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The Funniest Australian Movies Ever Made

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List RulesVote up what you think are the best Australian comedies

These are the best Australian comedies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best Australian comedies come in all shapes and sizes of hilarity. Some Australian comedy movies revolve around quirky love stories while other good Australian comedy movies include physical comedy and action. A more slapstick approach. A few of the funniest Australian comedies have even become popular all over the world.

What films will you find on this best Australian comedies list? Muriel's Wedding introduced audiences to the incomparable talent of Toni Collette. Starring as Muriel, Collette sets out to find love and happiness against the will of her oppressive father. Mental, also starring Collette, is another hilarious Australian comedy.

The Crocodile Dundee franchise features hilarious one-liners and pratfalls that are sure to generate laughs. Other good films featured on this top Australian comedies list include The Castle, The Dish and Kill Me Three Times.

Which Australian comedy do you think deserves the No. 1 spot on this list? Give the best movies a thumbs up!
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  • 1
    Eric Bana, Bud Tingwell
    185
    36

    Released1997

    Directed byRob Sitch

    The Castle is a 1997 Australian comedy film directed by Rob Sitch. It starred Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Tiriel Mora, Stephen Curry, Sophie Lee, Eric Bana and Charles 'Bud' Tingwell. The...  more
  • 2
    Rick Dial, Phillip DeVona
    76
    29

    Released2012

    Directed byBryan Coley

    Crackerjack is a 2012 comedy film written and directed by Bryan Coley....  more
  • 3
    Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski
    98
    52

    Released1986

    Directed byPeter Faiman

    Crocodile Dundee is a 1986 Australian comedy film set in the Australian Outback and in New York City. It stars Paul Hogan as the weathered Mick Dundee. Hogan's future wife Linda Kozlowski portrayed...  more

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  • 4
    Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths
    101
    55

    Released1994

    Directed byP. J. Hogan

    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 Hunter,...  more

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  • 5

    Released1994

    Directed byStephan Elliott

    The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by Stephan Elliott. The plot follows the journey of two drag queens and a transsexual...  more

    #306 of 375 'Old' Movies Every Young Person Needs To Watch In Their Lifetime#338 of 440 The Best Movies Of The 1990s#88 of 198 The Best Movies About Music

  • 6
    Sam Neill, Patrick Warburton
    71
    32

    Released2001

    Directed byRob Sitch

    The Dish is a 2001 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 mission...  more
  • 7
    MIKEBTM addedHugo Weaving, James Cromwell
    36
    6

    Released1995

    Directed byChris Noonan

    Babe is a 1995 comedy-drama film, co-written and directed by Chris Noonan. It is an adaptation of Dick King-Smith's 1983 novel The Sheep-Pig, also known as Babe: The Gallant Pig in the USA, which...  more

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  • 8
    Clayton Jacobson, Shane Jacobson
    67
    38

    Released2006

    Directed byClayton Jacobson

    Kenny is a 2006 Australian mockumentary film starring Shane Jacobson as Kenny Smyth, a Melbourne plumber who works for a portable toilet rental company. Director Clayton Jacobson describes the...  more
  • 9
    Rose Byrne, Heath Ledger
    45
    18

    Released1999

    Directed byGregor Jordan

    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 Brown,...  more
  • 10
    Anthony J. Langford addedMikey Robins, John Howard
    42
    17

    Released1988

    Directed byYahoo Serious

    Young Einstein is an Australian comedy film directed by and starring Yahoo Serious, released in 1988. It was based loosely on the life of Albert Einstein, but relocated the theoretical physicist to...  more

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  • 11
    Eric Bana, Daniel Wyllie
    51
    29

    Released2000

    Directed byAndrew Dominik

    Chopper is a 2000 Australian crime film written and directed by Andrew Dominik and based on the autobiographical books by Mark "Chopper" Read. The film stars Eric Bana as the title character and...  more

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  • 12
    Sonia Kruger, Gia Carides
    58
    37

    Released1992

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

    Strictly Ballroom is a 1992 Australian romantic comedy film directed and co-written by Baz Luhrmann. The film, which was Luhrmann's first, is the first in his The Red Curtain Trilogy of...  more

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  • 13
    Tim Schild addedRachael Taylor, Josh Lucas
    48
    30

    Released2011

    Directed byKriv Stenders

    Red Dog is a 2011 Australian family film directed by Kriv Stenders and produced by Nelson Woss and Julie Ryan. The film is based on a true story from the novel Red Dog by Louis de Bernieres about Red...  more
  • 14
    Eric Bana, Stephen Curry
    30
    15

    Released2002

    Directed byBill Bennett

    The Nugget is a 2002 comedy film about three friends who find the world's largest nugget of gold....  more
  • 15
    Anthony J. Langford addedBud Tingwell, Colin Friels
    24
    10

    Released1986

    Directed byNadia Tass

    Malcolm is a 1986 Australian cult film comedy, written by the husband-and-wife team of David Parker and Nadia Tass, and directed by Nadia Tass. The film stars Colin Friels as the titular tram...  more
  • 16
    Anthony J. Langford addedTatyana Ali, Colin Quinn
    28
    17

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Cornell, Mark Turnbull

    "Crocodile" Dundee II is a 1988 Australian adventure and comedy film. It is a sequel to the 1986 film "Crocodile" Dundee, and was followed by 2001's Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles. The film was shot...  more
  • 17
    Nick Giannopoulos, Stephen Curry
    33
    25

    Released2000

    Directed byAleksi Vellis

    The Wog Boy is a 2000 Australian motion picture comedy starring Nick Giannopoulos, Vince Colosimo, Lucy Bell, Abi Tucker, John Barresi, Stephen Curry, Hung Le, Geraldine Turner, Tony Nikolakopoulos...  more
  • 18
    Anthony J. Langford addedPeter Cook, Barry Humphries
    20
    10

    Released1972

    Directed byBruce Beresford

    The Adventures of Barry McKenzie is a 1972 Australian film starring Barry Crocker, telling the story of an Australian 'yobbo' on his travels to the United Kingdom. Barry McKenzie was originally a...  more
  • 19
    Emily Browning, Billy Connolly
    23
    13

    Released2001

    Directed byMark Joffe

    The Man Who Sued God is a 2001 Australian comedy film, starring Billy Connolly and Judy Davis the film was directed by Mark Joffe. The film was considered a financial success, debuting at number one...  more
  • 20
    Sam Worthington, Timothy Spall
    26
    18

    Released2004

    Directed byJonathan Teplitzky

    Gettin' Square is a crime caper movie set on Australia's Gold Coast and directed by Jonathan Teplitzky. The protagonists are ex-criminals trying to keep out of trouble. Gettin' Square won nominations...  more
  • 21
    Anthony J. Langford addedJack Thompson, Graham Kennedy
    17
    10

    Released1980

    Directed byBruce Beresford, Simon Wincer

    Laurie was once a popular ball player on the Australian Rules football circuit; but now he's an ineffective coach who tries to spark a mediocre football team into winning the championship....  more
  • 22
    Anthony J. Langford addedEric Bana, Philip Seymour Hoffman
    15
    8

    Released2009

    Directed byAdam Elliot

    Mary and Max is a 2009 Australian stop motion animated comedy-drama film written and directed by Adam Elliot and produced by Melanie Coombs. The voice cast included Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni...  more

    #188 of 531 The Best Animated Films Ever#11 of 82 The Best Movies About Depression#24 of 52 The Best Movies About Autism

  • 23
    MIKEBTM addedSam Worthington, Adam Garcia
    13
    7

    Released2000

    Directed byDein Perry

    Bootmen is a 2000 Australian comedy-drama film, directed by Dein Perry. It was distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures in Canada and USA and 20th Century Fox Distribution in Australia and funded by...  more
  • 24
    John Goodman, Toni Collette
    18
    14

    Released2002

    Directed byDavid Caesar

    Dirty Deeds is a 2002 film shot in Australia. It was directed by noted fringe director David Caesar and stars Bryan Brown, Toni Collette, Sam Neill, Sam Worthington and John Goodman and produced by...  more
  • 25
    David Wenham, Catherine McClements
    15
    15

    Released2000

    Directed byJonathan Teplitzky

    Better Than Sex is 2000 Australian film from director Jonathan Teplitzky starring David Wenham and Susie Porter. It is a romantic comedy of sorts, revolving around two people who have a one-night...  more
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