) *
  64. Two Hands (1999) (Gregor Jordan) (7.2) #**
  65. The Boys are Back (2009) (Scott Hicks) (6.8)

Good enjoyable Oz films – 3 stars

  1. Australian Rules (2002) (Paul Goldman) (6.8) #+
  2. The Home Song Stories (2007) (Tony Ayres) (7.2) +*
  3. Radiance (1998) (Rachel Perkins) (6.9) #+
  4. The Nostradamus Kid (1993) (Bob Ellis) (6.2)
  5. Romulus, My Father (2007) (Richard Roxburgh) (6.7) *
  6. Gettin’ Square (2003) (Jonathan Teplitzky) (6.8) +
  7. December Boys (2007) (Rod Hardy) (6.6)
  8. My Brother Jack (2001) (Ken Cameron) (7.7)
  9. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) (Peter Weir) (7.2) #+
  10. Mabo (2012) (Rachel Perkins) (7.1)
  11. Dating the Enemy (1996) (Megan Simpson Huberman) (6.5)
  12. Doing Time For Patsy Cline (1997) (Chris Kennedy) (6.4) +
  13. The Naked Country (1985) (Tim Burstall) (4)
  14. 1915 (1982) (Di Drew, Chris Thomson) (7.4)
  15. Forty Thousand Horsemen (1940) (Charles Chauvel) 6.9 #
  16. The Water Diviner (2014) (Russell Crowe) (7.1) *
  1. Eureka Stockade (1948) (Harry Watt) (6.7)
  2. The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906) (Charles Tait) (6.3) #
  3. Bad Eggs (2003) (Tony Martin) (6.4)
  4. Death in Brunswick (1991) (John Ruane) (6.6) #>
  5. The Heartbreak Kid (1993) (Michael Jenkins) (6.3) +
  6. Backroads (1977) (Phillip Noyce) (6.7) #
  7. Sirens (1993) (John Duigan) (5.8) >
  8. The Last Wave (1977) (Peter Weir) (7.2) #
  9. Roadgames (1981) (Richard Franklin) (6.7) #
  10. Clubland (2007) (Cherie Nowlan) (6.6)
  11. September (2007) (Peter Carstairs) (6.5)
  12. La Spagnola (2001) (Steve Jacobs) (6.2)
  13. Prime Mover (2009) (David Caesar) (5.8)
  14. Me, Myself, I (1999) (Pip Karmel) (6.5) >
  15. A Little Bit of Soul (1998) (Peter Duncan) (5.7)
  16. Loot (2004) (Shawn Seet) (6.4)
  17. Last Ride (2009) (Glendyn Ivin) (6.7)
  18. Tomorrow When The War Began (2010) (Stuart Beattie) (6.2) +>
  19. An Indecent Obsession (1986) (Lex Marinos) (6.7)
  20. He Died with a Falafel in His Hand (2001) (Richard Lowenstein) (7.1)
  21. Walking on Water (2002) (Tony Ayres) (6.6)
  22. Hell Has Harbour Views (2005) (Peter Duncan) (6.7)
  23. Waiting (1991) (Jackie McKimmie) (7.0)
  24. Oyster Farmer (2004) (Anna Reeves) (6.7) +
  25. True Love and Chaos (1996) (Stavros Andonis Efthymiou) (5.9)
  26. Robbery Under Arms (1986) (Donald Crombie, Ken Hannam) (6.8)
  27. Robbery Under Arms (1957) (Jack Lee) (6.0)
  28. Yolngu Boy (2003) (Stephen Johnson) (6.9)
  29. High Tide (1987) (Gillian Armstrong) (7.3) +
  30. Caddie (1976) (Donald Crombie) (6.1) #>
  31. Feeling Sexy (1999) (Davida Allen) (6.0)
  32. The Final Winter (2006) (Brian Andrews) (7.0)
  33. The Boys (1998) (Rowan Woods) (7.2) #+*
  34. The Roly Poly Man (1994) (Bill Young) (7.2)
  35. You Can’t Stop the Murders (2007) (Anthony Mir) (6.3)
  36. The Illustrated Family Doctor (2005) (Kriv Stenders) (6.0)
  37. Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger (2008) (Cathy Randall) (6.4)
  38. The Night, the Prowler (1978) (Jim Sharman) (6.2)
  39. The Love Letters from Teralba Road (1977) (Stephen Wallace) (7.2)
  40. The Singer and The Dancer (1977) (Gillian Armstrong) (6.0)
  41. Spider and Rose (1994) (Bill Bennett) (6.9)
  42. Candy (2006) (Neil Armfield) (7.3) +
  43. The Umbrella Woman (1987) (Ken Cameron) (5.9)
  44. Salvation (2008) (Paul Cox) (5.6)
  45. A Few Best Men (2011) (Stephan Elliot) (5.7) >
  46. Epsilon (1997) (Rolf de Heer) (5.8)
  47. Summer Coda (2010) (Richard Gray) (6.3)
  48. My First Wife (1984) (Paul Cox) (6.9) +*
  49. Goddess (2013) (Mark Lamprell) (6.0)
  50. The Tender Hook (2008) (Jonathan Ogilvie) (5.5)
  51. Horseplay (2003) (Stavros Kazantzidis) 4.4
  52. Unfolding Florence (2006) (Gillian Armstrong) (6.9)
  53. Three To Go (1970) (Peter Weir, Oliver Howes, Brian Hannant) (6.8)
  54. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (2012) (Shawn Seet) (6.1)
  55. The Tree (2010) (Julie Bertuccelli) (6.6) +

OK – Almost good movies – 2 ½ stars

  1. Winter of Our Dreams (1981) (John Duigan) (6.4) +
  2. Red Dog (2011) (Kriv Stenders) (7.5) *>
  3. Dingo (1991) (Rolf de Heer) (7.0) +
  4. The Monkey’s Mask (2009) (Samantha Lang) (5.1)
  5. Monkey Grip (1982) (Ken Cameron) (6.4) #+
  6. Puberty Blues (1981) (Bruce Beresford) (5.8) #>
  7. The Mango Tree (1977) (Kevin James Dobson) (7.1)
  8. Alexandra’s Project (2003) (Rolf de Heer) (6.6) +
  9. Cunnamulla (2000) (Dennis O’Rourke) (7.0) #
  10. All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane (2007) (Louise Alston) (5.8)
  11. The Nugget (2002) (Bill Bennett) (6.0)
  12. Paper Planes (2014) (Robert Connolly) (6.2) +>
  13. Return Home (1990) (Ray Argall) (7.3) #*
  14. Spotswood (1992) (Mark Joffe) (6.3) #+
  15. Let’s Get Skase (2001) (Matthew George) (5.1)
  16. The Sum of Us (1994) (Geoff Burton) (7.4) +>
  17. Wish You Were Here (2012) (Kieran Darcy-Smith) (5.9)
  18. The King is Dead (2012) (Rolf de Heer) (5.7)
  19. The Rover (2015) (David Michôd) (6.4)
  20. Travelling North (1986) (Carl Schultz) (7.0) #
  21. In the Winter Dark (1998) (James Bogle) (6.4)

Not so good, but some may like – 2 stars

  1. The Well (1997) (Samantha Lang) (6.1)
  2. Head On (1998) (Ana Kokkinos) (6.5) #+
  3. Griff the Invisible (2010) (Leon Ford) (6.1)
  4. Journey Among Women (1977) (Tom Cowan) (6.1)
  5. Valentine’s Day (2008) (Peter Duncan) (7.0)
  6. Hercules Returns (1993) (David Parker) (7.7)
  7. Emerald City (1988) (Michael Jenkins) (5.6)
  8. Summerfield (1977) (Ken Hannam) (7.1)
  9. Sleeping Beauty (2011) (Julia Leigh) (5.3)
  10. Human Touch (2004) (Paul Cox) (6.0)
  11. X (2011) (Jon Hewitt) (5.6)
  12. Any Questions for Ben? (2012) (Rob Sitch) (5.8)
  13. The Lighthorsemen (1987) (Simon Wincer) (7.0)
  14. Stone (1974) (Sandy Harbutt) (6.5) #
  15. Black and White and Sex (2012) (John Winter) (5.6)
  16. Phar Lap (1983) (Simon Wincer) (7.3) #>
  17. Garage Days (2002) (Alex Proyas) (5.9)
  18. Paperback Hero (1999) (Antony J. Bowman) (6.5)
  19. Suburban Mayhem (2006) (Paul Goldman) (5.9)
  20. All Men Are Liars (1995) (Gerard Lee) (6.1)
  21. The F.J. Holden (1977) (Michael Thornhill) (5.7) #
  22. The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972) (Bruce Beresford) (5.9) #
  23. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) (George Miller) (6.2) >
  24. Alvin Purple (1973) (Tim Burstall) (5.8) #>
  25. Praise (1998) (John Curran) (6.9) #+
  26. The Cars That Ate Paris (1974) (Peter Weir) (5.6) #
  27. The Craic (1999) (Ted Emery) (5.5) >

Pretty poor films – I did not enjoy these – 1 ½ stars

  1. I Love You Too (2009) (Daina Reid) (6.1)
  2. Subdivision (2008) (Sue Brooks) (5.7)
  3. The Man from Snowy River II (1988) (Geoff Burrowes) (6.5) >
  4. Starstruck (1982) (Gillian Armstrong) (7.1)
  5. Stork (1971) (Tim Burstall) (5.9) **
  6. The Honourable Wally Norman (2003) (Ted Emery) (5.7)
  7. The Coca-Cola Kid (1985) (Dusan Makavejev) (6.0)
  8. Oz (1976) (Chris Lofven) (6.4)
  9. Windrider (1986) (Vincent Monton) (5.1)
  10. Bondi Tsunami (2004) (Rachael Lucas) (5.5)
  11. Travelling Light (2003) (Kathryn Millard) (5.2)

The Ten worst Aust. movies I’ve seen – 1 star

  1. Burke & Wills (2006) (Oliver Torr, Matt Zeremes) (6.2)
  2. ‘Crocodile’ Dundee II (1988) (John Cornell) (5.5) >
  3. Erskineville Kings (1999) (Alan White) (6.4) #
  4. Hotel de Love (1996) (Craig Rosenberg) (6.4)
  5. Sweetie (1989) (Jane Campion) (6.9) #
  6. Far East (1982) (John Duigan) (6.3)
  7. The Great McCarthy (1975) (David Baker) (5.4)

The Worst – ½ star

  1. Welcome to Woop Woop (1997) (Stephan Elliott) (5.8)
  2. The Wog Boy (2000) (Aleksi Vellis) (5.8) >
  3. The Wannabes (2003) (Nick Giannopoulos) (4)

Notes on the list above:

  • The list above was updated to 260 films on 27 Nov 2016, and the order slightly altered.
  • The ratings and rankings above are based solely on my preferences, after having watched 260 Australian films.
  • The lists above and below only include films that meet the Ozflicks Definition of an Australian film (see HERE)
  • This list has links to information about the film on the IMDB database.
  • The number in brackets is the current IMDB rating (mid-2016)
  • The # symbol indicates the film was chosen as one of the ‘100 Greatest Films of Australian Cinema ‘ in Scott Hocking’s 2006 book of the same name
  • The * symbol indicates the film won an AFI or AACTA award for best film or best director. ** indicates that the film won both awards.
  • The + symbol indicates the film was nominated for an AFI or AACTA award for best film.
  • The > symbol indicates the film was listed in top 100 Australian films at the box office.
  • There is another list of 85 unranked films below.

Other recommended Australian Films not ranked in the Ozflicks List above.

The following Australian films have been chosen by others as worth seeing, but I have not seen them yet for a variety of reasons (overseas when they came out, or lack of time, motivation or opportunity). You may wish to see some of these. They fall into the following categories:

  1. Films winning an AFI or AACTA award for best film or best director – marked with *
  2. Films nominated for an AFI or AACTA award for best film – marked with +
  3. Films listed as one of the ‘100 Greatest Films of Australian Cinema ‘ in Scott Hocking’s 2006 book of the same name – marked with #
  4. Films listed in top 100 Australian films at the box office – marked with >

[Page updated with unranked list: 2 August 2016]

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