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by bennynails | created - 05 Feb 2018 | updated - 6 days ago | Public

My favourite mini-series in order

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1. Gallipoli (2015)

War

Four young Australian boys join the military and are sent to Gallipoli.

Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Harry Greenwood, Sam Parsonson, Tom Budge

Votes: 1,323

2. Bodyline (1984)

330 min | Drama, History, Sport

Dramatization of the 1932/33 Test cricket series between England and Australia. Played in Australia, the series gained notoriety in Australian and worldwide cricketing history for the fact ... See full summary »

Stars: Hugo Weaving, Gary Sweet, Jim Holt, Rhys McConnochie

Votes: 637

3. The Drug Years (2006– )

Documentary

A look at the rise of illicit drug use and its cultural influence in the second half of the last century.

Stars: Anthony DeCurtis, Martin Torgoff, John Leland, Corey Feldman

Votes: 318

4. Chernobyl (2019)

TV-MA | 330 min | Drama, History, Thriller

In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes.

Stars: Jessie Buckley, Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Adam Nagaitis

Votes: 381,988

5. The Pacific (2010)

TV-MA | 530 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The Pacific Theatre of World War II, as seen through the eyes of several young Marines.

Stars: James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, Jon Seda, Ashton Holmes

Votes: 90,960

6. Planet Earth (2006)

TV-PG | 538 min | Documentary

Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, five years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition.

Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Huw Cordey, Doug Allan

Votes: 154,522

7. Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music (2016)

Documentary, History, Music

Soundbreaking explores the history of recorded music. Featuring more than 150 original interviews, the series charts a century's worth of innovation and experimentation, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the birth of brand new sounds.

Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Todd Boyd, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson, Don Was

Votes: 1,067

8. When They See Us (2019)

TV-MA | 296 min | Biography, Drama, History

Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Based on the true story.

Stars: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Marquis Rodriguez

Votes: 52,888

9. Gulliver's Travels (1996)

PG | 186 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

An Englishman returns after nine years abroad and tells strange stories of the tiny people of Lilliput, the giants of Brobdingnang, the flying island Laputa, and the Houyhnhnms, a race of intelligent horses.

Stars: Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, James Fox, Robert Hardy

Votes: 6,001

10. Long Way Round (2004– )

TV-PG | 315 min | Documentary, Adventure

This documentary series follows actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on a motorcycle trip around the world. The two friends will travel through such places as Siberia, Kazakhstan, ... See full summary »

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman, David Alexanian, Russ Malkin

Votes: 11,048

11. Unbelievable (2019– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Crime, Drama

Based on the true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the two female detectives who followed the path to the truth.

Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Toni Collette, Merritt Wever, Blake Ellis

Votes: 34,347

12. Cloudstreet (2011)

342 min | Drama

The lives of two working class Australian families who come to live together at One Cloud Street, over a period of twenty years, 1943 - 1963.

Stars: Kerry Fox, Geoff Morrell, Stephen Curry, Essie Davis

Votes: 462

13. The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe (1988)

Unrated | 171 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Four kids travel to the magical land of Narnia where they must battle an evil queen with the direction of the lion, Aslan.

Stars: Richard Dempsey, Sophie Cook, Jonathan R. Scott, Sophie Wilcox

Votes: 5,315

14. World Tour of Australia (1996– )

Documentary, Comedy

Billy Connolly's World Tour of Australia is the second in a line of 'world tours' that follow comedian Billy Connolly on his various travels across the globe.

Stars: Billy Connolly, India Bhauti, Barry Clarke, Ken Done

Votes: 138

15. Sonic Highways (2014– )

60 min | Documentary, Music

Sonic Highways commemorates the Foo Fighters 20th anniversary by documenting the eight-city recording odyssey that produced their latest, and eighth, studio album.

Stars: Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Randy Horte, Rami Jaffee

Votes: 3,193

16. Blood and Thunder: The Sound of Alberts (2015)

Documentary

I've only watched the second half of the second episode, but, if you a child of Australian Rock n' Roll, this is not a series to be missed. I'm going back to find out where I can catch with... See full summary »

Stars: David Field, Jacques Albert, Jane Albert, Michael Chugg

Votes: 38

17. Bodyguard (2018– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A contemporary thriller featuring the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London's Metropolitan Police Service.

Stars: Richard Madden, Sophie Rundle, Vincent Franklin, Ash Tandon

Votes: 74,368

18. Sinatra: All or Nothing at All (2015– )

TV-14 | 240 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

SINATRA: All or Nothing at All is an up-close and personal examination of the life, music and career of the legendary entertainer. Told in his own words from hours of archived interviews, ... See full summary »

Stars: Sammy Davis Jr., Pete Hamill, Phil Kuntz, John Lahr

Votes: 1,528

19. Friday on My Mind (2017– )

Drama

Friday On My Mind charts the rise of Aussie rock band, The Easybeats.

Stars: William Rush, Du Toit Bredenkamp, Christian Byers, Arthur McBain

Votes: 101

21. Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003)

130 min | Biography, Drama, History

A unique slant, profiling the life of Adolf Hitler as a child and his rise through the ranks of the National Socialist German Workers' Party prior to World War II.

Stars: Peter Stormare, Friedrich von Thun, Peter O'Toole, Zoe Telford

Votes: 20,035

22. Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo (2011)

60 min | Biography, Drama, History

The Whitlam era as seen through the eyes of Cleo magazine and its young editor, Ita Buttrose.

Stars: Asher Keddie, Rob Carlton, Jessica Tovey, Ian Meadows

Votes: 257

23. Wake in Fright (2017)

Not Rated | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A young schoolteacher finds himself marooned in a small mining town in the outback, where a string of dangerous events render him a broken, desperate man.

Stars: Sean Keenan, Alex Dimitriades, Caren Pistorius, Gary Sweet

Votes: 245

24. Long Way Down (2007– )

519 min | Documentary

Two guys take a trip of several months on motorcycles. They travel from the North of Scotland, down through Europe, into Africa, finally winding up in Cape Town, South Africa.

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman, David Alexanian, Russ Malkin

Votes: 4,402

25. Planet Earth II (2016)

TV-G | 298 min | Documentary

David Attenborough returns in this breathtaking documentary showcasing life on Planet Earth.

Star: David Attenborough

Votes: 81,382

26. Deadline Gallipoli (2015)

197 min | Drama, War

Three journalists, Charles Bean, Ellis Ashmead Bartlett and Phillip Schuler, arrive at Gallipoli with the invading British and Allied troops in 1915. They will report the war but are ... See full summary »

Stars: Sam Worthington, Hugh Dancy, Joel Jackson, Charles Dance

Votes: 627

27. Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of INXS (2014)

TV-MA | 180 min | Drama

The story of INXS, their personal lives and their rise to fame from Australian pubs to stadiums all around the world.

Stars: Damon Herriman, Luke Arnold, Hugh Sheridan, Andrew Ryan

Votes: 1,102

28. Collateral (2018)

TV-MA | 57 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

London detectives investigating the seemingly random murder of a pizza delivery man uncover a convoluted case of interlocking circumstances amid a cross-section of British society.

Stars: Carey Mulligan, Jeany Spark, Nicola Walker, Nathaniel Martello-White

Votes: 10,389

29. Alice in Wonderland (1999 TV Movie)

PG | 150 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Alice (Tina Majorino) falls down a rabbit hole, and finds herself in Wonderland, a fantasy land of strange characters and ideas.

Director: Nick Willing | Stars: Tina Majorino, Whoopi Goldberg, Robbie Coltrane, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 7,304

30. Merlin (1998)

Not Rated | 182 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The legendary wizard tells his story of his war against Queen Mab of the Sidhe and his creation of Camelot.

Stars: Sam Neill, Helena Bonham Carter, John Gielgud, Rutger Hauer

Votes: 19,638

31. Wanderlust (2018– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

A therapist tries to save her marriage after a cycling accident causes them to reassess their relationship.

Stars: Toni Collette, Steven Mackintosh, Joe Hurst, Emma D'Arcy

Votes: 3,471

32. Underground: The Julian Assange Story (2012)

Not Rated | 94 min | Biography, Drama

A look at the early career of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange.

Director: Robert Connolly | Stars: Rachel Griffiths, Anthony LaPaglia, Alex Williams, Laura Wheelwright

Votes: 1,856

33. The King (2007 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Drama

The King is the story of Graham Kennedy, Australia's first and greatest home grown TV superstar. It traces his rise and rise, from working class Balaclava kid, through radio, TV, film, and ... See full summary »

Director: Matthew Saville | Stars: Stephen Curry, Shaun Micallef, Garry McDonald, Steve Bisley

Votes: 224

34. Moby Dick (1998)

PG | 180 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his Captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick.

Stars: Henry Thomas, Patrick Stewart, Bruce Spence, Hugh Keays-Byrne

Votes: 3,511

35. Molly (2016)

Drama

The story of how, from the early 1970s, Australia's eccentric Ian 'Molly' Meldrum became a loved and respected rock music guru as host of the TV show Countdown.

Stars: Samuel Johnson, T.J. Power, Tom O'Sullivan, Ben Gerrard

Votes: 268

36. Howzat! Kerry Packer's War (2012)

180 min | Drama, Sport

The Ashes is the pinnacle of world cricket with two old enemies, Australia and England, going head to head. This series is the story of World Series Cricket and its creator, Australian ... See full summary »

Stars: Lachy Hulme, Abe Forsythe, Damon Gameau, Brendan Cowell

Votes: 537

37. Tenacious D: Post-Apocalypto (2018– )

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Jables and Kage were living their lives when nuclear war breaks out. After surviving the onslaught by hiding in a 1950s refrigerator, they now must wander the post apocalyptic world in this Tenacious D extravaganza.

Stars: Kyle Gass, Jack Black

Votes: 282

38. Manhunt: Unabomber (2017– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama

An in-depth look at how an FBI profiler helped track down the terrorist Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber.

Stars: Sam Worthington, Jeremy Bobb, Ben Weber, Chris Noth

Votes: 40,296



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