Life & arts Counting down Australia’s best movies

Counting down Australia’s best movies


Australia has produced some surreal films, many of which revolve around the Australian climate, landscape and way of life. While many classic Australian films have developed cult followings both domestic and abroad, it is difficult for great Aussie films to break into the international arena, primarily because of the Hollywood monopoly. However, some films have proven so successful that such obstacles haven’t held them back.

If you haven’t seen any of these Aussie greats, then you’re seriously missing out!

#4 Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, “Moulin Rouge!” remains the magnum opus of arguably Australia’s most vibrant and colourful director, Baz Luhrmann. It follows the tortured romance between Christian (McGregor) and courtesan, Satine (Kidman), complicated by the treacherous meddling of the Duke, played by Richard Roxborough.

#3 Crocodile Dundee (1986)

Paul Hogan became an Australian icon and an international celebrity after creating “Crocodile Dundee”. For Aussies looking for a taste of classic Aussie larrikinism and charm, this is undoubtedly the film for you.

#2 Animal Kingdom (2010)

Acclaimed and enigmatic film director, Quentin Tarantino, labelled “Animal Kingdom” in his top three films of 2010. It’s Australia’s answer to “The Godfather”, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Loosely based on the crimes of the Pettingill family, who ruled the Melbourne underworld for much of the 1980s, the film is violent, confronting and a must-see for crime film followers.

#1 Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Topping off our list is George Miller’s acclaimed reboot of the Mad Max saga. “Fury Road” was released in 2015 to widespread acclaim and praise, primarily because of its ground-breaking practical effects, extended action scenes, acting, screenplay, score and cinematography. Basically, everything involved in making a film was done well. The film won six Academy Awards from ten nominations and is now regarded as one of the greatest action films of all time. A sequel is also in the works.

Erin Cheel
Erin Cheel
Erin Cheel is a local reporter who writes about a variety of subjects life style related. Education: University of Sydney, BA in economics with a focus on international relations; Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, MA

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