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The Best Brendan Gleeson Movies

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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.

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    Braveheart

    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau

    Released1995

    Directed byMel Gibson

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  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire2
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    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson

    Released2005

    Directed byMike Newell

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  • 28 Days Later3
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The...  more

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  • Gangs of New York4
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    Gangs of New York

    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio

    Released2002

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Gangs of New York is a 2002 American fictionalized historical drama film set in the mid-19th...  more

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  • The General5
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    The General

    Jon Voight, Brendan Gleeson

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Boorman

    The General is an Irish crime film directed by John Boorman about Dublin crime boss Martin...  more
  • In Bruges6
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    In Bruges

    Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes

    Released2008

    Directed byMartin McDonagh

    In Bruges is a 2008 British-American comedy film written and directed by Martin McDonagh. The...  more

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  • Far and Away7
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    Far and Away

    Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman

    Released1992

    Directed byRon Howard

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  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I8
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    Released2010

    Directed byDavid Yates

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  • Michael Collins9
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    Michael Collins

    Julia Roberts, Liam Neeson

    Released1996

    Directed byNeil Jordan

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  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix10
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    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Yates

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  • The Guard11
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    The Guard

    Don Cheadle, Mark Strong

    Released2011

    Directed byJohn Michael McDonagh

    The Guard is a 2011 comedy/thriller film written and directed by John Michael...  more
  • Calvary12
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    Calvary

    Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd

    Released2014

    Directed byJohn Michael McDonagh

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  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence13
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    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    Meryl Streep, Robin Williams

    Released2001

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Into the West14
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    Into the West

    Ellen Barkin, Brendan Gleeson

    Released1992

    Directed byMike Newell

    Into the West is a 1992 Irish magical realist film about Irish Travellers written by Jim...  more
  • Harrison's Flowers15
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    Harrison's Flowers

    Gerard Butler, Brendan Gleeson

    Released2002

    Directed byElie Chouraqui

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  • Kingdom of Heaven16
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    Kingdom of Heaven

    Eva Green, Liam Neeson

    Released2005

    Directed byRidley Scott

    Kingdom of Heaven is a 2005 epic historical drama directed and produced by Ridley Scott and...  more

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  • The Village17
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    The Village

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2004

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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  • Cold Mountain18
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    Cold Mountain

    Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman

    Released2003

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

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  • Black Irish19
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    Black Irish

    Emily VanCamp, Brendan Gleeson

    Released2007

    Directed byBrad Gann

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  • Troy20
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    Troy

    Brad Pitt, Eric Bana

    Released2004

    Directed byWolfgang Petersen

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  • Mission: Impossible II21
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    Mission: Impossible II

    Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins

    Released2000

    Directed byJohn Woo

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  • Beowulf22
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    Beowulf

    Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins

    Released2007

    Directed byRobert Zemeckis

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  • Noreen23
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    Noreen

    Brendan Gleeson, Brian Gleeson

    Released2010

    Directed byDomhnall Gleeson

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  • I Went Down24
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    I Went Down

    Brendan Gleeson, Michael McElhatton

    Released1997

    Directed byPaddy Breathnach

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    The Treaty

    Brendan Gleeson, Ian Bannen

    Released1991

    Directed byJonathan Lewis

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