Screen Rant’s St Patrick’s Day Movie Special

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:48 pm,

Top Irish Actors

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Peter O’Toole

Acting great and infamous booze-hound Peter O’Toole certainly has to top the list of great Irish actors. The Oscar-winner has been a legend on the stage and screen for decades, delivering performances that would make a lesser man blush!

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Richard Harris

O’Toole’s friend and carousing buddy Richard Harris has also given some mighty performances throughout his career. While he may have passed on in 2002, he did go out on a career high after starring in Gladiator and the first two Harry Potter films.

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Kenneth Branagh

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Kenneth Branagh is a quadruple threat on both stage and screen. He has won plaudits for his Shakespearean work, but films like Dead Again and the ill-fated Wild Wild West have shown that he isn’t adverse to some genre material. Next up is Marvel’s Thor, in which he directs and has a supporting role.

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Brendan Gleeson

Brendan Gleeson has been showing minor support in big films for the past three decades. From his scene-stealing performance in Mel Gibson’s Braveheart, to the aforementioned In Bruges, to the forthcoming Perrier’s Bounty, it would appear Gleason is going to remain a fixture on our screens for a good while yet. There’s also his outstanding lead role in John Boorman’s The General.

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Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson has always been a well-respected character actor, but in recent years he’s gone to the next level as the go-to aging action badass. With Taken he showed that no ass would be left un-kicked and The A-Team kept that trend going. And of course what cements your rep as an aging kick-butt actor more than fighting a wolf with mini-bar bottles strapped to your fingers (The Grey)?

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Pierce Brosnan

There’s a certain irony that Irish-born Pierce Brosnan will always be known as English spy James Bond, considering the amount of films that Brosnan has now made in his homeland of Ireland. The Nephew, Evelyn and Laws of Attraction have helped him put his Bond money where his mouth is. However, one really has to see his 80s Irish western Taffin to know that he’s been dabling in Irish films for years.

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Michael Fassbender

At the time we wrote this, Fassbender was the new acting kid on the block, and on the cusp of being the next big thing. Inglorous Basterds, Hunger and Fish Tank had shown his range, and X-Men First Class, Shame and the soon to be released Prometheus have solidified his talent and status in Hollywood.

Honorable mentions:

Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Stephen Rea, Gabriel Bryne and Daniel Day Lewis (he’s not Irish, but he might as well be!)

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  1. How about the Lower Deck Passengers from Titanic. they should all count as one.

  2. Well being Irish I'd have to say my favourite movie set in ireland would have to be Intermission with Cillian Murphy , Colin Farrell and Colm Meaney

  3. looks like st patrick's day is of such attention this year…

  4. what about the pikey from snatch?

  5. How could you forget things like Leap Year and P.S. I Love You, with the top quality irish accents, extremely accurate location depictions and not to mention how they manage to perfectly capture the fact that electricity and sex before marriage have never been heard of in Ireland, I just don't see how you could have forgotten about these two wonders… NOT

  6. Well I am shocked, shocked I tell you! to see nary a mention of Waking Ned Devine…

    Thank you for placing The Quiet Man on the list as it was John Ford's homage to all things Irish and the fact that Wayne and O'Hara (and damn near everyone else) are so good in it against the visual backdrops that Ford used of the country itself are simply stunning to this day.

    Since we're discussing all things Irish, I would be remiss to not mention a fabulously entertaining set of books by Stephen Murphy, which offers a twisted glimpse of Ireland today (Superchick, A Rock and a Hard Place and Ride On!) from a certain POV.

  7. Oh, Lord, Michael Fassbenlivier. How I love him. If I ever hear him speak with his native accent my head might explode from my shoulders…

  8. I know you mentioned Gleeson in Braveheart but shouldn't Braveheart be among the list of great Irish films? And I agree wholeheartedly with The Quiet Man; such a great film and among my favorite John Wayne movies.

    • Braveheart was not set in Ireland at all. It was about Scotland and their fight to be free of English rule… which sadly still goes on today!

  9. What about the characters of Connor & Murphy McManus from The Boondock Saints played by Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus (repectively)?

    Or Warwick Davis' role in the Leprechaun! (I'm kidding about that one)

  10. Although mostly shot in Ireland – William Wallace was Scottish.
    If it was Irish though, it would be the top of my list!

    Niall

  11. I'm so glad you mentioned “I Went Down.” I show everyone who will sit with me that movie. Awesome. Just awesome. Now with “Intermission” and “In Bruges” in my collection, I can have Guiness-fueled movie nights that all my friends (Irish or not) can really enjoy.

  12. I know you mentioned Gleeson in Braveheart but shouldn't Braveheart be among the list of great Irish films? And I agree wholeheartedly with The Quiet Man; such a great film and among my favorite John Wayne movies.

  13. What about the characters of Connor & Murphy McManus from The Boondock Saints played by Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus (repectively)?

    Or Warwick Davis' role in the Leprechaun! (I'm kidding about that one)

  14. Although mostly shot in Ireland – William Wallace was Scottish.
    If it was Irish though, it would be the top of my list!

    Niall

    
    
  15. I'm so glad you mentioned “I Went Down.” I show everyone who will sit with me that movie. Awesome. Just awesome. Now with “Intermission” and “In Bruges” in my collection, I can have Guiness-fueled movie nights that all my friends (Irish or not) can really enjoy.

  16. My favourite irish movie character is definitely michael o'hara in the lady from shanghai. Orson welles' ridiculous irish accent, while not terrible (i dont think) doesnt seem to serve any purpose at all, not sure why he bothered. But he def should have been included!

  17. um…peter o' toole has been nominated for 8 oscars, but has never actually won. just…fyi.

    • he has a lifetime Oscar…um.

  18. I had no idea Kenneth Branagh was Irish.
    I always assumed he was British and was curious why he hasn’t gotten knighted yet.
    Is it knighted? I really have no idea how it works. Wikapedia here I come…..

    • What kind of a name did you think “Branagh” was?

      • That’s the same question that about 5 people have asked me since I mentioned this.
        I’ll give you the same answer.
        Brain Fart…

  19. Where’s the Boondock Saints?

    • YEA!

    • I know that ‘Boondock Saints’ has a following – but as a true Irishman, it does not register on my radar. I don’t have an issue with the film, but I feel that it may be more of an ‘American thing’.

      Niall

  20. Mickey O’Neil from Snatch. Best thing Pitt’s ever done, IMO.

  21. I do agree that the Boondock Saints should be included in Irish pride, but so should Waking Ned Devine, starring Ian Bannen and the great the great David Kelly, it has to be one of the funniest Irish films.

  22. No mention of Brendan Gleeson as The Guard from last year?

  23. Can’t believe you missed, ‘A Prayer for the Dying’ with Mickey Rourke or ‘The Molly Maguires’ with Sean Connery & Richard Harris. I won’t be raising my Guinness to Screenrant on this finest of days! Shame on you.

    • ‘A Prayer for the Dying’ is an interesting (and controversial) choice. To be fair (and to be sure) there are so many Irish themed movies that some have to fall by the wayside.

      I’ll get thinking on it for next year.

      Niall

  24. where is the gangster movie with ed harris and gary oldmann(who played his violent and alcoholic brother). but, the bad thing is i´ve forgot the name of the movie(it´s from 92). the story was -irish mobsters vs italian mobsters and some undercovercops- .

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