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The Best Brendan Gleeson Movies

Updated October 29, 2019 1.4k votes 190 voters 14.2k views53 items

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List of the best Brendan Gleeson movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Brendan Gleeson's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top Brendan Gleeson movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Brendan Gleeson movies will be at the top of the list. Brendan Gleeson has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Brendan Gleeson movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Brendan Gleeson films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best Brendan Gleeson role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest Brendan Gleeson performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

This list is made up of many different films, including In My Country and The Guard.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Brendan Gleeson movies?" and "What are the greatest Brendan Gleeson roles of all time?"

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    Filth

    James McAvoy, Imogen Poots

    Released2013

    Directed byJon S. Baird

    Filth is a 2013 British crime comedy-drama film written and directed by Jon S. Baird, based on Irvine Welsh's novel Filth. The film was released on 27 September 2013 in Scotland, 4 October 2013...  more
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    Mission: Impossible II

    Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins

    Released2000

    Directed byJohn Woo

    Mission: Impossible 2 (also stylized as Mission: Impossible II and abbreviated as M:I-2) is a 2000 American action spy film directed by John Woo, and the second film in the Mission: Impossible...  more

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    The Treaty

    Brendan Gleeson, Ian Bannen

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Lewis

    The Treaty is a 1991 Irish historical television film directed by Jonathan Lewis. The film is about the Anglo-Irish Treaty that Michael Collins bargained for with the British government in 1921. Low...  more
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    Noreen

    Brendan Gleeson, Brian Gleeson

    Released2010

    Directed byDomhnall Gleeson

    Noreen is a 2010 short comedy film written and directed by Domhnall Gleeson....
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    In My Country

    Samuel L. Jackson, Juliette Binoche

    Released2004

    Directed byJohn Boorman

    In My Country is a 2004 English-language film directed by John Boorman, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Juliette Binoche. The screenplay, written by Ann Peacock, was based on Antjie Krog's memoir...  more
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    The Secret of Kells

    Brendan Gleeson, Mick Lally

    Released2009

    Directed byTomm Moore, Nora Twomey

    The Secret of Kells is a 2009 French-Belgian-Irish animated fantasy film by Cartoon Saloon that premiered on 8 February 2009, at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. It went into wide release...  more

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    The Butcher Boy

    Sinéad O'Connor, Brendan Gleeson

    Released1997

    Directed byNeil Jordan

    The Butcher Boy is an 1997 Irish tragicomic drama film adapted to film by Neil Jordan and Patrick McCabe from McCabe's 1992 novel of the same name. Set in the early 1960s, The Butcher Boy is about...  more
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    Safe House

    Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2012

    Directed byDaniel Espinosa

    Safe House is a 2012 American action thriller film directed by Daniel Espinosa, starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. It was released on February 10, 2012, in North America by Universal...  more

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    Six Shooter

    Brendan Gleeson, Rúaidhrí Conroy

    Released2004

    Directed byMartin McDonagh

    Six Shooter is an Irish 2004 live action short film starring Brendan Gleeson and Rúaidhrí Conroy. The film earned several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film....  more
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    The Raven

    Alice Eve, John Cusack

    Released2012

    Directed byJames McTeigue

    The Raven is a 2012 American mystery thriller film directed by James McTeigue and based on a screenplay by Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare. It stars John Cusack, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson and...  more
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    Perrier's Bounty

    Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson

    Released2009

    Directed byIan FitzGibbon

    Perrier's Bounty is an Irish crime thriller comedy set in modern-day Dublin. Describing it as an "urban western", sophomore director Ian Fitzgibbon directed the film, which stars Brendan Gleeson, who...  more
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    Trojan Eddie

    Richard Harris, Brendan Gleeson

    Released1997

    Directed byGillies MacKinnon

    Trojan Eddie is a 1997 drama film written by Billy Roche and directed by Gillies MacKinnon....  more
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    Released2012

    Directed byPeter Lord, Jeff Newitt

    Pirates! is a 2012 animation, adventure and family film written by Gideon Defoe and directed by Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt....  more
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    Dark Blue

    Kurt Russell, Brendan Gleeson

    Released2002

    Directed byRon Shelton

    Dark Blue is a 2002 film directed by Ron Shelton and starring Kurt Russell. The film is based on a story written for film by novelist James Ellroy and takes place during the days leading to and...  more

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    Into the Storm

    Brendan Gleeson, Iain Glen

    Released2008

    Directed byThaddeus O'Sullivan

    Into the Storm or Churchill at War is a 2009 biographical film about Winston Churchill and his days in office during World War II. The movie is directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan and stars Brendan...  more
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    The Tiger's Tail

    Kim Cattrall, Brendan Gleeson

    Released2006

    Directed byJohn Boorman

    The Tiger's Tail is a 2006 Irish film directed by John Boorman. It stars Brendan Gleeson and Kim Cattrall. The story focuses on the modern Celtic Tiger Irish economy of the late 20th century....  more
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    The Tailor of Panama

    Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn Boorman

    The Tailor of Panama is a 2001 Irish-American spy thriller film directed by John Boorman and starring Pierce Brosnan and Geoffrey Rush. Jamie Lee Curtis, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Radcliffe, Catherine...  more
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    Kidnapped

    Brendan Gleeson, Brian Blessed

    Released1996

    Directed byIvan Passer

    Kidnapped is a 1995 TV adventure film directed by Ivan Passer and starring Armand Assante as Highlander Alan Breck and Brian McCardie as Lowlander David Balfour. Among the supporting actors are...  more
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    This Is My Father

    John Cusack, James Caan

    Released1998

    Directed byPaul Quinn

    This Is My Father is a 1998 Irish-American film directed by Paul Quinn. It tells the story of an Irish couple from the '30s and their son trying to find his roots....  more
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    Breakfast on Pluto

    Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy

    Released2005

    Directed byNeil Jordan

    Breakfast on Pluto is a 2005 comedy-drama film written and directed by Neil Jordan and based on the novel of the same name by Patrick McCabe, as adapted by Jordan and McCabe. This dark comedy stars...  more

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    The Company You Keep

    Anna Kendrick, Shia LaBeouf

    Released2012

    Directed byRobert Redford

    The Company You Keep is a 2012 political action thriller produced and directed by, and starring, Robert Redford. The script was written by Lem Dobbs based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Neil...  more
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    Turbulence

    Ray Liotta, Brendan Gleeson

    Released1997

    Directed byRobert Butler

    Turbulence is a 1997 action thriller film directed by Robert Butler. It stars Ray Liotta and Lauren Holly and was distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer....  more

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    Albert Nobbs

    Glenn Close, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

    Released2011

    Directed byRodrigo García

    Albert Nobbs is a 2011 drama film directed by Rodrigo García and starring Glenn Close. The screenplay is based on a novella by Irish novelist George Moore. The film received mixed reviews, but the...  more
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    Studs

    Brendan Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson

    Released2006

    Directed byPaul Mercier

    Studs is a 2006 sport comedy film written and directed by Paul Mercier....
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    The Smurfs 2

    Katy Perry, Lil Wayne

    Released2013

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

    The Smurfs 2 is a 2013 American 3D live-action/computer-animated family comedy film and a sequel to the 2011 film The Smurfs. It is loosely based on The Smurfs comic-book series created by the...  more