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A list of popular Australian Films and Movies of the modern era - 1971 onwards.



Stork (1971)
Australian comedy directed by Tim Burstall and featured Jacki Weaver.

The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972)
Australian comedy directed by Bruce Beresford featuring Barry Crocker, Barry Humphries and Spike Milligan.

Alvin Purple (1973)
Australian comedy directed by Tim Burstall starring Graeme Blundell and Abigail.

Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (1974)
Follow up to the 1972 release also directed by Bruce Beresford starring Barry Crocker and Barry Humphries in his various guises inc. Aunt Edna, Dr. Delamphrey etc.

Sunday Too Far Away (1974)
Dealt with events leading up to the mid-1950s shearers' strike directed by Ken Hannam.

Between Wars (1974)
War drama directed by Michael Thornhill starring Corin Redgrave and Judy Morris.

The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)
Directed by Peter Weir.

The Firm Man (1974)
Directed by John Duigan. Starring Peter Cummins.

Petersen (1974)
A film capturing the wildness of the youth of the time starring Jack Thompson and directed by Tim Burstall.

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
Based on a book by Joan Lindsay about the mysterious disappearance of a group of schoolgirls while on a St Valentine's Day picnic in 1900. Directed by Peter Weir.

Caddie (1976)
Based on the autobiography of a Sydney barmaid during the Depression. Directed by Donald Crombie and starred Helen Morse and Jack Thompson.

Mad Dog Morgan (1976)
The saga of the bushranger, directed by Philippe Mora starring American Dennis Hopper, Jack Thompson, David Gulpilil and Bill Hunter.

Don's Party (1976)
Comedy/drama directed by Bruce Beresford.

The Devil's Playground (1976)
Drama about a Catholic seminary in the 1950s directed by Fred Schepisi.

The FJ Holden (1977)
Australian drama about teenagers in Sydney's western suburbs directed by Michael Thornhill.

Journey Among Women (1977)
A film by cinematographer Tom Cowan, about women during the convict era.

The Last Wave (1977)
Australian mystery directed by Peter Weir.

The Getting of Wisdom (1977)
Directed by Bruce Beresford.

Backroads (1977)
Action drama directed by Phillip Noyce starring Bill Hunter.

Newsfront (1978)
A post-World War II history of Australia as seen from the perspective of newsreel cameramen directed by Phillip Noyce starring Bill Hunter and Wendy Hughes.

Money Movers (1978)
A crime action drama directed by Bruce Beresford.

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978)
A confronting film about the murder rampage of an Aborigine at the turn of the century directed by Fred Schepisi.

Breaker Morant (1979)
Directed by Bruce Beresford and starring Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters and Bryan Brown.

Stir (1979)
Stephen Wallace's film about a prison riot, which helped make a star of Bryan Brown.

My Brilliant Career (1979)
Based on the Miles Franklin novel, the film made stars of Judy Davis and Sam Neill, directed by Gillian Armstrong.

Mad Max (1979)
Starring Mel Gibson and directed by George Miller, a cult classic.

The Club (1980)
Starring Jack Thompson directed by Bruce Beresford.

Gallipoli (1981)
Directed by Peter Weir.

Puberty Blues (1981)
The mating rituals of two teenage surf chicks from the southern suburbs of Sydney, directed by Bruce Beresford.

Heatwave (1981)
Australian drama directed by Phillip Noyce.

Lonely Hearts (1981)
Directed by Paul Cox.

Winter of Our Dreams (1981)
A drama/romance directed by John Duigan starring Judy Davis and Bryan Brown.

Monkey Grip (1981)
Directed by Ken Cameron starring Noni Hazlehurst and Colin Friels.

The Clinic (1981)
Comedy about a day in the life of workers at a VD clinic, directed by David Stevens.

Mad Max 2 (1981)
Starring Mel Gibson and directed by George Miller, follow up to the cult classic that is Mad Max.

Starstruck (1982)
Comedy musical directed by Gillian Armstrong.

The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
Directed by Peter Weir starring Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver.

The Man From Snowy River (1982)
Adaptation of Banjo Patterson's poem directed by George Miller starring Kirk Douglas.

Careful, He Might Hear You (1983)
Directed by Carl Schultz starring Wendy Hughes.

Man of Flowers (1983)
Directed by Paul Cox.

Phar Lap: Heart of a Nation (1983)
True story of the champion Australian racehorse. Directed by Simon Wincer.

My First Wife (1984)
Directed by Paul Cox starring John Hargreaves and Wendy Hughes.

Silver City (1984)
About Polish migrants moving to Australia directed by Sophia Turkiewicz starring Gosia Dobrowolska and Ivar Kants.

The More Things Change (1985)
Australian drama directed by Robyn Nevin starring Judy Morris and Barry Otto.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
Third and the final in the Mad Max series directed by George Miller starring Mel Gibson and Tina Turner.

Bliss (1985)
Adaptation of Peter Carey's novel about the fortunes of an advertising agent who dies and then recovers, directed by Ray Lawrence starring Barry Otto.

Devil in the Flesh (1985)
Based on the novel "Le diable au corps" directed by Scott Murray.

A Street To Die (1985)
Story of a dying Vietnam veteran directed by Bill Bennett.

Backlash (1986)
A road movie with a difference, directed by Bill Bennett.

The Fringe Dwellers (1986)
Story about an Aboriginal family moving into the mainstream of a white society, directed by Bruce Beresford.

Travelling North (1986)
A comedy/drama directed by Carl Schultz starring Leo McKern and Julia Blake.

Malcolm (1986)
A comedy directed by Nadia Tass starring Colin Friels and Lindy Davies.

Cactus (1986)
A drama directed by Paul Cox.

Dogs In Space (1986)
A story about inner-city life in Melbourne in the 1970s directed by Richard Lowenstein starring Michael Hutchence.

Crocodile Dundee (1986)
The blockbuster city meets outback movie directed by Peter Faiman starring Paul Hogan and Linda Kozlowski.

Jilted (1987)
Directed by Bill Bennett.

Shadows of the Peacock (1987)
Drama/romance directed by Phillip Noyce starring Wendy Hughes.

High Tide (1987)
Drama directed by Gillian Armstrong starring Judy Davis, Claudia Karvan and Frankie J. Holden.

The Year My Voice Broke (1987)
Drama about puberty via a boy in rural Australia directed by John Duigan.

A Cry from the Dark (1988)
Based on the Lindy Chamberlain case and book Evil Angels, directed by Fred Schepisi starring Meryl Streep and Sam Neill.

Dead Calm (1988)
Horror/thriller directed by Phillip Noyce starring Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill and Billy Zane.

Rikky and Pete (1988)
A comedy/drama directed by Nadia Tass.

The Delinquents (1989)
Drama/romamnce directed by Chris Thomson starring Kylie Minogue.

Sweetie (1989)
Directed by Jane Campion.

Flirting (1990)
Directed by John Duigan starring Nicole Kidman.

Till There Was You (1990)
Directed by John Seale starring Mark Harmon.

Death in Brunswick (1990)
Comedy directed by John Ruane starring Sam Neill.

Golden Braid (1990)
Drama directed by Paul Cox.

The Big Steal (1990)
Australian comedy directed by Nadia Tass.

A Woman's Tale (1991)
Drama directed by Paul Cox.

Black Robe (1991)
A Canadian-Australian co-production, adventure/drama directed by Bruce Beresford starring Lothaire Bluteau.

The Last Days of Chez Nous (1991)
A comedy drama directed by Gillian Armstrong starring Lisa Harrow, Bruno Ganz and Miranda Otto.

Proof (1991)
Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse starring Hugo Weaving.

The Nun and the Bandit (1992)
Directed by Paul Cox starring Gosia Dobrowolska and Chris Haywood.

Strictly Ballroom (1992)
The smash hit comedy/romance directed by Baz Luhrmann starring Paul Mercurio, Tara Morice and Bill Hunter.

The Piano (1993)
Directed by Jane Campion starring Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill and Anna Paquin.

Bad Boy Bubby (1993)
Comedy drama directed by Rolf de Heer.

Sirens (1994)
Comedy/drama directed by John Duigan starring Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald, Sam Neill, Elle Macpherson, Portia de Rossi and Kate Fischer.

Exile (1994)
Directed by Paul Cox.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
A road movie with a difference! A comedy drama featuring two drag queens and a transsexual whol hold a performance a town in the middle of outback Australia. Directed by Stephan Elliot, starring Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce, Bill Hunter and a cast of well known Australian actors.

Eternity (1994)
Directed by Lawrence Johnston.

Muriel's Wedding (1994)
Directed by P J Hogan, starring Toni Collette, Rachael Griffiths & Bill Hunter.

Sirens (1994)
Directed by John Duigan, starring Hugh Grant, Sam Niel, Elle McPherson, Portia de Rossi, Kate Fischer & Tara Fitzgerald. A comedy drama that challenges religous morality.

Babe (1995)
The little pig that could! A pig (babe) raised by sheep dogs defies the odds and wins a sheep dog trials...Directed by Chris Noonan.

Mr. Reliable (1996)
Directed by Nadia Tass, starring Colin Friels & Jacqueline McKenzie.

Shine (1996)
Biography drama based on a true story of Australian pianist David Helfgott. Directed by Scott Hicks, starring Geoffrey Rush.

Chopper (2000)
Biography and crime thriller based on the life of Mark 'Chopper' Reid. Directed by Andrew Dominik, starring Eric Bana as 'Chopper'.

The Dish (2000)
A humorous look at Australia's role in the Apollo moon landing via the dish at Parkes. Directed by Rob Sitch, starring Sam Neill.

Pitch Black (2001)
Directed by David Twohy, starring Vin Diesel.

Lantana (2001)
A mystery drama directed by Ray Lawrence, starring Anthony LaPaglia.

Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
An adventure drama set in 1930's Australia. Directed by Phillip Noyce.

Crackerjack (2002)
A comedy set around the takeover of a local bowling club. Directed by Paul Moloney and starring Mick Molloy, Bill Hunter, John Clarke, Judith Lucy and a cast of well known Australian actors.

Ned Kelly (2003)
An action adventure about the life of the legendary Australian Bushranger. Directed by Gregor Jordan, starring Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom & Geoffrey Rush.

Look Both Ways (2005)
A drama romance directed by Sarah Watt, featuring Mary Kostakidis.

Little Fish (2005)
Directed by Rowan Woods. Starring Cate Blanchett, Sam Neill, Hugo Weaving, Martin Henderson, Noni Hazlehurst, Dustin Nguyen, Joel Tobeck & Lisa McCune.

The Proposition (2005)
A crime drama directed by John Hillcoat, written by Nick Cave starring Guy Pearce.

Wolf Creek (2005)
A horror story based on backpackers stranded in remote Australia, directed by Greg Mclean.

Ten Canoes (2006)
A story set in Australia's Norther Territory, directed by Rolf de Heer & Peter Djigirr.

Candy (2006)
A romance drama directed by Neil Armfield, starring Abbie Cornish, Heath Ledger & Geoffrey Rush.

Suburban Mayhem (2006)
Directed by Paul Goldman.

The Jammed (2007)
A drama thriller directed by Dee McLachlan.

The Home Song Stories (2007)
A drama directed by Tony Ayres.

The Black Balloon (2008)
A drama directed by Elissa Down, starring Rhys Wakefield, Luke Ford & Toni Collette.

The Square (2008)
A thriller directed by Nash Edgerton, starring David Roberts, Claire van der Boom & Joel Edgerton.

Australia (2008)
An adventure drama directed by Baz Luhrmann set in pre World War II Australia, starring Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Bryan Brown, Jack Thompson, Bill Hunter and an array of well known Australian actors.

For a complete list visit the Australian Movies site which contains a list of over 1000 films. Also see Australian Screen - ASO.gov.au which provides a large database of Australia's film, audio and visual heritage made accessible online.

Movies by Year (at AustralianMovies.net)