Most Popular Irish-Language Feature Films


1. Gangs of New York (2002)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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72 Metascore

In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 333,831 | Gross: $77.68M

2. Million Dollar Baby (2004)

PG-13 | 132 min | Drama, Sport

8.1
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86 Metascore

A determined woman works with a hardened boxing trainer to become a professional.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Hilary Swank, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, Jay Baruchel

Votes: 518,592 | Gross: $100.42M

3. King Arthur (2004)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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46 Metascore

A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Clive Owen, Stephen Dillane, Keira Knightley, Ioan Gruffudd

Votes: 142,652 | Gross: $51.88M

4. The Quiet Man (1952)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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A retired American boxer returns to the village of his birth in Ireland, where he finds love.

Director: John Ford | Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond

Votes: 28,545

5. The Siege of Jadotville (2016)

108 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.3
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Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan leads a stand off with troops against French and Belgian Mercenaries in the Congo during the early 1960s.

Director: Richie Smyth | Stars: Jamie Dornan, Mark Strong, Jason O'Mara, Emmanuelle Seigner

Votes: 15,197

6. The Commitments (1991)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

7.6
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When Jimmy Rabbitte wants to start a band, he has open auditions at his house.

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Votes: 27,325 | Gross: $14.92M

7. Hunger (2008)

Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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82 Metascore

Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Stuart Graham, Laine Megaw, Brian Milligan, Liam McMahon

Votes: 54,776 | Gross: $0.15M

8. Miller's Crossing (1990)

R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.8
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66 Metascore

Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.

Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, John Turturro, Marcia Gay Harden

Votes: 108,892 | Gross: $5.08M

9. Zardoz (1974)

R | 105 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

5.8
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In the distant future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman, John Alderton

Votes: 15,800

10. Song of the Sea (2014)

PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.1
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85 Metascore

Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the fairies and save the spirit world.

Director: Tomm Moore | Stars: David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson, Lisa Hannigan, Fionnula Flanagan

Votes: 33,616 | Gross: $0.85M

11. The Guard (2011)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Thriller

7.3
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78 Metascore

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.

Director: John Michael McDonagh | Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong, Ronan Collins

Votes: 68,354 | Gross: $5.36M

12. The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama, War

7.5
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82 Metascore

Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Pádraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald

Votes: 38,806 | Gross: $1.83M

13. In America (2002)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

7.8
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76 Metascore

A family of Irish immigrants adjust to life on the mean streets of Hell's Kitchen while also grieving the death of a child.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, Djimon Hounsou, Sarah Bolger

Votes: 37,481 | Gross: $15.54M

14. Blown Away (1994)

R | 121 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.2
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An Irish bomber escapes from prison and targets a member of the Boston bomb squad.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Tommy Lee Jones, Suzy Amis, Lloyd Bridges

Votes: 24,148 | Gross: $30.16M

15. Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

R | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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59 Metascore

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.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Morgan Jones, Eva Birthistle, Liam Neeson

Votes: 18,161 | Gross: $0.83M

16. The Secret of Kells (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.7
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81 Metascore

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.

Directors: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey | Stars: Evan McGuire, Brendan Gleeson, Mick Lally, Christen Mooney

Votes: 24,883 | Gross: $0.69M

17. Only the Lonely (1991)

PG-13 | 104 min | Comedy, Romance

6.3
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A Chicago cop must balance loyalty to his overbearing mother and a relationship with a shy funeral home worker.

Director: Chris Columbus | Stars: John Candy, Maureen O'Hara, Ally Sheedy, Kevin Dunn

Votes: 8,372 | Gross: $21.83M

18. Felicia's Journey (1999)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, Thriller

7.0
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72 Metascore

A lonely middle-aged catering manager spends all of his time studying tapes of an eccentric TV chef. Meanwhile, a young woman is making her way from Ireland to find her boyfriend, who moved... See full summary »

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Arsinée Khanjian, Elaine Cassidy, Sheila Reid

Votes: 6,938 | Gross: $0.82M

19. Waking Ned Devine (1998)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

7.4
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71 Metascore

When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money.

Director: Kirk Jones | Stars: Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch

Votes: 22,218 | Gross: $24.79M

20. Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)

Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.2
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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.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery, Jimmy O'Dea

Votes: 5,555

21. What Richard Did (2012)

88 min | Drama

6.3
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80 Metascore

What Richard Did follows Richard Karlsen, golden-boy athlete and undisputed alpha-male of his privileged set of South Dublin teenagers, through the summer between the end of school and the ... See full summary »

Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Stars: Jack Reynor, Fionn Walton, Gavin Drea, Patrick Gibson

Votes: 3,886

22. Jimmy's Hall (2014)

PG-13 | 109 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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63 Metascore

During the Depression, Jimmy Gralton returns home to Ireland after ten years of exile in America. Seeing the levels of poverty and oppression, the activist in him reawakens and he looks to re-open the dance hall that led to his deportation.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Barry Ward, Francis Magee, Aileen Henry, Simone Kirby

Votes: 4,575 | Gross: $0.56M

23. Stay (I) (2013)

99 min | Drama

5.6
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48 Metascore

A woman finds out she's pregnant and returns home when the expected father wants nothing to do with her.

Director: Wiebke von Carolsfeld | Stars: Aidan Quinn, Taylor Schilling, Gina Moxley, Barry Keoghan

Votes: 563

24. Nothing Personal (I) (2009)

85 min | Drama

7.1
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71 Metascore

Alone in her empty flat, from her window Anne observes the people passing by who nervously snatch up the personal belongings and pieces of furniture she has put out on the pavement. Her ... See full summary »

Director: Urszula Antoniak | Stars: Lotte Verbeek, Stephen Rea, Tom Charlfa, Ann Marie Horan

Votes: 3,829

25. The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)

PG | 103 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

7.5
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10-year-old Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small fishing village in Donegal, Ireland. She soon learns the local legend that an ancestor of hers married a Selkie - a seal ... See full summary »

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Jeni Courtney, Eileen Colgan, Mick Lally, Pat Slowey

Votes: 6,243 | Gross: $6.10M

26. Van Diemen's Land (2009)

104 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.0
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The true story of Alexander Pearce, Australia's most notorious convict. In 1822, Pearce and seven fellow convicts escaped from Macquarie Harbour, a place of ultra banishment and punishment,... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan auf der Heide | Stars: Oscar Redding, Arthur Angel, Paul Ashcroft, Thomas M. Wright

Votes: 2,668

27. The Long Gray Line (1955)

Approved | 138 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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The life story of a salt-of-the-earth Irish immigrant, who becomes an Army Noncommissioned Officer and spends his 50 year career at the United States Military Academy at West Point. This ... See full summary »

Director: John Ford | Stars: Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Robert Francis, Donald Crisp

Votes: 1,991

28. Some Mother's Son (1996)

R | 112 min | Drama, History

7.3
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Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as ... See full summary »

Director: Terry George | Stars: Helen Mirren, Fionnula Flanagan, Aidan Gillen, David O'Hara

Votes: 2,205 | Gross: $0.61M

29. Jindabyne (2006)

R | 123 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

6.3
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65 Metascore

Stewart Kane, an Irishman living in the Australian town of Jindabyne, is on a fishing trip in isolated hill country with three other men when they discover the body of a murdered girl in ... See full summary »

Director: Ray Lawrence | Stars: Laura Linney, Gabriel Byrne, John Howard, Stelios Yiakmis

Votes: 5,915 | Gross: $0.40M

30. The Rising: 1916

Drama | Announced

A farmer's son leads a secret rebellion against the largest empire the world has ever known.

Stars: Colin Morgan, David O'Hara, Brendan Coyle, Fiona Shaw

31. Taffin (1988)

R | 96 min | Action, Thriller

5.6
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An Irish tough-guy debt collector is asked by his local community to help rid the town of developers bent on building a chemical plant on the outskirts of town. The developers are ruthless ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Megahy | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Ray McAnally, Alison Doody, Jeremy Child

Votes: 1,176 | Gross: $0.16M

32. Borstal Boy (2000)

91 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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47 Metascore

Irish writer and political activist Brendan Behan, is befriended as a teenager in a British labor camp by a liberal warden.

Director: Peter Sheridan | Stars: Shawn Hatosy, Danny Dyer, Eamon Glancy, Ian McElhinney

Votes: 2,086 | Gross: $0.09M

33. Gorgo (1961)

Unrated | 78 min | Action, Drama, Horror

5.6
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Greedy sailors capture a giant lizard off the coast of Ireland and sell it to a London circus. Then its mother shows up.

Director: Eugène Lourié | Stars: Bill Travers, William Sylvester, Vincent Winter, Christopher Rhodes

Votes: 2,306

34. Love & Savagery (2009)

95 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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In 1969, a visiting geologist from Newfoundland arouses scandal in a small Irish village when he romances a local girl who's destined for the convent.

Director: John N. Smith | Stars: Allan Hawco, Sarah Greene, Louise Nicol, Martha Burns

Votes: 239

35. The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce (2008)

60 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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Eight men escape from the most isolated prison on earth. Only one man survives and the story he recounts shocks the British establishment to the core. This story is the last confession of Alexander Pearce.

Director: Michael James Rowland | Stars: Adrian Dunbar, Ciarán McMenamin, Dan Wyllie, Don Hany

Votes: 570

36. Cremaster 3 (2002)

Unrated | 182 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.1
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67 Metascore

The third film of a five-part art-installation epic -- it's part-zombie movie, part-gangster film.

Director: Matthew Barney | Stars: Richard Serra, Matthew Barney, Aimee Mullins, Paul Brady

Votes: 1,221 | Gross: $0.12M

37. Song of Granite (2017)

104 min | Biography, Drama

8.3
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Acclaimed filmmaker Pat Collins brings the dramatic life story of legendary seannós singer Joe Heaney to the screen in THE SONG IN GRANITE, an audacious exploration of the man and his music... See full summary »

Director: Pat Collins | Stars: Michael O'Chonfhlaola, Macdara Ó Fátharta, Leni Parker, Alain Goulem

Votes: 6

38. Widows' Peak (1994)

PG | 101 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

6.8
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Edwina has just moved into the neighborhood known as "Widows' Peak," so called due to the prevalent marital status of the residents, who tend to be a rather exclusive bunch. The residents ... See full summary »

Director: John Irvin | Stars: Joan Plowright, Mia Farrow, Natasha Richardson, Adrian Dunbar

Votes: 1,375 | Gross: $6.24M

39. An Bronntanas (2014)

113 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

8.1
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An Bronntanas is a contemporary Irish crime thriller set against the backdrop of the Connemara Coastline on the West of Ireland and the dramatic lives of a local lifeboat crew. The story is told through both Irish and English.

Director: Tom Collins | Stars: Michelle Beamish, Charlotte Bradley, Ciarán Charles, Dara Devaney

Votes: 583

40. Kings (I) (2007)

88 min | Drama

7.1
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A group of men reunite for a friend's funeral.

Director: Tom Collins | Stars: Colm Meaney, Donal O'Kelly, Brendan Conroy, Donncha Crowley

Votes: 843

41. The Break (1997)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

5.8
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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, avoids Irish hangouts, and works as a dishwasher. When a good deed gets... See full summary »

Director: Robert Dornhelm | Stars: Stephen Rea, Alfred Molina, Rosana Pastor, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 308

42. The Manifesto Chronicles: The Betrayal (2018)

122 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror | Pre-production

The secretive Blazing Star society calls upon their most formidable Knights of the Mystic Rose; James, Valeria and Lucius to hunt down a seemingly indestructible serial killer in the City of Boston.

Director: Alistair Macmordean | Stars: Axle Gunn, Giustino Della Vedova, Alistair Macmordean, David Black

43. Silence (III) (2012)

87 min | Drama

6.6
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Eoghan is a sound recordist who is returning to Ireland for the first time in 15 years. His reason for returning is a job offer: to find and record places free from man-made sound. His ... See full summary »

Director: Pat Collins | Stars: Andrew Bennett, Marie Coyne, Tommy Fahy, Michael Harding

Votes: 148

44. The Courier (1988)

R | 85 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

5.4
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When a courier at the D-Day Courier Service mistakenly finds a pile of money in his regular delivery, he does some digging only to discover that the messenger company is a front for a drug ... See full summary »

Directors: Frank Deasy, Joe Lee | Stars: Padraig O'Loinsigh, Cait O'Riordan, Gabriel Byrne, Ian Bannen

Votes: 94

45. Korea (1995)

87 min | Drama

7.3
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Director: Cathal Black | Stars: Donal Donnelly, Andrew Scott, Fiona Molony, Vass Anderson

Votes: 85

46. I.R.A.: King of Nothing (2006)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Drama

4.4
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A disgruntled I.R.A. member (Chapa) becomes Ireland's biggest threat to the peace process.

Director: Damian Chapa | Stars: Damian Chapa, Cian McCormack, Joe Estevez, Rachel Hunter

Votes: 178

47. Broken Harvest (1994)

97 min | Drama

6.2
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After the death of his mother, an Irish emigrant in New York remembers stories from the past in Ireland. These are stories of the rivalry between two men, who not only vied for the love of ... See full summary »

Director: Maurice O'Callaghan | Stars: Colin Lane, Marian Quinn, Niall O'Brien, Darren McHugh

Votes: 52

48. Cré na Cille (2007)

94 min | Comedy

8.0
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This a story about an obsessive hatred that started as a case of jealous rivalry between two young sisters, resulting in a broken heart as Neil got the upper hand on her sister, Caitríona, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Quinn | Stars: Bríd Ní Neachtain, Peadar Lamb, Máire Ní Mháille, Macdara Ó Fátharta

Votes: 31

49. Je me souviens (I) (2009)

Drama

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In Abitibi, in 1948, Richard Bombardier, a miner,dies tragically on Saint-Valentine's Day night. The entire mining community believes it was Mathilde his wife, who killed him, which is not ... See full summary »

Director: André Forcier | Stars: Michel Barrette, Céline Bonnier, Hélène Bourgeois Leclerc, David Boutin

Votes: 123

50. Ailsa (1994)

75 min | Drama

7.9
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Miles Butler lives an uneventful life with his girlfriend until he discovers the body of his landlord in a neighbouring apartment. The tragedy of this moment makes a deep impression on ... See full summary »

Director: Paddy Breathnach | Stars: Brendan Coyle, Andrea Irvine, Juliette Gruber, Gary Lydon

Votes: 28