Famous Movies From Ireland

List of popular movies from Ireland, listed by popularity with movie trailers when available. All prominent movies shot in Ireland are included. This list of famous films made in Ireland includes additional information about the movies, such as who directed them and what genre they are. Any top rated movies made in Ireland should appear on this list, with the most well-known ones at the top. The most popular cinema of Ireland is included below, so if you see a movie that's missing then it probably isn't very well-known.

Examples of movies on this list include Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Princess Bride, and more. If you've ever wondered what movies were shot in Ireland, find out here!

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  • Enemy at the Gates
    Joseph Fiennes, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud
    Enemy at the Gates, a war drama, is set amidst the ruins of Stalingrad during World War II. It follows the harrowing exploits of Russian sniper, Vassili Zaitsev (Jude Law), and his relentless duel with German sharpshooter Major König (Ed Harris). The narrative orbits around their lethal game of cat and mouse under the ruthless command of Commissar Danilov (Joseph Fiennes). A chilling portrayal of wartime strategies, it's a tale where every bullet counts. Notably, Rachel Weisz adds depth as Tania, a female soldier entangled in both love and war. This movie offers an intense glimpse into one of history's bloodiest battles without sugarcoating its grim reality.

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  • Braveheart
    Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan
    • Released: 1995
    • Directed by: Mel Gibson
    Braveheart is a historical war drama directed by Mel Gibson, who also stars as the film's protagonist, William Wallace. Set in late 13th century Scotland, the narrative follows Wallace's life from his childhood to his role in leading the Scottish against their English oppressors. The movie features an ensemble cast with notable performances from Sophie Marceau as Princess Isabelle and Patrick McGoohan as King Edward I. Braveheart won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, distinguishing itself for its epic battle scenes and compelling storytelling.

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  • Saving Private Ryan
    Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore
    • Released: 1998
    • Directed by: Steven Spielberg
    Saving Private Ryan, a war film directed by Steven Spielberg, is a harrowing depiction of World War II. Captain John H. Miller (Tom Hanks), a hardened yet compassionate soldier, leads a group of eight men from the 2nd Ranger Battalion of the United States Army through enemy lines. Their mission? Find and safely return paratrooper Private James Francis Ryan (Matt Damon), whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Set against the backdrop of the brutal Normandy invasion, this gripping tale won five Academy Awards, including Best Director for Spielberg. It explores themes of sacrifice and duty, leaving its mark as an unforgettable cinematic experience.

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  • The Princess Bride
    Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin
    • Released: 1987
    • Directed by: Rob Reiner
    The Princess Bride is a whimsical blend of adventure, romance, and comedy. Westley (Cary Elwes), a humble farmhand-turned-pirate, embarks on an epic quest to rescue his beloved Buttercup (Robin Wright) from the clutches of the villainous Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon). Alongside a colorful band of misfits including Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), who seeks revenge for his father's murder, and Vizzini (Wallace Shawn), a cunning Sicilian strategist, Westley must navigate treacherous terrain and outwit deadly foes. This timeless tale, peppered with memorable lines and unforgettable characters, won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedy Motion Picture in 1988. A film that transcends genre boundaries, it remains a classic in popular culture.

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  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher
    • Released: 2015
    • Directed by: J.J. Abrams
    Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a space opera of epic proportions directed by J.J. Abrams, breathes new life into the beloved Star Wars franchise. Set thirty years after the fall of the Galactic Empire, we follow Rey (Daisy Ridley), a scavenger on desert planet Jakku. Her life intertwines with Finn (John Boyega), a defected stormtrooper. Together they embark on a daring mission with iconic characters Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher). They face off against Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), an ominous figure serving the sinister First Order. This film, awarded for its visual effects, is a thrilling addition to the legendary saga.

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  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson
    • Released: 2009
    • Directed by: David Yates
    In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth installment of J.K. Rowling's acclaimed series, Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) enters his penultimate year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The dark wizard Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the wizarding and Muggle worlds, and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) dedicates himself to preparing Harry for the final battle he knows is fast approaching. The movie, directed by David Yates, intertwines a narrative of friendship, rivalry, love and self-discovery with the magical world's brewing war against dark forces.

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