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List of famous film directors from Australia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Australia has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Australian directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Australia and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

List ranges from Michael Spiccia to Peter Dodd and more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Australian directors?" and "Which directors are from Australia?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of Australia in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Australian directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.

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A.J. Carter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
A.J. Carter age 37 A. J. Carter is an Australian film director, screenwriter and producer. In his recent emerging career as a film director, his debut narrative short film Ronan's Escape awarded him and his ...more

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A.R. Harwood is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
A.R. Harwood Died at 83 (1897-1980) Alexander Roy Harwood, better known as A. R. Harwood, or Dick Harwood, was an Australian film director and producer who also worked in exhibition. He was inspired to become a filmmaker when ...more

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Aaron Fa'aoso is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Aaron Fa'aoso Aaron Fa'aoso is an Australian television and film actor, probably best known for his role on East West 101. He is of Torres Strait Islander, Samoan and Tongan descent. His mother is from Saibai ...more

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Aaron J. March is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Aaron J. March age 39 Aaron J. March is an actor, a film producer, a film director and a screenwriter.

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Aaron Wilson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Aaron Wilson age 41 Aaron Wilson is a film director, producer and screenwriter.

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Abe Forsythe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Abe Forsythe age 36 Abe Forsythe is a Director.

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Adam Bayliss is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Adam Bayliss age 38 Adam Bayliss is an Australian producer of films. His films Luna and the Moon and Alex's Party have been shown at international film festivals, including the Palm Springs International Film ...more

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Adam Elliot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Adam Elliot age 45 Adam Elliot is an independent Australian stop-motion animation writer, director and producer based in Melbourne, Australia. His five films have collectively participated in over seven-hundred ...more

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Adam Howard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Adam Howard age 55 Adam Howard is a film director, cinematographer and editor.

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Aden Young is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Aden Young age 45 Aden Young is an Australian–Canadian actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Daniel Holden in the SundanceTV drama Rectify.

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Adrian Carr is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Adrian Carr age 65 Adrian Carr is a tv and film director.

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Andy Anderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Andy Anderson age 70 Andy Anderson is a musician and actor. As a musician he is best known as the lead singer of 1960s Australian band The Missing Links, and as an actor he is well known for his roles on both ...more

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Albie Thoms is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Albie Thoms Died at 71 (1941-2012) Albie Thoms is a film director and film producer.

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Alby Mangels is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Alby Mangels age 69 Albertus Zwier "Alby" Mangels is an Australian adventurer and documentary film-maker widely remembered for his "World Safari" adventure travel films.

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Alex Kelly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Alex Kelly age 38 Alex Kelly is a female freelance artist, film maker and producer based in Alice Springs, Australia. Alex grew up in a farming community near Wodonga in regional Victoria, Kelly has worked with ...more

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Alex Proyas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Alex Proyas age 54 Alexander "Alex" Proyas is an Egyptian-born Greek-Australian film director, screenwriter, and producer. Proyas is best known for directing the films The Crow, Dark City, I, Robot, and ...more

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Alexandra Billington is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Alexandra Billington Alexandra Billington is a film director, writer, producer and actress.

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Alexandra Schepisi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Alexandra Schepisi Alexandra Schepisi is an actress, screenwriter and film director.

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Alfred J. Goulding is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Alfred J. Goulding Died at 76 (1896-1972) Alfred John "Alf" Goulding was an Australian-born American film director and screenwriter. He directed 182 films between 1917 and 1959. He was the youngest brother of the celebrated ...more

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Alfred Rolfe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Alfred Rolfe Died at 81 (1862-1943) Alfred Rolfe, real name Alfred Roker, was an Australian film director and actor, best known for being the son-in-law of the celebrated actor-manager Alfred Dampier, with whom he appeared ...more

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Alison Ellwood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Alison Ellwood age 56 Alison Ellwood is a film and television director; film and television producer; and a film and television editor.

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Alison Thompson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Alison Thompson Alison Thompson is a film director and producer.

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Alister Grierson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Alister Grierson age 48 Alister Grierson is an Australian film director and scriptwriter. Born in Canberra, he completed his secondary schooling at Canberra Grammar, graduated in Economics and Arts from the Australian ...more

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Alkinos Tsilimidos is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Alkinos Tsilimidos Alkinos Tsilimidos is an Australian film and theatre director. Raised in comfortable circumstances in middle-class Doncaster, Tsilimidos won the Montréal First Film Prize at the ...more

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Alyson Standen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Alyson Standen Alyson Standen is a film director, actress and screenwriter.

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Amiel Courtin-Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Amiel Courtin-Wilson age 38 Amiel Courtin-Wilson is an Australian film director, producer and artist. His debut feature film Hail premiered internationally at Venice Film Festival in 2011.

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Ana Kokkinos is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Ana Kokkinos age 59 Ana Kokkinos is an Australian film director. Kokkinos was born in Melbourne and prior to her career in film, she worked as an industrial lawyer. In 1991 she was accepted into the Victorian ...more

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Andrew Denton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Andrew Denton age 57 Andrew Christopher Denton is an Australian television producer, comedian, Gold Logie-nominated television presenter and former radio host, and was the host of the ABC's weekly television ...more

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Andrew Lancaster is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Andrew Lancaster Andrew Lancaster is an Australian director. He has been awarded in the Asia-Pacific Film Festival twice. More specific, in 1993 he won the "Best Short Film" award for the film Palace ...more

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Andrew Martin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Andrew Martin Andrew Martin is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.

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Andrew Merkelbach is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Andrew Merkelbach age 35 Andrew Merkelbach is a film director and an actor.

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Andrew Upton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Andrew Upton age 51 Andrew Upton is an Australian playwright, screenwriter, and director. He is the husband of the actress Cate Blanchett.

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Andrew William Robb is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Andrew William Robb Andrew William Robb is an actor, film director and screenwriter.

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Angus Sampson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Angus Sampson age 38 Angus Murray Lincoln Sampson is an Australian actor, director, producer, writer and voice-over artist based in Los Angeles and Melbourne.

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Anita Ondine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Anita Ondine age 43 Anita Ondine Smith is an Australian-British transmedia storyteller.

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Ann Turner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Ann Turner age 57 Ann Turner is a film director, producer and writer.

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Anthony Field is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Anthony Field age 54 Anthony Donald Joseph Field, AM is an Australian musician and actor. He is best known as a member of the children's group The Wiggles and the 1980s and 90s pop band The Cockroaches. While still ...more

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Anthony Maras is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Anthony Maras Anthony Theo Maras is an Australian film director, writer and producer born in Adelaide, South Australia.

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Antony J. Bowman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Antony J. Bowman Antony J. Bowman is a film director, producer and screenwriter.

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Antony Szeto is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Antony Szeto age 53 Antony Szeto is an Australian film director and producer based mostly in Hong Kong.

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Apostolos Doxiadis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Apostolos Doxiadis age 64 Apostolos K. Doxiadis is a Greek writer. He is best known for his international bestsellers Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture and Logicomix.

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Arch Nicholson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Arch Nicholson Died at 49 (1941-1990) Arch Nicholson is a television director.

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Ariel Kleiman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Ariel Kleiman age 32 Ariel Kleiman is a screenwriter, film director and editor.

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Arthur Shirley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Arthur Shirley Died at 81 (1886-1967) Arthur Shirley was an Australian actor, writer, producer and director of theatre and film. He was one of the first Australians to enjoy success as a film actor in Hollywood.

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Baz Luhrmann is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Baz Luhrmann age 55 Mark Anthony "Baz" Luhrmann is an Australian film director, screenwriter and producer best known for The Red Curtain Trilogy, comprising his romantic comedy film Strictly Ballroom, the ...more

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Ben Briand is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Ben Briand age 37 Benjamin Briand is an Australian film director.

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Ben Cropp is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Ben Cropp age 81 Benjamin 'Ben' Cropp AM is an Australian documentary filmmaker, conservationist and a former Open Australian spearfishing champion. Formerly a shark hunter Cropp retired from that trade in 1962 ...more

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Ben Davies is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Ben Davies age 45 Ben Davies is a film director, actor and screenwriter.

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Ben Elton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Ben Elton age 58 Benjamin Charles "Ben" Elton is an English comedian, author, playwright, actor and director. He was a part of London's alternative comedy movement of the 1980s and became a writer on ...more

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Ben Hackworth is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Film Directors from Australia
Ben Hackworth age 40 Ben Hackworth is an Australian writer and film director. He is the son of retired Colonel David Hackworth.