Feel-good Aussie Movies

RAMS is feel-good Aussie cinema at its best. But what other iconic films fit that bill?
There’s a genre of Aussie movies we don’t hear much about lately. It’s the feel-good Aussie movie: a heartwarming, touching, hilarious and accurate portrayal of life down under. And in these trying times, we’re convinced you need some of these right about now. But which are the best to sit down and watch?


If you’re feeling a little down, RAMS is basically medicinal at this point. It follows the exploits of two prize ram breeders, played by Sam Neill and Michael Caton. The brothers haven’t talked in years, but when tragedy strikes the whole town is given a chance to unite and redeem itself. It’s a brilliant, magical movie which can, and will, have you crying your eyes out, and is coming to cinemas on October 29 2020!

The Dish

Ahh, The Dish. Truly one of Australia’s greatest films. Based on a true story, The Dish tells the story of the famous Parkes Observatory and its role in helping broadcast man’s first steps on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission back in 1969. This one also stars everyone’s favorite, Sam Neill, as well as a slew of other beloved Aussie actors. Fun fact: there’s a lot of wooly wandering sheep in The Dish as well! Heck, maybe we just love livestock here in Australia.

The Castle

This one’s going straight to the pool room. In The Castle, a proud suburban family are forced to leave their home (their castle) to make way for an airport expansion. The head of the family, played by Michael Caton, decides to fight back against the ruling. The Castle is beloved for a reason: it perfectly captures the Australian spirit. We’re daggy, yes. We might even be weirdos. But our hearts are, frankly, enormous, and if you’re wanting to feel inspired, The Castle is perfect for you.

The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert

Drag queen culture is mainstream now, thanks in part to RuPaul’s Drag Race and the brilliant annual Sydney Mardi Gras. But back in 1994, Priscilla was a bold look at how this incredible subculture struggled. It’s about a trio of drag queens, played by Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terrence Stamp, touring from Sydney to Alice Springs in a bus named Priscilla. It’s an absolute cult classic.

Ali’s Wedding

Ali’s Wedding is just wonderful. It’s a 2017 romantic comedy about Ali, son of a Muslim cleric. Ali wants to go after the girl of his dreams, but he’s already been promised to another girl at his father’s mosque. He’s trying to live up to impossible expectations, sidestep cultural boundaries and pursue love, and on the way to finding happiness, he ends up making a lot of mistakes. Australia is a diverse, complex place, and having the first Muslim rom-com made down under is something to be seriously proud of.


OK, so we’ve done feel-good Australian flicks for grown-ups, and for teens. But Oddball is perfect for kids and the whole family. Plus, it’s based on a true story! When a fairy penguin colony is poised to die off, a local eccentric (played by Shane Jacobsen) finds a dog to protect them: Oddball. The cast is fantastic (Sarah Snook, Alan Tudyk, Deborah Mailman, Frank Woodley, Tegan Higginbotham), and the story will warm your heart.

Paper Planes

We’ve all made paper planes, right? Well Dylan (Ed Oxenbould) discovers he has something of a talent with paper planes, and before long, he’s aiming to make it to the World Paper Plane Championships all the way over in Japan. It’s warm, uplifting, smart, funny, generous and utterly delightful – if you’re ever feeling down, Paper Planes is good for what ails you.

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