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List Rules Vote up the best major film releases in which Australia is a setting so important, it's nearly a character itself.

These are the best movies set in Australia, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Some of the top films set in Australia are full of action and adventure, while other great Australian movies are love stories. A few of the greatest movies set in Australia are pieces of multi-film franchises.

What films will you find on this best movies set in Australia list? Of course the original Mad Max, starring Mel Gibson, has to be near the top of any Australian film list. The first three films in this classic series were filmed around Australia, but the newest edition, Mad Max:Fury Road was filmed in Namibia. Australia, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, is another engaging film set in Australia.

The 2013 movie, Tracks, finds Mia Wasikowska hiking across the Australian desert accompanied only by her animal companions. Other good movies that are featured on this top movies set in Australia list include Walkabout, Crocodile Dundee and Muriel's Wedding.

Which Australian film is your all-time favorite? Vote the best movies up to the top of this list and share some of your favorite Australian movie moments in the comments section.

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Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Mad Max Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action film directed by George Miller, produced by Byron Kennedy and starring Mel Gibson. James McCausland and Miller wrote the screenplay from a story by Miller and Kennedy. The film grossed substantially ...more

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Crocodile Dundee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Crocodile Dundee Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Reginald VelJohnson Crocodile Dundee is a 1986 Australian comedy film set in the Australian Outback and in New York City. It stars Paul Hogan as the weathered Mick Dundee. Hogan's future wife Linda Kozlowski portrayed Sue Charlton. Inspired by the true life ...more

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The Castle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
The Castle Eric Bana, Bud Tingwell, Stephen Curry The Castle is a 1997 Australian comedy film directed by Rob Sitch. It starred Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Tiriel Mora, Stephen Curry, Sophie Lee, Eric Bana and Charles 'Bud' Tingwell. The screenwriting team comprised Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Tom ...more

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Gallipoli is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Gallipoli Mel Gibson, Bill Hunter, Robert Grubb Gallipoli is a 1981 Australian film directed by Peter Weir and starring Mel Gibson and Mark Lee, about several young men from rural Western Australia who enlist in the Australian Army during the First World War. They are sent to the peninsula ...more

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The Adventures of Priscilla, Q... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by Stephan Elliott. The plot follows the journey of two drag queens and a transsexual woman, played by Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, and ...more

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Muriel's Wedding is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Muriel's Wedding Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Bill Hunter Muriel's Wedding is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by P. J. Hogan. The film, which stars actors Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Jeanie Drynan, Sophie Lee, and Bill Hunter, focuses on the socially awkward Muriel whose ...more

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Ned Kelly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Ned Kelly Naomi Watts, Orlando Bloom, Heath Ledger Ned Kelly is a 2003 Australian historical drama film directed by Gregor Jordan from a screenplay by John Michael McDonagh. The film portrays the life of Ned Kelly — a legendary bushranger in northeast Victoria. Ned Kelly, his brother Dan, and ...more

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Tracks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Tracks

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Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Tim Schild added Red Dog Rachael Taylor, Josh Lucas, Noah Taylor Red Dog is a 2011 Australian family film directed by Kriv Stenders and produced by Nelson Woss and Julie Ryan. The film is based on a true story from the novel Red Dog by Louis de Bernieres about Red Dog. At the 2011 Inside Film Awards, Red Dog ...more

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Any Questions for Ben? is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Tim Schild added Any Questions for Ben? Rachael Taylor, Josh Lawson Any Questions for Ben? is a 2012 Australian comedy film created by Working Dog Productions and directed by Rob Sitch. It stars Josh Lawson, Rachael Taylor, Felicity Ward, Daniel Henshall and Christian Clark. It was written by Santo Cilauro, Tom ...more

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Australia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Australia Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham Australia is an Australian romance film-epic film directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. An English aristocrat inherits a cattle station and when English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins ...more

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Adore is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Adore Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel Adore is a 2013 Australian-French drama film directed by Anne Fontaine. The film is based on a novella by British writer Doris Lessing called The Grandmothers. The original title of the film was Two Mothers and it premiered at the 2013 Sundance ...more

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The Rover is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
The Rover Robert Pattinson, Guy Pearce, Scoot McNairy The Rover is an upcoming 2014 film directed by David Michôd.

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Last Cab to Darwin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Diggers Quiz Host added Last Cab to Darwin Jacki Weaver, John Howard, Emma Hamilton

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The Coca-Cola Kid is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
r18321 added The Coca-Cola Kid Eric Roberts, Greta Scacchi, Chris Haywood The Coca−Cola Kid is an Australian romantic comedy film, released in 1985. It was directed by Dušan Makavejev and starred Eric Roberts and Greta Scacchi. The film is based on short stories in The Americans, Baby, and The Electrical Experience ...more

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Our Lips Are Sealed is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Aubrey Black added Our Lips Are Sealed Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Robert Miano Our Lips Are Sealed is a 2000 direct-to-video film featuring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The film was set and filmed in Sydney, Australia.

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The Dish is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Tim Schild added The Dish Sam Neill, Patrick Warburton, Lenka The Dish is a 2000 Australian film that tells a somewhat fictionalized story of the Parkes Observatory's role in relaying live television of man's first steps on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. It was the top grossing film in ...more

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Proof is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Tim Schild added Proof Russell Crowe, Hugo Weaving, Jeffrey Walker Proof is a 1991 Australian drama film by Jocelyn Moorhouse starring Hugo Weaving, Geneviève Picot and Russell Crowe. It was chosen as "Best Film" at the 1991 Australian Film Institute Awards, along with 5 other awards, ...more

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Walkabout is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Walkabout Jenny Agutter, John Meillon, David Gulpilil Walkabout is a 1971 film set in Australia, directed by Nicolas Roeg and starring Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg and David Gulpilil. Edward Bond wrote the screenplay, which is loosely based on the novel Walkabout by James Vance Marshall. Walkabout ...more

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Rabbit-Proof Fence is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Rabbit-Proof Fence Kenneth Branagh, Jason Clarke, Deborah Mailman Rabbit-Proof Fence is a 2002 Australian drama film directed by Phillip Noyce based on the book Follow the Rabbit-Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington Garimara. It is based on a true story concerning the author's mother Molly, as well as two other ...more

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Japanese Story is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Japanese Story Toni Collette, Lynette Curran, Bill Young Japanese Story is a 2003 Australian romantic drama film directed by Sue Brooks. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.

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Love Serenade is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Love Serenade Miranda Otto, Jessica Napier, Rebecca Frith Love Serenade is a 1996 Australian feature film directed by Shirley Barrett. It is a comedy film which has the tagline: "Two sisters will do anything to hook the right man." There are not many characters in Love Serenade, which is set ...more

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A Cry in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
A Cry in the Dark Alexandria Benoit, Joshua Budd, Dylon Benoit

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Aquamarine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Aquamarine Emma Roberts, JoJo, Sara Paxton Aquamarine is a 2006 Australian-American teen fantasy comedy film starring Sara Paxton, Emma Roberts, and Joanna "JoJo" Levesque. The film, which was made in both the United States and Australia, was released in North America on March ...more

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Wake in Fright is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Wake in Fright Donald Pleasence, Jack Thompson, John Meillon Wake in Fright is a 1971 Australian-American thriller film directed by Ted Kotcheff and starring Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence and Chips Rafferty. The screenplay was written by Evan Jones, based on Kenneth Cook's 1961 novel of the same name. Made ...more

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The Back of Beyond is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
The Back of Beyond The Back of Beyond is a feature-length award-winning Australian documentary film produced and directed by John Heyer for the Shell Film Unit. In terms of breadth of distribution, awards garnered, and critical response, it is Heyer's most ...more