Ireland and the Irishby t-xy | created - 29 Oct 2015 | updated - 4 months ago | Public
This is a list of films, both historical and fictional, about Ireland, its history, its people (at home and abroad), its legends and folklore.
The list is intended for reference, not necessarily as recommendation.
Note: The list is in random order with films being added continually. It includes documentaries, short films and TV productions as well as feature films. Please use the site's filters or the links provided below if you want to view certain types of film only:
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IRA, the Troubles, Anglo-Irish Conflict
Irish Language productions - as per IMDb, bilingual films/tv productions will also appear in this list, as will films with only a few words of Irish if the language is listed on the film's page.
Titles filmed in Ireland - this is a separate list of additional films/tv productions, which are not set in Ireland and which do not have an Irish interest. The Irish filming locations can either represent fictional places or stand in for real locations in other countries.
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1. The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)
Not Rated | 127 min | Drama, War
Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces.
Votes: 46,038 | Gross: $1.83M
3. Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
R | 128 min | Comedy, Drama
In the 1970s, a young trans woman, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age by leaving her Irish town for London, in part to look for her mother and in part because her gender identity is beyond the town's understanding.
Votes: 20,857 | Gross: $0.83M
4. Michael Collins (1996)
R | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War.
Votes: 29,266 | Gross: $11.09M
5. In the Name of the Father (1993)
R | 133 min | Biography, Drama
A man's coerced confession to an I.R.A. bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them.
Votes: 154,902 | Gross: $25.01M
6. Bloody Sunday (2002)
R | 107 min | Drama, History, War
A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972.
Votes: 23,149 | Gross: $0.77M
7. '71 (2014)
R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama
In 1971, a young and disorientated British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast.
Votes: 50,513 | Gross: $1.27M
9. The Crying Game (1992)
R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.
Votes: 50,615 | Gross: $62.55M
10. The Rising: 1916
Drama | Announced
To free his people from centuries of oppression, a young polio survivor sacrifices true love to mastermind a secret rebellion against the greatest empire the world has ever known.
11. The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
R | 114 min | Drama
Three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum.
Votes: 25,762 | Gross: $4.89M
14. Angela's Ashes (1999)
R | 145 min | Drama
Based on the best-selling autobiography by Irish expatriate Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the ... See full summary »
Votes: 20,320 | Gross: $13.04M
15. The Field (1990)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Thriller
When a field (which has been farmed by the McCabe family for generations) goes up for auction, the patriarch of the McCabe family will stop at nothing to prevent a rich American from buying it.
Votes: 5,477 | Gross: $1.41M
16. Strumpet City (1980)
360 min | Drama, History
From 1907 to 1914, the lives of numerous inhabitants of Dublin, still under British rule, impact on each other: the young wife of a factory worker, a country girl new to the big city, and ... See full summary »
19. The General (1998)
R | 124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The real-life story of Dublin folk hero and criminal Martin Cahill, who pulled off two daring robberies in Ireland with his team, but attracted unwanted attention from the police, the I.R.A., the U.V.F., and members of his own team.
Votes: 8,095 | Gross: $1.21M
20. Agnes Browne (1999)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The unexpected death of her husband sends a woman and her seven children, ages 2-14, into emotional turmoil and financial crisis in 1967 Dublin. She is forced to borrow money from a ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,003 | Gross: $0.14M
21. Into the West (1992)
PG | 97 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Grandpa Ward gives a horse he found to his grandchildren, who keep it in their tower-block flat in Dublin. The horse is stolen from them, and the two young boys set out to find it and flee on it.
Votes: 2,725 | Gross: $4.79M
22. The Secret of Kells (2009)
Not Rated | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
A young boy in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids is beckoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers.
Votes: 30,867 | Gross: $0.69M
23. Song of the Sea (2014)
PG | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
Ben, a young Irish boy, and his little sister Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, go on an adventure to free the fairies and save the spirit world.
Votes: 50,178 | Gross: $0.86M
24. Ryan's Daughter (1970)
R | 206 min | Drama, Romance
Set in the wake of the 1916 Easter Rising, a married woman in a small Irish village has an affair with a troubled British officer.
Votes: 8,699 | Gross: $30.85M
Screen Two (1985–2002)
R | 91 min | Drama
Set in Ireland, Sharon Curley is a 20 year old living with her parents and many brothers and sisters. When she gets herself pregnant and refuses to name the father, she becomes the talk of ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,574 | Gross: $3.32M
28. Parked (III) (2010)
94 min | Drama
Fred Daly returns to Ireland with nowhere to live but his car. Then dope-smoking 21-year-old Cathal parks beside him, and brightens up his lonely world. Encouraged by Cathal, Fred meets ... See full summary »
30. The Dead (1987)
PG | 83 min | Drama
Gabriel Conroy and wife Greta attend an early January dinner with friends at the home of his spinster aunts, an evening which results in an epiphany for both of them.
Votes: 7,041 | Gross: $4.37M
31. The Day They Robbed the Bank of England (1960)
Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
In 1901, a group of IRA members decides to rob the Bank of England in order to finance their movement and to embarrass the British government.
32. A Man of No Importance (1994)
R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama
Alfred Byrne (Albert Finney) is a middle-aged bus conductor in Dublin, Ireland in 1963. He would appear to live a life of quiet desperation: he's gay, but firmly closeted, and his sister is... See full summary »
Votes: 1,028 | Gross: $0.93M
33. War of the Buttons (1994)
PG | 94 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
The children of Ballydowse and Carrickdowse engage in battles where they cut of the buttons, shoe-laces and underwear of their captured opponents. This is to get the boys in trouble with ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,007 | Gross: $0.01M
34. The Guard (2011)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is partnered with an up-tight F.B.I. agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.
Votes: 80,124 | Gross: $5.36M
35. Waking Ned Devine (1998)
PG | 91 min | Comedy