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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?"

Notable directors that have worked with Brendan Gleeson include names like Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and M. Night Shyamalan. Movie fans who love Brendan Gleeson have also been known to enjoy films starring Jim Broadbent and Tom Wilkinson.

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Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith In Bruges is a 2008 British-American comedy film written and directed by Martin McDonagh. The film stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as two Irish hitmen in hiding, with Ralph Fiennes as ...more

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Don Cheadle, Mark Strong, Brendan Gleeson The Guard is a 2011 comedy/thriller film written and directed by John Michael McDonagh. "Sergeant Gerry Boyle, a salty village cop in Ireland, has a subversive sense of humor, a caustic ...more

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Calvary is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Brendan Gleeson Movies
Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly Calvary is a 2014 Irish drama film written and directed by John Michael McDonagh. The film stars Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran and Isaach de ...more

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Brendan Gleeson Movies
Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson Braveheart is a 1995 epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First ...more

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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Brendan Gleeson Movies
Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris 28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The screenplay was written by Alex Garland. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, ...more

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Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a 2005 fantasy film directed by Mike Newell and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, ...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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Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Brendan Gleeson Movies
Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson Gangs of New York is a 2002 American fictionalized historical drama film set in the mid-19th century in the Five Points district of Lower Manhattan in 1863. The film was directed by Martin ...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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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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Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is a 2010 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the first of two cinematic parts based on the novel ...more

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Gerard Butler, Brendan Gleeson, Adrien Brody Harrison's Flowers is a 2001 French film by Elie Chouraqui. It stars, among others, Andie MacDowell, Elias Koteas, Brendan Gleeson, Adrien Brody, Marie Trintignant, Gerard Butler and David ...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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Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 2007 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The ...more

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Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Jude Law A.I. Artificial Intelligence, also known as A.I., is a 2001 American science fiction film written, directed, and produced by Steven Spielberg, and based on Brian Aldiss's short story Super-Toys ...more

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Emily VanCamp, Brendan Gleeson, Melissa Leo Black Irish is a 2007 drama film written and directed by Brad Gann.

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Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law Cold Mountain is a 2003 epic drama film written and directed by Anthony Minghella. The film is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Charles Frazier. It stars Jude Law, Nicole ...more

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Bryce Dallas Howard, Sigourney Weaver, Joaquin Phoenix The Village is a 2004 American psychological thriller film, written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt ...more

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Tom Cruise, Anthony Hopkins, Thandie Newton 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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Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Rose Byrne Troy is a 2004 American epic film written by David Benioff and directed by Wolfgang Petersen. It is loosely based on Homer's Iliad. Achilles leads his Myrmidons along with the rest of the Greek ...more

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Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Edward Norton Kingdom of Heaven is a 2005 epic historical drama directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by William Monahan. It stars Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Jeremy Irons, David Thewlis, Brendan ...more

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Betty White, Mariska Hargitay, Bridget Fonda Lake Placid is a 1999 American monster horror comedy film. The film was written by David E. Kelley and directed by Steve Miner, starring Bill Pullman, Bridget Fonda, Oliver Platt, Brendan ...more

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Brendan Gleeson, Iain Glen, Janet McTeer 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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Brendan Gleeson, Michael McElhatton, Peter Caffrey I Went Down is an Irish comedy crime film by director Paddy Breathnach released 3 October 1997.

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Kurt Russell, Brendan Gleeson, Master P 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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Noreen Brendan Gleeson, Brian Gleeson, Gerard Byrne Noreen is a 2010 short comedy film written and directed by Domhnall Gleeson.

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Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson 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 ...more

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Pierce Brosnan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Radcliffe 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, ...more

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Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Gabriel Byrne 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 ...more

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Brendan Gleeson, Rúaidhrí Conroy 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

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Samuel L. Jackson, Juliette Binoche, Brendan Gleeson 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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Sinéad O'Connor, Brendan Gleeson, Stephen Rea 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 ...more

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Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich Beowulf is a 2007 American motion capture computer-animated fantasy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary, inspired by the Old English epic poem of the same ...more

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Matt Damon, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Isaacs Green Zone is a 2010 British-French-American thriller film directed by Paul Greengrass. The storyline was conceived from a screenplay written by Brian Helgeland, based on a 2006 non-fiction book ...more

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Brendan Gleeson, Mick Lally, Paul Tylak 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 ...more

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Alice Eve, John Cusack, Brendan Gleeson 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 ...more

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Kim Cattrall, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds 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.

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Denzel Washington, Ryan Reynolds, Vera Farmiga 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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Brendan Gleeson, Ian Bannen, Julian Fellowes 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. ...more

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Salma Hayek, David Tennant, Hugh Grant Pirates! is a 2012 animation, adventure and family film written by Gideon Defoe and directed by Peter Lord and Jeff Newitt.

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Studs Brendan Gleeson, Domhnall Gleeson, Eoin Macken Studs is a 2006 sport comedy film written and directed by Paul Mercier.

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Anna Kendrick, Shia LaBeouf, Susan Sarandon 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 ...more

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Brendan Gleeson, Brian Blessed, Armand Assante 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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Ray Liotta, Brendan Gleeson, Lauren Holly 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.

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John Cusack, James Caan, Brendan Gleeson 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.

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James McAvoy, Imogen Poots, Jamie Bell 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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The 2005 Academy Award Short Films Collection Sean Biggerstaff, Jorge Garcia, Kevin Pollak

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Glenn Close, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Mia Wasikowska 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 ...more

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The Cup Brendan Gleeson, Jodi Gordon, Bill Hunter The Cup is a 2011 Australian biographical film about the 2002 Melbourne Cup horse race and is directed by Simon Wincer. It is about Damien Oliver's victory in the 2002 Melbourne Cup. This was ...more

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Trojan Eddie Richard Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Stuart Townsend Trojan Eddie is a 1997 drama film written by Billy Roche and directed by Gillies MacKinnon.