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There’s one movie that’s the king of all Australian movies, according to a survey of film buffs, beating Muriel’s Wedding and Crocodile Dundee as our favourite Aussie film of all time.


According to a national cinema survey commissioned by Optus Movie Rewards, The Castle is the nation’s favourite film.

One in four Australians cite the 1997 classic starring Michael Caton as the battler father Darryl Kerrigan as their most-loved locally-made movie.

And even if it’s not one of your favourites, it’s highly likely you’ve incorporated some of the movie’s classic lines into your vocabulary. Can you imagine a world without “how’s the serenity?” or “tell him he’s dreaming!”?

After suffering a few quiet years in the box office wilderness, the Australian film industry is set for a boom over the next few months, with The Cup released this week, and two Australia Day 2012 releases, including Any Questions for Ben?, from the production team behind The Castle, and A Few Best Men, from the writer/director of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Also due for release next year is Mental, from director PJ Hogan, of Muriel’s Wedding fame.

Australia’s favourite films, in order:


1. The Castle



2. Crocodile Dundee



3. Australia



4. Gallipoli



5. Strictly Ballroom



6. Muriel’s Wedding



7. Moulin Rouge



8. Wolf Creek



9. Rabbit-proof Fence



10. Chopper



11. The Piano



12. Two Hands



13. Kenny



14. Animal Kingdom



15. Shine



16. Mad Max



17. Picnic at Hanging Rock



18. Red Dog



19. Priscilla Queen of the Desert



20. Somersault


What is your favourite Australian movie of all time?