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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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Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne
Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities, Max Rockatansky (Max Hardy) joins ...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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Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added 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 ...more
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Dead Calm is listed (or ranked) 7 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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The Sum of Us is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Russell Crowe, Rebekah Elmaloglou, Jack Thompson
The Sum of Us is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film version of the play The Sum of Us. Directed by Kevin Dowling and Geoff Burton, the film starred Russell Crowe and Jack Thompson. The screen ...more
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Candy is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Muriel's Wedding is listed (or ranked) 10 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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The Proposition is listed (or ranked) 11 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) 12 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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Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 13 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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The Black Balloon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Toni Collette, Gemma Ward, Firass Dirani
The Black Balloon is a 2008 Australian/British comedy-drama film starring Toni Collette, Rhys Wakefield, Luke Ford, Erik Thomson, Gemma Ward as well as a cast of newcomers. It is directed by ...more
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Soft Fruit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Russell Dykstra, Sacha Horler, Linal Haft
Soft Fruit is a film directed by Christina Andreef released on October 28, 1999.
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Wolf Creek is listed (or ranked) 16 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 Piano is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Anna Paquin, Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel
The Piano is a 1993 romantic drama film about a mute female piano player and her daughter. Set during the mid-19th century in a rainy, muddy frontier backwater on the west coast of New Zealand, ...more
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Somersault is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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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The Interview is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Hugo Weaving, Michael Caton, Aaron Jeffery
The Interview is a 1998 Australian thriller film from writer-director Craig Monahan, and is the first of two films directed by Monahan. Almost the entire film takes place in a police ...more
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Newcastle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Xavier Samuel, Gigi Edgley, Rebecca Breeds
Newcastle is a 2008 Australian drama film set in the New South Wales city of Newcastle.
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The Great Gatsby is listed (or ranked) 21 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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The Rover is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy
The Rover is a 2014 Australian dystopian drama film directed by David Michôd. Ten years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner (Guy Pearce) pursues the men who stole his only ...more
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Wolf Creek 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 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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The Babadook is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Drown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Drown