Drama The Best Australian Dramas  

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These are the best Australian dramas, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Some Australian drama movies revolve around heartfelt love stories while other good Australian drama movies tackle important social and political topics. A few of the most entertaining Australian dramas even feature future Oscar winners.

What films will you find on this best Australian dramas list? In 1993, a little known actor, Russell Crowe, showed off his impressive acting abilities as the violent leader of a racist youth gang in the film, Romper Stomper. Seven years later, Crowe became everyone's favorite underdog in the award-winning film, Gladiator. Moulin Rouge! is another great Australian drama film.

Australian actor, Heath Ledger, starred as a young man addicted to heroin in Candy. Other good movies that are featured on this top Australian dramas list include Shine, The Proposition and Rabbit-Proof Fence.

Which movie do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Romper Stomper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
Romper Stomper Russell Crowe, Jacqueline McKenzie, Daniel Wyllie Romper Stomper is a 1992 Australian drama film written and directed by Geoffrey Wright. The film stars Russell Crowe, Daniel Pollock, Jacqueline McKenzie and Tony Lee. The film tells the story ...more

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Gallipoli is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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 ...more

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Muriel's Wedding is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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 ...more

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Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
Moulin Rouge! Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne, Kylie Minogue Moulin Rouge! is a 2001 Australian–American pastiche-jukebox musical film directed, produced, and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. It tells the story of a young English poet/writer, Christian, who ...more

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Candy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
Candy Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush Candy is a 2006 Australian romantic drama film, adapted from Luke Davies's novel Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction. Candy was directed by debut film-maker Neil Armfield and stars Heath ...more

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Two Hands is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
Two Hands Rose Byrne, Heath Ledger, Bryan Brown Two Hands is a 1999 Australian comedy crime film, written and directed by Gregor Jordan. The film stars Heath Ledger as Jimmy, a young man in debt to Pando, a local gangster played by Bryan ...more

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Rabbit-Proof Fence is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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 ...more

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Animal Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
Animal Kingdom Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton, Jacki Weaver "Welcome to the jungle known as the Melbourne underworld. Animal Kingdom uses this edgy locale to unspool a gripping tale of survival and revenge. Pope Cody, an armed robber on the run from ...more

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Shine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
Shine Geoffrey Rush, John Gielgud, Lynn Redgrave Shine is a 1996 Australian biographical drama film based on the life of pianist David Helfgott, who suffered a mental breakdown and spent years in institutions. It stars Geoffrey Rush, Lynn ...more

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Lantana is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
Lantana Geoffrey Rush, Barbara Hershey, Manu Bennett Lantana is a 2001 drama film written by Andrew Bovell and Ray Lawrence.

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The Dish is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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 ...more

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Walkabout is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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 ...more

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The Proposition is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
The Proposition John Hurt, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson The Proposition is a 2005 Australian western film directed by John Hillcoat and written by screenwriter and musician Nick Cave. It stars Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, Emily Watson, John Hurt, Danny ...more

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Adore is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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 ...more

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Little Fish is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
Little Fish Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Sam Neill Little Fish is a 2005 Australian film directed by Rowan Woods and written by Jacquelin Perske. It was filmed in and around Sydney, in Cabramatta and in Fairfield. The film was developed and ...more

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Australia is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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 ...more

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Wake in Fright is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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 ...more

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Somersault is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
Somersault Sam Worthington, Abbie Cornish, Toby Schmitz Somersault is a 2004 Australian independent film written and directed by Cate Shortland, featuring Abbie Cornish and Sam Worthington. Shot in the winter of 2003, the film was released in ...more

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Snowtown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
Snowtown Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris, David Walker Snowtown, also known as The Snowtown Murders, is a 2011 Australian film based on the true story of the Snowtown murders directed by Justin Kurzel and written by Shaun Grant.