The 15 best Australian movies to stream

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Aussie films can be hard to find on streaming services, so here's a list of the best ones available on Netflix and Stan.

Australian cinema has never quite hit the heights of Hollywood, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of great Aussie classics to watch. The catch is that it can be rather challenging to get a hold of them on the country's leading streaming services.

That's why we've collected a list of the 15 best Australian films that you can stream on Netflix and Stan. We used IMDB's rating to determine the best Australian films on offer and then searched the libraries of the leading Australian streaming services to compile this list.

It's important to note that while the international behemoth Netflix does offer some Australian movies, Stan's has a far wider collection of Australia classics, which isn't much of a surprise given it's an Australian service.


1. Red Dog

IMDB rating: 7.5 | Runtime: 92 minutes
Winner of the AACTA award for Best Film and AFI Member's Choice Award, Red Dog is the perfect example of a great Australian movie. Red Dog, the Red Cloud Kelpie played by Koko, truly plays a character fitting of the title "Mans best friend" by bonding with many of the miners working at the Hamersley Iron site and upping morale by keeping them company.
Available on: stan-logo

2. Mad Max (1979)

IMDB rating: 7 | Runtime: 93 minutes
1979's Mad Max is set in a post-apocalyptic world where civilisation has descended into utter chaos. Officer Max, after having a horrific experience with a gang that emerged from the rubble, makes it his mission to seek vengeance. The film and its actors won eight awards from both AFI and Avoriaz.
Available on: stan-logo

3. Mad Max: Fury Road

IMDB rating: 8.1 | Runtime: 120 minutes
Important alliances are formed in an immoral, war-ravaged society that has not been able to recover from complete collapse. The film is the fourth instalment in the Mad Max franchise, winning 238 awards including six Oscars.
Available on: netflix-logo

4. Happy Feet

IMDB rating: 6.5 | Runtime: 108 minutes
While Emperor penguin Mumble's singing ability may be subpar to his vocally gifted colony, his tap-dancing talent helps him shine in the Antarctic. The film won 19 awards, including one Oscar and one Golden Globe.
Available on: stan-logo

5. Happy Feet 2

IMDB rating: 5.9 | Runtime: 100 minutes
Dancing sensation Mumble's son Erik seriously lacks his dad's cool moves, which becomes a core issue when he decides to run away from home. The film received less acclaim than the first iteration of the franchise, but the film still turned a profit.
Available on: stan-logo

6. Paper Planes

IMDB rating: 6.2 | Runtime: 96 minutes
Distraught by his mother's sudden death after a devastating car crash, young Dylan turns to making paper planes after he discovers the skill is an inherited ability from his mother. While there are a few setbacks on the way, Dylan is persistent and his ability improves to reach national levels.
Available on: stan-logo

7. Mao's Last Dancer

IMDB rating: 7.4 | Runtime: 117 minutes
An autobiography on the life of Li Cunxin, Mao's Last Dancer is set in rural China during the cultural revolution. As an 11 year old, Li is selected to leave his impoverished hometown to travel to Beijing for years of training to become a world-esteemed ballet dancer.
Available on: stan-logo

8. Kenny

IMDB rating: 7.3 | Runtime: 99 minutes
This Australian mockumentary Kenny follows the fictional life of plumber Kenny (Shane Jacobson) who works for a portable toilet organisation. As The Guardian described the film: "Kenny is stocked-up with an arsenal of true-blue expressions and one-liners". Hilarious.
Available on: stan-logo

9. Oddball

IMDB rating: 6.4 | Runtime: 95 minutes
Based on true events, Oddball is a fun magical adventure surrounding the dwindling Fairy penguin (or "little penguin") population on Middle Island. Trained by a chicken farmer and his granddaughter, mischievous family dog Oddball helps to protect the island from the foxes threatening the endangered penguins.
Available on: stan-logo

10. Strangerland

IMDB rating: 5.2 | Runtime: 112 minutes
Matthew and Catherine pick up all of their belongings and move out of a large town and into the Australian Outback due to a complication with their daughter. Everything is turned upside down when their son and daughter go missing from their home at night, dredging up rumours of the family's troubled past.
Available on: netflix-logo

11. Oranges and Sunshine

IMDB rating: 7.1 | Runtime: 105 minutes
Oranges and Sunshine follows the factual story of a Nottingham-based social worker Margaret Humphreys who exposes the organised covert deportations of British children to Australia. Humphrey learns of youngsters-turned-labourers enduring lifetimes of slavery and abuse, and persists to reunite adult children with their long-lost parents in the UK.
Available on: stan-logo

12. The Daughter

IMDB rating: 6.7 | Runtime: 95 minutes
Estranged son Christian reluctantly returns home for his father's wedding not expecting to have to deal with the issues that surround it. Confronted with a massive family scandal and long-buried secrets the wedding no longer becomes the core focus in this thrilling drama.
Available on: stan-logo

13. Hawke

IMDB rating: 6.8 | Runtime: 120 minutes
Hawke is an Aussie TV movie illustrating former Prime Minister Bob Hawke's political career, detailing the conflict and rivalry within his own party. This telemovie was initially shot for and aired on Network Ten but has since made its way onto Netflix, and has won five awards.
Available on: netflix-logo

14. The Hunter

IMDB rating: 6.8 | Runtime: 102 minutes
Sent by the shady biotech corporation Red Leaf, a mercenary hunter is tasked with finding the almost-extinct Tasmanian Tiger population and wiping them out so that no other competing organisation can get its hands on the precious DNA.
Available on: stan-logo

15. Redfern Now: Promise Me

IMDB rating: 7.7 | Runtime: 60 minutes
If you liked The Sapphires, be sure to check out Redfern Now. With almost all of the main cast from The Sapphires, this telemovie chronicles the modern lives of suburban Indigenous Australians. The Canberra Times said about the series: "Redfern Now is probably as important as any drama produced this year".
Available on: stan-logo

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