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Top 100 Australian feature films of all time

Next update March 2017

ranked by total reported gross Australian box office as at MAY 2016

The no. 1 Australian film at the Australian box office is Crocodile Dundee (1986), with earnings of $47,707,045. Crocodile Dundee is also no. 10 on the list of top films at the Australian box office from any country, not just Australia; no. 1 on that list is Avatar, which has taken over $115 million at the Australian box office since its release in December 2009 (see Cinema industry trends > Top films of all time).

Five new titles entered the top 100 all-time Australian films: Mad Max: Fury Road (9), The Dressmaker (11), Oddball (25), Last Cab to Darwin (44) and Blinky Bill the Movie (93).

New titles highlighted and in bold.

Rank Title Distributor Release date Box office ($)1
1 Crocodile Dundee Hoyts 1986 47,707,045
2 Australia Fox 2008 37,555,757
3 Babe UIP 1995 36,776,544
4 Happy Feet Roadshow 2006 31,786,164
5 Moulin Rouge Fox 2001 27,734,406
6 The Great Gatsby Roadshow 2013 27,383,762
7 Crocodile Dundee II Hoyts 1988 24,916,805
8 Strictly Ballroom Ronin 1992 21,760,400
9 Mad Max: Fury Road Roadshow 2015 21,685,344
10 Red Dog Roadshow 2011 21,467,993
11 The Dressmaker Universal 2015 20,271,661
12 The Dish Roadshow 2000 17,999,473
13 The Man from Snowy River Hoyts 1982 17,228,160
14 The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Roadshow 1994 16,459,245
15 The Water Diviner Universal 2014 15,869,909
16 Muriel’s Wedding Roadshow 1994 15,765,571
17 Mao’s Last Dancer Roadshow 2009 15,440,315
18 The Sapphires eOne 2012 14,534,474
19 Tomorrow, When the War Began Paramount 2010 13,510,000
20 Young Einstein Warner Bros 1988 13,383,377
21 Lantana Palace 2001 12,286,683
22 Gallipoli Roadshow 1981 11,740,000
23 The Wog Boy Fox 2000 11,449,799
24 The Piano BVI 1993 11,240,484
25 Oddball Roadshow 2015 11,085,092
26 Mad Max 2 Warner Bros 1981 10,847,491
27 Happy Feet Two Roadshow 2011 10,694,917
28 Green Card (Australia/France) Roadshow 1991 10,585,960
29 The Castle Roadshow 1997 10,326,428
30 Shine Ronin 1996 10,167,416
31 Paper Planes Roadshow 2015 9,654,965
32 Phar Lap Hoyts 1983 9,258,884
33 Crackerjack Roadshow 2002 8,618,107
34 The Man Who Sued God BVI 2001 8,546,867
35 Ned Kelly (Australia/UK) UIP 2003 8,365,984
36 Looking for Alibrandi Roadshow 2000 8,280,335
37 Kenny Madman 2006 7,778,177
38 Babe: Pig in the City UIP 1998 7,771,751
39 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (Australia/US) UIP 2001 7,759,103
40 Bran Nue Dae Roadshow 2010 7,680,192
41 Knowing (Australia/US) Icon 2009 7,588,162
42 Rabbit-Proof Fence Becker 2002 7,562,439
43 Man from Snowy River II Hoyts 1988 7,415,000
44 Last Cab to Darwin Icon 2015 7,401,374
45 The Railway Man (Australia/UK) Paramount 2013 7,285,409
46 Lightning Jack Roadshow 1994 6,439,819
47 Kath & Kimderella Roadshow 2012 6,081,439
48 Wolf Creek Roadshow 2005 6,080,571
49 Chopper Palace 2000 5,912,119
50 Two Hands Rep 1999 5,478,485
51 Reckless Kelly Roadshow 1993 5,444,534
52 Mad Max Roadshow 1979 5,355,490
53 Jindabyne Roadshow 2006 5,302,912
54 A Few Best Men Icon 2012 5,296,692
55 The Craic Roadshow 1999 5,265,935
56 Picnic at Hanging Rock2 Greater Union 1975 5,120,000
57 Dirty Deeds Hoyts 2002 5,083,187
58 Animal Kingdom Madman 2010 5,000,018
59 Kings of Mykonos: The Wog Boy 2 Paramount 2010 4,896,315
60 Strange Bedfellows Becker 2004 4,816,495
61 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole Roadshow 2010 4,783,037
62 Breaker Morant Roadshow 1980 4,735,000
63 Wolf Creek 2 Roadshow 2014 4,732,168
64 Alvin Purple Roadshow 1973 4,720,000
65 Japanese Story Palace 2003 4,520,000
66 Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome Warner Bros 1985 4,272,802
67 Charlotte Gray (Australia/UK) UIP 2002 4,188,497
68 Mental Universal 2012 4,080,835
69 Puberty Blues Roadshow 1981 3,918,000
70 The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course Fox 2002 3,892,095
71 Sanctum Universal 2011 3,871,962
72 Charlie & Boots Paramount 2009 3,866,823
73 Oranges and Sunshine (Australia/UK) Icon 2011 3,848,486
74 Little Fish Icon 2005 3,829,869
75 Fat Pizza Roadshow 2003 3,651,320
76 Ten Canoes Palace 2006 3,512,946
77 Malcolm Hoyts 1986 3,483,139
78 The Delinquents Greater Union 1989 3,370,650
79 Dark City Roadshow 1998 3,355,671
80 The Sum of Us UIP 1994 3,327,456
81 Beneath Hill 60 Paramount 2010 3,220,187
82 Samson and Delilah Paramount 2009 3,188,931
83 Romper Stomper Roadshow 1992 3,165,034
84 Kokoda Palace 2006 3,138,501
85 Boytown Roadshow 2006 3,135,972
86 We of the Never Never Hoyts 1982 3,112,000
87 Bright Star (Australia/UK) Roadshow 2009 3,110,560
88 My Brilliant Career Greater Union 1979 3,052,000
89 Evil Angels Warner Bros 1988 3,006,964
90 Paradise Road Roadshow 1997 2,970,653
91 Look Both Ways Dendy 2005 2,969,712
92 The Hard Word Roadshow 2002 2,957,456
93 Blinky Bill the Movie StudioCanal 2015 2,908,162
94 Cosi Roadshow 1996 2,896,980
95 Caddie Roadshow 1976 2,847,000
96 Sirens (Australia/UK) BVI 1994 2,780,639
97 The Cup Roadshow 2011 2,749,218
98 Death in Brunswick Roadshow 1991 2,725,169
99 Bootmen Fox 2000 2,720,302
100 Me Myself I BVI 2000 2,698,330

Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia (MPDAA) with the assistance of the Australian Film Commission. Compiled by Screen Australia.

Notes:
Includes Australian productions and productions with overseas partners where creative control is shared (i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions).
1. Earnings are in current dollars (i.e. not adjusted for inflation). Cumulative box office, as reported on 9 May 2016 in the MPDAA master report. These figures are updated on an ongoing basis therefore there may be discrepancies with previously published data. Estimates have been used for films released before 1988 where gross box office is unknown.
2. Including re-release through Ronin.

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