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1. The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972)

R | 114 min | Comedy

Young Australian, Barry McKenzie, travels to England with his Aunt Edna after his father dies and a request is revealed in his will.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Barry Crocker, Barry Humphries, Spike Milligan, Peter Cook

Votes: 696

2. Barry McKenzie Holds His Own (1974)

93 min | Comedy

Barry McKenzie's Aunt Edna is kidnapped by Count Von Plasma, the vampire head of an isolated Eastern European dictatorship who mistakes her for the Queen of England and thinks that ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Barry Crocker, Barry Humphries, Donald Pleasence, Ed Devereaux

Votes: 226

3. Side by Side (1975)

84 min | Comedy, Music

Two clubs sitting side by side (hence the title) are trying to out do each other.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Barry Humphries, Stephanie De Sykes, Billy Boyle, Dave Mount

Votes: 41

4. Don's Party (1976)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Drama

Don is a schoolteacher living with his wife Kath and baby son in suburban Melbourne. On the night of the 1969 federal election he invites a small group of friends to celebrate a predicted ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: John Hargreaves, Pat Bishop, Graham Kennedy, Veronica Lang

Votes: 1,043

5. 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: 372

6. Money Movers (1978)

R | 92 min | Crime, Action, Thriller

An armoured car company is the target of repeated heists. Company leadership is enforcing new measures in order to tighten security. The biggest danger of a new heist lies from within the company's own ranks.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Terence Donovan, Tony Bonner, Ed Devereaux, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell

Votes: 405

7. Blue Fin (1978)

PG | 88 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Based on the children's novel by celebrated South Australian author 'Colin Thiele', this is an emotional father and son story about tuna fishing of Southern Blue Fin tuna in South ... See full summary »

Directors: Carl Schultz, Bruce Beresford | Stars: Hardy Krüger, Greg Rowe, John Jarratt, Liddy Clark

Votes: 186

8. Breaker Morant (1980)

PG | 107 min | Drama, History, War

72 Metascore

Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Edward Woodward, Jack Thompson, John Waters, Bryan Brown

Votes: 11,705 | Gross: $7.14M

Bold, uncompromising and completely compelling filmmaking.

9. The Club (1980)

PG | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

Boardroom and dressing-room intrigues spill on to the field at the Australian Rules football club.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Jack Thompson, Graham Kennedy, Frank Wilson, Harold Hopkins

Votes: 878

10. Puberty Blues (1981)

R | 87 min | Comedy, Drama

The mating rituals of two teenage surf chicks from the southern suburbs of Sydney.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Nell Schofield, Jad Capelja, Jeffrey Rhoe, Tony Hughes

Votes: 1,069 | Gross: $0.24M

11. Tender Mercies (1983)

PG | 92 min | Drama, Music

76 Metascore

A broken-down, middle-aged country singer gets a new wife, reaches out to his long-lost daughter, and tries to put his troubled life back together.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Robert Duvall, Tess Harper, Betty Buckley, Wilford Brimley

Votes: 8,933 | Gross: $8.44M

An anti-Hollywood drama that glitters in its subdued form because it's a real gem.

12. King David (1985)

PG-13 | 114 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Israel circa 1,000 B.C. The adult life of David, who would eventually become King of Israel, is presented. The blessing of the Prophets, as the voice of God, is required before the King can... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Richard Gere, Edward Woodward, Alice Krige, Denis Quilley

Votes: 2,002 | Gross: $4.80M

The film is stuffed with anonymous, identically bearded faces, and it drowns in them.

13. The Fringe Dwellers (1986)

PG | 98 min | Drama

Story of an aboriginal family who tries to move out of the fringe into the main white community.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Kristina Nehm, Justine Saunders, Bob Maza, Kylie Belling

Votes: 340 | Gross: $0.15M

14. Crimes of the Heart (1986)

PG-13 | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

Three sisters with quite different personalities and lives reunite when the youngest of them, Babe, has just shot her husband. The oldest sister, Lenny, takes care of their grandfather and ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard

Votes: 3,525 | Gross: $22.91M

There are moments when the movie doesn't seem to know where it's going, but for once that's a good thing because the uncertainty almost always ends with some kind of a delightful, weird surprise.

15. Aria (1987)

R | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Ten short pieces directed by ten different directors, including Ken Russell, Jean-Luc Godard, Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, and Nicolas Roeg. Each short uses an aria as soundtrack/sound (... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Altman, Bruce Beresford, Bill Bryden, Jean-Luc Godard, Derek Jarman, Franc Roddam, Nicolas Roeg, Ken Russell, Charles Sturridge, Julien Temple | Stars: John Hurt, Theresa Russell, Stephanie Lane, Roy Hyatt

Votes: 2,498 | Gross: $1.03M

I am not sure that any indispensable statement about opera has been made here, and purists will no doubt recoil by the irreverence of some of the images. But the film is fun almost as a satire of itself.

16. Her Alibi (1989)

PG | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

24 Metascore

Phil has writer's block after 30 detective novels. In court for inspiration, he sees a cute Romanian murder suspect. He provides her alibi. She stays with him. Will he live to write another novel?

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Tom Selleck, Paulina Porizkova, William Daniels, James Farentino

Votes: 6,600 | Gross: $18.70M

You know a movie is in trouble when you start looking at your watch. You know it's in bad trouble when you start shaking your watch because you think it might have stopped.

17. Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

PG | 99 min | Drama

81 Metascore

An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd, Patti LuPone

Votes: 95,216 | Gross: $106.59M

Warm and smartly paced, and boasting impeccable performances from Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy.

18. Mister Johnson (1990)

PG-13 | 101 min | Drama

In 1923, a local resident of British Colonial Nigeria tries to be equal with the colonial administration.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Edward Woodward, Maynard Eziashi, Beatie Edney

Votes: 902 | Gross: $1.46M

I have seen "Mister Johnson" two times, and both times I admired its sense of time and place, and the thoughtful performances of Eziashi, Brosnan and Woodward.

19. Black Robe (1991)

R | 101 min | Drama, History, War

In the 17th century, a Jesuit missionary nicknamed Black Robe by the natives and his small party of companions try reaching the Huron tribe in Canada all while facing mistrust, Iroquois warring parties and harsh winter conditions.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Aden Young, Sandrine Holt, August Schellenberg

Votes: 6,113 | Gross: $8.21M

A demanding film filled with complexities and meant for the discriminating viewer.

20. Rich in Love (1992)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

Charleston, South Carolina. The Odoms have lived a life of the traditions of the American south in their longtime, large family beach front home. That tradition is turned upside down when ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Albert Finney, Jill Clayburgh, Kathryn Erbe, Kyle MacLachlan

Votes: 755 | Gross: $2.15M

Not much believing the story, by the way, didn't diminish my enjoyment one bit.

21. A Good Man in Africa (1994)

R | 94 min | Comedy

In a West African nation, the womanizing British 1st Secretary of the High Commissioner deals with different issues.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Colin Friels, Sean Connery, Joanne Whalley, John Lithgow

Votes: 2,280 | Gross: $2.31M

"A Good Man in Africa" has some politically incorrect things to say, and needs to say them in a certain tone to get away with them.

22. Silent Fall (1994)

R | 101 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

An autistic boy witnesses his parents' double murder. A controversial therapist seeks to probe the child's mind in order to solve the case.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Linda Hamilton, John Lithgow, J.T. Walsh

Votes: 3,498 | Gross: $3.18M

So predictable that you would almost swear you'd seen it before.

23. Last Dance (1996)

R | 103 min | Drama, Thriller

A lawyer assigned to the clemency case of a woman on death row finds himself forming a deep friendship with her while he tries to prevent her impending execution.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Sharon Stone, Rob Morrow, Randy Quaid, Peter Gallagher

Votes: 3,833 | Gross: $5.86M

“Last Dance,” comes across as earnest but unoriginal.

24. Paradise Road (1997)

R | 122 min | Drama, History, War

48 Metascore

A group of women who are imprisoned on the island of Sumatra by the Japanese during World War II use music as relieve their misery.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Glenn Close, Frances McDormand, Pauline Collins, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 4,982 | Gross: $1.92M

The movie is an anecdote, not a story.

25. Sydney: A Story of a City (1999)

45 min | Short, Drama

Virginia, a young and adventurous woman, travels from England to Sydney, Australia, in search of her Australian ancestors.

Directors: Bruce Beresford, Geoff Burton | Stars: Paul Barry, Lucy Bell, Phil Gerlach, Paul Mercurio

Votes: 19

26. Double Jeopardy (1999)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

40 Metascore

A woman framed for her husband's murder suspects he is still alive; as she has already been tried for the crime, she can't be re-prosecuted if she finds and kills him.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Ashley Judd, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Greenwood, Benjamin Weir

Votes: 69,569 | Gross: $116.74M

A talented cast fails to save this unremarkable thriller.

27. Bride of the Wind (2001)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Music

35 Metascore

This movie is a biopic of Alma Mahler, the wife of composer Gustav Mahler (as well as Walter Gropius and Franz Werfel), and the mistress of Oskar Kokoschka.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Sarah Wynter, Vincent Perez, Jonathan Pryce, Simon Verhoeven

Votes: 614 | Gross: $0.42M

Bride of the Wind drags for its length, and Alma, rather than being the proto-feminist the film wants her to be, comes across more as a dilettante of mediocre talent.

28. Evelyn (2002)

PG | 94 min | Drama

55 Metascore

Desmond's wife leaves him and their 3 kids after Christmas 1953. Unemployed in Dublin, the authorities place the kids in orphanages. Employed again, Desmond tries to get his kids back.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Julianna Margulies, Aidan Quinn, Sophie Vavasseur

Votes: 6,178 | Gross: $1.48M

Though predictable and sometimes overly sentimental, Evelyn still manages to be heartwarming.

29. The Contract (2006)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A father and his son attempt to bring in an assassin to the authorities, but his dangerous associates have other plans.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: John Cusack, Morgan Freeman, Jamie Anderson, Alice Krige

Votes: 22,915

Sporadically intriguing yet thoroughly mediocre.

30. Mao's Last Dancer (2009)

PG | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Music

55 Metascore

In Maoist China, a boy is taken from his family and trained to become a dancer, but everything he knows is challenged when he is chosen to attend a ballet summer school in Houston, Texas.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Chi Cao, Bruce Greenwood, Kyle MacLachlan, Penne Hackforth-Jones

Votes: 7,237 | Gross: $4.81M

Too often, though, the film plods along on the ground.

31. Peace, Love & Misunderstanding (2011)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

45 Metascore

An uptight New York City lawyer takes her two teenagers to her hippie mother's farmhouse upstate for a family vacation.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Elizabeth Olsen, Nat Wolff

Votes: 7,710 | Gross: $0.54M

Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding produces many unintentional laughs with its absurdly contrived plot and cheery insistence that everything is just super.

32. Mr. Church (2016)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Drama

37 Metascore

"Mr. Church" tells the story of a unique friendship that develops when a little girl and her dying mother retain the services of a talented cook - Henry Joseph Church. What begins as a six month arrangement instead spans into fifteen years and creates a family bond that lasts forever.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Britt Robertson, Natascha McElhone, Xavier Samuel

Votes: 24,566 | Gross: $0.69M

Murphy is a revelation.

33. Ladies in Black (2018)

PG | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

Adapted from the bestselling novel by Madeleine St John, Ladies in Black is an alluring and tender-hearted comedy drama about the lives of a group of department store employees in 1959 Sydney.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Julia Ormond, Angourie Rice, Rachael Taylor, Alison McGirr

Votes: 4,685



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