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The Best Cillian Murphy Movies

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List of the best Cillian Murphy movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. Cillian Murphy'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 Cillian Murphy movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated Cillian Murphy movies will be at the top of the list. Cillian Murphy has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest Cillian Murphy movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining Cillian Murphy films to end the squabble once and for all.

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

List features films like Retreat, The Wind That Shakes the Barley and more!

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  • 1
    Susan Sarandon, Ellen Page
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    22

    Released2010

    Directed byMichael Lander

    Peacock is a 2010 American psychological thriller directed by Michael Lander, written by Lander and Ryan Roy....  more
  • 2
    Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy
    100
    18

    Released2003

    Directed byJohn Crowley

    Intermission is a 2003 Irish black comedy crime film directed by John Crowley and written by Mark O'Rowe. It tells the story of John and Deirdre, a recently separated young couple, and people related...  more
  • 3
    Lucy Liu, Cillian Murphy
    103
    25

    Released2007

    Directed byPaul Soter

    Watching the Detectives is a 2007 romantic comedy film written and directed by Paul Soter. The film stars Cillian Murphy as the film geek owner of an independent video rental store whose life is...  more
  • 4
    Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy
    88
    18

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Inception is a 2010 science fiction thriller film written, produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Elliot Page, Joseph...  more
  • 5
    Christian Bale, Michael Caine
    65
    16

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character, Batman. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and...  more
  • 6
    Cillian Murphy, Elaine Cassidy
    66
    20

    Released2001

    Directed byKirsten Sheridan

    Disco Pigs is a 2001 Irish film directed by Kirsten Sheridan and written by Enda Walsh, who adapted it from his 1996 play of the same name. Cillian Murphy and Elaine Cassidy star as Cork teenagers...  more
  • 7
    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston
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    46

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    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, Megan...  more
  • 8
    Cillian Murphy, Stephen Rea
    55
    13

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn Carney

    On the Edge is a 2001 Irish film directed by John Carney and starring Cillian Murphy, Tricia Vessey, Jonathan Jackson and Stephen Rea. The dramedy tells the story of a suicidal young man and his stay...  more
  • 9
    Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy
    76
    33

    Released2005

    Directed byWes Craven

    Red Eye is a 2005 American thriller film directed by Wes Craven and starring Rachel McAdams as a hotel manager ensnared in a plot by a terrorist while aboard a red-eye flight to Miami. The film score...  more
  • 10
    Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth
    60
    22

    Released2003

    Directed byPeter Webber

    Girl with a Pearl Earring is a 2003 drama film directed by Peter Webber. The screenplay was adapted by screenwriter Olivia Hetreed, based on the novel of the same name by Tracy Chevalier. Scarlett...  more
  • 11
    Cillian Murphy, Liam Cunningham
    63
    26

    Released2006

    Directed byKen 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 Paul...  more
  • 12
    Cillian Murphy, Colm Meaney
    42
    8

    Released2001

    Directed byGoran Paskaljević

    How Harry Became a Tree is a 2001 drama film directed by Goran Paskaljević....  more
  • 13
    Rose Byrne, Chris Evans
    51
    21

    Released2007

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    Sunshine is a 2007 British science fiction thriller film directed by Danny Boyle. The film was adapted from a screenplay written by Alex Garland about the crew of a spacecraft on a dangerous mission...  more
  • 14
    Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman
    37
    8

    Released2003

    Directed byAnthony Minghella

    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 Kidman,...  more
  • 15
    Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson
    40
    14

    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
  • 16
    Thandie Newton, Cillian Murphy
    30
    7

    Released2011

    Directed byCarl Tibbetts

    Retreat is an 2011 British horror-thriller film and the directorial debut of former film editor Carl Tibbets. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Jamie Bell, and Thandie Newton as three people isolated...  more
  • 17
    Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver
    32
    17

    Released2012

    Directed byRodrigo Cortés

    Red Lights is a 2012 Spanish-American thriller film written and directed by Rodrigo Cortés and starring Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Toby Jones, Elizabeth Olsen, Joely Richardson...  more
  • 18
    Christian Bale, Michael Caine
    61
    52

    Released2005

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

    Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. After training with his mentor (Liam Neeson), Batman (Christian Bale) begins his fight to free ...  more
  • 19

    Dali & I: The Surreal Story

    Al Pacino, Cillian Murphy
    16
    4

    Released2011

    Directed byAndrew Niccol

  • 20
    Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges
    32
    23

    Released2010

    Directed byJoseph Kosinski

    Tron: Legacy is a 2010 American science fiction film produced and released by Walt Disney Pictures. A sequel to the 1982 film Tron, it is directed by Joseph Kosinski, produced by Tron director Steven...  more
  • 21
    Daniel Craig, Cillian Murphy
    18
    6

    Released1999

    Directed byWilliam Boyd

    The Trench is a 1999 independent war film directed by William Boyd that portrays a group of young British soldiers on the eve of the Battle of the Somme in the last 48 hours. The film stars Paul...  more
  • 22
    Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller
    28
    19

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Maybury

    The Edge of Love is a 2008 John Maybury drama film starring Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy and Matthew Rhys from a script by Sharman Macdonald, Knightley's mother. Originally titled...  more
  • 23
    Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy
    23
    18

    Released2012

    Directed byRufus Norris

    Broken is a 2012 British coming-of-age drama film directed by Rufus Norris starring Eloise Laurence and Tim Roth. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2012. It is based on the 2008...  more
  • 24

    Breakfast on Pluto

    Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy
    63
    70

    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
  • 25
    Cillian Murphy, Feist
    14
    7

    Released2009

    Directed byKevin Drew

    The Water is a short film directed by Kevin Drew starring Cillian Murphy, David Fox and Drew's Broken Social Scene bandmate, Leslie Feist....  more