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The Best Cillian Murphy Movies 

Updated June 11, 2019 1.5k votes 371 voters 19.6k views

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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!

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best Cillian Murphy movies?" and "What are the greatest Cillian Murphy roles of all time?"
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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cillian Murphy Movies
Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

Released: 2002

Directed by: Danny 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, ...more

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Inception is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cillian Murphy Movies
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard

Released: 2010

Directed by: Christopher 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, Ellen Page, Joseph ...more

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Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox

Released: 2005

Directed by: Wes 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 ...more

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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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Cillian Murphy, Elaine Cassidy, Brían F. O'Byrne

Released: 2001

Directed by: Kirsten 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 ...more
The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cillian Murphy Movies
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Breakfast on Pluto Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson

Released: 2005

Directed by: Neil 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 ...more

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Batman Begins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cillian Murphy Movies
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson

Released: 2005

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Mark Strong

Released: 2007

Directed by: Danny 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 ...more

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Cillian Murphy, Stephen Rea, Jonathan Jackson

Released: 2001

Directed by: John 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 ...more
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Susan Sarandon, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy

Released: 2010

Directed by: Michael Lander

Peacock is a 2010 American psychological thriller directed by Michael Lander, written by Lander and Ryan Roy, and starring Cillian Murphy, Ellen Page and Susan Sarandon. It was editor Sally ...more

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Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Gabriel Byrne

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ian 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 ...more
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Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy, Kelly Macdonald

Released: 2003

Directed by: John 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 ...more
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Lucy Liu, Cillian Murphy, Jason Sudeikis

Released: 2007

Directed by: Paul 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
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Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Elizabeth Olsen

Released: 2012

Directed by: Rodrigo 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, ...more
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Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy

Released: 2008

Directed by: John 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 ...more
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Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake

Released: 2011

Directed by: Andrew Niccol

In Time is a 2011 American dystopian science fiction action thriller film written, directed, and produced by Andrew Niccol. In 2169, people are genetically engineered to stop aging on their 25th ...more

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Tim Roth, Cillian Murphy, Lily James

Released: 2012

Directed by: Rufus Norris

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Scarlett Johansson, Colin Firth, Cillian Murphy

Released: 2003

Directed by: Peter 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. ...more

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Cillian Murphy, Colm Meaney, Kerry Condon

Released: 2001

Directed by: Goran Paskaljević

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Thandie Newton, Cillian Murphy, Jamie Bell

Released: 2011

Directed by: Carl 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 ...more
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Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Jude Law

Released: 2003

Directed by: Anthony Minghella

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Olivia Wilde, Jeff Bridges, Cillian Murphy

Released: 2010

Directed by: Joseph Kosinski

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Dali & I: The Surreal Story Al Pacino, Cillian Murphy

Released: 2011

Directed by: Andrew Niccol

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Daniel Craig, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw

Released: 1999

Directed by: William 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