10 great Irish movies


  1. The Quiet Man (1952). This romantic epic filmed in the West of Ireland starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara saw director John Huston pick up the Best Director Oscar.

  1. Ryan’s Daughter (1970). Filmed in beautiful Dingle, Co. Kerry by legendary director David Lean, this tale of forbidden love starred Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles and John Mills.

  2. Barry Lyndon (1975). Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece follows the progress of an Irish rogue played by Ryan O’Neal as he makes his way from humble beginnings to high society. Regarded by many critics as one of the best films ever made.

  3. My Left Foot (1989). Directed by Jim Sheridan, the movie that made Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker household names (both won Oscars) tells the story of Christy Brown a working class boy who despite suffering from severe cerebral palsy and only able to control his left foot became a successful writer and artist.

  4. The Field (1990). Despite not being a commercial success this Jim Sheridan picture has gained cult status in Ireland for Richard Harris’ portrayal of the central characterBull McCabe and his obsession with “the field”. Adapted from the play by the famed Kerry author John B. Keane it tackles one of the most contentious topics in Irish life, land and who owns it.

  5. The Commitments (1991). Alan Parker’s feel-good comedy about a struggling Dublin soul band still feels as fresh today as when it was released. Based on Roddy Doyle’s1987 novel it forms part of the Barrytown Trilogy with The Snapper and The Van, both of which were also made into movies.

  6. Michael Collins (1996). Neil Jordan’s biopic of rebel leader Michael Collins’ struggle for Irish Independence and his ultimate demise was a smash hit with Irish filmgoers and cemented the west Cork man’s legendary but divisive status.

  7. Adam & Paul (2004). Lenny Abrahamson’s critically acclaimed comedy drama tells the story of a day in the life of two Dublin drug addicts.

  8. In Bruges (2008). Martin McDonagh’s black comedy starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes about a pair of Irish hitmen in hiding in Belgium was a critical and commercial success.

  9. Brooklyn (2015). John Crowley’s adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s novel tells the story of a young Wexford woman (Saoirse Ronan) who emigrates to New York in the early 1950s and must choose between Ireland and her new home. The movie was nominated for three Oscars.

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