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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 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
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The Babadook is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Animal Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 8 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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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

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Rabbit-Proof Fence is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Little Fish is listed (or ranked) 11 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
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Proof is listed (or ranked) 12 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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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

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Moulin Rouge! is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Wolf Creek is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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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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Lantana is listed (or ranked) 16 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.

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Holding the Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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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) 18 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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Japanese Story is listed (or ranked) 19 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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The Interview is listed (or ranked) 20 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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The Boys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Toni Collette, David Wenham, John Polson
The Boys is a 1998 Australian drama film directed by Rowan Woods. The screenplay by Stephen Sewell is based on the play by Gordon Graham, first performed by Griffin Theatre Company directed by ...more
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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) 23 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
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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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The Dish is listed (or ranked) 24 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
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Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Australian Dramas
MIKEBTM added Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne
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