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What are the best Aussie movies of all-time? Here’s four!
When you think of Australia, you probably think of Kangaroos, beautiful weather, pristine beaches, barbecues and a lifestyle that generally revolves around outdoor living and everything that it has to offer. It’s not a bad way of life really, is it?
There’s certainly more to Australia, though. Movies, for example, have played a massive part in Aussie society and around the world, with endless creations showing a nod of appreciation to our world ‘Down Under’ and highlighting just how beautiful this part of the world can be. Just like in other countries too, though, gaming has also put Australia on the map, with the likes of PUBG and Fortnite bringing in some serious players from this side of the pond, with even casual gamers enjoying games like those on offer at Mansion which is probably the leading online casino in New Zealand, be it with a beer on the sofa or on the bus. Chuck in our fanatical sports fans and our dry sense of humour, and there’s certainly a whole lot more to the world’s largest island than just barbecues and Kangaroos.
As touched on earlier though, it’s the movie-making aspect of Australia that perhaps deserves to be celebrated a lot more. Put bluntly, Australian cinema has produced endless classics over the years, with many perhaps falling under the radar or somewhat forgotten these days. So, we’re bringing them back! Without further ado, below are four of the best Australian movies ever made and - most importantly of all - creations that will hopefully never be forgotten.
Mad Max - 1979
We had to start off with this one, didn’t we? Mad Max is pretty much as good as it gets. Mel Gibson certainly isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but this movie was the making of him as this post-civilisation classic full of mayhem and madness helped launch his career. This perfect depiction of a dystopian Australian future containing murderous gangs running riot on highways is a favourite for so many of us, and it’s understandable as to why.
Wolf Creek - 2005
This is a movie that has perhaps flown under the radar a bit, but Wolf Creek deserves a small mention we reckon. Based on a tourist-hating serial killer, this movie is supposedly based on a true story, which makes it even more spooky as gruesome, gory murder soon unfolds. Probably not one for the kids, Wolf Creek is well worth a watch.
Crocodile Dundee - 1986
Yes, we’ve all probably been on the receiving end of a Crocodile Dundee jibe at some point in our lives but it’s still impossible to ignore the influence this movie had around the world. After a stuck-up New York journalist falls head over heels in love with a rough-living bushman in Nick Dundee, she attempts to bring her new man back home to America where - as you’d probably expect - he struggles to adapt to city life in the States. Full of laughs and an overall light-hearted fun watch, Crocodile Dundee is hard to ignore.
Chopper - 2000
England has Bronson, we’ve got Chopper, and boy have we won this one! Arguably the biggest and best film to have come from this side of the pond, this depiction of Mark Brandon Read’s crazy life is superbly made in more ways than one, but mainly carried by the phenomenal acting performance from legendary actor Eric Bana. From Chopper’s ears being cut off in prison to him flopping his manhood out at the bar, this tells the story of one of the world’s most famous criminals absolutely perfectly.