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Famous Movies From Ireland

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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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Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Ed Harris

Released: 2001

Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud

Enemy at the Gates is a 2001 film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. The film's title is taken from William Craig's 1973 nonfiction book Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad, which ...more

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Movies From Ireland
Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

Released: 1995

Directed by: Mel Gibson

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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Saving Private Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Movies From Ireland
Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel

Released: 1998

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 American epic drama war film set during the Invasion of Normandy in World War II. Directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat, the film is notable for ...more

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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Movies From Ireland
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more

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Star Wars: The Force Awa... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Movies From Ireland
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 2015

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a 2015 American epic space opera film directed by J. J. Abrams. Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. ...more

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Harry Potter and the Hal... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Movies From Ireland
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Helena Bonham Carter

Released: 2009

Directed by: David Yates

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a 2009 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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Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Vivica A. Fox

Released: 2004

Directed by: Tommy O'Haver

Ella Enchanted is a 2004 British–American–Irish fantasy romantic comedy film loosely based on Gail Carson Levine's 1997 novel of the same name. The film stars Anne Hathaway as Ella and Hugh ...more

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maggie Q, Jackie Chan

Released: 2004

Directed by: Frank Coraci

Around the World in 80 Days is a 2004 American adventure comedy film based on Jules Verne's novel of the same name. It stars Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan and Cécile de France. The film is ...more

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Keira Knightley, Clive Owen, Ray Winstone

Released: 2004

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

King Arthur is a 2004 action adventure film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by David Franzoni. It stars Clive Owen as the title character, Ioan Gruffudd as Lancelot, and Keira Knightley as ...more

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The Crying Game is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Movies From Ireland
Forest Whitaker, Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson

Released: 1992

Directed by: Neil Jordan

The Crying Game is a 1992 British psychological thriller drama film written and directed by Neil Jordan. The film explores themes of race, gender, nationality, and sexuality against the backdrop ...more

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Snow White and the Hunts... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Movies From Ireland
Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth

Released: 2012

Directed by: Rupert Sanders

Snow White and the Huntsman is a 2012 American dark fantasy action film based on the German fairy tale "Snow White" compiled by the Brothers Grimm. In the film's retelling of the tale, ...more

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Henry Cavill, Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce

Released: 2002

Directed by: Kevin Reynolds

The Count of Monte Cristo is a 2002 adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Alexandre Dumas, père and stars Jim Caviezel, Guy ...more

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Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant, Colin Firth

Released: 2001

Directed by: Sharon Maguire

Bridget Jones's Diary is a 2001 British romantic comedy film directed by Sharon Maguire. It is based on Helen Fielding's novel of the same name which is a reinterpretation of Austen's Pride and ...more

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John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald

Released: 1952

Directed by: John Ford

The Quiet Man is a 1952 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by John Ford. It stars John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond and Victor McLaglen. The screenplay by Frank ...more

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Diana Ross, Frank Welker, Judith Barsi

Released: 1988

Directed by: Don Bluth

The Land Before Time is a 1988 American-Irish animated adventure drama film directed and co-produced by Don Bluth and executive produced by Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, and ...more

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8.5 Hours Tom O'Sullivan, Victor Burke, Jonathan Byrne

Released: 2010

Directed by: Brian Lally

8.5 Hours is a 2008 Irish film written and directed by Brian Lally. The film tells the story of one frantic day in the lives of four Dublin software workers during the final months of Ireland's ...more
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Loni Anderson, Dom DeLuise, Vic Tayback

Released: 1989

Directed by: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Dan Kuenster

All Dogs Go to Heaven is a 1989 American–Irish animated musical adventure comedy film directed and produced by Don Bluth and released by United Artists and Goldcrest Films. The film tells the ...more

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Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Jim Broadbent

Released: 2018

Directed by: Lance Daly

Black 47 is a 2018 drama directed by Lance Daly, based on the Irish short film An Ranger. During the Great Famine in Ireland, an Irish Ranger (James Frecheville) who has been fighting for the ...more
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Julia Roberts, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman

Released: 1996

Directed by: Neil Jordan

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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Colin Farrell, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith

Released: 2008

Directed by: Martin McDonagh

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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Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Gerard Butler

Released: 2002

Directed by: Rob Bowman

Reign of Fire is a 2002 post-apocalyptic action fantasy film directed by Rob Bowman and starring Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey and Gerard Butler. It takes place in the year 2020 in ...more

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Christopher Plummer, Glen Campbell, Charles Nelson Reilly

Released: 1992

Directed by: Don Bluth

Rock-a-Doodle is a 1991 British live-action animated musical comedy fantasy film loosely based on Edmond Rostand's comedy Chantecler. This film was directed by Don Bluth, produced by Goldcrest ...more

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Sing Street is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Movies From Ireland
Sing Street Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Released: 2016

Directed by: John Carney

Sing Street is a 2016 musical coming-of-age comedy-drama film directed by John Carney. A boy starts a band to impress a girl in 1980s Ireland.

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Marley & Me is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Movies From Ireland
Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane

Released: 2008

Directed by: David Frankel

Marley & Me is a 2008 American comedy-drama film directed by David Frankel, based on the memoir by John Grogan. Newlyweds John (Owen Wilson) and Jenny Grogan (Jennifer Aniston) learn ...more

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A Ferret Called Mickey

Released: 2003

Directed by: Barry Dignam

A Ferret Called Mickey is a 2003 Irish short film directed by Barry Dignam about a father who tries to get his young son involved in more "manly" pursuits by getting him a ferret.