Ireland’s Irish Best

by owenflynn1979 | created - 20 Mar 2018 | updated - 8 months ago | Public

List of Ireland’s Best Films

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1. My Left Foot (1989)

R | 103 min | Biography, Drama

97 Metascore

Christy Brown, born with cerebral palsy, learns to paint and write with his only controllable limb - his left foot.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Alison Whelan, Kirsten Sheridan

Votes: 60,835 | Gross: $14.74M

2. The Commitments (1991)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

73 Metascore

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: 29,838 | Gross: $14.92M

3. In the Name of the Father (1993)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama

84 Metascore

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.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Alison Crosbie, Philip King

Votes: 140,939 | Gross: $25.01M

4. The Guard (2011)

R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

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: 75,057 | Gross: $5.36M

5. Intermission (2003)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

A variety of losers in Dublin have harrowingly farcical intersecting stories of love, greed and violence.

Director: John Crowley | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Kelly Macdonald, Colin Farrell, Shirley Henderson

Votes: 14,618 | Gross: $0.90M

6. The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama, War

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: 42,350 | Gross: $1.83M

7. The Field (1990)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Thriller

"Bull" McCabe's family has farmed a field for generations, sacrificing endlessly for the sake of the land, and when the widow, who owns the field, decides to sell the field in a public ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Richard Harris, John Hurt, Sean Bean, Frances Tomelty

Votes: 5,063 | Gross: $1.41M

8. Screen Two (1985–2002)
Episode: The Snapper (1993)

R | 91 min | Drama

83 Metascore

Set in Ireland, Sharon Curley is a 20 year old living with her parents and many brothers and sisters. When she gets herself pregnant and refuses to name the father, she becomes the talk of ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Colm Meaney, Tina Kellegher, Ruth McCabe, Eanna MacLiam

Votes: 5,353 | Gross: $3.32M

9. Once (I) (2007)

R | 86 min | Drama, Music, Romance

88 Metascore

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.

Director: John Carney | Stars: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Hugh Walsh, Gerard Hendrick

Votes: 104,882 | Gross: $9.44M

10. Michael Collins (1996)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

60 Metascore

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.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts, Ian Hart

Votes: 27,573 | Gross: $11.09M

11. Into the West (1992)

PG | 97 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

71 Metascore

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.

Director: Mike Newell | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Ellen Barkin, Ciarán Fitzgerald, Rúaidhrí Conroy

Votes: 2,497 | Gross: $4.79M

12. The Boxer (1997)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

75 Metascore

Young Danny Flynn is released from prison 14 years after "taking the rap" for the IRA and tries to rebuild his life in his old Belfast neighborhood.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Daragh Donnelly, Frank Coughlan

Votes: 17,168 | Gross: $5.80M

13. The Secret of Kells (2009)

Not Rated | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

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: 28,256 | Gross: $0.69M

14. Bloody Sunday (2002)

R | 107 min | Drama, History, War

90 Metascore

A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: James Nesbitt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Nicholas Farrell, Allan Gildea

Votes: 22,035 | Gross: $0.77M

15. The Crying Game (1992)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 47,288 | Gross: $62.55M

16. Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

R | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

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: 19,609 | Gross: $0.83M

17. The Magdalene Sisters (2002)

R | 114 min | Drama

83 Metascore

Three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum.

Director: Peter Mullan | Stars: Eileen Walsh, Dorothy Duffy, Nora-Jane Noone, Anne-Marie Duff

Votes: 24,678 | Gross: $4.89M

18. Angela's Ashes (1999)

R | 145 min | Drama

54 Metascore

Based on the best-selling autobiography by Irish expatriate Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Parker | Stars: Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen, Ciaran Owens

Votes: 19,097 | Gross: $13.04M

19. Sing Street (2016)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

79 Metascore

A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.

Director: John Carney | Stars: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Aidan Gillen, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Jack Reynor

Votes: 74,309 | Gross: $3.24M

20. Adam & Paul (2004)

83 min | Comedy, Drama

2 heroin addicts negotiate their way through Dublin's city centre, encountering friends and family as they search for their next fix.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Stars: Tom Murphy, Mark O'Halloran, Gavin Dowdall, Luke Keeler

Votes: 2,726

21. Hunger (2008)

Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Drama

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: 61,095 | Gross: $0.15M

22. The Van (1996)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

Set in the fictional Dublin suburb of Barrytown, Bimbo is a baker who loses his job after being made redundant. Bimbo then acquires the help of his best friend, Larry, to set up a successful burger van.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Colm Meaney, Donal O'Kelly, Ger Ryan, Caroline Rothwell

Votes: 3,943 | Gross: $0.62M

23. Waking Ned Devine (1998)

PG | 91 min | Comedy

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: 23,707 | Gross: $24.79M

24. War of the Buttons (1994)

PG | 94 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The children of Ballydowse & Carrickdowse engage in battles in which they cut off the buttons, shoe-laces, belts and braces of their captured opponents. This gets their opponents in trouble... See full summary »

Director: John Roberts | Stars: Gregg Fitzgerald, Gerard Kearney, Darragh Naughton, Brendan McNamara

Votes: 3,743 | Gross: $0.01M

25. The MatchMaker (1997)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

Marcy is an assistant to Senator John McGlory, who is having problems with a re-election campaign. Desperate for Irish votes, McGlory's chief of staff Nick sends Marcy to Ireland to trace ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Joffe | Stars: Janeane Garofalo, David O'Hara, Milo O'Shea, Jay O. Sanders

Votes: 5,205 | Gross: $3.38M

26. The General (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

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 I.R.A., the U.V.F., and members of his own team.

Director: John Boorman | Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Adrian Dunbar, Sean McGinley, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Votes: 7,548 | Gross: $1.21M

27. Grabbers (2012)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

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.

Director: Jon Wright | Stars: Killian Coyle, Stuart Graham, Michael Hough, Richard Coyle

Votes: 15,673

28. Calvary (2014)

R | 102 min | Drama

77 Metascore

After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.

Director: John Michael McDonagh | Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen

Votes: 52,166 | Gross: $3.59M

29. Brooklyn (2015)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance

88 Metascore

An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Director: John Crowley | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 116,634 | Gross: $38.32M

30. Ondine (2009)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

65 Metascore

An Irish fisherman discovers a woman in his fishing net whom his precocious daughter believes to be a selkie.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Colin Farrell, Alicja Bachleda, Dervla Kirwan, Alison Barry

Votes: 18,978 | Gross: $0.55M

31. I Went Down (1997)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

69 Metascore

Fresh out of prison, Git rescues a former best friend (now living with Git's girlfriend) from a beating at the hands of loan sharks. He's now in trouble with the mob boss, Tom French, who ... See full summary »

Director: Paddy Breathnach | Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Peter McDonald, Antoine Byrne, David Wilmot

Votes: 1,863 | Gross: $0.41M

32. Disco Pigs (2001)

TV-MA | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A twisted rite of passage.

Director: Kirsten Sheridan | Stars: Elaine Cassidy, Cillian Murphy, Sarah Gallagher, Charles Bark

Votes: 4,057

33. Some Mother's Son (1996)

R | 112 min | Drama, History

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: 2,369 | Gross: $0.61M

34. The Butcher Boy (1997)

R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

The antisocial son of an alcoholic father and a bipolar mother grows up in 1960s Ireland.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Stephen Rea, Fiona Shaw, Eamonn Owens, Alan Boyle

Votes: 8,648 | Gross: $1.82M

35. The Young Offenders (2016)

83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Two teenage boys cycle 160km on stolen bikes pursued by police to find a missing bale of cocaine worth 7 million euro. Set around the real event of Ireland's biggest cocaine seizure in 2007 of 440 million euro.

Director: Peter Foott | Stars: Alex Murphy, Chris Walley, Hilary Rose, Dominic MacHale

Votes: 8,578

36. About Adam (2000)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

64 Metascore

A waitress falls for a handsome customer who seduces her, her two sisters, her brother, and her brother's girlfriend.

Director: Gerard Stembridge | Stars: Stuart Townsend, Kate Hudson, Tommy Tiernan, Frances O'Connor

Votes: 6,160 | Gross: $0.15M

37. Veronica Guerin (2003)

R | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

An Irish journalist writes a series of stories about drug dealers.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Colin Farrell, Brenda Fricker, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 17,957 | Gross: $1.57M

38. What Richard Did (2012)

TV-MA | 88 min | Drama

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: 4,290



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