Irish Films

by Patrickmind | created - 07 Jun 2013 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

My listing and some of the best and not so best films made in Ireland.

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1. The Most Fertile Man in Ireland (2000)

96 min | Comedy

The most fertile man in Ireland is in serious demand.

Director: Dudi Appleton | Stars: Kris Marshall, Kathy Kiera Clarke, Bronagh Gallagher, James Nesbitt

Votes: 535

2. The Quare Fellow (1962)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

Thomas Crimmins is a new warder, or guard, in an Irish prison. He is young, naive, and idealistic, determined to serve his country by his part in meting out justice to criminals. His ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Dreifuss | Stars: Patrick McGoohan, Sylvia Syms, Walter Macken, Dermot Kelly

Votes: 270

3. Parked (III) (2010)

94 min | Drama

47 Metascore

Fred Daly returns to Ireland with nowhere to live but his car. Then dope-smoking 21-year-old Cathal parks beside him, and brightens up his lonely world. Encouraged by Cathal, Fred meets ... See full summary »

Director: Darragh Byrne | Stars: Colin Morgan, Colm Meaney, Milka Ahlroth, Stuart Graham

Votes: 1,948

4. Stella Days (2011)

TV-14 | 100 min | Drama

56 Metascore

A small town cinema in rural Ireland becomes the setting for a dramatic struggle between faith and passion, Rome and Hollywood and a man and his conscience.

Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan | Stars: Martin Sheen, Stephen Rea, Trystan Gravelle, Marcella Plunkett

Votes: 362

5. The Quiet Man (1952)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

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: 29,947 | Gross: $10.55M

6. Adam & Paul (2004)

83 min | Comedy, Drama

Two drug 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: 2,591

7. Falling for a Dancer (1998 TV Movie)

Unrated | 50 min | Drama, Romance

Romantic drama set in rural Ireland of the 1930s. The story begins when 19-year-old Elizabeth has a brief fling with an actor and falls pregnant. Community pressure forces her to marry a ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Standeven | Stars: Elisabeth Dermot Walsh, Dermot Crowley, Liam Cunningham, Rory Murray

Votes: 580

8. 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: 18,255 | Gross: $0.55M

9. Poitín (1978)

65 min | Drama

A poitín maker attempts to avoid the attentions of the Gardaí in Connemara in the west of Ireland.

Director: Bob Quinn | Stars: Cyril Cusack, Donal McCann, Niall Toibin, Maighréad Ní Chonghaile

Votes: 100

10. 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 IRA, the UVF and members of his own team.

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

Votes: 7,224 | Gross: $1.21M

11. Perrier's Bounty (2009)

R | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

47 Metascore

A gangster named Perrier looks to exact his revenge on a trio of fugitives responsible for the accidental death of one of his cronies.

Director: Ian Fitzgibbon | Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Cillian Murphy, Michael McElhatton, Don Wycherley

Votes: 5,704 | Gross: $0.00M

12. Song for a Raggy Boy (2003)

94 min | Drama, History

"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.

Director: Aisling Walsh | Stars: Aidan Quinn, Iain Glen, Marc Warren, Dudley Sutton

Votes: 3,341

13. The Eclipse (2009)

R | 88 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

67 Metascore

In a seaside Irish town, a widower sparks with a visiting horror novelist while he also begins to believe he is seeing ghosts.

Director: Conor McPherson | Stars: Ciarán Hinds, Iben Hjejle, Aidan Quinn, Billy Roche

Votes: 2,573 | Gross: $0.13M

14. Plague Town (2008)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

An American family visiting their Irish roots accidentally stumbles on a horde of bloodthirsty mutant children.

Director: David Gregory | Stars: Josslyn DeCrosta, Erica Rhodes, David Lombard, Lindsay Goranson

Votes: 1,525

15. Gangs of New York (2002)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama

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: 352,016 | Gross: $77.81M

16. The Runway (2010)

TV-14 | 101 min | Comedy

The citizens of Ireland's County Cork come to the aid of a South American pilot who has crash landed in their town.

Director: Ian Power | Stars: Demián Bichir, Kerry Condon, James Cosmo, Jamie Kierans

Votes: 531

17. My Brothers (2010)

87 min | Drama

51 Metascore

Set over Halloween weekend of 1987, My Brothers is the story of three young brothers' epic quest to replace their dying father's watch. Noel, 17, serious, weighed down by responsibility; ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Fraser | Stars: Tim Creed, Paul Courtney, Tj Griffin, Don Wycherley

Votes: 159

18. A Film with Me in It (2008)

89 min | Comedy, Thriller

A broke, jobless actor and a broke, jobless screenwriter set out to make a movie and then find that life starts imitating art.

Director: Ian Fitzgibbon | Stars: Dylan Moran, Mark Doherty, Keith Allen, Amy Huberman

Votes: 3,397

19. Behold the Lamb (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

Behold the Lamb is darkly comic road movie that follows Eddie, a fifty year old overweight and depressed accountant and Liz, a young tearaway as they travel across Northern Ireland to pick up a lamb.

Director: John McIlduff | Stars: Aoife Duffin, Nigel O'Neill, Sandra Ni Bhroin, Barry Etherson

Votes: 66

20. Once (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: 101,360 | Gross: $9.44M

21. Wide Open Spaces (2009)

Comedy

Two Irishmen are heavily in debt and need a lot of money quickly. They come up with the idea to open a Famine theme park.

Director: Tom Hall | Stars: Ardal O'Hanlon, Ewen Bremner, Owen Roe, Don Wycherley

Votes: 105

22. 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: 23,843 | Gross: $4.89M

Brilliant film about the life of a prisoner to the Catholic reform schools in Ireland.

23. Run & Jump (2013)

Unrated | 106 min | Drama

71 Metascore

An American doctor travels to Ireland to study the Casey family after 38-year-old Conor suffers a stroke which changes his personality, leaving dynamo wife and mother Vanetia to run the show.

Director: Steph Green | Stars: Maxine Peake, Edward MacLiam, Will Forte, Ciara Gallagher

Votes: 1,166 | Gross: $0.01M

24. 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: 49,410 | Gross: $3.59M

25. Life's a Breeze (2013)

R | 83 min | Comedy, Drama

55 Metascore

Tells the story of a family as they search for a lost fortune around the streets of Dublin.

Director: Lance Daly | Stars: Kelly Thornton, Fionnula Flanagan, Pat Shortt, Eva Birthistle

Votes: 912 | Gross: $0.00M

26. The Guarantee (2014)

76 min | Drama, History, Thriller

On the night of September 29, 2008, the Irish government decided to guarantee the entire domestic banking system. 'The Guarantee' tells the story of that night, and what led to it.

Director: Ian Power | Stars: Orla Fitzgerald, Peter Coonan, David Murray, Morgan C. Jones

Votes: 93

27. 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: 57,381 | Gross: $14.74M

28. Songs for Amy (2012)

104 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Sean O'Malley, a struggling Irish musician writes an album for the love of his life in an attempt to redeem himself, with the help and hindrance of his misfit band mates.

Director: Konrad Begg | Stars: Barry Ward, Patrick Bergin, James Cosmo, Sean Maguire

Votes: 113

29. Made in Belfast (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

After his best-selling novel exposes the private lives of his closest friends, Jack Kelly returns home to put right some of the wrongs which included breaking up his best friend's marriage.... See full summary »

Director: Paul Kennedy | Stars: Kevin Keenan, Ciarán McMenamin, Shauna Macdonald, Shaun Blaney

Votes: 39

30. Noble (2014)

PG-13 | 100 min | Biography, Drama

63 Metascore

Christina Noble overcomes the harsh difficulties of her childhood in Ireland to discover her destiny on the streets of Saigon. A true story.

Director: Stephen Bradley | Stars: Deirdre O'Kane, Sarah Greene, Gloria Cramer Curtis, Brendan Coyle

Votes: 1,221 | Gross: $0.35M

31. Patrick's Day (2014)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Family, Romance

When a young man with mental health issues becomes intimate with a suicidal flight attendant, his obsessive mother enlists a dysfunctional cop to separate them.

Director: Terry McMahon | Stars: Kerry Fox, Moe Dunford, Philip Jackson, Catherine Walker

Votes: 329

32. Gold (2014)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

An offbeat comedy about an estranged father who returns to his hometown after an absence of ten years in order to reconnect with his daughter and ex-wife but unwittingly finds himself responsible for almost destroying all their lives.

Director: Niall Heery | Stars: James Nesbitt, Maisie Williams, David Wilmot, Kerry Condon

Votes: 1,505

33. The Legend of Longwood (2014)

PG | 99 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A young girl moves from New York to a mythical village in Ireland.

Director: Lisa Mulcahy | Stars: Lucy Morton, Thekla Reuten, Fiona Glascott, Sean Mahon

Votes: 259

34. An Bronntanas (2014– )

Thriller

A lifeboat crew discovers millions of euros worth of drugs on a fishing boat off the coast of Ireland.

Stars: John Finn, Owen McDonnell, Pól Ó Griofa, Janusz Sheagall

Votes: 475

35. Standby (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Comedy, Romance

Twenty-something Alan (Gleeson) is down on his luck. Stood up at the altar and recently fired from his banking job, he finds himself working with his mother as a part-time tourist advisor ... See full summary »

Directors: Rob Burke, Ronan Burke | Stars: Jessica Paré, Brian Gleeson, Stanley Townsend, Francesca Cherruault

Votes: 1,384

36. Brooklyn (2015)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance

87 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: 107,232 | Gross: $38.32M

37. Nothing Personal (I) (2009)

85 min | Drama

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: 4,074

38. You're Ugly Too (2015)

81 min | Comedy, Drama

After her mother's death, Stacey (Lauren Kinsella) moves with her uncle Will (Aiden Gillen) to a remote region in the Irish midlands. As the two cautiously get to know each other,they have ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Noonan | Stars: Aidan Gillen, Lauren Kinsella, George Pistereanu, Erika Sainte

Votes: 531

39. 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: 22,939 | Gross: $24.79M

40. Garage (2007)

85 min | Drama

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.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Stars: Pat Shortt, John Keogh, George Costigan, Anne-Marie Duff

Votes: 2,577

41. My Name Is Emily (2015)

94 min | Drama

55 Metascore

On her 16th birthday, Emily runs away from her foster home and, with the help of her new friend Arden, sets out on a road trip to break her father out of a psychiatric institution.

Director: Simon Fitzmaurice | Stars: Evanna Lynch, George Webster, Michael Smiley, Deirdre Mullins

Votes: 545

42. An Klondike (2015– )

Not Rated | 52 min | Action, Drama, Western

The story of the Connolly Brothers; three Irish emigrants who travel from Montana to the Yukon during the Klondike gold rush of the 1890's in the hope of striking it rich.

Stars: Owen McDonnell, Dara Devaney, Seán T. Ó Meallaigh, Robert O'Mahoney

Votes: 78

43. 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: 5,210 | Gross: $3.32M

44. 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: 71,859 | Gross: $5.36M

45. In Bruges (2008)

R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

67 Metascore

Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.

Director: Martin McDonagh | Stars: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds, Elizabeth Berrington

Votes: 342,456 | Gross: $7.76M

46. Into the West (1992)

PG | 97 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

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: 2,388 | Gross: $4.79M

47. 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: 66,354 | Gross: $3.23M

48. 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: 7,097

49. A Date for Mad Mary (2016)

82 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A woman newly released from prison seeks a date to bring to her best friend's wedding.

Director: Darren Thornton | Stars: Seána Kerslake, Carolyn Bracken, Denise McCormack, Barbara Brennan

Votes: 1,131

50. Dead Along the Way (2016)

85 min | Comedy

Hapless wedding videographers Wacker and Tony find themselves unexpectedly dealing with a dead body, overly-enthusiastic Gardaí, fertility treatment, and a vengeful gangster - oh, and an imminent wedding."

Director: Maurice O'Carroll | Stars: Niall Murphy, Ciaran Bermingham, Tom Lawlor, Donna Patrice

Votes: 62

51. Evelyn (2002)

PG | 94 min | Drama

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