The Best Irish American Movies

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1.
A History of Violence (2005)
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A mild-mannered man becomes a local hero through an act of violence, which sets off repercussions that will shake his family to its very core. (96 mins.)
 
2.
American Wake (2004)
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A musician and a fireman work against certain expectations in order to pursue their respective dreams.
Director: Maureen Foley
 
3.
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
 
4.
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
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A priest tries to stop a gangster from corrupting a group of street kids. (97 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
5.
Ash Wednesday (2002)
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Ash Wednesday is set in the Manhattan of the early 1980's and is about a pair of Irish-American brothers (Burns and Wood) who become embroiled in a conflict with the Irish Mob. (99 mins.)
Director: Edward Burns
 
6.
Bad Boys (1983)
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Chicago crime kid Mick O'Brien is sent to reform school after accidentally killing a rival's kid brother. (123 mins.)
Director: Rick Rosenthal
 
7.
Beantown (2007)
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A blood-soaked chronicle of the final desperate gang war between Boston's Irish and Italian mobs. (95 mins.)
Director: Timothy Norman
 
8.
Beyond the Pale (2000)
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A young Irishman enters the US illegally with his wayward friend Seamus. Landing in New York the pair... (96 mins.)
Director: George Bazala
 
9.
Black Eyed Dog (1999)
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Filmed in San Francisco, Paul McGuire dreams of making it big with his Irish Band, Black Eyed Dog, but... (90 mins.)
 
10.
Black Irish (2007)
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A teenage boy longs to win the attention of his emotionally distant father. (95 mins.)
Director: Brad Gann
 
11.
Boys Town (1938)
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Against all odds Father Flanagan starts "Boys' Town" after hearing a convict's story. Whitey Marsh comes there... (96 mins.)
Director: Norman Taurog
 
12.
Cinderella Man (2005)
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The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s. (144 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
13.
Claire Dolan (1998)
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A high-priced call girl, shocked by her mother's death, decides to get out of the business and have a baby. The steps that she takes to free herself from her pimp and find a father for the baby are the central story of this movie. (95 mins.)
Director: Lodge Kerrigan
 
14.
Exiled (1999)
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An Irishman emigrates to New York during the most heated point of the tensions in Northern Ireland in 1991... (88 mins.)
Director: Bill Muir
 
15.
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
 
16.
Gangs of New York (2002)
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In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer. (167 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
17.
Great Guy (1936)
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The adventures of an investigator (Cagney) for the Bureau of Weights and Measures. (75 mins.)
 
18.
Green (2000)
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For two lifelong friends from Boston "green" means money. So when they start up a counterfeiting ring... (90 mins.)
Director: Marc Powers
 
19.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
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Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. (126 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
 
20.
Heaven Help Us (1985)
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A new transfer student to St. Basil's Boys' Prep School tries to fit in while romantically pursuing a troubled young girl. (104 mins.)
Director: Michael Dinner
 
21.
Vendetta: No Conscience, No Mercy (2004)
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"Irish Eyes" explores the relationship between two Irish-American brothers in Boston born to immigrant parents and raised in a rough... (112 mins.)
Director: Daniel McCarthy
 
22.
In America (2002)
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A family of Irish immigrants adjust to life on the mean streets of Hell's Kitchen while also grieving the death of a child. (105 mins.)
Director: Jim Sheridan
 
23.
In Old Chicago (1937)
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The O'Leary brothers -- honest Jack and roguish Dion -- become powerful figures, and eventually rivals, in Chicago on the eve of its Great Fire. (95 mins.)
Director: Henry King
 
24.
Kill the Irishman (2011)
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The true story of Danny Greene, a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970's. (106 mins.)
 
25.
Little Annie Rooney (1925)
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The tenements are home to an international community, including the friends and family of a tough young ragamuffin named Annie Rooney, but their neighborhood may be threatened by a potentially dangerous street gang. (94 mins.)
 
26.
Mad Dog Coll (1993)
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New York City is torn apart by an all-out mafia war. With brother Peter at his side, Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll blasts his way from streetfighter to kingpin in the dangerous world of organized crime. (101 mins.)
 
27.
Miller's Crossing (1990)
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Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties. (115 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
28.
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
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A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional. (132 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
29.
Mobs Mheiriceá (2007 TV Series)
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The story of 6 of America's most notorious Irish American Mobsters ; Michael "King Mike" McDonald, Dion O'Bannion, Jack "Legs" Diamond, Owney Madden, John "Cockeye" Dunne and Danny Greene. (26 mins.)
Director: Daithí Keane
 
30.
Mystic River (2003)
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With a childhood tragedy that overshadowed their lives, three men are reunited by circumstance when one has a family tragedy. (138 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
31.
On the Waterfront (1954)
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An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses. (108 mins.)
Director: Elia Kazan
 
32.
Patriots (1996)
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A true story of an American woman caught up in the struggle for Irish independence. (83 mins.)
Director: Frank Kerr
 
33.
Passed Away (1992)
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A bunch of eccentric relatives gather for their patriarch's funeral. (96 mins.)
Director: Charlie Peters
 
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.
Road to Perdition (2002)
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Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living. (117 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
 
36.
State of Grace (1990)
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Terry Noonan returns home to New York's Hells Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks up with... (134 mins.)
 
37.
Stolen Summer (2002)
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Pete, an eight-year-old Catholic boy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago in the mid-1970s, attends Catholic school... (91 mins.)
Director: Pete Jones
 
38.
Sleepers (1996)
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After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized; over 10 years later, they get their chance for revenge. (147 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
39.
Monument Ave. (1998)
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A small time hoodlum is divided between his conscience and loyalty to his boss when his cousin is murdered. (93 mins.)
Director: Ted Demme
 
40.
Southie (1998)
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South Boston Irish bad boy Danny Quinn returns back home from New York and gets stuck between his pals... (95 mins.)
Director: John Shea
 
41.
The Boondock Saints (1999)
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Fraternal twins set out to rid Boston of the evil men operating there while being tracked down by an FBI agent. (108 mins.)
Director: Troy Duffy
 
42.
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)
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The MacManus brothers are living a quiet life in Ireland with their father, but when they learn that their beloved priest has been killed by mob forces, they go back to Boston to bring justice to those responsible and avenge the priest. (118 mins.)
Director: Troy Duffy
 
43.
The Black Donnellys (2007 TV Series)
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Four young Irish brothers are caught up in New York's underworld of organized crime. (60 mins.)
 
44.
The Departed (2006)
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An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. (151 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
45.
The Sullivans (1944)
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The lives of a close-knit group of brothers growing up in Iowa during the days of the Great Depression... (112 mins.)
Director: Lloyd Bacon
 
46.
The Fighter (2010)
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A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s. (116 mins.)
 
47.
The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)
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After his last crime has him looking at a long prison sentence for repeat offenses, a low level Boston gangster decides to snitch on his friends to avoid jail time. (102 mins.)
Director: Peter Yates
 
48.
The MatchMaker (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
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
 
49.
The Molly Maguires (1970)
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Life is rough in the coal mines of 1876 Pennsylvania. A secret group of Irish immigrant miners, known as the Molly Maguires... (124 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
50.
The Outsider (1979)
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A young American man joins the IRA in Ireland but soon finds out that he is being used for political purposes and propaganda. (128 mins.)
Director: Tony Luraschi
 
51.
The Public Enemy (1931)
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A young hoodlum rises up through the ranks of the Chicago underworld, even as a gangster's accidental death threatens to spark a bloody mob war. (83 mins.)
 
52.
The Sting (1973)
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In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. (129 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
53.
The Town (2010)
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As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the FBI agent looking to bring him and his crew down. (125 mins.)
Director: Ben Affleck
 
54.
The Verdict (1982)
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A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling. (129 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
55.
Two If by Sea (1996)
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Frank O'Brien, a petty thief, and his 7-year-long girlfriend Roz want to put an end to their unsteady lifestyle and just do that _last_ job... (96 mins.)
Director: Bill Bennett
 
56.
Very Mean Men (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A bartender wants rid of an obnoxious drunk but not until the drunk has left a decent tip. So the bartender tells the story of two mobster families... (93 mins.)
Director: Tony Vitale
 
57.
Warrior (2011)
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The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother. (140 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
 
58.
What Doesn't Kill You (2008)
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Two childhood friends from South Boston turn to crime as a way to get by, ultimately causing a strain in their personal lives and their friendship. (100 mins.)
Director: Brian Goodman
 
59.
White Irish Drinkers (2010)
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Brooklyn, 1975: two brothers looking for a way out of their working-class neighborhood make a pact to rob a local theater on the night of a Rolling Stones concert. (109 mins.)
Director: John Gray
 
60.
25th Hour (2002)
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Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term. (135 mins.)
Director: Spike Lee