50 Most Underrated Movies of All Time in Australia [Updated 2022]

50 Most Underrated Movies of All Time in Australia [Updated 2022]

Are you sick of hearing the same old titles of famous movies from your friends because you’ve seen them already? Well, in that case, you’re in the right place as we are going to fill you up with the most underrated movies of all time in Australia, probably those which you haven’t even heard of.

If you’re thinking this list would contain the box office hit movies, it’s a big no as it consists of masterpieces like The Prestige, Coherence, and Annihilation that did not make it quite big at the box office despite the amazing script.

So scroll down and have a look at the list we have created for you.

1. The Assistant (2020)

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Director: Kitty Green
Writer: Kitty Green
Cast: Julia Garner, Dagmara Dominczyk, Kristine Froseth, Matthew Macfadyen, Patrick Wilson, Juliana Canfield, Mackenzie Leigh, Noah Robbins, Alexander Chaplin
Genre: Drama
IMDB Rating: 6.4/10
Runtime: 1h 27m

Movie Plot: Jane is a young woman who recently graduated from college and is a brilliant film producer. She just got hired for the job she always dreamt of and that is working for a powerful entertainment industrialist.

She thought this job would require her to carry out hard tasks but her normal day passes like an ordinary assistant, making coffee, ordering lunch, taking phone messages, and replacing paper in the copy machine.

Over time, Jane decides to stand up for what she deserves and in turn discovers deep secrets of the system. Surely, one of the most underrated movies of all time in Australia.

2. The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

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Director: Michael Rianda, Jeff Rowe
Writer: Michael Rianda, Jeff Rowe
Cast: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Michael Rianda, Eric André, Olivia Colman, Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett, Chrissy Teigen
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Adventure
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
Runtime: 1h 54m

Movie Plot: It’s a story that centers on the Mitchell family’s road trip and how their road trip turns into a complete nightmare. The Mitchell family is somewhat a dysfunctional family and their life turns upside down.

When they’re stuck in between a robot apocalypse, and suddenly they are the only ones who can save the entire humankind from getting into the hands of disaster(robots).

You have got to check this comedy movie out in case you haven’t already.

3. Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)

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Director: Paul Schrader
Writer: Paul Schrader, Leonard Schrader
Cast: Ken Ogata,Masayuki Shionoya,Hiroshi Mikami,Junya Fukuda,Shigeto Tachihara,Junkichi Orimoto,Naoko Ôtani,Gô Rijû ,Masato Aizawa
Genre: Drama, Biography
IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
Runtime: 2h

Movie Plot: This movie is separated into four sections consisting of “Beauty,” “Art,” “Action” and “Harmony of Pen and Sword,”. Mishima is not only based on his brilliant life and scandalous death but so much more than that. The focus is also on his and the semi-autobiographical novels he wrote.

This movie runs back and forth between these four tales and how all of them end in bloody self-destruction. Without any doubt, this is an incredible and one of the most underrated movies of all time in Australia.

4. Jennifers Body (2009)

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Director: Karyn Kusama
Writer: Diablo Cody
Cast: Megan Fox, Adam Brody, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, Carrie Genzel, J.K. Simmons, Amy Sedaris, Eve Harlow, Chris Pratt
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Supernatural
IMDB Rating: 5.4/10
Runtime: 1h 42m

Movie Plot: The story revolves around a high school student named Jennifer who has been possessed by a hungry demon. Without being aware of it, she suddenly changes into an ultra-attitudinal devil from being a beautiful high school evil.

She turns into a sickly creature who is hunting out to satisfy her appetite and plans to prey on those high school guys who never stood a chance with her.

Soon enough, Jennifer’s best friend Needy notices this chain of town’s young men being under the target and steps up in order to protect them. This is one of the best movies to watch on Disney Plus.

5. The Village (2004)

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Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Bryce Dallas Howard, Adrien Brody, Brendan Gleeson, Judy Greer, Michael Pitt, Cherry Jones
Genre: Mystery, Drama, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 6.6/10
Runtime: 1h 48m

Movie Plot: The story revolves around the town of Covington in Pennsylvania which is a very close-knit community having no contact with the outside world. They are frightened and afraid of the fact that they believe to be true that there are creatures in the nearby woods.

It focuses on that one young man who dares to challenge the unknown creatures present in the nearby woods and plans to fight them off. This is one of the best drama movies of all time.

6. The Place Beyond The Pines

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Director: Derek Cianfrance
Writer: Derek Cianfrance, Darius Marder, Ben Coccio
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Dane DeHaan, Bradley Cooper, Emory Cohen, Rose Byrne, Ben Mendelsohn, Ray Liotta, Bruce Greenwood
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
Runtime: 2h 20m

Movie Plot: It revolves around a motorcycle stunt performed named Luke who travels from one town to another along with the carnival. When he is passing through Schenectady in upstate New York, suddenly he comes up with a decision to meet his ex-partner and finds out that he’s the father of the baby boy she gave birth to.

Now, Luke decides he’ll be there with his new-found family and gives up everything and becomes a car mechanic to make his ends meet. His employer notices the talents Luke possesses and sets him up to carry out a series of spectacular bank robberies.

7. Enemy (2013)

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Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer: Javier Gullón, José Saramago
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Sarah Gadon, Isabella Rossellini, Mélanie Laurent, Joshua Peace, Kedar Brown, Darryl Dinn, Tim Post, Misha Highstead
Genre: Mystery, Drama, Psychological, Drama
IMDB Rating: 6.9/10
Runtime: 1h 31m

Movie Plot: Adam is a mild-mannered history professor who lives a quite boring and monotonous life teaching students. A major plot twist unfolds when he finds out there is a small-time actor who looks just the way he looks, in short, he is physically identical to him and his name is Anthony.

When Adam embarks on a mission to find exactly where his look-alike lives, an appalling event takes place that leaves him in complete shock.

8. What If? (2021)

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Director: Michael Dowse
Writer: Elan Mastai, T.J. Dawe, Michael Rinaldi
Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Megan Park, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Rafe Spall, Jemima Rooper, Mackenzie Davis, Meghan Heffern, Jordan Hayes
Genre: Romance, Comedy
IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
Runtime: 1h 38m

Movie Plot: It centers on a young woman, Chantry, and a man, Wallace, who constantly struggles with intimate relationships and is fed up with this chain of events. On the other hand, Chantry is in a live-in relationship with his long-time boyfriend but Wallace feels a strange yet deep connection with her and they become best friends over time.

Together, they realize their best friend can also be the only love of your life, after all, it’s the person who knows you from top to bottom.

9. Apocalypto (2006)

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Director: Mel Gibson
Writer: Mel Gibson, Farhad Safinia
Cast: Rudy Youngblood, Raoul Trujillo, Mayra Sérbulo, Gerardo Taracena, Ariel Galván, Jonathan Brewer, Dalia Hernández, Rodolfo Palacios, Iazua Larios
Genre: Adventure, Action, Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Runtime: 2h 19m

Movie Plot: It’s a great action-adventure movie that focuses on the Mayan civilization and how they were once so great but experienced an utterly turbulent end of their time.

It focuses on a young man with idyllic existence who embarks on a dangerous journey towards a world where fear and oppression are widespread and a disturbing end is waiting for him.

This movie is undoubtedly one of the most loved and most underrated movies of all time in Australia with an incredible 7.8 rating.

10. Looper (2012)

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Director: Rian Johnson
Writer: Rian Johnson
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Pierce Gagnon, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels, Garret Dillahunt, Piper Perabo, Tracie Thoms
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Futuristic, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
Runtime: 1h 59m

Movie Plot: The movie is set in the mid-21st century and revolves around Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who is a hit man and his job is to finish victims sent back from 30 years in his future. All of these events take place when time travel is invented and when a future version of himself arrives being a target, he misses the hit.

This movie has an unconventional plotline and that’s what makes it one of the best yet most underrated movies of all time in Australia.

11. Prisoners (2013)

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Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer: Aaron Guzikowski
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard, Paul Dano, David Dastmalchian, Melissa Leo, Dylan Minnette
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime, Mystery
IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
Runtime: 2h 33m

Movie Plot: It centers on the spine-chilling story of Keller Dover’s daughter who goes missing out of nowhere along with her friend and now Keller has taken the whole matter into his own hands as he is fed up waiting for the police to match up the pace with the person who kidnapped his daughter and the pressure is building up at great volumes.

Now the real question is, how far will Keller go in order to find the culprit who kidnapped his daughter? Watch it and find out and witness more shocking events as the movie proceeds towards climax!

12. Sunshine (2007)

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Director: Danny Boyle
Writer: Alex Garland
Cast: Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh, Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Troy Garity, Hiroyuki Sanada, Benedict Wong, Cliff Curtis, Mark Strong
Genre: Sci-Fi. Thriller. Adventure. Mystery
IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
Runtime: 1h 47m

Movie Plot: The events of 50 years later are shown when mankind’s survival is lying on a thread as the sun is dying. Now, a spaceship named Our Last Hope will embark on a mission to breathe new life into the start along with a group of eight men and women.

But as soon as their connection is cut off with Earth, their mission seems to go to a place where there’s no turning back. Many unsettling events involve accidents that eventually make the crew members question their sanity. Watch this one of the best adventure movies to find out more.

13. Locke (2015)

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Director: Steven Knight
Writer: Steven Knight
Cast: Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott, Ben Daniels, Ruth Wilson, Tom Holland, Bill Milner
Genre: Drama, Psychological, Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
Runtime: 1h 25m

Movie Plot: The movie centers on the character of Ivan Locke who spends most of the year of his life working hard and eventually he made a good life out of it. But now the life he created will turn upside down in front of him.

On the night when his career is about to make a sky-high boost, he receives a phone call that puts his family, job, and soul at risk.

This movie is a perfect psychological drama that depicts how Ivan’s life changes from a 360 angle in just a few seconds.

14. A Most Violent Year (2014)

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Director: J.C. Chandor
Writer: J.C. Chandor
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Jessica Chastain, Christopher Abbott, Peter Gerety, Elyes Gabel, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Peter Gerety, Alessandro Nivola
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime
IMDB Rating: 7.0/10
Runtime: 2h 5m

Movie Plot: 1981 was the year that was most difficult and violent for the people living in New York. Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) and his wife Anna (Jessica Chastain) are immigrants and they look towards creating a better life for their family by expanding their business in New York.

But they find uncountable obstacles in between as it’s the year that was full of violence, corruption, and decay-causing massive hindrances in their way to progression.

15. Berlin Syndrome (2017)

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Director: Cate Shortland
Writer: Shaun Grant, Melanie Joosten
Cast: Teresa Palmer, Lucie Aron, Matthias Habich, Max Riemelt, Cem Tuncay, Maia Absberg, Emma Bading, Maia Absberg, Kristina Kostiv, Charly Thorn
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Horror, Mystery
IMDB Rating: 6.2/10
Runtime: 1h 56m

Movie Plot: Who would’ve thought that a passionate romantic holiday will turn out into a complete disaster? This movie centers on an Australian photojournalist who spends a romantic night with a man but as soon as she wakes up the next morning she is unable to leave as the person he spends the night with is an obsessive man who wants to keep her under his control.

Find out by watching the complete movie the complexities that a woman faces when she finds out shocking truths about this man.

16. Coherence (2013)

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Director: James Ward Byrkit
Writer: James Ward Byrkit, Alex Manugian
Cast: Emily Baldoni, Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen, Maury Sterling, Alex Manugian, Lauren Maher, Hugo Armstrong, Lauren Maher, Lorene Scafaria
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Psychological, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
Runtime: 1h 29m

Movie Plot: Nobody would’ve thought that a sweet dinner with a couple of friends will turn into the most shocking night of their lives.

On a fine day when a group of eight friends is having dinner, a comet passes near the Earth that causes the power to go out and they discover there is only one house in the whole neighborhood where power is still intact unaware of the fact that it also holds numerous secrets.

This thriller mystery is a perfect movie to watch with friends on a weekend if you’re looking for something intense.

17. Winter’s Bone (2014)

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Director: Debra Granik
Writer: Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini, Daniel Woodrell
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Lauren Sweetser, John Hawkes, Sheryl Lee, Isaiah Stone, Ashlee Thompson, Kevin Breznahan, Shelley Waggener, Garret Dillahunt
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
Runtime: 1h 40m

Movie Plot: The movie revolves around a seventeen-year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) who is out on a mission to find his missing father in Missouri Ozarks who bailed on her after putting up the house on sale. If she isn’t successful in finding her father, Ree and her family may have to leave the house and live in the Ozark woods.

Now, Ree must do everything in order to find where his father is and while doing so she finds out many facts and begins to piece them together.

18. Watchmen (2009)

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Director: Zack Snyder
Writer: Alex Tse, Alan Moore, David Hayter, Dave Gibbons
Cast: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Carla Gugino, Matthew Goode, Matt Frewer, Stephen McHattie
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
Runtime: 2h 42m

Movie Plot: It revolves around the era of the 1980s when superheroes were outlawed and the ones operating in society are those that are permitted by the United States government and are under their control. Unexpectedly, the former superheroes discover that they’re being hunted by an unseen enemy who wants to end their life one by one.

This sci-fi thriller movie is a perfect amalgamation of brilliance and fantasy all mixed up together which makes it one of the most underrated movies of all time in Australia.

19. His House (2020)

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Director: Remi Weekes
Writer: Remi Weekes
Cast: Sope Dirisu, Matt Smith, Wunmi Mosaku, Javier Botet, Andy Gathergood, Emily Taaffe, Kevin Layne, Vivien Bridson, Lola May
Genre: Horror. Drama. Fantasy
IMDB Rating: 6.5/10
Runtime: 1h 33m

Movie Plot: This thriller movie follows the story of a refugee couple who are from war-torn South Sudan and came from there to this English town to set up their new lives but now they are struggling to do so as there is an evil lurking beneath the surface that is causing hindrance from letting them live their life fearlessly.

Certainly, one of the most underrated movies of all time in Australia. It is also one of the best Netflix movies.

20. The Game (1997)

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Director: David Fincher
Writer: John Brancato, Michael Ferris
Cast: Michael Douglas, Deborah Kara Unger, Sean Penn, James Rebhorn, Carroll Baker, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Peter Donat, Anna Katarina, Mark Boone Junior
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Psychological, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
Runtime: 2h 9m

Movie Plot: The main plot revolves around the life of a wealthy San Francisco banker who has been presented with a chance to take part in a mysterious game that could change his life. He experiences some major changes in his life as he begins to question if this is something made up to destroy his life.

21. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

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Director: Lynne Ramsay
Writer: Lynne Ramsay, Lionel Shriver
Cast: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell, Ashley Gerasimovich, Siobhan Fallon, Rock Duer, Alex Manette, Leslie Lyles
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Psychological, Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
Runtime: 1h 52m

Movie Plot: Mothers usually give up on a lot of things when they step into motherhood and the same happens with Eva who compromises and stops focusing on her career and ambition after the birth of her son Kevin.

The relationship between the mother and son is not as lovable as it is usually and when Kevin turns 15 he does something so wrong that Eva can’t come up to forgive him along with the entire community.

22. The Humans (2021)

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Director: Stephen Karam
Writer: Stephen Karam
Cast: Richard Jenkins, Beanie Feldstein, Steven Yeun, Amy Schumer, Jayne Houdyshell, June Squibb, Andrea Ilene Shapiro
Genre: Drama. Horror
IMDB Rating: 6.2/10
Runtime: 1h 48m

Movie Plot: It centers on a thanksgiving dinner in a duplex in downtown Manhattan. One fine evening, The Blake family gathers up in order to celebrate the auspicious day of Thanksgiving but as soon as the sun sets buildings start to crumble, mysterious things start to go bump in the night, and the tensions surrounding the family start to overflow.

This movie is surely one of the most underrated movies of all time in Australia so if you haven’t already checked it out, do it right away!

23. Shiva Baby (2020)

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Director: Emma Seligman
Writer: Emma Seligman
Cast: Rachel Sennott, Glynis Bell, Richard Brundage, Dianna Agron, Polly Draper, Ariel Eliaz, Molly Gordon, Danny Deferrari, Jackie Hoffman
Genre: Comedy, Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
Runtime: 1h 17m

Movie Plot: Surely, it’s an unexpected and embarrassing moment when you stumble upon your sugar daddy and ex-girlfriend at the same time. This movie focuses on a young college student who along with her parents is at a Jewish funeral service and finds her sugar daddy and ex-girlfriend over there and things start to go in an awkward direction.

24. Hunt For The Wilderpeople (2016)

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Director: Taika Waititi
Writer: Taika Waititi, Te Arepa Kahi, Barry Crump, Te Arepa Kahi
Cast: Sam Neill, Rachel House, Rima Te Wiata, Julian Dennison, Oscar Kightley, Cohen Holloway, Rhys Darby, Mike Minogue, Stan Walker
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Runtime: 1h 41m

Movie Plot: The movie centers on a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who are nowhere to be found as they are somewhere in the wild New Zealand bush and the whole community is finding them. Surely, a perfect amalgamation of comedy and adventure in case you’re looking for a light-hearted movie.

25. Bronson (2009)

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Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Writer: Nicolas Winding Refn, Brock Norman Brock
Cast: Tom Hardy, Amanda Burton, James Lance, Matt King, Kelly Adams, Edward Bennett-Coles, June Bladon, Katy Barker, William Darke
Genre: Thriller, Action, Drama, Biography
IMDB Rating: 7.0/10
Runtime: 1h 32m

Movie Plot: Michael Peterson is a 19-year-old with a high temperament who made a decision that he wants to step out of the drudgery of civilized society and head over to rob a post office. Doing so, he gets caught and is sentenced to 7 years in jail initially, but spends a total of 34 years and 30 has been spent in solitary confinement.

26. American Psycho (2000)

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Director: Mary Harron
Writer: Mary Harron, Guinevere Turner, Bret Easton Ellis
Cast: Christian Bale, Jared Leto, Willem Dafoe, Josh Lucas, Matt Ross, Bill Sage, Chloë Sevigny, Samantha Mathis, Cara Seymour
Genre: Drama, Horror, Crime
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
Runtime: 1h 42m

Movie Plot: This drama-horror movie has a quite unconventional plotline that will make you hooked to the screen till the end as it focuses on a rich New York investment banking executive who has a psychopathic personality and has kept his utterly massive ego hidden from his co-workers and friends. His fantasies are full of illogical stuff and based on gratifying himself.

This is surely one of the most underrated movies of all time in Australia, so check it out if you haven’t already.

27. The Kings of Summer (2013)

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Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Writer: Chris Galletta
Cast: Nick Robinson, Moises Arias, Nick Offerman, Gabriel Basso, Megan Mullally, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Alison Brie, Thomas Middleditch, Erin Moriarty
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Adventure
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
Runtime: 1h 35m

Movie Plot: The plot revolves around three friends Joe (Nick Robinson), Patrick (Gabriel Basso), and the unconventional and impulsive Biaggio (Moises Arias) who are on the verge of their puberty.

Together, to achieve a sense of independence and entitlement they head over to the woods to build a summer building so that they can live their life freely without their parent’s interference.

But eventually, they realize the bond of family is something you can’t run away from and it is someone who supports you whatever the circumstances.

28. Good Time (2017)

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Director: Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie
Writer: Ronald Bronstein, Joshua Safdie
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Taliah Webster, Ben Safdie, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Peter Verby, Cliff Moylan, Phil Cappadora, Barkhad Abdi, Souleymane Sy Savane
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
Runtime: 1h 42m

Movie Plot: Desperate times call for a desperate measure is indeed true especially when someone from your family is dealing with a hard time. The story revolves around Connie Nikas who is on a mission to rescue his brother out of prison after he was caught in a failed robbery and now Connie will take him out through New York City’s underworld source.

Surely, one of the best movies by Robert Pattinson that you’ll be amazed to see.

29. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)

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Director: Shane Black
Writer: Shane Black
Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Michelle Monaghan, Val Kilmer, Corbin Bernsen, Dash Mihok, Rockmond Dunbar, Larry Miller, Shannyn Sossamon
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Action
IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
Runtime: 1h 43m

Movie Plot: The movie follows the story of Harry Lockhart (ROBERT DOWNEY JR.) who tries to do the right thing but always ends up doing it the same way. He is a thief but he is mistakenly recognized as an actor and is sent to Hollywood to receive training so that he lands himself a potential role in a well-known movie.

A major plot twist unfolds when he is met by a detective, also a struggling actress, who needs his help in order to reveal facts revolving around a murder mystery.

30. Donnie Brasco (1997)

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Director: Mike Newell
Writer: Paul Attanasio, Joseph D. Pistone, Richard Woodley
Cast: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, James Russo, Bruno Kirby, Michael Madsen, Anne Heche, Zeljko Ivanek, Gretchen Mol, Gerry Becker
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 7.7/10
Runtime: 2h 7m

Movie Plot: The movie centers on Joe Pistone (Johnny Depp) who is an FBI agent who works as a mole and has good contacts with Mafia and portrays himself as the ‘jewel man’ Donnie Brasco.

He finds himself finding out more about the mafia life until he develops a criminal partnership and friendship with Lefty Ruggiero that results in Brascos mission being jeopardized.

As this movie has Johnny Depp in the lead role, you can be 100% sure that it’s worth your precious time.

31. The Prestige (2006)

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Director: Christopher Nolan
Writer: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Priest
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson, David Bowie, Andy Serkis, Rebecca Hall, Piper Perabo, Ricky Jay
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Drama
IMDB Rating: 8.5/10
Runtime: 2h 10m

Movie Plot: This movie is based on Christopher Priest’s 1996 novel and it follows the life of two magicians Robert Angier (Hugh Jackman) and Alfred Borden (Christian Bale) who are rivals and share trade secrets with each other.

They engage in a battle to create an illusion so intense that they sacrifice everything in between in order to beat each other. Their intense rivalry is depicted in the entire movie.

With a striking 8.5 IMDb rating, without any doubt, this movie enlists one of the most underrated movies of all time in Australia because of the attention-grabbing plotline it has.

32. The Fountain (2006)

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Director: Darren Aronofsky
Writer: Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Ellen Burstyn, Sean Patrick Thomas, Rachel Weisz, Donna Murphy, Mark Margolis, Cliff Curtis, Stephen McHattie, Ethan Suplee
Genre: Romance, Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery
IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
Runtime: 1h 37m

Movie Plot: The story revolves around a modern-day scientist, Tommy whose journey of 500 years into the past and future is shown. In order to find a cure for his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi, he’s trying the find the tree of life, that has the ability to give life to those who drink its liquid. Tommy tries to do everything that can save his beloved wife from dying.

Discover how he saves his wife by watching this movie that comes under the list of underrated movies of all time.

33. Annihilation (2018)

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Director: Alex Garland
Writer: Alex Garland, Jeff VanderMeer
Cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac, Gina Rodriguez, Benedict Wong, David Gyasi, Tessa Thompson, Sonoya Mizuno, Crystal Clarke
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Horror, Psychological Thriller
IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
Runtime: 1h 55m

Movie Plot: Ever wondered what will happen if the Earth is contaminated by a deadly disease? This movie follows the mission of a biologist and others who join up on a secret expedition into a mysterious zone where everything seems to be happening beyond the laws of nature.

They come to know about shocking and gruesome details and discover facts that change their life forever.

34. Killing Them Softly (2012)

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Director: Andrew Dominik
Writer: Andrew Dominik, George V. Higgins
Cast: Brad Pitt, Ben Mendelsohn, Scoot McNairy, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, Vincent Curatola, James Gandolfini, Trevor Long, Max Casella
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 6.2/10
Runtime: 1h 37m

Movie Plot: The movie centers on Frankie and Russell, two dumb ex-cons who are hired by John “The Squirrel” Amato to make chaos at a backroom poker game, rob everything there is, and then frame someone else for all they’ve done.

Unfortunately, they did not know that everything for under protection, and now hitman Jackie Cogan has been hired to find out who was behind this.

35. The Grey (2011)

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Director: Joe Carnahan
Writer: Joe Carnahan, Ian Mackenzie Jeffers
Cast: Liam Neeson, Dermot Mulroney, Dallas Roberts, Frank Grillo, Nonso Anozie, James Badge Dale, Ben Hernandez Bray, Joe Anderson, Anne Openshaw
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Action
IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
Runtime: 1h 57m

Movie Plot: This survival film revolves around an oil drilling team who are stranded in the wilderness of Alaska when their plane is crashed suddenly. They find themselves in extreme danger as there are wolves who are looking for a chance to make them their meal.

Ottway (Liam Neeson) is one of the few people who survived and is also leading the whole group of survivors and his motive is to return to his home to the love of his life, his wife. This is one of the best action movies on Netflix.

36. A Monster Calls (2017)

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Director: J.A. Bayona
Writer: Patrick Ness, Patrick Ness
Cast: Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell, James Melville, Garry Marriott, Geraldine Chaplin, Max Gabbay
Genre: Fantasy, Drama, Family
IMDB Rating: 7.4/10
Runtime: 1h 48m

Movie Plot: This fantasy movie is a heart-touching story about a young boy who feels as if his world is changed completely, he feels damaged, angry, and guilty all because he found out about his mother’s terminal illness.

He struggles the most in school because he is constantly under the target of bullies and gets pity looks from everyone. In order to overcome his problems, he seeks the help of a tree monster who can help him out in bringing a change to his current situation.

37. Edge Of Tomorrow (2014)

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Director: Doug Liman
Writer: Jez Butterworth, Christopher McQuarrie, John-Henry Butterworth, Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Jonas Armstrong, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Tony Way, Noah Taylor, Kick Gurry, Charlotte Riley
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
Runtime: 1h 53m

Movie Plot: The movie revolves around the time when humanity is fighting against an alien race and an untrained soldier William Cage (Tom Cruise) placed into a time loop who is fighting and dying constantly.

One day when he is about to die again, Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) approaches him and tells him to meet her when he enters the game again. When he finally finds him, he gets to know that she’s also experiencing the same thing.

38. Sleeping With Other People (2015)

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Director: Leslye Headland
Writer: Leslye Headland
Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Alison Brie, Jason Mantzoukas, Marc Blucas, Daniella Pineda, Natasha Lyonne, Andrea Savage
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
IMDB Rating: 6.5/10
Runtime: 1h 41m

Movie Plot: It follows the story of a friendly womanizer and a serial cheater who develop a platonic relationship that would help them in the long run but eventually find themselves attracted to each other.

Lainey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) basically knew each other since college times and when they stumble upon each other they figure out they’re dealing with the same problem and that is staying committed to one person at a time.

39. Crimson Peak (2015)

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Director: Guillermo del Toro
Writer: Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain, Doug Jones Jim Beaver, Burn Gorman, Javier Botet, Leslie Hope
Genre: Horror, Romance, Fantasy, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 6.5/10
Runtime: 1h 59m

Movie Plot: It surely is a tough situation to be in when you have to select between two people you love the most. An ambitious author finds herself in a hard-hitting spot when she is confused between the lover of her childhood friend and the attraction of a mysterious person.

She is also seen trying to escape her horrifying past and that is what makes this movie enlist among the most underrated movies of all time in Australia.

40. Equilibrium (2002)

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Director: Kurt Wimmer
Writer: Kurt Wimmer
Cast: Christian Bale, Emily Watson, Angus MacFadyen, Taye Diggs, William Fichtner, Sean Pertwee, Dominic Purcell, Sean Bean, Matthew Harbour
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Action
IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
Runtime: 1h 47m

Movie Plot: This sci-fi thriller movie focuses on the events of a futuristic world where every kind of emotion is forbidden such as books, art, and music and even feeling is considered a crime that would land you in hot waters if you did.

The top-ranking government agent Cleric John Preston (Bale) is the person who destroys everyone who tries to resist the rules set by the futuristic government.

If you are a die-hard fan of Christian Bale, you definitely have to check this movie out as it will completely satisfy your sci-fi entertainment cravings.

41. Daredevil (2003)

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Director: Mark Steven Johnson

Writer: Mark Steven Johnson
Cast: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell, Michael Clarke Duncan, Joe Pantoliano, Jon Favreau, Ellen Pompeo, Erick Avari, David Keith
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Crime
IMDB Rating: 5.3/10
Runtime: 1h 43m

Movie Plot: Ever heard of the fact that people who are blind have their other four senses extremely sharp? The movie focuses on the life of Attorney Matt Murdock who happens to be blind but the other four senses he has are extremely sharp with superhuman capabilities.

During the daytime, he is downtrodden and by the night time, he turns into a Daredevil, who seeks justice from bad people in the darkness.

42. The Vast of Night (2019)

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Director: Andrew Patterson
Writer: Andrew Patterson, Craig W. Sanger
Cast: Sierra McCormick, Bruce Davis, Gail Cronauer, Jake Horowitz, Mollie Milligan, Gary Teague, Mallorie Rodak, Richard Jackson, Brett Brock
Genre: Sci-Fi, Mystery, Drama
IMDB Rating: 6.7/10
Runtime: 1h 31m

Movie Plot: It showcases the era of 1950 in Cayuga, New Mexico when a young, charming switchboard operator Fay Crocker (Sierra McCormick) and appealing radio DJ Everett Sloan (Jake Horowitz) come to know about an audio frequency so odd that could become the reason behind their bright future.

This mystery drama movie is one of the most underrated movies of all time in Australia which will leave your entertainment cravings satisfied.

43. Children of Men (2006)

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Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Writer: David Arata, Timothy J. Sexton, Alfonso Cuarón, Hawk Ostby
Cast: Clive Owen, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julianne Moore, Peter Mullan Clare-Hope Ashitey, Pam Ferris, Danny Huston, Charlie Hunnam
Genre: Sci-Fi, Mystery, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 7.9/10
Runtime: 1h 49m

Movie Plot: This movie revolves around the year 2027 and the infertility defect in the population when an 18-year-old dies and humanity is about the experience extinction of its presence.

Now, cynical bureaucrat Theo (Owen) is the only chance at Earth’s survival as he agrees to transport a woman who got pregnant miraculously to a refuge at the sea. This movie is surely one of the most underrated movies of all time in Australia so if you haven’t already watched it, do it right away!

44. The Lost City of Z (2016)

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Director: James Gray
Writer: James Gray, David Grann
Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Angus MacFadyen, Edward Ashley, Tom Mulheron, Bobby Smalldridge, Aleksandar Jovanovic
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Biography
IMDB Rating: 6.6/10
Runtime: 2h 21m

Movie Plot: This movie is based on a true story of an explorer named Percy Fawcett in 1925 who is on a journey toward the Amazon jungles in Brazil. While mapping the jungle, he stumbles upon a mythical city that he started to call ‘Z’.

Later on, he receives backlash from his peers that everything about this jungle is a fraud and he heads back to the jungle along with his son in the middle of insects, poison darts, snakes, and disease to support his discovery.

If you’re into biographies, this movie is the perfect one for you!

45. Dredd (2012)

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Director: Pete Travis
Writer: Alex Garland, John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra
Cast: Karl Urban, Lena Headey, Wood Harris, Olivia Thirlby, Warrick Grier, Rakie Ayola, Deobia Oparei, Domhnall Gleeson, Jason Cope
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Crime
IMDB Rating: 7.1/10
Runtime: 1h 35m

Movie Plot: It centers on a violent, futuristic city where police have the authority of all other professions. They can act as an executioner, judge, jury you name it. Cruel policeman Dredd and psychic trainee Cassandra find out the facts behind three brutal murders and while doing so they come across a drug den that is run by the vicious drug lord Ma-Ma.

46. Lord of War (2005)

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Director: Andrew Niccol
Writer: Andrew Niccol
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Bridget Moynahan, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto, Ian Holm, Jean-Pierre Nshanian, Sammi Rotibi, Eamonn Walker, Shake Tukhmanyan
Genre: Thriller, Action, Drama
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
Runtime: 2h 2m

Movie Plot: This movie follows the story of an arms dealer Yuri Orlov (NICOLAS CAGE) who has been tracked down by an Interpol agent but being an intelligent man he always manages to stay one step ahead of that persistent Interpol agent.

Now, Yuri must do everything to not get caught by that Interpol agent as he is a relentless guy who’ll to extreme depth in order to catch him.

47. Eastern Promises (2007)

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Director: David Cronenberg
Writer: Steven Knight
Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Donald Sumpter, Jerzy Skolimowski, Sinead Cusack, Josef Altin, Mina E. Mina
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mafia, Crime
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
Runtime: 1h 40m

Movie Plot: Nikolai is an enigmatic and charismatic man who is born in Russia and happens to be working as a chauffeur for one of the most infamous families in the Eastern European crime ring.

It revolves around the incident consisting of a teenager who departs the world while giving birth and leaves behind several clues in a journal that points toward a violent Russian mob family.

48. Brick (2009)

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Director: Rian Johnson
Writer: Rian Johnson
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lukas Haas, Matt O’Leary, Noah Fleiss, Nora Zehetner, Richard Roundtree, Meagan Good, Emilie de Ravin, Brian J. White
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Crime
IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
Runtime: 1h 50m

Movie Plot: Brendan Fry has an introverted personality and he chooses to stay on his own instead of getting too involved, in short, he’s a loner in his high school. His life turns upside down when he comes to know the girl he loves is no more and then he digs into the school’s social strata to find out answers to all the questions erupting in his mind.

Find out by watching it how he solves this mystery as it is one of the most underrated movies of all time in Australia with an attention-grabbing plotline.

49. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)

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Director: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Writer: Chiwetel Ejiofor, William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer
Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Joseph Marcell, Aïssa Maiga, Maxwell Simba, Noma Dumezweni, Lemogang Tsipa, Lily Banda, Beatus Ble Msamange, Kelvin Maxwell Ngoma
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
IMDB Rating: 7.6/10
Runtime: 1h 53m

Movie Plot: The movie revolves around a hardworking boy in Malawi who wants to help out his family and the entire village by creating a wind turbine that could save them from a deadly famine. He invents this unconventional way of building a wind turbine all by reading about them in a library.

50. I Am Not an Easy Man (2018)

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Director: Eleonore Pourriat
Writer: Ariane Fert, Eleonore Pourriat
Cast: Vincent Elbaz, Pierre Bénézit, Blanche Gardin, Marie-Sophie Ferdane, Moon Dailly, , Camille Landru-Girardet, Céline Menville
Genre: Comedy
IMDB Rating: 6.3/10
Runtime: 1h 38m

Movie Plot: A chauvinist doesn’t understand the real meaning of feminism until they’re truly tested. It revolves around an unabashed sexist who receives a taste of his own medicine when he goes to sleep one night and wakes up in a world full of women in authoritative positions and engages in a conflict with an extremely powerful female author.

Conclusion

We’re pretty sure you’d not be aware of the movie titles listed above as they are the most underrated movies of all time in Australia. So hurry up, make some popcorn, dim the lights with a comfy blanket and start streaming these underrated movies enriched with the best content because they surely deserve attention due to their awesome plotlines!

Chris Mack

Chris Mack

Chris is a technology and entertainment writer whose main interests revolve around the art of writing and expression. He loves writing research-based articles in different niches and translating his thoughts into words that inspire others.


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