Movies set in Ireland

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1.
In the Name of the Father (1993)
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A man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them. (133 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
 
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The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
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Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces. (127 mins.)
Director: Ken Loach
 
3.
Michael Collins (1996)
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Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War. (133 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
4.
My Left Foot (1989)
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Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot. (103 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
 
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The Secret of Kells (2009)
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A young boy in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids is beckoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. (75 mins.)
 
6.
Rory O'Shea Was Here (2004)
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When the kinetic Rory moves into his room in the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, his effect on the home is immediate. Most telling is his friendship with Michael, a young man with cerebral palsy and nearly unintelligible speech. Somehow, Rory understands Michael, and encourages him to experience life outside the confines of home. (104 mins.)
 
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Once (2007)
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A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story. (85 mins.)
Director: John Carney
 
8.
Kisses (2008)
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Two kids, Dylan and Kylie, run away from home at Christmas and spend a night of magic and terror on the streets of inner-city Dublin. (72 mins.)
Director: Lance Daly
 
9.
The Quiet Man (1952)
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A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love. (129 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
10.
Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
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In the 1970s, a young trans woman, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age by leaving her Irish town for London, in part to look for her mother and in part because her gender identity is beyond the town's understanding. (128 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
11.
Ryan's Daughter (1970)
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Set in the wake of the 1916 Easter Rising, a married woman in a small Irish village has an affair with a troubled British officer. (206 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
12.
Waking Ned Devine (1998)
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When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money. (91 mins.)
Director: Kirk Jones
 
13.
The Guard (2011)
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An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is partnered with an up-tight F.B.I. agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring. (96 mins.)
 
14.
Barry Lyndon (1975)
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An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England. (184 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
15.
Hunger (2008)
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Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike. (96 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
 
16.
The Commitments (1991)
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When Jimmy Rabbitte wants to start a band, he has open auditions at his house. (118 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
17.
Angela's Ashes (1999)
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Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences... (145 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
18.
Adam & Paul (2004)
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Two drug addicts negotiate their way through Dublin's city centre, encountering friends and family as they search for their next fix. (83 mins.)
 
19.
Borstal Boy (2000)
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Irish writer and political activist Brendan Behan, is befriended as a teenager in a British labor camp by a liberal warden. (91 mins.)
Director: Peter Sheridan
 
20.
The Butcher Boy (1997)
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Francie and Joe live the usual playful, fantasy filled childhoods of normal boys. However, with a violent... (110 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
21.
The Crying Game (1992)
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A British soldier is kidnapped by IRA terrorists. He befriends one of his captors, who is drawn into the soldier's world. (112 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
22.
Dancing at Lughnasa (1998)
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Five unmarried sisters make the most of their simple existence in rural Ireland in the 1930s. (95 mins.)
Director: Pat O'Connor
 
23.
Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)
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A wily old codger matches wits with the king of the leprechauns and helps play matchmaker for his daughter and the strapping lad who has replaced him as caretaker. (93 mins.)
 
24.
Dead Bodies (2003)
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The return of a vengeful ex-girlfriend sets into motion a series of gruesome events for a hapless Irish bachelor in director Robert Quinn's grim black comedy. (88 mins.)
Director: Robert Quinn
 
25.
Disco Pigs (2001)
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A twisted rite of passage. (93 mins.)
 
26.
Divorcing Jack (1998)
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Black romantic comedy set around the troubled "peace process" and its effect on a cynical Belfast hack. (110 mins.)
Director: David Caffrey
 
27.
Flight of the Doves (1971)
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While fleeing across the Irish countryside, two orphans are pursued by their villainous uncle, a master of disguises. (105 mins.)
Director: Ralph Nelson
 
28.
Far and Away (1992)
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A young man leaves Ireland with his landlord's daughter after some trouble with her father, and they... (140 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
29.
The Field (1990)
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"Bull" McCabe's family has farmed a field for generations, sacrificing endlessly for the sake of the land... (107 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
 
30.
Finian's Rainbow (1968)
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Of Glocca Morra, Ireland, Finian McLongeran, who has his own unique belief system of Irish legends, uproots himself and his adult daughter... (141 mins.)
 
31.
Bloody Sunday (2002)
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A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972. (107 mins.)
Director: Paul Greengrass
 
32.
The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
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Three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum. (114 mins.)
Director: Peter Mullan
 
33.
War of the Buttons (1994)
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The children of Ballydowse & Carrickdowse engage in battles in which they cut off the buttons, shoe-laces... (94 mins.)
Director: John Roberts
 
34.
P.S. I Love You (2007)
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A young widow discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life. (126 mins.)
 
35.
What Richard Did (2012)
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What Richard Did follows Richard Karlsen, golden-boy athlete and undisputed alpha-male of his privileged set of South Dublin teenagers... (88 mins.)
 
36.
Agnes Browne (1999)
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The unexpected death of her husband sends a woman and her seven children, ages 2-14, into emotional turmoil and financial crisis in 1967 Dublin... (92 mins.)
Director: Anjelica Huston
 
37.
The Actors (2003)
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Two failed actors decide to pull a con on a local gangster by pretending to be the people he owes money to. (91 mins.)
Director: Conor McPherson
 
38.
About Adam (2000)
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A waitress falls for a handsome customer who seduces her, her two sisters, her brother, and her brother's girlfriend. (97 mins.)
 
39.
Between the Canals (2011)
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Follows three small time criminals from Dublin's North Inner City as they each aspire to be somebody in a fast changing society. (74 mins.)
Director: Mark O'Connor
 
40.
The Boys & Girl from County Clare (2003)
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In 1965, Jimmy McMahon and his group of Liverpudlians plot to win the annual céilí music competition in Ireland. (90 mins.)
Director: John Irvin
 
41.
The Brylcreem Boys (1998)
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In 1941, as part of an effort to remain strictly neutral, the Dublin government made a deal with both Berlin and London whereby any soldier... (106 mins.)
Director: Terence Ryan
 
42.
When Brendan Met Trudy (2000)
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A teacher meets a woman who turns out to be a thief and they introduce each other to new things. (95 mins.)
Director: Kieron J. Walsh
 
43.
Veronica Guerin (2003)
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An Irish journalist writes a series of stories about drug dealers. (98 mins.)
Director: Joel Schumacher
 
44.
The Van (1996)
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The third installment of Irish author Roddy Doyle's 'Barrytown Trilogy', following 'The Commitments' and 'The Snapper'... (100 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
 
45.
Ulysses (1967)
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Dublin; June 16, 1904. Stephen Dedalus, who fancies himself as a poet, embarks on a day of wandering... (132 mins.)
Director: Joseph Strick
 
46.
Trojan Eddie (1996)
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The story of Eddie, a small town ex con, who discovers he has talent for selling anything and everything... (105 mins.)
 
47.
Tristan + Isolde (2006)
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An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne (Franco) and the princess of the feuding Irish (Myles) spells doom for the young lovers. (125 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
 
48.
The Tiger's Tail (2006)
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After a chance encounter, a Dubliner (Gleeson) is stalked by a murderous facsimile of himself. (107 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
 
49.
This Is My Father (1998)
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Widowed Kieran Johnson is a lonely, middle-aged, Chicago-based high school history teacher who feels disconnected to his life... (119 mins.)
Director: Paul Quinn
 
50.
Tara Road (2005)
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Two women -- one American, one Irish -- swap houses and alter the course of their lives. (97 mins.)
 
51.
Taffin (1988)
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An Irish tough-guy debt collector is asked by his local community to help rid the town of developers... (96 mins.)
Director: Francis Megahy
 
52.
Cal (1984)
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Cal, a young man on the fringes of the IRA, falls in love with Marcella, a Catholic woman whose husband... (102 mins.)
Director: Pat O'Connor
 
53.
Captain Boycott (1947)
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In 1880 Ireland, poor farmers rebel against the abuses of their British landlords. (92 mins.)
Director: Frank Launder
 
54.
Captain Lightfoot (1955)
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A pair of Irish rebels have swashbuckling adventures in 1815. (92 mins.)
Director: Douglas Sirk
 
55.
Circle of Friends (1995)
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'Circle Of Friends' is set in 1950's Ireland. The movie focuses on Benny Hogan and her best friend, Eve Malone... (103 mins.)
Director: Pat O'Connor
 
56.
Cowboys & Angels (2003)
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The story concerns a hapless civil servant who gets more than he bargained for when he moves into an... (89 mins.)
Director: David Gleeson
 
57.
Evelyn (2002)
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1953. Desmond Doyle is devastated when his wife abandons their family on the day after Christmas. His... (94 mins.)
Director: Bruce Beresford
 
58.
Frank (2014)
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Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank. (95 mins.)
 
59.
Freeze Frame (2004)
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Ten years ago, after being accused of a hideous murder of a mother and her twin daughters, Sean Veil became paranoid... (99 mins.)
Director: John Simpson
 
60.
The Break (1997)
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Dowd, who's IRA, escapes an Irish prison in a bloody jailbreak, making his way to New York City where he lives alone... (96 mins.)
Director: Robert Dornhelm
 
61.
Garage (2007)
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A tragicomedy set in the world of gas stations in rural Ireland, where over-diligent employee of the garage searches for intimacy during the course of a life-changing summer. (85 mins.)
 
62.
The General (1998)
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The real-life story of Dublin folk hero and criminal Martin Cahill, who pulled off two daring robberies in Ireland with his team, but attracted unwanted attention from the police, the IRA, the UVF and members of his own team. (124 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
 
63.
Goldfish Memory (2003)
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A light-hearted look at the dangers and delights of dating in contemporary Dublin (85 mins.)
Director: Liz Gill
 
64.
Grabbers (2012)
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When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive. (94 mins.)
Director: Jon Wright
 
65.
Hear My Song (1991)
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Owner of a failing club seeks infamous Irish singer Josef Locke in order to bring business and success to his club (113 mins.)
Director: Peter Chelsom
 
66.
High Spirits (1988)
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When Peter Plunkett's Irish castle turned hotel is about to be repossesed, he decides to spice up the... (99 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
67.
Hard Times (2009)
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The village of Kilcoulins Leap was once a thriving spa town, and was home to a famous Holy Well, but... (93 mins.)
Director: Tom Reeve
 
68.
The Informer (1935)
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In 1922, an Irish rebel informs on his friend, then feels doom closing in. (91 mins.)
Director: John Ford
 
69.
Intermission (2003)
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A variety of losers in Dublin have harrowingly farcical intersecting stories of love, greed and violence. (105 mins.)
Director: John Crowley
 
70.
Into the West (1992)
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Grandpa Ward gives a horse he found to his grandchildren, who keep it in their tower-block flat in Dublin. The horse is stolen from them, and the two young boys set out to find it and flee on it. (97 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
 
71.
The Last of the High Kings (1996)
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It is 1977, Dublin rocks to the music of Thin Lizzy and the world is stunned by the death of Elvis Presley... (104 mins.)
Director: David Keating
 
72.
Leap Year (2010)
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Anna Brady plans to travel to Dublin, Ireland to propose marriage to her boyfriend Jeremy on Leap Day, because, according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day must accept it. (100 mins.)
Director: Anand Tucker
 
73.
The MacKintosh Man (1973)
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A member of British Intelligence assumes a fictitious criminal identity and allows himself to be caught, imprisoned, and freed in order to infiltrate a spy organization and expose a traitor. (98 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
74.
Man of Aran (1934 Documentary)
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In this blend of documentary and fictional narrative from pioneering filmmaker Robert Flaherty, the everyday trials of life on Ireland's unforgiving Aran Islands are captured with attention to naturalistic beauty and historical detail. (76 mins.)
 
75.
The MatchMaker (1997)
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Marcy is an assistant to Senator John McGlory, who is having problems with a re-election campaign. Desperate for Irish votes... (97 mins.)
Director: Mark Joffe
 
76.
The Medallion (2003)
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A Hong Kong detective suffers a fatal accident involving a mysterious medallion and is transformed into an immortal warrior with superhuman powers. (88 mins.)
Director: Gordon Chan
 
77.
Mickybo and Me (2004)
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The film tells the story of two boys who become friends at the start of the Troubles in 1970. They share an obsession with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, with the consequence that they run away to Australia. (95 mins.)
Director: Terry Loane
 
78.
The Nephew (1998)
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A little island off Ireland. A small town. An old conflict. Fresh wind. (105 mins.)
Director: Eugene Brady
 
79.
Nora (2000)
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In 1904, in Dublin, James Joyce chats up Nora Barnacle, a hotel maid recently come from Galway. She enchants him with her frank... (106 mins.)
Director: Pat Murphy
 
80.
Odd Man Out (1947)
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A wounded Irish nationalist leader attempts to evade police following a failed robbery. Action takes place in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (116 mins.)
Director: Carol Reed
 
81.
On the Edge (2001)
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On the Edge is about suicidal patients discovering their true selves while going through therapy in a treatment center. (85 mins.)
Director: John Carney
 
82.
Ondine (2009)
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An Irish fisherman discovers a woman in his fishing net whom his precocious daughter believes to be a selkie. (111 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
83.
Parked (2010)
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Fred Daly returns to Ireland with nowhere to live but his car. Then dope-smoking 21-year-old Cathal parks beside him... (94 mins.)
Director: Darragh Byrne
 
84.
The Playboys (1992)
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A young woman, Tara Maguire (Robin Wright) scandalizes her provincial Irish village in the 1950s by having a baby out of wedlock... (117 mins.)
 
85.
Secret of the Cave (2006)
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A young American boy spends his summer in Ireland and solves the mystery that captivates the entire village. Driven by curiosity and his own search for meaning in life, he faces his fears and discovers the Secret of the Cave. (88 mins.)
Director: Zach C. Gray
 
86.
The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
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10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland... (103 mins.)
Director: John Sayles
 
87.
Shrooms (2007)
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A group of friends is stalked and murdered while looking for psilocybin mushrooms in the Irish woods. (84 mins.)
 
88.
Screen Two (1985 TV Series)
Episode: The Snapper (1993)
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Set in Ireland, Sharon Curley is a 20 year old living with her parents and many brothers and sisters...
 
89.
Some Mother's Son (1996)
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Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands... (112 mins.)
Director: Terry George
 
90.
Song for a Raggy Boy (2003)
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"Song for a Raggy Boy" is based on the true story of a single teacher's courage to stand up against an untouchable prefect's sadistic disciplinary regime and other abuse in a Catholic Reformatory and Industrial School in 1939 Ireland. (94 mins.)
Director: Aisling Walsh