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irish The Best Movies About Ireland  

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List Rules Movies about or set in the country of Ireland.

The luck of the Irish, finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, leprechauns, beautiful seascapes, castles overlooking the ocean, potatoes, St. Patrick’s Day, and Irish whisky – these are all quintessentially Irish. Many popular films are also set in or about the beautiful country of Ireland, thanks to its beautiful landscapes and rich history.

The movies featured on this list are the best about Ireland and all discuss the topic of Ireland in one way or another – some take a historical approach to the lives of Irish citizens and their roles in history, some are romantic movies set in the scenic beauty of the Irish countryside, while some are purely fictional entertainment based on scenes and stories from Ireland.

This list contains the best movies about Ireland including: Far and Away, The Crying Game, The Quiet Man, In the Name of the Father, Once, Michael Collins, Into the West, In America, The Secret of Roan Inish, Waking Ned Devine, Bloody Sunday, and Leap Year.

Vote up your favorite Irish flick or add a film you love about the land of Erin that isn't already on the list.
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The Quiet Man John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald The Quiet Man is a 1952 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Ford. It stars John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond and Victor McLaglen. The screenplay by Frank ...more

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MejaEhrenström added The Wind That Shakes the Barley Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald The Wind That Shakes the Barley is a 2006 Irish war drama film directed by Ken Loach, set during the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War. Written by long-time Loach collaborator ...more

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In the Name of the Father Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Tom Wilkinson In the Name of the Father is a 1993 Irish-British-American biographical courtroom drama film co-written and directed by Jim Sheridan. It is based on the true life story of the Guildford Four, ...more

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The Secret of Roan Inish Susan Lynch, John Lynch, Mick Lally The Secret of Roan Inish is a 1994 American/Irish independent film written and directed by John Sayles. It is based on the novel Secret of the Ron Mor Skerry, by Rosalie K. Fry. It is centered ...more

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Michael Collins Julia Roberts, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman Michael Collins is a 1996 historical biopic written and directed by Neil Jordan and starring Liam Neeson as Michael Collins, the Irish patriot and revolutionary who died in the Irish Civil War. ...more

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Once Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Darren Healy Once is a 2007 Irish musical film written and directed by John Carney. Set in Dublin, Ireland, the naturalistic drama stars musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. ...more

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The Commitments Andrea Corr, Colm Meaney, Maria Doyle Kennedy The Commitments is a 1991 comedy-drama film directed by Alan Parker. A film adaptation of Roddy Doyle's novel of the same name, the film tells a story of working class Dubliners who form a soul ...more

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My Left Foot Daniel Day-Lewis, Fiona Shaw, Brenda Fricker My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown is a 1989 Irish drama film directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Daniel Day-Lewis. It tells the story of Christy Brown, an Irishman born with cerebral ...more

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The Boxer Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian Cox, Emily Watson The Boxer is a 1997 film by Irish director Jim Sheridan. Starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Emily Watson, the film centers on the life of a boxer and former Provisional IRA volunteer Danny Flynn, ...more

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Darby O'Gill and the Little People Sean Connery, Janet Munro, Estelle Winwood Darby O'Gill and the Little People is a 1959 Walt Disney Productions feature film starring Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery and Jimmy O'Dea, in a tale about a wily Irishman and his ...more

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Into the West Ellen Barkin, Brendan Gleeson, Gabriel Byrne Into the West is a 1992 Irish magical realist film about Irish Travellers written by Jim Sheridan and directed by Mike Newell. Into the West was one of several major films to come from Ireland ...more

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Waking Ned James Nesbitt, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan Waking Ned is a 1998 comedy film by English writer and director Kirk Jones. It stars Ian Bannen, David Kelly, and Fionnula Flanagan. Kelly was nominated for a Screen Actors' Guild award for his ...more

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Far and Away Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Brendan Gleeson Far and Away is a 1992 romance film directed by Ron Howard from a script by Howard and Bob Dolman, and stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Cinematography by Mikael Salomon, with a music score by ...more

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Bloody Sunday James Nesbitt, Gerard McSorley, Tim Pigott-Smith Bloody Sunday is a 2002 film about the 1972 "Bloody Sunday" shootings in Derry, Northern Ireland. Although produced by Granada Television as a TV film, it premiered at the Sundance ...more

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Veronica Guerin Cate Blanchett, Colin Farrell, Ciarán Hinds Veronica Guerin is a 2003 Irish biographical crime film directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Cate Blanchett in the title role. The screenplay by Carol Doyle and Mary Agnes Donoghue focuses ...more

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Some Mother's Son Helen Mirren, Aidan Gillen, Fionnula Flanagan Some Mother's Son is a 1996 film written and directed by Irish filmmaker Terry George, co-written by Jim Sheridan, and based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in the Maze Prison, in ...more

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The General Jon Voight, Brendan Gleeson, Maria Doyle Kennedy The General is an Irish crime film directed by John Boorman about Dublin crime boss Martin Cahill, who pulled off several daring heists in the early 1980s, and attracted the attention of the ...more

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Tristan & Isolde James Franco, Henry Cavill, Mark Strong Tristan & Isolde is a 2006 epic romantic drama film based on the medieval romantic legend of Tristan and Isolde. It was produced by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott, directed by Kevin Reynolds ...more

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MejaEhrenström added Disco Pigs Cillian Murphy, Elaine Cassidy, Brían F. O'Byrne Disco Pigs is a 2001 Irish film directed by Kirsten Sheridan and written by Enda Walsh, who adapted it from his 1996 play of the same name. Cillian Murphy and Elaine Cassidy star as Cork ...more

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Angela’s Ashes

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The Crying Game Forest Whitaker, Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson The Crying Game is a 1992 British psychological thriller drama film written and directed by Neil Jordan. The film explores themes of race, gender, nationality, and sexuality against the backdrop ...more

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Finian's Rainbow Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Keenan Wynn Finian's Rainbow is a 1968 American musical film directed by Francis Ford Coppola that stars Fred Astaire and Petula Clark. The screenplay by E. Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy is based on their 1947 ...more

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The Van Colm Meaney, Brendan O'Carroll, Rúaidhrí Conroy The Van is a 1996 film, based on the novel The Van by Roddy Doyle. Like The Snapper, it was directed by Stephen Frears. It was entered into the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.

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Ryan’s Daughter

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Ondine Colin Farrell, Stephen Rea, Tony Curran Ondine is a 2009 Irish romantic drama film directed and written by Neil Jordan and starring Colin Farrell and Alicja Bachleda. The film was shot on location in Castletownbere, Ireland, and ...more

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In America Djimon Hounsou, Samantha Morton, Paddy Constantine In America is a 2002 Irish-American-British drama film directed by Jim Sheridan. The semi-autobiographical screenplay by Sheridan and his daughters Naomi and Kirsten focuses on an immigrant ...more

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The Field The Field is a play written by John B. Keane, first performed in 1965. It tells the story of the hardened Irish farmer "Bull" McCabe and his love for the land he rents. The play ...more

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The Snapper Brendan Gleeson, Colm Meaney, Stanley Townsend The Snapper is a 1993 Irish television film which was directed by Stephen Frears and starred Tina Kellegher, Colm Meaney and Brendan Gleeson. The film is based on the novel by Irish writer Roddy ...more

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The Magdalene Sisters Nora-Jane Noone, Anne-Marie Duff, Geraldine McEwan The Magdalene Sisters is a 2002 film written and directed by Peter Mullan, about 4 teenage girls who were sent to Magdalene Asylums, homes for women who were labeled as "fallen" by ...more

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The Matchmaker Janeane Garofalo, Denis Leary, Saffron Burrows The Matchmaker is a 1997 romantic comedy film set in Ireland and starring Janeane Garofalo.

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War of the Buttons Liam Cunningham, Colm Meaney, Frank Grimes War of the Buttons is a 1994 Irish drama adventure film directed by John Roberts. It was written by Collin Welland and based on the French novel La Guerre des boutons, by Louis Pergaud. The ...more

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Intermission Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy, Kelly Macdonald Intermission is a 2003 Irish black comedy crime film directed by John Crowley and written by Mark O'Rowe. It tells the story of John and Deirdre, a recently separated young couple, and people ...more

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man John Gielgud, David Kelly, T. P. McKenna A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is a 1977 film adaptation of James Joyce's novel of the same name, directed by Joseph Strick. It portrays the growth of consciousness of Joyce's ...more

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Hear My Song Ned Beatty, Tara Fitzgerald, Stephen Marcus Hear My Song is a 1991 comedy film, written by the actors Peter Chelsom and Adrian Dunbar, based on the story of Irish tenor Josef Locke. It was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the ...more

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Man About Dog Fionnula Flanagan, Allen Leech, Seán McGinley Man About Dog is a 2004 Irish comedy film starring Allen Leech, Ciaran Nolan and Tom Murphy. The film was distributed by Redbus Film Distribution and directed by Paddy Breathnach.

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Little Nellie Kelly Judy Garland, George Murphy Little Nellie Kelly is a 1940 musical comedy film based on the stage musical of the same name by George M. Cohan which was a hit on Broadway in 1922 and 1923. The film was written by Jack ...more

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Flight of the Doves Dorothy McGuire, Ron Moody, Stanley Holloway Flight of the Doves is a 1971 British film based on the novel by Irish writer Walter Macken, the film was written by Frank Gabrielson and Ralph Nelson. Nelson also directed the film.

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Cry of the Innocent Cyril Cusack, Alexander Knox, Nigel Davenport Cry of the Innocent is a film directed by Michael O'Herlihy released on June 19, 1980.

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Kisses Stephen Rea, Sean McDonagh, Hilda Fay Kisses is a 2008 Irish drama film directed by Lance Daly. The film is a coming of age drama about two ragamuffin preadolescents, next door neighbors each from dysfunctional families living in a ...more

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Leap Year Amy Adams, John Lithgow, Matthew Goode "Laura is a single, 25-year-old journalist who lives in a small apartment in Mexico City. After a long series of flings, Laura meets Arturo. The first time they make love, Arturo touches ...more

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The Devil’s Own