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1. The Piano (1993)

R | 121 min | Drama, Music, Romance

89 Metascore

In the mid-19th century, a mute woman is sent to New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but is soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill, Anna Paquin

Votes: 75,663 | Gross: $40.16M

2. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Mystery

81 Metascore

During a rural summer picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Rachel Roberts, Anne-Louise Lambert, Vivean Gray, Helen Morse

Votes: 31,707 | Gross: $0.23M

3. My Brilliant Career (1979)

G | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

A young independent woman who lives with her grandmother and aunt in the countryside rebels against being pressured into marriage and chooses to solely focus on having a career as a writer. Nevertheless, two suitors propose to her.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes, Robert Grubb

Votes: 3,493

4. Oscar and Lucinda (1997)

R | 132 min | Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

In mid-1800s England, Oscar is a young Anglican priest, a misfit and an outcast, but with the soul of an angel. As a boy, even though from a strict Pentecostal family, he felt God told him ... See full summary »

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett, Ciarán Hinds, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 6,309 | Gross: $1.51M

5. Heavenly Creatures (1994)

R | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Two teenage girls share a unique bond; their parents, concerned that the friendship is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent

Votes: 57,246 | Gross: $3.05M

6. An Angel at My Table (1990)

R | 158 min | Biography, Drama

Janet Frame was a brilliant child who, as a teen, was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia. Explore Janet's discovery of the world and her life in Europe as her books are published to acclaim.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson, Iris Churn

Votes: 6,239 | Gross: $1.05M

7. The Getting of Wisdom (1977)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

Oscar-nominated director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Tender Mercies) crafts a tender coming-of-age tale that introduces one of Australian literature's most beloved characters to ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Julia Blake, Dorothy Bradley, Kay Eklund, Max Fairchild

Votes: 368

8. Sirens (1994)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

When a painting is termed blasphemous, a young minister and his wife visit the artist... and the three sexually playful models living with him.

Director: John Duigan | Stars: Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald, Sam Neill, Elle Macpherson

Votes: 9,697 | Gross: $7.77M

9. Adore (2013)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

37 Metascore

A pair of childhood friends and neighbors fall for each other's sons.

Director: Anne Fontaine | Stars: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville

Votes: 30,882 | Gross: $0.32M

10. Top of the Lake (2013– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Obsessed with the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave detective will find herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay.

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, David Wenham, Peter Mullan, Thomas M. Wright

Votes: 30,729

11. The Hunter (IV) (2011)

R | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

63 Metascore

Martin, a mercenary, is sent from Europe by a mysterious biotech company to the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for the last Tasmanian tiger.

Director: Daniel Nettheim | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill, Morgan Davies, Jacek Koman

Votes: 35,533 | Gross: $0.18M

12. The Boys Are Back (2009)

PG-13 | 104 min | Drama

57 Metascore

A sports writer becomes a single parent in tragic circumstances.

Director: Scott Hicks | Stars: Clive Owen, Emma Booth, Laura Fraser, George MacKay

Votes: 9,745 | Gross: $0.81M

13. The Tree (I) (2010)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

After the death of her father, an 8-year-old girl becomes convinced that he is whispering to her through the leaves of the gargantuan tree that towers over her house.

Director: Julie Bertuccelli | Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Morgan Davies, Marton Csokas, Christian Byers

Votes: 4,274 | Gross: $0.07M

14. My Year Without Sex (2009)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama

A tender story from Australia highlights the realistic ups and downs of an Australian family in the year following a parent's emergency medical procedure.

Director: Sarah Watt | Stars: Portia Bradley, Jonathan Segat, Sacha Horler, Matt Day

Votes: 862 | Gross: $0.00M

15. Muriel's Wedding (1994)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

A young social outcast in Australia steals money from her parents to finance a vacation where she hopes to find happiness, and perhaps love.

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, Bill Hunter, Sophie Lee

Votes: 33,523 | Gross: $15.19M

16. The Black Balloon (2008)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

All Thomas wants is a normal adolescence but his autistic brother, Charlie, thwarts his every opportunity. Will Thomas, with the help of his girlfriend, Jackie, accept his brother?

Director: Elissa Down | Stars: Rhys Wakefield, Luke Ford, Toni Collette, Erik Thomson

Votes: 8,368 | Gross: $0.09M

17. Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger (2008)

PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama

A coming-of-age story about a 13-year-old girl trying to fit into both a posh private school and an ordinary public school.

Director: Cathy Randall | Stars: Danielle Catanzariti, Cassandra Jinman, Talia Monaghan, Yen Yen Stender

Votes: 1,355 | Gross: $0.01M

18. Japanese Story (2003)

R | 110 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Against the background of an Australian desert, Sandy, a geologist, and Hiromitsu, a Japanese businessman, play out a story of human inconsequence in the face of the blistering universe. ... See full summary »

Director: Sue Brooks | Stars: Toni Collette, Gotaro Tsunashima, Lynette Curran, Matthew Dyktynski

Votes: 6,126 | Gross: $0.65M

19. Candy (2006)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

A poet falls in love with an art student who gravitates to his bohemian lifestyle -- and his love of heroin. Hooked as much on one another as they are on the drug, their relationship alternates between states of oblivion, self-destruction, and despair.

Director: Neil Armfield | Stars: Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Budge

Votes: 41,844 | Gross: $0.04M

20. Jindabyne (2006)

R | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

65 Metascore

After four men on a fishing trip discover a dead body in the water, they choose to delay reporting it and continue fishing.

Director: Ray Lawrence | Stars: Laura Linney, Gabriel Byrne, John Howard, Stelios Yiakmis

Votes: 6,244 | Gross: $0.40M

21. Somersault (2004)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

A young girl flees her hometown and arrives in the Australian Alps, where new experiences help her learn the differences between sex and love.

Director: Cate Shortland | Stars: Abbie Cornish, Sam Worthington, Lynette Curran, Damian de Montemas

Votes: 7,097 | Gross: $0.09M

22. Shine (1996)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Music

87 Metascore

Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim.

Director: Scott Hicks | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Justin Braine, Sonia Todd

Votes: 49,724 | Gross: $35.81M

23. Sweetie (1989)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

An introspective young woman's life is upturned by the arrival of her maladjusted sister.

Director: Jane Campion | Stars: Geneviève Lemon, Karen Colston, Tom Lycos, Jon Darling

Votes: 3,135 | Gross: $0.94M

24. Walkabout (1971)

GP | 100 min | Adventure, Drama

85 Metascore

Two city-bred siblings are stranded in the Australian Outback, where they learn to survive with the aid of an Aboriginal boy on his "walkabout": a ritual separation from his tribe.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Jenny Agutter, David Gulpilil, Luc Roeg, John Meillon

Votes: 21,645 | Gross: $0.02M

25. The Slap (2011)

Not Rated | 354 min | Drama

Traces the shattering repercussions of a single event upon a group of family and friends. Based on Christos Tsiolkas' best-selling novel.

Stars: Jonathan LaPaglia, Sophie Okonedo, Alex Dimitriades, Essie Davis

Votes: 2,188

26. McLeod's Daughters (2001–2009)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance, Western

Five women run a cattle station, "Drover's Run", in the outback of South Australia.

Stars: Aaron Jeffery, Rachael Carpani, Simmone Mackinnon, Bridie Carter

Votes: 4,452

27. Burning Man (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

An English chef with a chic restaurant on Bondi Beach trying to put his life and his relationship with his son back on track while surrounded by women.

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky | Stars: Matthew Goode, Rachel Griffiths, Bojana Novakovic, Essie Davis

Votes: 3,559

28. Boy (I) (2010)

Not Rated | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: James Rolleston, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Taika Waititi, Moerangi Tihore

Votes: 19,118 | Gross: $0.26M

29. Eagle vs Shark (2007)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Romance

55 Metascore

The tale of two socially-awkward misfits and the strange ways they try to find love: through revenge on high-school bullies, burgers, and video games.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Loren Taylor, Jemaine Clement, Craig Hall, Joel Tobeck

Votes: 21,924 | Gross: $0.22M

30. Me Myself I (1999)

R | 104 min | Comedy, Romance

46 Metascore

Pamela Drury is unhappy and alone. On her birthday she stumbles across a photo of Robert Dickson and wonders what would've happened had she said yes to his proposal. A freak accident causes... See full summary »

Director: Pip Karmel | Stars: Rachel Griffiths, David Roberts, Sandy Winton, Yael Stone

Votes: 2,481 | Gross: $0.57M

31. Ned Kelly (2003)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

56 Metascore

An innocent man becomes one of the most wanted criminals the world has ever known.

Director: Gregor Jordan | Stars: Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Naomi Watts

Votes: 24,879 | Gross: $0.07M

32. The Last Days of Chez Nous (1992)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Vicki returns to her elder sister Beth's house in Australia after an affair in Italy. Beth, with a teenage daughter, has become involved in something of a marriage of convenience with ... See full summary »

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Lisa Harrow, Bruno Ganz, Kerry Fox, Miranda Otto

Votes: 786 | Gross: $0.83M

33. Introducing the Dwights (2007)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

50 Metascore

The shy son of an aging comedienne tries to find a balance between his demanding home life, his new girlfriend, and his mother's second chance at fame.

Director: Cherie Nowlan | Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Khan Chittenden, Emma Booth, Rebecca Gibney

Votes: 1,827 | Gross: $0.38M

34. December Boys (2007)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Romance

56 Metascore

One summer, four orphans boys who have grown to be the closest of friends find themselves competing for the attention of the same family.

Director: Rod Hardy | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Teresa Palmer, Lee Cormie, Christian Byers

Votes: 11,454 | Gross: $0.05M

35. Irresistible (2006)

R | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A wife and mother is consumed by the thought that her husband's co-worker is trying to win him away from her and their family.

Director: Ann Turner | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, Emily Blunt, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell

Votes: 5,673

36. Oyster Farmer (2004)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

51 Metascore

A love story about a young man who runs away up an isolated Australian river and gets a job with eighth generation oyster famers.

Director: Anna Reeves | Stars: Alex O'Loughlin, Jim Norton, Diana Glenn, David Field

Votes: 1,195

37. Peaches (2004)

109 min | Drama

This is the story of teenage girl Steph, who is brought up by her fiery aunt Jude after her pregnant mother Jass and Vietnamese father are killed in a car crash. The arrival of her late ... See full summary »

Director: Craig Monahan | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Jacqueline McKenzie, Emma Lung, Matthew Le Nevez

Votes: 450

38. Whale Rider (2002)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Family

80 Metascore

A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 38,356 | Gross: $20.78M

39. Danny Deckchair (2003)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Romance

56 Metascore

An Aussie becomes a national sensation when he lifts off in his deck chair tied to balloons.

Director: Jeff Balsmeyer | Stars: Rhys Ifans, Miranda Otto, Justine Clarke, Rhys Muldoon

Votes: 4,724 | Gross: $0.16M

40. The Rage in Placid Lake (2003)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy

63 Metascore

An exuberant, sharply satirical comedy about two parentally neglected teenagers who find the courage to believe in themselves

Director: Tony McNamara | Stars: Jordan Brooking, Ben Lee, Rose Byrne, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 2,720

41. A Cry in the Dark (1988)

PG-13 | 120 min | Biography, Drama

A mother whose child was killed in a dingo attack in the Australian Outback fights to prove her innocence when she is accused of murder.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Meryl Streep, Sam Neill, Dale Reeves, David Hoflin

Votes: 8,774 | Gross: $6.91M

42. Little Fish (2005)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

Set in the Little Saigon district outside of Sydney, a woman (Blanchett) trying to escape her past becomes embroiled in a drug deal.

Director: Rowan Woods | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Sam Neill, Hugo Weaving, Martin Henderson

Votes: 8,111 | Gross: $0.01M

43. The Dish (2000)

PG-13 | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, History

74 Metascore

A remote Australian community, populated by quirky characters, plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing.

Director: Rob Sitch | Stars: Sam Neill, Billy Mitchell, Roz Hammond, Christopher-Robin Street

Votes: 14,846 | Gross: $2.25M

44. The Echo of Thunder (1998 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 98 min | Drama

Scenic settings in Australia enhance this Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation, a simple yet engaging tale about a teenage girl's adjustment to a new family.

Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Judy Davis, Jamey Sheridan, Lauren Hewett, Ernie Dingo

Votes: 317

45. Love Serenade (1996)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

In Sunray, a backwater town on Australia's Murray River, there's little to do but fish or listen to the local radio station. D.J. Ken Sherry arrives from the hustle of Brisbane to run the ... See full summary »

Director: Shirley Barrett | Stars: Miranda Otto, Rebecca Frith, George Shevtsov, John Alansu

Votes: 1,379 | Gross: $0.58M

46. The Turning (2013)

R | 180 min | Drama