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1. Unforgiven (1992)

R | 130 min | Drama, Western

8.2
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85 Metascore

Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny (Clint Eastwood) reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) and a young man, The "Schofield Kid" (Jaimz Woolvett).

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Richard Harris

Votes: 349,599 | Gross: $101.16M

2. The Mission (1986)

PG | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.4
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55 Metascore

Eighteenth century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.

Director: Roland Joffé | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally, Aidan Quinn

Votes: 52,465 | Gross: $17.22M

3. Muriel's Wedding (1994)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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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: 32,860 | Gross: $15.19M

4. Turkish Ice-Cream (2019)

120 min | Drama, History, War

6.6
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The two Turks went to Australia. They provide their livelihood by selling ice-cream with a wheelbarrow and camel show in festivals. In 1915 they learned that there was a war in the country.... See full summary »

Director: Can Ulkay | Stars: Ali Atay, Erkan Kolçak Köstendil, Sebnem Bozoklu, Will Thorp

Votes: 1,608

5. Shaka Zulu (1986)

300 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.8
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A historical account on the life of the Zulu King Shaka.

Stars: Edward Fox, Robert Powell, Trevor Howard, Fiona Fullerton

Votes: 2,696

6. The Castle (1997)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Drama

7.7
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A working-class family from Melbourne, Australia fights city hall after being told they must vacate their beloved family home to allow for infrastructural expansion.

Director: Rob Sitch | Stars: Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Stephen Curry, Anthony Simcoe

Votes: 14,073 | Gross: $0.86M

7. Goldstone (2016)

R | 110 min | Crime, Thriller

6.4
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78 Metascore

Indigenous Detective Jay Swan arrives in the frontier town of Goldstone on a missing persons inquiry. What seems like a simple light duty investigation opens a web of crime and corruption. ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Sen | Stars: Aaron Pedersen, Alex Russell, Jacki Weaver, David Wenham

Votes: 3,702 | Gross: $0.09M

8. Around the Block (2013)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama

6.8
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An Aboriginal boy is torn between his unexpected love of acting and the disintegration of his family.

Director: Sarah Spillane | Stars: Hunter Page-Lochard, Christina Ricci, Aaron L. McGrath, Elias Reese

Votes: 1,457

9. The Secret River (2015)

Adventure, Drama, History

7.2
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In 1806, William Thornhill is sentenced to New South Wales for life where he is drawn into a terrifying conflict that will leave a bloody and indelible stain.

Stars: Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Sarah Snook, Lachy Hulme, Tim Minchin

Votes: 457

10. Mental (2012)

Not Rated | 116 min | Comedy, Drama

6.2
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42 Metascore

A charismatic, crazy hothead transforms a family's life when she becomes the nanny of five girls whose mother has cracked from her husband's political ambitions and his infidelity.

Director: P.J. Hogan | Stars: Toni Collette, Anthony LaPaglia, Liev Schreiber, Rebecca Gibney

Votes: 4,702 | Gross: $0.02M

11. Red Hill (2010)

R | 95 min | Thriller, Western

6.4
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62 Metascore

A young police officer must survive his first day's duty in a small country town.

Director: Patrick Hughes | Stars: Ryan Kwanten, Steve Bisley, Tommy Lewis, Claire van der Boom

Votes: 7,945 | Gross: $0.02M

12. Charlie's Country (2013)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama

7.2
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75 Metascore

Displeased with the intervention of whitefella laws, Charlie takes off to live the old way and sets off a chain reaction of enlightening difficulties.

Director: Rolf de Heer | Stars: David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford, Lizzie Durrurrnga

Votes: 1,800

13. Black Comedy (2014–2018)

Comedy

7.1
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A sketch comedy show featuring Indigenous Australian writers and performers.

Stars: Aaron Fa'aoso, Nakkiah Lui, Elizabeth Wymarra, Matt Day

Votes: 168

14. The White Dawn (1974)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.0
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In 1896, three whalers are stranded in the Arctic North Canada and seek refuge with an Eskimo tribe. Gradually, they gain control with the Eskimo village and introduce gambling, booze, ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms, Louis Gossett Jr., Joanasie Salamonie

Votes: 640

15. Cape No. 7 (2008)

129 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

6.9
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A unusual group of people in a village on the coast of Taiwan form a band to perform at a beach concert, while the lead singer searches for the intended recipient of 7 lost love letters.

Director: Te-Sheng Wei | Stars: Van Fan, Chie Tanaka, Min-Hsiung, Wei-min Ying

Votes: 3,559

16. Jedda the Uncivilized (1955)

101 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.2
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Set against the harsh natural surrounds of outback Northern Territory, Jedda captures a rare and honest glimpse into the heart and history of indigenous Australia. Young Jedda is caught ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Chauvel | Stars: Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, Robert Tudawali, Betty Suttor, Paul Reynall

Votes: 256

17. In a Savage Land (1999)

Not Rated | 115 min | Adventure, Drama

6.3
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Two married anthropologists go to an island off of Papua New Guinea for field research.

Director: Bill Bennett | Stars: Rufus Sewell, Martin Donovan, Maya Stange, Max Cullen

Votes: 420

18. Spear (2015)

84 min | Drama

6.6
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Djali,a young Aboriginal man journeys through his community to understand what it means to be a man with ancient traditions in a modern world.

Director: Stephen Page | Stars: Aaron Pedersen, Djakapurra Munyarryun, Waangenga Blanco, Kaine Sultan-Babij

Votes: 84

19. Servant or Slave (2016 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.8
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Bringing to light the heartbreaking experiences of Rita Wright, Rita Wenberg, Violet West, Adelaide Wenberg and Valerie Linow, Servant or Slave is a film of courage, strength and the ... See full summary »

Director: Steven McGregor | Stars: Cheyenne Cruse, Valerie Linow, Adelaide Wenberg, Rita Wenberg

Votes: 25

20. Black and White (2002)

99 min | Drama

6.6
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Recreation of the landmark 1958 South Australian Court trial of young aboriginal Max Stuart.

Director: Craig Lahiff | Stars: Robert Carlyle, Charles Dance, Kerry Fox, David Ngoombujarra

Votes: 671

21. One Night the Moon (2001)

57 min | Drama, Musical, Mystery

6.9
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Based on the true story of a young girl who went missing in the Australian outback in 1932.

Director: Rachel Perkins | Stars: Kaarin Fairfax, Paul Kelly, Kelton Pell, Memphis Kelly

Votes: 308

22. Dead Heart (1996)

104 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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A no holds barred look into the gaping divisions which exist within an Aboriginal settlement in outback Australia. These separations split the inhabitants, straining relationships until something has to give.

Director: Nick Parsons | Stars: Bryan Brown, Ernie Dingo, Angie Milliken, Gnarnayarrahe Waitairie

Votes: 247

23. Australia: The Story of Us (2014–2015)

Documentary, History

6.7
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The series looks back at some of the people, places and events that have shaped the country over the last 40,000 years.

Stars: Richard Roxburgh, Tim Flannery, Tim Costello, Andrew O'Keefe

Votes: 53

24. Mabo (2012 TV Movie)

Biography, Drama

7.1
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Mabo tells the story of one of Australia's national heroes - Eddie Koiki Mabo, the Torres Strait Islander who left school at age 15, yet spearheaded the High Court challenge that overthrew the fiction of terra nullius.

Director: Rachel Perkins | Stars: Jimi Bani, Deborah Mailman, Ewen Leslie, Tom Budge

Votes: 260

25. Starlight (1996)

100 min | Sci-Fi

2.0
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Adrianna (Chong) is a beautiful alien woman who has come to Earth in search of a half alien man (Wirth). She needs him to help her defeat the evil alien Pallas, who himself is out to kill her.

Director: Jonathon Kay | Stars: Rae Dawn Chong, Billy Wirth, Willie Nelson, Jim Byrnes

Votes: 139

26. Yolngu Boy (2001)

88 min | Adventure, Drama

6.4
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Lorrpu, Botj and Milika are three Yolngu (Aboriginal) teenagers who once shared a childhood dream of becoming great hunters together. But as teenagers they changed: Botj did bad things ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Johnson | Stars: John Sebastian Pilakui, Nathan Daniels, Sean Mununggurr, Lirrina Mununggurr

Votes: 309

27. Mad Bastards (2010)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

6.6
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TJ's quest to find the son he's never known, takes him on a journey across the remote and stunning Kimberley landscape. On the road, TJ questions his life of violence... he meets a host of ... See full summary »

Director: Brendan Fletcher | Stars: Dean Daley-Jones, Lucas Yeeda, Greg Tait, Ngaire Pigram

Votes: 431

28. The Magic Boomerang (1965–1966)

30 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

8.4
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A boy has a boomerang and when he throws it everything around him stopped,except him ,so he can do whatever we wants, including stopping crime.

Stars: David Morgan, Telford Jackson, Penelope Shelton, Rodney Pearlman

Votes: 45

29. The Commitments (2016)

100 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

7.7
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A musical with Soul, is an original musical based on the shared histories of Garlambirla, otherwise known as Coffs Harbour, on the mid-north coast of New South Wales.

Directors: Madge Hair, Simon Smith | Stars: Regan Arnold, Kiara Bale, Jessica Beehag, Mikaela Brown-Hickson

Votes: 13

30. Two Soft things, Two Hard Things (2016)

71 min | Documentary, History, News

6.4
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Not the only gay 'Eskimo'.

Directors: Mark Kenneth Woods, Michael Yerxa | Stars: Jack Anawak, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Allison Brewer, Franco Buscemi

Votes: 357

31. The Experimental Eskimos (2009)

70 min | Documentary

8.5
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In the early 1960s the Canadian government conducted an experiment in social engineering. Three young Inuit boys were separated from their families in the Arctic and were sent to Ottawa, ... See full summary »

Director: Barry Greenwald | Stars: Peter Ittinuar, Zebedee Nungak, Eric Tagoona

Votes: 21

32. Boy in the Bush (1984)

240 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.5
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In the 1880s, Jack Grant, a young Englishman, has been sent by his parents to make a new life in the pioneering colony of Western Australia.

Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Sigrid Thornton, Steve Bisley, Jon Blake

Votes: 19

33. Cunnamulla (2000)

82 min | Documentary

7.0
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Cunnamulla, 800 kilometres west of Brisbane, is the end of the railway line. In the months leading up to a scorching Christmas in the bush, there's a lot more going on than the annual ... See full summary »

Director: Dennis O'Rourke

Votes: 152

34. David Bowie: Let's Dance (1983 Video)

4 min | Short, Drama, Music

7.5
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A promotional video for David Bowie's 1983 hit single "Let's Dance."

Director: David Mallet | Star: David Bowie

Votes: 514

35. Spike Up (2007)

Short, Crime, Drama

6.9
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Steve Barker is a veteran police officer struggling to find any self-respect or connection with his young family.

Director: Anthony Maras | Stars: Roy Billing, Jake Chamberlin, Mark Constable, Lisa Flanagan

Votes: 33

36. Over the Hill (1992)

PG | 99 min | Drama, Romance

6.1
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Alma can't stand to have one more birthday without seeing her estranged daughter, Elizabeth, who lives in Sydney, Australia. But Alma doesn't fit into her daughter's political-hostess life ... See full summary »

Director: George Miller | Stars: Olympia Dukakis, Sigrid Thornton, Derek Fowlds, Bill Kerr

Votes: 133

37. Initiation (1987)

92 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

4.8
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After the death of his mother, teenage Danny visits his father Matt Malloy on a lonesome farm in Australia, where he lives with a girlfriend and her daughter Stevie. The farm has been going... See full summary »

Director: Michael Pearce | Stars: Bruno Lawrence, Rodney Harvey, Arna-Maria Winchester, Miranda Otto

Votes: 111

38. RAN: Remote Area Nurse (2006)

Drama

8.7
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The series follows the life of Helen Tremain, the Remote Area Nurse, charged with providing medical services to the remote Torres Strait Islanders community.

Stars: Susie Porter, Charles Passi, Billy Mitchell, Charles Asai

Votes: 54

39. A Waltz Through the Hills (1988 TV Movie)

122 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.2
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Two Australian orphans undertake a dangerous overland journey towards a ship bound for England-and their only surviving relatives. They are helped along the way by an Aboriginal man who helps them live off the land and avoid detection.

Director: Frank Arnold | Stars: Dan O'Herlihy, Ernie Dingo, Andre Jansen, Tina Kemp

Votes: 61

40. Ghost (I) (2016)

18 min | Short, Drama, History

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Ghost is a re-imagining of convict William Buckley's first contact with the indigenous Australian's.

Director: Jp O'Brien | Stars: Travis Jeffery, Clarence Ryan, Gregory J. Fryer

41. Diamonds Down Under

Comedy, Drama | Announced

A young Aboriginal sportsman in Australia meets an American baseball player and learns that the two are tied together in a much larger fate.

Director: Brett Leonard | Stars: Nicky Whelan, Jack Thompson, Casey Bond, Michael Scovotti

42. The Curse (1973)

100 min | Drama

6.8
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An old man who works for a landlord brings a young worker to paint the house for him. The old landlord is alcoholic and has a young wife and together they manage a ranch. Little by little ... See full summary »

Director: Naser Taghvai | Stars: Mohammad Taghi Kahnemoui, Fakhri Khorvash, Jamshid Mashayekhi, Behrouz Vossoughi

Votes: 69

43. Tkaronto (2007)

105 min | Drama

6.2
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Ray and Jolene come to the city in search of new answers to old age questions. They walk away with themselves.

Director: Shane Belcourt | Stars: Melanie McLaren, Duane Murray, Lorne Cardinal, Cheri Maracle

Votes: 19

44. Wolf Canyon (2009 TV Movie)

22 min | Comedy

7.8
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Isolated from any urban contact, the dysfunctional TV cast and crew of a third-rate syndicated action series "Wolf Canyon", fight spirit numbing boredom and madness in their makeshift trailer town on a Native reservation.

Director: Allan Harmon | Stars: Kevin Sorbo, Lorne Cardinal, Nikki Payne, Barbara Tyson

Votes: 61

45. Ayaa: A Hero's Journey (2008)

48 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.8
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The story of an Aboriginal Veteran who has discovered the woman next door is the child who's life he saved in Holland in WWII.

Director: Jason Margolis | Stars: Charlotte McAren-Cayer, Anneke Mercks-Sayer, Justin Rain, Albert Thomas

Votes: 5

46. Elements (2018)

25 min | Documentary | Completed

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A unique journey into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Culture and Country through the four elements of Earth, Water, Wind and Fire.

47. Green Bush (2005)

27 min | Short, Drama

7.5
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An Australian Aboriginal DJ realizes that his job at the country radio station is about more than just playing music

Director: Warwick Thornton | Stars: Ted Egan, Audrey Martin, David Page, Leo Jampinjinpa Wayne

Votes: 53

48. Naked Under Capricorn (1989 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

6.9
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A man is befriended by Indigenous Australians and becomes a cattle tycoon. The movie is based on the novel by Olaf Ruhen.

Director: Rob Stewart | Stars: Nigel Havers, Noni Hazlehurst, David Gulpilil, John Jarratt

Votes: 7

49. Ace of Spades (2012)

13 min | Short, Mystery, Thriller

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The film is a contemporary re-imagining of an Aboriginal Australian story, where two young filmmakers travel to a rural Mission town to discover the truth behind the story of the 'Ace of Spades'.

Director: Dennis Simmons | Stars: Kylie Bracknell, Mark Coles Smith, Neil Coyne, Cezera Critti-Schnaars

50. Frontier (1997)

History

8.2
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A three-part historical series charting the development of European policy towards Australian Aborigines from 1788 to 1938.

Stars: Hugo Weaving, Jerome Ehlers, Chris Haywood, Patrick Blackwell

Votes: 10



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