Movies About The Outback 2 (r - z)

The Australian outback has always been a source of inspiration for poets, lyricists, authors and film makers and the movie industry here is as a capable of delivering absolute classics as well as absolute rubbish.

We've gathered and rated a collection of outback movies that reflect a variety of genres - from horror to thriller to documentary, action and drama. Some are wholly about the outback while others reflect a perspective derived from the vast isolated regions of the country.

If you're looking for a movie that captures the essential feel and look of outback australia we suggest you start with Nicolas Roeg's masterpiece - Walkabout while Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Proposition and Rabbit Proof Fence are also iconic Australian movies with an individual but compelling sense of 'The Outback'.

If you're interested in finding out how to get there then have a look at Where is the Outback?


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Roadgames Thriller (1981). Possibly the best thriller to come out of Australia. An edgy, bored long distance truckie, a beautiful hitchhiker and a serial killer. ★★★★☆
 
Robbery Under Arms Action (1957). One of many versions of the exploits of Captain Starlight - bushranger extraordinaire. See the outback in garish 1957 'technicolour'. ★★★☆☆
 
Rogue Horror (2007). If man-eating animals pursuing tourists in the outback of Kakadu is your thing then this crocodile flick might fit the bill.★☆☆☆☆
 
Salute of the Jugger, The Sci-fi (1989). Post-apocalyptic tale of a lacrosse style tournament played with a dog's head as the ball. Plenty of biffo, a bit short on substance.★★★☆☆
 
Sunday too far Away Drama (1975). Defining movie set in a shearing shed portrays the competition, camaraderie and life of a shearer. Authentic and well regarded movie. ★★★★☆
 
Sundowners, The Drama (1960). A grade cast and Hollywood funding see the Carmody's, a 1920's sheep droving family longing to settle down onto their own farm. ★★★☆☆
 
Story of the Kelly Gang, The Action (1906). The world's first full length feature film was also probably the first to be banned by the censors. Pioneering film making effort. ★★★★☆
 
Squatters Daughter, The Drama (1933). An interesting vision of Australia's past - when wool was 'King'. Early sound movie with actual shearing and footage of a bushfire. ★★★☆☆
 
Shadows of the Past Drama (2009). Bull riding movie, shot in the Queensland hinterland, tells the story of a rematch between bull and a retired rider. Some great rodeo action. ★★★☆☆
 
Shiralee Drama (1957). A father reclaims his own child after discovering the mother living with another man. A bond grows as they continue to wander the outback. ★★★★☆
 
Silver Brumby, The Drama (1993). Starring Russell Crowe with some beautifully filmed shots of Victoria's high country, this movie essentially revolves around the horses. ★☆☆☆☆
 
Sirens Drama (1993). Soft erotica loosely based on artist Norman Lindsay's life. Starring Hugh Grant, Elle Macpherson, Kate Fischer, Sam Neil and Portia de Rossi. ★★★☆☆
 
Slim Dusty Movie, The Drama (1984). A movie about a national treasure - Slim. Filmed over 20,000km with lots of outback imagery but perhaps it should have been a documentary. ★★☆☆☆
 
Tank Girl Sci-Fi (1995). Based on a comic book this flick doesn't take itself too seriously. Post-apocalyptic Tank Girl fights the system aided by mutant kangaroos. ★★★☆☆
 
Ten Canoes Drama (2006). Arnhem Land story about jealousies in a group of tribal aborigines and a parallel tale, set in much older times, mirrors the situation. ★★★★☆
 
Tracker, The Action/Drama (2002). David Gulpilil brilliantly plays a black-tracker helping pursue another aboriginal man accused of killing a white woman. Powerful outback film. ★★★★☆
 
Tudawali Drama (1988). Robert Tudawali was the first aboriginal film star, playing the lead in 'Jedda' (also reviewed here). Ernie Dingo gives a fine performance. ★★★☆☆
 
Turkey Shoot Sci-Fi (1982). Trashy gore-fest that pits deviant prisoners against VIP hunters in a survival game. Mentioned here for occasional shots of the bush. ★☆☆☆☆
 
Van Diemen's Land Adventure (2009). Darkly told, true story of eight Tasmanian prisoners who in 1882 escape into the unforgiving Tasmanian wilderness. Impressive. ★★★★☆
 
Wake in Fright Drama (1971). A sensitive outback school teacher spends a night in a neighbouring town on his annual holiday. Violent, sunburnt tale of 1971 outback life. ★★★★★
 
Walkabout Drama (1971). Seminal movie about a tribal aboriginal boy who helps 2 children escape the remote outback. The ultimate image of the Australian landscape. ★★★★★
 
We of the Never Never Sci-Fi (1982). Based on the true story of Jeannie Gunn who helped her husband manage a station in the Northern Territory in 1901. Enthralling. ★★★★☆
 
Wolf Creek Horror (2005). Loosely based on several true incidents a sadistic backpacker killer snatches a trio of outback travellers. Brutal but visually engaging. ★★★☆☆
 
Year my voice broke, The Drama (1987). Coming of age drama set in 1962 rural New South Wales about the anguish of adolescent love. Familiar territory, nicely filmed and handled. ★★★★☆

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