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The Best Movies Set in Australia 

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Updated May 12, 2020 1.2k votes 315 voters 18.7k views 39 items

List Rules Vote up the best major film releases in which Australia is a setting so important, it's nearly a character itself.

These are the best movies set in Australia, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Some of the top films set in Australia are full of action and adventure, while other great Australian movies are love stories. A few of the greatest movies set in Australia are pieces of multi-film franchises.

What films will you find on this best movies set in Australia list? Of course the original Mad Max, starring Mel Gibson, has to be near the top of any Australian film list. The first three films in this classic series were filmed around Australia, but the newest edition, Mad Max:Fury Road was filmed in Namibia. Australia, starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, is another engaging film set in Australia.

The 2013 movie, Tracks, finds Mia Wasikowska hiking across the Australian desert accompanied only by her animal companions. Other good movies that are featured on this top movies set in Australia list include Walkabout, Crocodile Dundee and Muriel's Wedding.

Which Australian film is your all-time favorite? Vote the best movies up to the top of this list and share some of your favorite Australian movie moments in the comments section.
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Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

Released: 1979

Directed by: George Miller

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Crocodile Dundee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Reginald VelJohnson

Released: 1986

Directed by: Peter 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 ...more

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Gallipoli is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Mel Gibson, Bill Hunter, Robert Grubb

Released: 1981

Directed by: Peter Weir

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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The Castle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Eric Bana, Bud Tingwell, Stephen Curry

Released: 1997

Directed by: Rob 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

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The Adventures of Prisci... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp

Released: 1994

Directed by: Stephan 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

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Australia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham

Released: 2008

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

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

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Muriel's Wedding is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Bill Hunter

Released: 1994

Directed by: P. 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 ...more

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Rabbit-Proof Fence is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Kenneth Branagh, Jason Clarke, Deborah Mailman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

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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Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Tim Schild added Rachael Taylor, Josh Lucas, Noah Taylor

Released: 2011

Directed by: Kriv 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 ...more
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The Man from Snowy River... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Tim Schild added Kirk Douglas, Jack Thompson, Gus Mercurio

Released: 1982

Directed by: George T. Miller

The Man from Snowy River is a 1982 Australian drama film based on the Banjo Paterson poem The Man from Snowy River. The film had a cast including Kirk Douglas in a dual role as the brothers ...more

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Mad Max 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Steve Henderson added Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Vernon Wells

Released: 1981

Directed by: George Miller

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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Ned Kelly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Naomi Watts, Orlando Bloom, Heath Ledger

Released: 2003

Directed by: Gregor Jordan

Ned Kelly is a 2003 Australian historical drama film directed by Gregor Jordan from a screenplay by John Michael McDonagh. The film portrays the life of Ned Kelly — a legendary bushranger in ...more
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Tracks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Tracks
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The Dish is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Tim Schild added Sam Neill, Patrick Warburton, Lenka

Released: 2000

Directed by: Rob Sitch

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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Walkabout is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Jenny Agutter, John Meillon, David Gulpilil

Released: 1971

Directed by: Nicolas Roeg

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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Last Cab to Darwin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Diggers Quiz Host added Last Cab to Darwin Jacki Weaver, John Howard, Emma Hamilton

Released: 2015

Directed by: Jeremy Sims

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Quigley Down Under is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Steve Henderson added Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman, Laura San Giacomo

Released: 1990

Directed by: Simon Wincer

Quigley Down Under is a 1990 Australian western film. Starring Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman and Laura San Giacomo, it was directed by Simon Wincer.

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Mad Max: Fury Road is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Steve Henderson added Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Released: 2015

Directed by: George Miller

Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities, Max Rockatansky (Max Hardy) joins ...more

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Wake in Fright is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Donald Pleasence, Jack Thompson, John Meillon

Released: 1971

Directed by: Ted Kotcheff

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

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True History Of The Kell... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
George MacKay, Essie Davis, Nicholas Hoult

Released: 2020

Directed by: Justin Kurzel

True History Of The Kelly Gang is a 2020 British-Australian biographical western film directed by Justin Kurzel and is based off the novel by the same name. It is the story of an Australian ...more

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Japanese Story is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Toni Collette, Lynette Curran, Bill Young

Released: 2003

Directed by: Sue Brooks

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 Rover is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy

Released: 2014

Directed by: David Michôd

The Rover is a 2014 Australian dystopian drama film directed by David Michôd. Ten years after a global economic collapse, a hardened loner (Guy Pearce) pursues the men who stole his only ...more

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The Mule Hugo Weaving, John Noble, Georgina Haig

Released: 2014

Directed by: Angus Sampson, Tony Mahony

The Mule is a 2014 comedical crime fiction film written by Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell and directed by Angus Sampson and Tony Mahony.
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Adore is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel

Released: 2013

Directed by: Anne Fontaine

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
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The Coca-Cola Kid is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
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Released: 1985

Directed by: Dušan Makavejev

The Coca−Cola Kid is an Australian romantic comedy film, released in 1985. It was directed by Dušan Makavejev and starred Eric Roberts and Greta Scacchi. The film is based on short stories in ...more