The Castle has been voted the greatest Australian film ever made


In June the Adelaide Film Festival launched its #YouMustSee initiative, asking the Australian public to decide the best Australian films ever made.

The answers are in, folks, and two true blue comedies have taken the top prizes.

Director Rob Sitch’s 1997 comedy The Castle, a David and Goliath story about one man fighting the compulsory acquisition of his home, has been voted the best Australian film ever made.

In second place is director P.J. Hogan’s inimitable Muriel’s Wedding, which features one of the great performances from Toni Collette. And in third place is the powerful indigenous drama Samson & Delilah, which arrived in cinemas in 2009.

Responding to the news, Sitch said: “That acknowledgement is of course going straight to the pool room…or, if we ever do a sequel…the man cave… It’s worth pointing out that after all these years Darryl has been proved right about 3 Highview Cresent Coolaroo…next year, in real life, it’s getting the NBN!”

Throughout the duration of the poll, over 450 films were voted for. In the top 100, seven films are from Indigenous directors. 10 films star David Gulpilil and women directors represent 26% of the Top 100.

Here are the top 100 #YouMustSee films.

1 The Castle 1997

2 Muriel’s Wedding 1994

3 Samson and Delilah 2009

4 Rabbit-Proof Fence 2002

5 The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert 1993

6 Gallipoli 1981

7 Wake In Fright 1971

8 Picnic At Hanging Rock 1975

9 Lantana 2000

10 Strictly Ballroom 1991

11 Mad Max 1979

12 Mad Max : Fury Road 2012

13 The Dressmaker 2015

14 Sweet Country 2017

15 Ten Canoes 2006

16 Animal Kingdom 2010

17 The Babadook 2014

18 Red Dog 2011

19 Walkabout 1971

20 Shine 1995

21 Moulin Rouge! 2001

22 Chopper 2000

23 Bad Boy Bubby 1993

24 Two Hands 1998

25 The Year My Voice Broke 1987

26 Snowtown 2011

27 Lion 2016

28 Mad Max II 1981

29 Breaker Morant 1980

30 Crocodile Dundee 1986

31 Storm Boy 1976

32 The Dish 2000

33 The Sapphires 2012

34 The Tracker 2002

35 Looking For Alibrandi 1999

36 My Brilliant Career 1979

37 Sunday Too Far Away 1975

38 Look Both Ways 2005

39 Newsfront 1978

40 The Proposition 2005

41 Beneath Clouds 2002

42 Malcolm 1986

43 The Man from Snowy River 1982

44 Romper Stomper 1991

45 Breath 2017

46 Japanese Story 2002

47 Somersault 2004

48 Kenny 2006

49 Wolf Creek 2005

50 Australia 2008

51 Babe 1995

52 Cargo 2017

53 Love Serenade 1996

54 The Piano 1993

55 Charlie’s Country 2013

56 Last Cab to Darwin 2015

57 52 Tuesdays 2013

58 Mary And Max 2009

59 The Boys 1997

60 Dogs in Space 1986

61 Head On 1998

62 Proof 1990

63 Candy 2006

64 Mystery Road 2013

65 Blessed 2009

66 Bran Nue Dae 2009

67 Holding the Man 2015

68 The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith 1977

69 Gettin’ Square 2003

70 He Died With A Felafel In His Hand 2001

71 Dead Calm 1989

72 Death In Brunswick 1990

73 The Black Balloon 2007

74 Bliss 1984

75 Cosi 1995

76 Don’s Party 1976

77 Girl Asleep 2015

78 The Big Steal 1990

79 The Cars That Ate Paris 1974

80 The Sum of Us 1994

81 Beautiful Kate 2009

82 Crackerjack 2002

83 Happy Feet 2006

84 Sweetie 1989

85 The Year of Living Dangerously 1982

86 They’re A Weird Mob 1966

87 Ali’s Wedding 2017

88 High Tide 1986

89 Wyrmwood 2010

90 Careful He Might Hear You 1983

91 Jasper Jones 2017

92 Little Fish 2005

93 Lucky Miles 2007

94 Man Of Flowers 1983

95 Paper Planes 2014

96 Road to Nhill 1996

97 Sherpa 2015

98 An Angel At My Table 1990

99 Idiot Box 1996

100 Jedda 1954