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The Best Movies About Ireland 

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Updated October 9, 2019 844 votes 179 voters 12.8k views 43 items

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.

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John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald

Released: 1952

Directed by: John Ford

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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Julia Roberts, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman

Released: 1996

Directed by: Neil Jordan

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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Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Tom Wilkinson

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jim Sheridan

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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MejaEhrenström added Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald

Released: 2006

Directed by: Ken Loach

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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James Nesbitt, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan

Released: 1998

Directed by: Kirk Jones

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

Released: 1989

Directed by: Jim Sheridan

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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Andrea Corr, Colm Meaney, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Released: 1991

Directed by: Alan Parker

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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Robert Carlyle, Emily Watson, Alan Parker

Released: 2000

Directed by: Alan Parker

Angela's Ashes is a 1999 Irish-American drama film based on the memoir of the same name by Frank McCourt. It was co-written and directed by Alan Parker, and starred Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, ...more

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The Secret of Roan Inish Susan Lynch, John Lynch, Mick Lally

Released: 1994

Directed by: John Sayles

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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Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová, Darren Healy

Released: 2006

Directed by: John Carney

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 Hole in the Ground ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies About Ireland
Seána Kerslake, James Cosmo, Kati Outinen

Released: 2019

Directed by: Lee Cronin

The Hole in the Ground is a 2019 Irish horror thriller film, directed by Lee Cronin. An unpleasant encounter with a mysterious neighbor throws Sarah O'Neill (Seána Kerslake) into an ...more
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Daniel Day-Lewis, Brian Cox, Emily Watson

Released: 1997

Directed by: Jim Sheridan

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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James Nesbitt, Gerard McSorley, Tim Pigott-Smith

Released: 2002

Directed by: Paul Greengrass

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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Released: 1990

Directed by: Jim Sheridan

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Jon Voight, Brendan Gleeson, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Released: 1998

Directed by: John Boorman

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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Nora-Jane Noone, Anne-Marie Duff, Geraldine McEwan

Released: 2002

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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

Released: 1992

Directed by: Mike Newell

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 Lit... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies About Ireland
Sean Connery, Janet Munro, Estelle Winwood

Released: 1959

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

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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Colm Meaney, Brendan O'Carroll, Rúaidhrí Conroy

Released: 1996

Directed by: Stephen Frears

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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Tristan & Isolde is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies About Ireland
James Franco, Henry Cavill, Mark Strong

Released: 2006

Directed by: Kevin Reynolds

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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Dorothy McGuire, Ron Moody, Stanley Holloway

Released: 1971

Directed by: Ralph Nelson

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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Forest Whitaker, Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson

Released: 1992

Directed by: Neil Jordan

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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Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Jim Broadbent

Released: 2018

Directed by: Lance Daly

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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Cate Blanchett, Colin Farrell, Ciarán Hinds

Released: 2003

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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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Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Brendan Gleeson

Released: 1992

Directed by: Ron Howard

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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