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The Greatest Australian Drama Films, Ranked

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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
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    Romper Stomper

    Russell Crowe, Jacqueline McKenzie

    Released1992

    Directed byGeoffrey Wright

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    Gallipoli
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    6

    Gallipoli

    Mel Gibson, Bill Hunter

    Released1981

    Directed byPeter Weir

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    Rabbit-Proof Fence
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    5

    Rabbit-Proof Fence

    Kenneth Branagh, Jason Clarke

    Released2002

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

    Rabbit-Proof Fence is a 2002 Australian drama film directed by Phillip Noyce based on the book... more on Wikipedia

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    Two Hands
    16
    5

    Two Hands

    Rose Byrne, Heath Ledger

    Released1999

    Directed byGregor Jordan

    Two Hands is a 1999 Australian comedy crime film, written and directed by Gregor Jordan. The... more on Wikipedia
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    Mad Max
    15
    4

    Mad Max

    Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne

    Released1979

    Directed byGeorge Miller

    Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action film directed by George Miller, produced by... more on Wikipedia
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    Muriel's Wedding
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    Muriel's Wedding

    Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths

    Released1994

    Directed byP. J. Hogan

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    Walkabout
    14
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    Walkabout

    Jenny Agutter, John Meillon

    Released1971

    Directed byNicolas Roeg

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    Shine
    15
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    Shine

    Geoffrey Rush, John Gielgud

    Released1996

    Directed byScott Hicks

    Shine is a 1996 Australian biographical drama film based on the life of pianist David... more on Wikipedia

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    The Proposition
    14
    5

    The Proposition

    John Hurt, Ray Winstone

    Released2005

    Directed byJohn Hillcoat

    The Proposition is a 2005 Australian western film directed by John Hillcoat and written by... more on Wikipedia
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    Australia
    18
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    Australia

    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman

    Released2008

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

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    Animal Kingdom
    17
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    Animal Kingdom

    Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton

    Released2010

    Directed byDavid Michôd

    "Welcome to the jungle known as the Melbourne underworld. Animal Kingdom uses this edgy locale... more on Wikipedia

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    Candy
    13
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    Candy

    Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish

    Released2006

    Directed byNeil Armfield

    Candy is a 2006 Australian romantic drama film, adapted from Luke Davies's novel Candy: A... more on Wikipedia
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    The Road Warrior
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    Released1981

    Directed byGeorge Miller

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    Lantana
    11
    7

    Lantana

    Geoffrey Rush, Barbara Hershey

    Released2001

    Directed byRay Lawrence

    Lantana is a 2001 drama film written by Andrew Bovell and Ray Lawrence.

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    The Babadook
    7
    1

    The Babadook

    Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall

    Released2014

    Directed byJennifer Kent

    The Babadook is a 2014 Australian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer... more on Wikipedia

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    Mad Max: Fury Road
    9
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    Mad Max: Fury Road

    Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron

    Released2015

    Directed byGeorge Miller

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    Moulin Rouge!
    13
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    Moulin Rouge!

    Nicole Kidman, Ozzy Osbourne

    Released2001

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

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    Dead Calm
    8
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    Dead Calm

    Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill

    Released1989

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

    Dead Calm is a 1989 Australian thriller film starring Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane.... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Wolf Creek
    8
    4

    Wolf Creek

    Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt

    Released2005

    Directed byGreg McLean

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    The Dressmaker
    8
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    The Dressmaker

    Kate Winslet, Judy Davis

    Released2015

    Directed byJocelyn Moorhouse

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  • 21
    The Dish
    9
    5

    The Dish

    Sam Neill, Patrick Warburton

    Released2001

    Directed byRob Sitch

    The Dish is a 2001 Australian film that tells a somewhat fictionalized story of the Parkes... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Little Fish
    6
    4

    Little Fish

    Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving

    Released2005

    Directed byRowan Woods

    Little Fish is a 2005 Australian film directed by Rowan Woods and written by Jacquelin Perske.... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Snowtown
    7
    5

    Snowtown

    Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris

    Released2011

    Directed byJustin Kurzel

    Snowtown, also known as The Snowtown Murders, is a 2011 Australian film based on the true... more on WikipediaAmazon_watch buy button

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  • 24
    Somersault
    4
    3

    Somersault

    Sam Worthington, Abbie Cornish

    Released2004

    Directed byCate Shortland

    Somersault is a 2004 Australian independent film written and directed by Cate Shortland,... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Adore
    5
    5

    Adore

    Naomi Watts, Robin Wright

    Released2013

    Directed byAnne Fontaine

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