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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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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 »
8. Breaker Morant (1980)
PG | 107 min | Drama, History, War
Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers.
Votes: 11,705 | Gross: $7.14M
Bold, uncompromising and completely compelling filmmaking.
11. Tender Mercies (1983)
PG | 92 min | Drama, Music
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.
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 »
Votes: 2,002 | Gross: $4.80M
The film is stuffed with anonymous, identically bearded faces, and it drowns in them.
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 »
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
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?
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
An old Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur in the American South have a relationship that grows and improves over the years.
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.
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.
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 »
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.
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.
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.
Votes: 3,833 | Gross: $5.86M
“Last Dance,” comes across as earnest but unoriginal.
24. Paradise Road (1997)
R | 122 min | Drama, History, War
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.
Votes: 4,982 | Gross: $1.92M
The movie is an anecdote, not a story.
26. Double Jeopardy (1999)
R | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Sporadically intriguing yet thoroughly mediocre.
30. Mao's Last Dancer (2009)
PG | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Music
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.
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
An uptight New York City lawyer takes her two teenagers to her hippie mother's farmhouse upstate for a family vacation.
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
"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.
Votes: 24,566 | Gross: $0.69M
Murphy is a revelation.
33. Ladies in Black (2018)
PG | 109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.