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
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
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
Candy is listed (or ranked) 4 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
Muriel's Wedding is listed (or ranked) 5 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
The Proposition is listed (or ranked) 6 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
Animal Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 7 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
Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 8 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
Shine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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
The Dish is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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
Rabbit-Proof Fence is listed (or ranked) 11 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
Lantana is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
Geoffrey Rush, Barbara Hershey, Manu Bennett
Lantana is a 2001 drama film written by Andrew Bovell and Ray Lawrence.
Walkabout is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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
Little Fish is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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
Australia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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
Wake in Fright is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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
Somersault is listed (or ranked) 17 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
Adore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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
Snowtown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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.