Best New Zealand-Australian Crime Dramas

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1. Once Were Warriors (1994)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama

A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts.

Director: Lee Tamahori | Stars: Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, Julian Arahanga

Votes: 29,919 | Gross: $2.20M

2. What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? (1999)

108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

This sequel to the New Zealand-set drama "Once Were Warriors" revisits alcoholic Maori man Jake Heke (Temuera Morrison) and his wife, Beth (Rena Owen), who have separated, largely due to ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Mune | Stars: Temuera Morrison, Rena Owen, Clint Eruera, Nancy Brunning

Votes: 3,036

3. Crooked Earth (2001)

100 min | Drama

Forces of tradition and tribal pride collide with government authority.

Director: Sam Pillsbury | Stars: Temuera Morrison, Jaime Passier-Armstrong, Lawrence Makoare, Quinton Hita

Votes: 213

4. Two Hands (1999)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

A 19 year old finds himself in debt to a local gangster when some gang loot disappears and sets him on the run from thugs. Meanwhile two street kids start a shopping spree when they find the missing money.

Director: Gregor Jordan | Stars: Heath Ledger, Bryan Brown, David Field, Tom Long

Votes: 9,617

5. Vigilante (II) (2008)

R | 90 min | Action

When Luke is viciously attacked and his fiancée is raped and murdered, he pledges to train himself in deadly hand to hand combat and use it against any wrong doers who dare to cross his path.

Director: Aash Aaron | Stars: Robert Díaz, Margot Robbie, Kazuya Wright, Ozzie Devrish

Votes: 354

6. Gettin' Square (2003)

Not Rated | 100 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Barry's released after 8 years prison with good intentions. He looks for work - difficult with a record. Both his kid brother and friend won't stay out of crime.

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky | Stars: Sam Worthington, David Wenham, Timothy Spall, Freya Stafford

Votes: 2,801

7. Pros and Ex-Cons (2005)

R | 92 min | Action

After completing their job, two ex-cons, are quickly informed that they have assassinated the wrong individual. With the stakes high they must quickly correct their mistake before covers are blown and innocent lives are lost.

Director: Timothy Boyle | Stars: Sam Worthington, Steve Bastoni, John Boxer, Jason Crewes

Votes: 304

8. Dirty Deeds (2002)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Crime

1973 Sydney: An Australian gangster sees booming business, due to U.S. soldiers being in town for relaxing between their tours to the Vietnam war, attracts the attention of first the Chicago mafia, and then their East Coast competitors.

Director: David Caesar | Stars: Bryan Brown, Toni Collette, John Goodman, Sam Neill

Votes: 3,060

9. Jack Irish: Bad Debts (2012 TV Movie)

90 min | Crime, Drama

A former criminal lawyer is getting his life back together and now spends his days as a part-time investigator, debt collector, apprentice cabinet maker, punter and finding those who don't ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Walker | Stars: Guy Pearce, Marta Dusseldorp, Aaron Pedersen, Roy Billing

Votes: 1,837

10. Jack Irish: Black Tide (2012 TV Movie)

93 min | Crime, Drama

Jack Irish has no shortage of friends, but family members are few and far between. His wife was murdered by an ex-client and his father is a fading photo on the pubs football wall of fame. ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Walker | Stars: Guy Pearce, Marta Dusseldorp, Aaron Pedersen, Roy Billing

Votes: 1,397

11. Jack Irish: Dead Point (2014 TV Movie)

83 min | Crime, Drama

When a high profile judge commissions Jack Irish to locate a mysterious red book, Jack is thrown into a world of sexy club owners, drug dealers and unhinged killers.

Director: Jeffrey Walker | Stars: Guy Pearce, Marta Dusseldorp, Aaron Pedersen, Roy Billing

Votes: 1,112

12. Animal Kingdom (2010)

R | 113 min | Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him.

Director: David Michôd | Stars: James Frecheville, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton, Bryce Lindemann

Votes: 52,402 | Gross: $1.04M

13. Kiss or Kill (1997)

R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

After a robbery scam that goes bad, lovers Nikki and Al take off into the Australian outback, pursued by the police and a malevolent footballer named Zipper Doyle, and meet a number of offbeat characters.

Director: Bill Bennett | Stars: Matt Day, Frances O'Connor, Tiffany Peters, Julie Wood

Votes: 1,257 | Gross: $0.73M

14. Crawl (2011)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Thriller

A seedy bar owner hires a mysterious Croatian to commit murder, but a planned double-crossing backfires when a young waitress is taken hostage. A suspenseful, yet darkly humorous chain of events builds to a bloodcurdling climax.

Director: Paul China | Stars: George Shevtsov, Bob Newman, Georgina Haig, Baz McAlister

Votes: 1,117

15. Idiot Box (1996)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Looking for the fast track out of suburban hell, two natural born losers scheme an impossible heist. Mick is slack, cynical, and most of all, unemployed. He masterminds the plan while Kev, ... See full summary »

Director: David Caesar | Stars: Ben Mendelsohn, Jeremy Sims, John Polson, Graeme Blundell

Votes: 780

16. Stickmen (2001)

R | 98 min | Drama

Three young men unwittingly become involved in an underground pool tournament.

Director: Hamish Rothwell | Stars: Robbie Magasiva, Paolo Rotondo, Scott Wills, Simone Kessell

Votes: 1,405

17. Contract Killers (2014)

TV-14 | 95 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Double-crossed by those he trusted the most, a newbie government hit man discovers that he's the target for the world's most dangerous assassin and so begins a ruthless game of kill first or be killed.

Director: Mathew John Pearson | Stars: Richard Alexander, Dallas Barnett, Renee Cataldo, Kerry Glamsch

Votes: 382

18. The Custodian (1993)

R | 109 min | Drama, Romance

A police detective decides to expose the pervasive corruption that permeates his department.

Director: John Dingwall | Stars: Anthony LaPaglia, Hugo Weaving, Barry Otto, Kelly Dingwall

Votes: 251

19. Chopper (2000)

R | 94 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

65 Metascore

Chopper tells the intense story of Mark "Chopper" Read, a legendary criminal who wrote his autobiography while serving a jail sentence in prison. His book, "From the Inside", upon which the film is based, was a best-seller.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Eric Bana, Simon Lyndon, Vince Colosimo, Renée Brack

Votes: 35,003 | Gross: $0.23M

20. True Crime: Siege (2012 TV Movie)

90 min | Crime, Drama

On the 7th of May 2009, Senior Constables Len Snee, Grant Diver and Bruce Miller arrived at 41 Chaucer Rd in Napier to serve a search warrant on Jan Molenaar for the growing of cannabis. ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Smith | Stars: Joel Tobeck, Mark Mitchinson, Miriama Smith, Alistair Browning

Votes: 184

21. Risk (2000)

R | 93 min | Drama, Crime, Thriller

A naïve insurance adjuster comes under the tutelage of his jaded boss and gets caught in a web of deceit and lust.

Director: Alan White | Stars: Tom Long, Claudia Karvan, Melissa Madden-Gray, Bryan Brown

Votes: 490

22. The Bank (2001)

Not Rated | 104 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

54 Metascore

The Bank is a thriller about banking, corruption and alchemy.

Director: Robert Connolly | Stars: David Wenham, Anthony LaPaglia, Sibylla Budd, Steve Rodgers

Votes: 2,727

23. Stiff (2004 TV Movie)

93 min | Comedy, Crime

Murray Whelan, a young political adviser to the Labor Minister for Ethnic Affairs, must play detective when he gets unwillingly dragged into a murder investigation. Based on a popular Australian series of detective books.

Director: John Clarke | Stars: David Wenham, Mick Molloy, Deborah Kennedy, Julian O'Donnell

Votes: 196

24. Rush (2008–2011)

45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Rush follows the lives of members of the prestigious Tactical Response team (TR), which is based on the real life Victoria Police Critical Incident Response Team, a highly mobile unit that ... See full summary »

Stars: Rodger Corser, Callan Mulvey, Nicole da Silva, Ashley Zukerman

Votes: 1,439

25. Underbelly (2008–2013)

60 min | Crime, Drama, History

Each season of this multi award winning Television series takes you through a 13 episode run in the rise and fall of real life Australian underworld figures as told from both sides of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Caroline Craig, Gary Bennett, Marcus Shultz, Paul Tassone

Votes: 4,007

26. Son of a Gun (2014)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Drama

49 Metascore

JR busts out of prison with Brendan Lynch, Australia's most notorious criminal, and joins Lynch's gang for a gold heist that soon pits the two men against one another.

Director: Julius Avery | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites, Alicia Vikander, Brendan Kerkvliet

Votes: 24,769

27. The Silence (2006 TV Movie)

R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A police officer traumatized by a recent crime is reassigned as a curator for a police photographic exhibition. In his new role, he discovers connections between a series of murders that ... See full summary »

Director: Cate Shortland | Stars: Richard Roxburgh, Essie Davis, Alice McConnell, Emily Barclay

Votes: 166

28. City Homicide (2007–2011)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Set on the Homicide floor of a police headquarters in Melbourne, Australia, detectives work to bring justice for the deceased.

Stars: Shane Bourne, Nadine Garner, Aaron Pedersen, Damien Richardson

Votes: 849

29. Water Rats (1996–2001)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Beneath its surface exists a playground for the murky underworld, a place of illicit rubbish dumps. pollution hazards, the remnants of huge drug hauls, and a graveyard of bodies from years ... See full summary »

Stars: Brett Partridge, Peter Bensley, Toni Scanlan, Jay Laga'aia

Votes: 632

30. Blue Heelers (1994–2006)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The series primarily focuses on the daily lives of Victorian police officers working at a police station in the fictional small town of Mount Thomas.

Stars: John Wood, Julie Nihill, Martin Sacks, Lisa McCune

Votes: 816

31. Murder Call (1997–1999)

50 min | Drama, Crime, Thriller

Centers on homicide detective odd couple, Tessa Vance, and her partner Steve Hayden. Shot in Sydney, Australia, the show was known for portraying gripping crime drama, while displaying the grittier side of urban Sydney.

Stars: Lucy Bell, Peter Mochrie, Geoff Morrell, Glenda Linscott

Votes: 172

32. Outlaws (2017)

R | 92 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

24 Metascore

1% is set within the primal underworld of outlaw motorcycle club gangs. It follows the heir to the throne of a motorcycle club who has to betray his president to save his brother's life.

Director: Stephen McCallum | Stars: Ryan Corr, Abbey Lee, Simone Kessell, Josh McConville

Votes: 560



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