Film The Best Movies Set in Australia  

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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 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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Crocodile Dundee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Reginald VelJohnson 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 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 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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Red Dog is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Tim Schild added Rachael Taylor, Josh Lucas, Noah Taylor 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 Adventures of Priscilla, Q... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Terence Stamp 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) 7 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham 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) 8 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
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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Rabbit-Proof Fence is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
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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Ned Kelly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Naomi Watts, Orlando Bloom, Heath Ledger 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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The Dish is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Tim Schild added 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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Tracks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Tracks

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Walkabout is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
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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Last Cab to Darwin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Diggers Quiz Host added Last Cab to Darwin Jacki Weaver, John Howard, Emma Hamilton

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The Rover is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Scoot McNairy 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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Wake in Fright is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Donald Pleasence, Jack Thompson, John Meillon 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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Adore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel 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 Mule Hugo Weaving, John Noble, Georgina Haig 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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The Coca-Cola Kid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
r18321 added Eric Roberts, Greta Scacchi, Chris Haywood 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

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Japanese Story is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
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 Back of Beyond is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
The Back of Beyond is a feature-length award-winning Australian documentary film produced and directed by John Heyer for the Shell Film Unit. In terms of breadth of distribution, awards ...more

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Aquamarine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Emma Roberts, JoJo, Sara Paxton Aquamarine is a 2006 Australian-American teen fantasy comedy film starring Sara Paxton, Emma Roberts, and Joanna "JoJo" Levesque. The film, which was made in both the United States and ...more

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A Cry in the Dark is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Alexandria Benoit, Joshua Budd, Dylon Benoit

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Proof is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Tim Schild 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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Any Questions for Ben? is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Tim Schild added Rachael Taylor, Josh Lawson Any Questions for Ben? is a 2012 Australian comedy film created by Working Dog Productions and directed by Rob Sitch. It stars Josh Lawson, Rachael Taylor, Felicity Ward, Daniel Henshall and ...more

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Love Serenade is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Miranda Otto, Jessica Napier, Rebecca Frith Love Serenade is a 1996 Australian feature film directed by Shirley Barrett. It is a comedy film which has the tagline: "Two sisters will do anything to hook the right man." There are ...more

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Our Lips Are Sealed is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies Set in Australia
Aubrey Black added Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Robert Miano Our Lips Are Sealed is a 2000 direct-to-video film featuring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The film was set and filmed in Sydney, Australia.