Aussie/N.Z. shows worth a watch

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1. Animal Kingdom (2010)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.

Director: David Michôd | Stars: James Frecheville, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton, Bryce Lindemann

Votes: 51,872 | Gross: $1.04M

2. Bad Taste (1987)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

The population of a small town disappears and is replaced by aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Terry Potter, Pete O'Herne, Craig Smith, Mike Minett

Votes: 41,605

3. Blue Murder (1995)

198 min | Crime, Drama

Detective Sergeant Roger "The Dodger" Rogerson got fame because he knew how to take care of most dangerous and violent criminals. His success was, however, also due to the sinister alliance... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Roxburgh, Tony Martin, Steve Bastoni, Gary Day

Votes: 665

4. 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: 17,007 | Gross: $0.26M

5. Bra Boys (2007)

R | 90 min | Documentary, Sport

55 Metascore

A film about the cultural evolution of the Sydney beach side suburb of Maroubra and the social struggle faced by its youth - the notorious surf gang known as the Bra Boys.

Directors: Sunny Abberton, Macario De Souza | Stars: Russell Crowe, Kelly Slater, Cheyne Horan, Jack Kingsley

Votes: 1,174 | Gross: $0.05M

6. Cedar Boys (2009)

100 min | Crime, Drama

A journey into the lives of young Middle Eastern men from Sydney's outer west with dreams and desires to better themselves and fit in

Director: Serhat Caradee | Stars: Rachael Taylor, Martin Henderson, Bren Foster, Dan Mor

Votes: 495

7. Chopper (2000)

R | 94 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison. His book, "From the Inside", upon which the film is based, was a best-seller.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Eric Bana, Simon Lyndon, Vince Colosimo, Renée Brack

Votes: 34,747 | Gross: $0.23M

8. Gettin' Square (2003)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Barry's released after 8 years prison with good intentions. He looks for work - difficult with a record. Both his kid brother and friend won't stay out of crime.

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky | Stars: Sam Worthington, David Wenham, Timothy Spall, Freya Stafford

Votes: 2,780

9. Gallipoli (1981)

PG | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, History

65 Metascore

Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr, Harold Hopkins

Votes: 34,300 | Gross: $5.73M

10. He Died with a Felafel in His Hand (2001)

Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Romance

A nightmare chase through hell in a never-ending, unrequited daisy chain of desire...

Director: Richard Lowenstein | Stars: Noah Taylor, Emily Hamilton, Romane Bohringer, Alex Menglet

Votes: 3,168

11. 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: 7,986 | Gross: $0.01M

12. Meet the Feebles (1989)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Music, Musical

Multiple animals and insects experience the sleazier side of show business while working on a variety show.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Danny Mulheron, Donna Akersten, Stuart Devenie, Mark Hadlow

Votes: 17,906

13. Mad Max (1979)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang.

Director: George Miller | Stars: Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Steve Bisley

Votes: 178,414 | Gross: $8.75M

14. Mental (2012)

Not Rated | 116 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 4,687 | Gross: $0.02M

15. Malcolm (1986)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi

Malcolm is a chronically shy mechanical genius who has just been fired for building his own tram. He gets Frank, who has just been released from jail, to move in to help pay the bills. ... See full summary »

Director: Nadia Tass | Stars: Colin Friels, John Hargreaves, Lindy Davies, Chris Haywood

Votes: 1,892 | Gross: $0.54M

16. Noise (I) (2007)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The community reels after an incident on a suburban train. A young cop, beset with doubt and afflicted with tinnitus, is pitched into the chaos that follows this tragic event. He struggles ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Saville | Stars: Maia Thomas, Carole Browne, Kent Clifton-Bligh, Aaron Murphy

Votes: 2,457 | Gross: $0.02M

17. Wake in Fright (1971)

R | 109 min | Drama, Thriller

88 Metascore

After a bad gambling bet, a schoolteacher is marooned in a town full of crazy, drunk, violent men who threaten to make him just as crazy, drunk, and violent.

Director: Ted Kotcheff | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond, Chips Rafferty, Sylvia Kay

Votes: 8,710 | Gross: $0.05M

18. Opal Dream (2006)

PG | 86 min | Drama, Family

56 Metascore

A young girl's relationship with her imaginary friends resonates throughout her town in the Australian Outback.

Director: Peter Cattaneo | Stars: Sapphire Blossom, Christian Byers, Vince Colosimo, Jacqueline McKenzie

Votes: 877 | Gross: $0.01M

19. Once Were Warriors (1994)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, Julian Arahanga

Votes: 29,559 | Gross: $2.20M

20. Pure S (1975)

85 min | Drama

A group of Australian heroin addicts go out and try to score a hit after a friend overdoses.

Director: Bert Deling | Stars: Sally McNee, Doc Smith, Russell Kirby, Kenny Taylor

Votes: 88

21. River Queen (2005)

R | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

An intimate story set during the 1860s in which a young Irish woman Sarah and her family find themselves on both sides of the turbulent wars between British and Maori during the British colonization of New Zealand.

Director: Vincent Ward | Stars: Samantha Morton, Kiefer Sutherland, Cliff Curtis, Temuera Morrison

Votes: 2,409

22. Romper Stomper (1992)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama

61 Metascore

A group of skinheads become alarmed at the way their neighbourhood is changing.

Director: Geoffrey Wright | Stars: Russell Crowe, Daniel Pollock, Jacqueline McKenzie, Alex Scott

Votes: 35,725 | Gross: $0.18M

23. The Snowtown Murders (2011)

Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.

Director: Justin Kurzel | Stars: Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris, Bob Adriaens

Votes: 15,836 | Gross: $0.01M

24. Soft Fruit (1999)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

56 Metascore

Three sisters and their ex-con brother return home to nurse their mother, who is dying of cancer.

Director: Christina Andreef | Stars: Jeanie Drynan, Linal Haft, Russell Dykstra, Geneviève Lemon

Votes: 497 | Gross: $0.01M

25. Stickmen (2001)

R | 98 min | Drama

Three young men unwittingly become involved in an underground pool tournament.

Director: Hamish Rothwell | Stars: Robbie Magasiva, Paolo Rotondo, Scott Wills, Simone Kessell

Votes: 1,400

26. The Boys (1998)

R | 86 min | Crime, Drama

Brett Sprague is a violent and psychopathic man, who is released on parole after serving a sentence for assault. As he returns to his family house and we watch him and his brothers, Stevie ... See full summary »

Director: Rowan Woods | Stars: David Wenham, Toni Collette, Lynette Curran, John Polson

Votes: 1,246 | Gross: $0.00M

27. 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: 846

28. Two Hands (1999)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

A 19 year old finds himself in debt to a local gangster when some gang loot disappears and sets him on the run from thugs. Meanwhile two street kids start a shopping spree when they find the missing money.

Director: Gregor Jordan | Stars: Heath Ledger, Bryan Brown, David Field, Tom Long

Votes: 9,527

29. The Hard Word (2002)

R | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

51 Metascore

Three fraternal bank robbers languishing in jail, discover a profitable (if not dodgy) way to spend their time. Crime can most certainly pay, if you "know wot I mean?" However when sex and ... See full summary »

Director: Scott Roberts | Stars: Guy Pearce, Rachel Griffiths, Joel Edgerton, Damien Richardson

Votes: 3,449 | Gross: $0.42M

30. The Craic (1999)

86 min | Comedy

Two Irish actors (Jimeoin McKeown, Alan McKee) flee from 1988 Belfast after a violent confrontation with a leader (Robert Morgan) of the IRA and illegally enter Australia. Seeking acting ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Emery | Stars: Jimeoin, Alan McKee, Colin Hay, Bob Franklin

Votes: 530

31. The Loved Ones (2009)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

When Brent turns down his classmate Lola's invitation to the prom, she concocts a wildly violent plan for revenge.

Director: Sean Byrne | Stars: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, John Brumpton, Richard Wilson

Votes: 34,595

32. The Little Death (2014)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

46 Metascore

The secret lives of five suburban couples living in Sydney reveal both the fetishes and the repercussions that come with sharing them.

Director: Josh Lawson | Stars: Bojana Novakovic, Josh Lawson, Damon Herriman, Kate Mulvany

Votes: 23,776 | Gross: $0.02M

33. Wolf Creek (2005)

R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

54 Metascore

Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are plunged in a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture by a sadistic psychopathic local.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, John Jarratt

Votes: 63,872 | Gross: $16.19M

34. Wolf Creek 2 (2013)

Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Horror

44 Metascore

The outback once more becomes a place of horror as another unwitting tourist becomes the prey for crazed, serial-killing pig-hunter Mick Taylor.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn, Philippe Klaus

Votes: 16,051

35. West (2007)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Pete & Jerry are cousins living in Sydney's Western Suburbs, where life consists of drinking, getting stoned, getting in fights and hanging out. But things change forever when Pete and Jerry both fall in love with the same girl.

Director: Daniel Krige | Stars: Khan Chittenden, Nathan Phillips, Gillian Alexy, Michael Dorman

Votes: 498

36. Underbelly (2008–2013)

60 min | Crime, Drama, History

Each season of this multi award winning Television series takes you through a 13 episode run in the rise and fall of real life Australian underworld figures as told from both sides of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Caroline Craig, Gary Bennett, Marcus Shultz, Paul Tassone

Votes: 3,972

37. Utu (1983)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In 1870, a Maori warrior working with the British finds his village massacred, and vows revenge.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Anzac Wallace, Bruno Lawrence, Tim Elliott, Kelly Johnson

Votes: 861

38. 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: 21,015

39. Kenny (2006)

PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy

From the biggest festival to the smallest church social, Kenny Smyth delivers porta-loos to them all. Ignored and unappreciated, he is one of the cogs in society's machinery; a knight in ... See full summary »

Director: Clayton Jacobson | Stars: Shane Jacobson, Travis Golland, Chris Davis, Alf Scerri

Votes: 6,197

40. Dirty Deeds (2002)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime

1973 Sydney: An Australian gangster sees booming business, due to U.S. soldiers being in town for relaxing between their tours to the Vietnam war, attracts the attention of first the Chicago mafia, and then their East Coast competitors.

Director: David Caesar | Stars: Bryan Brown, Toni Collette, John Goodman, Sam Neill

Votes: 3,052

41. Idiot Box (1996)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Looking for the fast track out of suburban hell, two natural born losers scheme an impossible heist. Mick is slack, cynical, and most of all, unemployed. He masterminds the plan while Kev, ... See full summary »

Director: David Caesar | Stars: Ben Mendelsohn, Jeremy Sims, John Polson, Graeme Blundell

Votes: 775

42. In My Father's Den (2004)

R | 127 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A disillusioned war journalist's return home is blighted when he becomes implicated in the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl he has befriended.

Director: Brad McGann | Stars: Matthew Macfadyen, Miranda Otto, Emily Barclay, Colin Moy

Votes: 6,987

43. Malcolm (1986)

PG-13 | 90 min | Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi

Malcolm is a chronically shy mechanical genius who has just been fired for building his own tram. He gets Frank, who has just been released from jail, to move in to help pay the bills. ... See full summary »

Director: Nadia Tass | Stars: Colin Friels, John Hargreaves, Lindy Davies, Chris Haywood

Votes: 1,892 | Gross: $0.54M

44. 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: 8,269 | Gross: $0.09M

45. The Postcard Bandit (2003 TV Movie)

106 min | Crime, Drama

The story of notorious Australian bank robber Brendan Abbott, who according to the myth, sent postcards to authorities hot on his trail while on the run across the country.

Director: Tony Tilse | Stars: Tom Long, Brett Stiller, Matthew Le Nevez, Geneviève Lemon

Votes: 202

46. The Dark Horse (2014)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama

77 Metascore

A brilliant but troubled New Zealand chess champion finds purpose by teaching underprivileged children about the rules of chess and life.

Director: James Napier Robertson | Stars: Cliff Curtis, James Rolleston, Kirk Torrance, James Napier Robertson

Votes: 5,309 | Gross: $0.06M

47. 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: 37,778 | Gross: $20.78M

48. The Great Mint Swindle (2012 TV Movie)

92 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

It's the beginning of the 1980s boom in Western Australia. Larrikin brothers Ray, Brian and Peter Mickelberg spend their days abalone fishing, flying planes, looking for adventure and ... See full summary »

Director: Geoff Bennett | Stars: Grant Bowler, Todd Lasance, Josh Quong Tart, Shane Bourne

Votes: 180



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