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The Best Movies Set in Australia

Updated July 22, 2020 1.8k votes 358 voters 21.1k views41 items

List RulesVote 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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    Crocodile Dundee

    Paul Hogan, Linda Kozlowski

    Released1986

    Directed byPeter Faiman

    Crocodile Dundee is a 1986 Australian comedy film set in the Australian Outback and in New...  more

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    Mad Max

    Mel Gibson, Hugh Keays-Byrne

    Released1979

    Directed byGeorge Miller

    Mad Max is a 1979 Australian dystopian action film directed by George Miller, produced by...  more

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    Gallipoli

    Mel Gibson, Bill Hunter

    Released1981

    Directed byPeter Weir

    Gallipoli is a 1981 Australian film directed by Peter Weir and starring Mel Gibson and Mark...  more

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  • The Castle4
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    The Castle

    Eric Bana, Bud Tingwell

    Released1997

    Directed byRob Sitch

    The Castle is a 1997 Australian comedy film directed by Rob Sitch. It starred Michael Caton,...  more
  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert5

    Released1994

    Directed byStephan Elliott

    The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film...  more

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  • The Man from Snowy River6
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    The Man from Snowy River

    Kirk Douglas, Jack Thompson

    Released1982

    Directed byGeorge T. Miller

    The Man from Snowy River is a 1982 Australian drama film based on the Banjo Paterson poem The...  more

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    Australia

    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman

    Released2008

    Directed byBaz Luhrmann

    Australia is an Australian romance film-epic film directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Nicole...  more

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    Mad Max 2

    Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence

    Released1981

    Directed byGeorge Miller

    Mad Max 2 is a 1981 Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed by George Miller. The...  more

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    Rabbit-Proof Fence

    Kenneth Branagh, Jason Clarke

    Released2002

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

    Rabbit-Proof Fence is a 2002 Australian drama film directed by Phillip Noyce based on the book...  more
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    Muriel's Wedding

    Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths

    Released1994

    Directed byP. J. Hogan

    Muriel's Wedding is a 1994 Australian comedy-drama film written and directed by P. J. Hogan....  more

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  • Red Dog11
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    Red Dog

    Rachael Taylor, Josh Lucas

    Released2011

    Directed byKriv Stenders

    Red Dog is a 2011 Australian family film directed by Kriv Stenders and produced by Nelson Woss...  more
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    The Dish

    Sam Neill, Patrick Warburton

    Released2001

    Directed byRob Sitch

    The Dish is a 2001 Australian film that tells a somewhat fictionalized story of the Parkes...  more
  • Quigley Down Under13
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    Quigley Down Under

    Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman

    Released1990

    Directed bySimon Wincer

    Quigley Down Under is a 1990 Australian western film. Starring Tom Selleck, Alan Rickman and...  more

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  • Wake in Fright14
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    Wake in Fright

    Donald Pleasence, Jack Thompson

    Released1971

    Directed byTed Kotcheff

    Wake in Fright is a 1971 Australian-American thriller film directed by Ted Kotcheff and...  more
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    Tracks

  • Walkabout16
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    Walkabout

    Jenny Agutter, John Meillon

    Released1971

    Directed byNicolas Roeg

    Walkabout is a 1971 film set in Australia, directed by Nicolas Roeg and starring Jenny...  more

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    Mad Max: Fury Road

    Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron

    Released2015

    Directed byGeorge Miller

    Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed by George Miller. In a post apocalyptic...  more

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  • Last Cab to Darwin18
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    Last Cab to Darwin

    Jacki Weaver, John Howard

    Released2015

    Directed byJeremy Sims

  • Ned Kelly19
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    Ned Kelly

    Naomi Watts, Orlando Bloom

    Released2003

    Directed byGregor Jordan

    Ned Kelly is a 2003 Australian historical drama film directed by Gregor Jordan from a...  more
  • Dirt Music20
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    Dirt Music

    Kelly Macdonald, Garrett Hedlund

    Released2020

    Directed byGregor Jordan

    Dirt Music is a 2020 romantic drama film directed by Gregor Jordan, based on the novel of the...  more

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  • Japanese Story21
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    Japanese Story

    Toni Collette, Lynette Curran

    Released2003

    Directed bySue Brooks

    Japanese Story is a 2003 Australian romantic drama film directed by Sue Brooks. It was...  more
  • The Mule22
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    The Mule

    Hugo Weaving, John Noble

    Released2014

    Directed byAngus Sampson, Tony Mahony

    The Mule is a 2014 comedical crime fiction film written by Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell...  more
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    The Lighthorsemen

    Anthony Andrews, Peter Phelps

    Released1987

    Directed bySimon Wincer

    The Lighthorsemen is a 1987 Australian feature film about the men of a World War I light horse...  more

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    Sirens

    Elle Macpherson, Hugh Grant

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Duigan

    Sirens is a 1994 film, written and directed by John Duigan, and set in Australia. Sirens and...  more

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  • The Rover25
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    The Rover

    Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson

    Released2014

    Directed byDavid Michôd

    The Rover is a 2014 Australian dystopian drama film directed by David Michôd. Ten years after...  more

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