The Best Movies Set in Australia

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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
    Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne
    • Released: 1979
    • Directed by: George Miller
  • Crocodile Dundee
    Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski, Mark Blum
    • Released: 1986
    • Directed by: Peter Faiman
  • Gallipoli
    Mark Lee, Mel Gibson, Bill Kerr
    • Released: 1981
    • Directed by: Peter Weir
  • The Castle
    Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Stephen Curry
    • Released: 1997
    • Directed by: Rob Sitch
  • Mad Max 2
    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Emil Minty
    • Released: 1981
    • Directed by: George Miller
  • The Man from Snowy River
    Kirk Douglas, Tom Burlinson, Sigrid Thornton
    • Released: 1982
    • Directed by: George Miller
  • Red Dog
    Rachael Taylor, Josh Lucas, Noah Taylor
    • Released: 2011
    • Directed by: Kriv Stenders
  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
    Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Stephan Elliott
  • The Dish
    Sam Neill, Kevin Harrington, Tom Long
    • Released: 2000
    • Directed by: Rob Sitch
  • Rabbit-Proof Fence
    Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan
    • Released: 2002
    • Directed by: Phillip Noyce
  • Australia
    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham
    • Released: 2008
    • Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
  • Muriel's Wedding
    Toni Collette, Bill Hunter, Rachel Griffiths
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: P.J. Hogan
  • Walkabout
    Jenny Agutter, Luc Roeg, David Gulpilil
    • Released: 1971
    • Directed by: Nicolas Roeg
  • Ned Kelly
    Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Naomi Watts
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Gregor Jordan
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
    Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: George Miller
  • The Lighthorsemen
    Anthony Andrews, Peter Phelps, Gary Sweet
    • Released: 1987
    • Directed by: Simon Wincer
  • Quigley Down Under
    Tom Selleck, Laura San Giacomo, Alan Rickman
    • Released: 1990
    • Directed by: Simon Wincer
  • Proof
    Hugo Weaving, Genevieve Picot, Russell Crowe
    • Released: 1991
    • Directed by: Jocelyn Moorhouse
  • Sirens
    Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald, Sam Neill
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: John Duigan
  • Lantana
    Anthony LaPaglia, Geoffrey Rush, Barbara Hershey
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Ray Lawrence
  • Wake in Fright
    Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence, Chips Rafferty
    • Released: 1971
    • Directed by: Ted Kotcheff
  • Tracks


  • The Dry
    Eric Bana, Genevieve O'Reilly, Keir O'Donnell
    • Released: 2021
    • Directed by: Robert Connolly
  • Japanese Story
    Toni Collette, Gotaro Tsunashima, Matthew Dyktynski
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Sue Brooks
  • Gettin' Square
    Sam Worthington, David Wenham, Timothy Spall
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Jonathan Teplitzky