In honor of Australia Day (Jan. 26), let's take a moment and pay homage to the great movies (and directors and actors) who've come our way from Down Under since the renaissance in Australian film that began four decades ago.

It's been a lot more than "shrimp on the barbie" cliches, austere Outback landscapes, and quirky ABBA-loving city folk. Though there have been a lot of all those things as well. If you need a primer on the glories of modern Aussie cinema, you should start with these 22 essential films.