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Top 100 Australian feature films of all time

Next update March 2018

ranked by total reported gross Australian box office as at May 2017

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. 12 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).

Three new titles entered the top 100 all-time Australian films: Lion (5), Hacksaw Ridge (34) and Red Dog: True Blue (47).

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 Lion Transmission 2017 29,523,559
6 Moulin Rouge Fox 2001 27,734,406
7 The Great Gatsby Roadshow 2013 27,383,762
8 Crocodile Dundee II Hoyts 1988 24,916,805
9 Strictly Ballroom Ronin 1992 21,760,400
10 Mad Max: Fury Road Roadshow 2015 21,685,344
11 Red Dog Roadshow 2011 21,467,993
12 The Dressmaker Universal 2015 20,278,133
13 The Dish Roadshow 2000 17,999,473
14 The Man from Snowy River Hoyts 1982 17,228,160
15 The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Roadshow 1994 16,459,245
16 The Water Diviner Universal 2014 15,869,187
17 Muriel’s Wedding Roadshow 1994 15,765,571
18 Mao’s Last Dancer Roadshow 2009 15,440,315
19 The Sapphires eOne 2012 14,535,022
20 Tomorrow, When the War Began Paramount 2010 13,510,000
21 Young Einstein Warner Bros 1988 13,383,377
22 Lantana Palace 2001 12,286,683
23 Gallipoli Roadshow 1981 11,740,000
24 The Wog Boy Fox 2000 11,449,799
25 The Piano BVI 1993 11,240,484
26 Oddball Roadshow 2015 11,085,092
27 Mad Max 2 Warner Bros 1981 10,847,491
28 Happy Feet Two Roadshow 2011 10,694,917
29 Green Card (Australia/France) Roadshow 1991 10,585,960
30 The Castle Roadshow 1997 10,326,428
31 Shine Ronin 1996 10,182,519
32 Paper Planes Roadshow 2015 9,654,965
33 Phar Lap Hoyts 1983 9,258,884
34 Hacksaw Ridge Icon 2016 8,857,936
35 Crackerjack Roadshow 2002 8,618,107
36 The Man Who Sued God BVI 2001 8,546,867
37 Ned Kelly (Australia/UK) UIP 2003 8,365,984
38 Looking for Alibrandi Roadshow 2000 8,280,335
39 Kenny Madman 2006 7,778,177
40 Babe: Pig in the City UIP 1998 7,771,751
41 Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (Australia/US) UIP 2001 7,759,103
42 Bran Nue Dae Roadshow 2010 7,680,192
43 Knowing (Australia/US) Icon 2009 7,588,162
44 Rabbit-Proof Fence Becker 2002 7,562,439
45 Man from Snowy River II Hoyts 1988 7,415,000
46 Last Cab to Darwin Icon 2015 7,406,951
47 RED DOG: True Blue Roadshow 2016 7,384,663
48 The Railway Man (Australia/UK) Paramount 2013 7,285,409
49 Lightning Jack Roadshow 1994 6,439,819
50 Kath & Kimderella Roadshow 2012 6,081,439
51 Wolf Creek Roadshow 2005 6,080,571
52 Chopper Palace 2000 5,912,119
53 Two Hands Rep 1999 5,478,485
54 Reckless Kelly Roadshow 1993 5,444,534
55 Mad Max Roadshow 1979 5,355,490
56 Jindabyne Roadshow 2006 5,302,912
57 A Few Best Men Icon 2012 5,296,692
58 The Craic Roadshow 1999 5,265,935
59 Picnic at Hanging Rock2 Greater Union 1975 5,120,000
60 Dirty Deeds Hoyts 2002 5,083,187
61 Animal Kingdom Madman 2010 5,000,018
62 Kings of Mykonos: The Wog Boy 2 Paramount 2010 4,896,315
63 Strange Bedfellows Becker 2004 4,816,495
64 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole Roadshow 2010 4,783,037
65 Breaker Morant Roadshow 1980 4,735,000
66 Wolf Creek 2 Roadshow 2014 4,732,168
67 Alvin Purple Roadshow 1973 4,720,000
68 Japanese Story Palace 2003 4,520,000
69 Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome Warner Bros 1985 4,272,802
70 Charlotte Gray (Australia/UK) UIP 2002 4,188,497
71 Mental Universal 2012 4,080,835
72 Puberty Blues Roadshow 1981 3,918,000
73 The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course Fox 2002 3,892,095
74 Sanctum Universal 2011 3,871,962
75 Charlie & Boots Paramount 2009 3,866,883
76 Oranges and Sunshine (Australia/UK) Icon 2011 3,848,486
77 Little Fish Icon 2005 3,829,869
78 Fat Pizza Roadshow 2003 3,651,320
79 Ten Canoes Palace 2006 3,512,946
80 Malcolm Hoyts 1986 3,483,139
81 The Delinquents Greater Union 1989 3,370,650
82 Dark City Roadshow 1998 3,355,671
83 The Sum of Us UIP 1994 3,327,456
84 Beneath Hill 60 Paramount 2010 3,220,187
85 Samson & Delilah Paramount 2009 3,188,931
86 Romper Stomper Roadshow 1992 3,165,034
87 Kokoda Palace 2006 3,138,501
88 Boytown Roadshow 2006 3,135,972
89 We of the Never Never Hoyts 1982 3,112,000
90 Bright Star (Australia/UK) Roadshow 2009 3,110,560
91 My Brilliant Career Greater Union 1979 3,052,000
92 Evil Angels Warner Bros 1988 3,006,964
93 Paradise Road Roadshow 1997 2,970,653
94 Look Both Ways Dendy 2005 2,969,712
95 The Hard Word Roadshow 2002 2,957,456
96 Blinky Bill the Movie StudioCanal 2015 2,908,222
97 Cosi Roadshow 1996 2,896,980
98 Caddie Roadshow 1976 2,847,000
99 Sirens (Australia/UK) BVI 1994 2,780,639
100 The Cup Roadshow 2011 2,749,218

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 16 May 2017 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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