After a month of polling, with 13,107 votes cast by the film fans of Australia, here it is - your 100 most beloved movies of all time. A mighty list it is. Where else can you see Rear Window (84th), The Castle (53rd) and Pulp Fiction (8th) mentioned in the same breath? Democracy in all its glory. See here for a printable checklist of this top 100.


94

Donnie Darko

Nothing unusual here: just a high school movie about time travelling wormholes and a demonic six-foot rabbit who encourages Jake Gyllenhaal to do bad things. The first film from writer/director Richard Kelly became an instant cult classic when it arrived like a clap of thunder in 2001, captivating audiences with a batshit crazy storyline and a surreal midnight movie atmosphere.


84

Rear Window

Cinema's most memorable portrayal of a voyeur stars a wheelchair-bound James Stewart, who spies on his neighbours with a pair of binoculars and a powerful camera lens. Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 thriller – widely regarded as one of the master's greatest works – forces the audience to participate in the protagonist's voyeuristic behaviour. Rear Window continues to fascinate audiences and is endlessly studied, referenced and parodied.


83

The Shining

Stanley Kubrick's horror opus famously handed Jack Nicholson an axe and armed him with lines of off-the-wall dialogue like "Hheeeerreee's Johnny!" Regarded as the absolute peak of Stephen King adaptations (although King himself famously did not like it) The Shining went on to become a staple of pop culture. Redrum! The spooky twins! Room 237! That chase through the maze! So many moments.


82

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

A premise about a medical procedure that allows people to erase their memories turns this bittersweet romantic movie into a truly bizarre exploration of love, loss and soul mates. Who could forget the chemistry between Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet? Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was penned by the great Charlie Kaufman, a rare example of a screenwriter with as much cachet – sometimes more – as any of his directors.


78

The Big Lebowski

The Dude abides, but he ain't gonna tolerate anybody micturating on his rug. When Jeff Bridges grew out his hair, donned a cardigan and gulped down several dozen White Russians, he and the film's writer/directors, the Coen brothers, created a cultural institution. Receiving mixed reviews at the time of release, The Big Lebowski grew into a cult classic, praised for its hilarious dialogue and eccentric characters.


53

The Castle

The story of fair dinkum battler Darryl Kerrigan fighting a compulsory acquisition went straight to the pool room of Australian culture. Director Rob Sitch's low budget David vs Goliath story is one of our best-loved and most quoted comedies, becoming the jewel in the crown of the production company Working Dog, who are best-known for TV shows including Frontline and The D-Generation. Everybody can recite a quote from The Castle, from "so much serenity!" to “tell ‘em ta get stuffed!”