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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
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
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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Two Hands is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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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Muriel's Wedding is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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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Candy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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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The Babadook is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Adam Morgan
The Babadook is a 2014 Australian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer Kent, in which a woman and her son are tormented by a "boogie-man" type monster. The film ...more
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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan
The Great Gatsby is a 2013 Australian-American 3D drama film based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name. The film was co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann, and stars Leonardo ...more
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Dead Calm is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane
Dead Calm is a 1989 Australian thriller film starring Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane. It was based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Charles Williams. The film was directed by ...more
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Wolf Creek is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt, Kestie Morassi
Wolf Creek is a 2005 Australian horror film written, co-produced, and directed by Greg McLean, and starring John Jarratt. The story revolves around three backpackers who find themselves held ...more
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The Proposition is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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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Animal Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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 Codyis on the run from a gang of ...more
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Holding the Man is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Ryan Corr Craig Stott
Holding the Man is a 2015 Australian romantic drama film directed by Neil Armfield, adapted from Timothy Conigrave's 1995 memoir of the same name.
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Daybreakers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill
Daybreakers is a 2009 science-fiction thriller film written and directed by Australian filmmakers Michael and Peter Spierig. The film takes place in a futuristic world overrun by vampires. A ...more
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Wolf Creek 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Gerard Kennedy
Wolf Creek 2 is a 2013 Australian horror film co-written and directed by Greg McLean.The film serves as a sequel to his 2005 film Wolf Creek and features John Jarratt reprising his role as Mick ...more
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Japanese Story is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added 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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Proof is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added 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 ...more
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Rabbit-Proof Fence is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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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The Dressmaker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth
The Dressmaker is a 2015 Australian revenge comedy-drama film directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, based on the novel by Rosalie Ham. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, a glamorous woman ...more
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Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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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Angel Baby is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Jacqueline McKenzie, Deborra-Lee Furness, Colin Friels
Angel Baby is a 1995 Australian drama film written and directed by Michael Rymer and starring John Lynch, Jacqueline McKenzie and Colin Friels. The film was produced in 1993–94. It is a love ...more
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MIKEBTM added Mel Gibson
Mad Max 2 is a 1981 Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed by George Miller. The film is the second installment in the Mad Max film series, with Mel Gibson starring as Max Rockatansky. ...more
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BoyTown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Glenn Robbins, Mick Molloy, Bob Franklin
BoyTown is a 2006 Australian comedy film, directed by Kevin Carlin and starring an ensemble cast of prominent Australian comedians, including Glenn Robbins, Mick Molloy, Bob Franklin, Wayne Hope ...more
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Romulus, My Father is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Eric Bana, Franka Potente, Kodi Smit-McPhee
Romulus, My Father is a 2007 Australian drama film directed by Richard Roxburgh. Based on the memoir by Raimond Gaita, the film tells the story of Romulus and his wife Christine, and their ...more
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Drown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Drown
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Sirens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Elle Macpherson, Hugh Grant, Portia de Rossi
Sirens is a 1994 film, written and directed by John Duigan, and set in Australia. Sirens and Bitter Moon were the films that brought Hugh Grant to the attention of American audiences.