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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.

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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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MejaEhrenström added 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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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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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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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. It won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Darby O'Gill and the Little Pe... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies About Ireland
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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Tristan & Isolde is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies About Ireland
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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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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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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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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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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Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Jim Broadbent Black 47 is a 2018 drama directed by Lance Daly, based on the Irish short film An Ranger. During the Great Famine in Ireland, an Irish Ranger (James Frecheville) who has been fighting for the ...more

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

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