Movies about Australia

List of the best movies about Australia, selected by visitors to our site: Broken Hill, Charlie & Boots, The Light Between Oceans, Under Capricorn, Ladies in Black, The Dragon Pearl, Little Fish, Paper Planes, Swimming Upstream, Snowtown.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Broken Hill (2009)
Mark3 (imdb: 6.3)
Genredrama, family, music
CountryUSA, Australia
PlaceAustralia, Village, Prison, School

Tommy was born and raised on a rocky, drought-ridden sheep station in the middle of the Australian Outback.

Charlie & Boots (2009)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 6.4)
Genrecomedy, drama, adventure
PlotTravel, Dancing, Depression, Funeral
PlaceAustralia, Aircraft, Beach

Paul Hogan plays Charlie McFarland and Shane Jacobson plays his estranged son, Boots. After a family tragedy Charlie and Boots try and put their differences aside and head off on the road trip of a lifetime - from regional Victoria to the Cape York Peninsula - they overcome many challenges to reach their dream - to fish off the northern most tip of Australia.

The Light Between Oceans (2016)
Mark9 (imdb: 7.2)
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, New Zealand
CharactersFamily, Foster children
PlotLove, Adoption
PlaceAustralia, Lighthouse, Islands
StyleTouching, To cry, Atmospheric, Gloomy

A lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat.

Under Capricorn (1949)
Genremelodrama, drama, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom
PlotJealousy, Mystery, Intrigue, Love triangle
PlaceAustralia, England, Ireland
Time19th century
StyleAtmospheric, To cry, Gloomy, By books

In 1831, Irishman Charles Adare travels to Australia to start a new life with the help of his cousin who has just been appointed governor. When he arrives he meets powerful landowner and ex-convict, Sam Flusky, who wants to do a business deal with him. Whilst attending a dinner party at Flusky's house, Charles meets Flusky's wife Henrietta who he had known as a child back in Ireland. Henrietta is an alcoholic and seems to be on the verge of madness.

Ladies in Black (2018)
Mark6 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrecomedy, drama
CharactersFriends, Girlfriends
StyleFor girls, For a group of friends, For single girls, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Light, Inspirational

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.

The Dragon Pearl (2011)
Mark10 (imdb: 4.7)
Genrefantasy, adventure, family, detective
CharactersFamily, Scientists, Archaeologists, Detectives, Dragons, Wizards, Teens, Heroes
PlotAdventure, Freedom, Supernatural, Rivalry, Fate, Fulfillment of desires
PlaceChina, Australia
StyleAtmospheric, Exciting, Fancy

When teenagers JOSH (Louis Corbett) and LING (Li Lin Jin) join their respective parents, CHRIS (Sam Neill) and Dr LI (Wang Ji) on an archaeological dig in China they encounter something trapped beneath a temple beyond their wildest imagination. A real live Chinese dragon. Two thousand years earlier, to defend his kingdom, the dragon lent an emperor his all powerful pearl. Instead of being returned, the pearl was buried with the emperor beneath his palace, and helpless without its source of power the dragon has remained entombed ever since.

Little Fish (2005)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, crime
CharactersBrothers, Sisters
PlotLove, Relationship, Drug addict
StyleAction, Heavy, Soulful

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

Paper Planes (2014)
Markimdb: 6.2
CharactersTeens, Family, Teachers, Fathers
PlotContests, Competitions
PlaceJapan, Australia, School, Hotels, Asia
StyleTo cry, Touching

Dylan discovers he has a knack for making paper planes. He has a chance to compete in a world championship, but he'll have to help rally his grieving dad, Jack, and face bullies and self-doubt to do so.

Swimming Upstream (2003)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, biography, sport
CountryAustralia, USA
CharactersMothers, Fathers
PlotSports, Competitions, Rivalry, On real events
PlaceAustralia, USA
StyleSoulful, Touching, To cry

A young man aspiring for recognition of his talents battles against his estranged father's sentiment towards him as the father deals with his own demons.

Snowtown (2011)
Mark3 (imdb: 6.6)
Genredrama, crime, detective, biography, history
CharactersManiacs, Killers, Family, Serial killers, Mothers
PlotMystery, Relationship

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.

On the Beach (2000)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 7)
Genrefantastic, drama
CountryAustralia, USA
CharactersScientists, Heroes
PlotNuclear War, Apocalypse, Survival, Adventure
PlaceAustralia, Submarines, Asia
StyleAction, Exciting, Tense, Gloomy

The world has finally managed to blow itself up and only Australia has been spared from nuclear destruction and a gigantic wave of radiation is floating in on the breezes. One American sub located in the Pacific has survived and is met with disdain by the Australians. The calculations of Australia's most renowned scientist says the country is doomed. However, one of his rivals says that he is wrong. He believes that a 1000 people can be relocated to the northern hemisphere, where his assumptions indicate the radiation levels may be lower. The American Captain is asked to take a mission to the north to determine which scientist is right.

2:37 (2006)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.8)

A contemporary, ensemble drama telling the complex tale of six high school students whose lives are interwoven with situations that so many of today's youth are faced with. The story takes place during a normal school day. At precisely 2:37 a tragedy will occur, affecting the lives of a group of students and their teachers. As the story unfolds, the individual stories of the six teenagers are revealed, each with its own explosive significance. An unwanted pregnancy unravels a terrible, dark secret; all is not as it appears for the seemingly confident school football hero; an outcast must deal with everyday taunts from his peers; a beautiful young girl battles an eating disorder; a stellar student constantly struggles to win his parents' approval; while another uses drugs to escape from his own demons.

Reservoir Cats (2011)
Markimdb: 2.9
Genrecomedy, drama, crime

A remake of 'Reservoir Dogs' by Quentin Tarantino, with the noticeable difference that all the male characters have been replaced with female ones.

Wolf Creek (2016)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 7.2)
Genrehorror, thriller, drama
CharactersManiacs, Killers, Parents, Serial killers
PlotTime travel, Revenge, Death, The escape, Survival, Fear, On real events

An anthology series which centers on different characters being targeted by crazed serial killer Mick Taylor in the Australian outback.

The Legend of Ben Hall (2016)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, drama, western, biography, history
PlotAdventure, Love, Rivalry

Ben Hall is drawn back into bushranging by the reappearance of his old friend John Gilbert. Reforming the gang, they soon become the most wanted men in Australian history.

Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)
Mark2 (imdb: 6)
Genrehorror, fantasy, comedy, musical
CountryUnited Kingdom
CharactersZombie, Students, Fathers
PlotDancing, Supernatural, Survival
PlaceAustralia, England
TimeNew Year

A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven – at Christmas – forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. But they soon discover that no one is safe in this new world, and with civilization falling apart around them, the only people they can truly rely on are each other.

The Butterfly Tree (2017)
Markimdb: 5.4
CharactersFathers, Photographers

Evelyn, an ex-burlesque queen, bewitches single dad Al and his teenage son Fin with her zest for life. When father and son discover they are competing for the affections of the same woman, it reopens old wounds over the death of Fin's mother.

Tomorrow When the War Began (2016)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, drama, adventure, family, military
CharactersTeens, Aliens, Friends, Pupils
PlotMystery, Hiking trip, Adventure

This dramatic adventure series tells the story of a group of teenagers who are separated from their families following an invasion of their country, a conflict they never saw coming.

Dance Academy: The Movie (2017)
Mark10 (imdb: 7)
CountryGermany, Australia
PlaceSchool, Australia

This 2017 movie follows the original dance academy TV show and tracks where the characters are in their lives now.

Nowhere Boys: The Book of Shadows (2016)
Mark5 (imdb: 5.2)
CharactersFriends, Demons
PlotMagic, Fear, Mystery, Freedom, Death

A year after the boys crossed dimensions, discovered magic and battled the restoring demon, they are back home in Bremin and are struggling with everyday teenage life. Felix has high hopes for the four heroes. He wants them to push the limits of their magical ability, working as a team to become masters of the arcane. But although he's unwilling to admit it, the boys have grown apart. The boys, once in perfect magical and elemental alignment, are a tangle of rivalry and distrust. On the verge of separating, the Nowhere Boys are drawn together for one last spell when Felix discovers a magically sealed 'Book of Shadows'. Unwittingly this releases a powerful force of chaos, and the gang is reluctantly drawn into a showdown that threatens their world and all they love...