Screen Rant’s St Patrick’s Day Movie Special

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

Top Films about Ireland

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Far and Away

When Ireland is portrayed in a film it’s usually a stereotype of drunks, horses, fighting and thatched cottages. All this is present in Ron Howard’s Far and Away. It’s a film that appears to have been made by a group of people who never set foot in Ireland. It’s a shame that it was shot there!

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The Commitments

Alan Parker’s adaptation of Roddy Doyle’s novel was something of a revelation upon its release in the early 1990s. Strong performances and an outstanding soundtrack mean that this film is a minor modern classic – and it manages not to live up to any negative imagery.

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Once

John Carney directed this pseudo-musical about a Dublin busker and his relationship with an immigrant single mother whom he meets in the streets. It’s not as depressing as it sounds, and this low-budget film has a lot of heart and a great soundtrack!

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Bloody Sunday

Paul Greengrass’ 2002 political drama is based on real events which took place in Derry, Ireland in January 1972. It pioneers Greengrass’ love of shaky-cam, but it also has a lot of depth and accuracy as it was shot on the streets of Derry and Dublin. Keen Screen Rant readers might even be able to spot me in the background of the film… somewhere.

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Darby O’Gill and the Little People

If you thought that Far and Away was filled with blarney – then you haven’t seen Darby O’Gill. This Disney film is a total Irish fairy tale and although it’s pure… I’m not totally sure what it is – but I have to admit that it’s great fun!

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The Quiet Man

John Ford’s John Wayne starrer was shot in Ireland back in 1952 and it has been adopted by Irish people all over the world. A true classic, this is a film that is still watched on a continuous loop in many Irish homes today.

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Honorable mentions:

In the Name of the Father, My Left Foot, I Went Down and The Crying Game

That’s it folks. I’m sure that you have your own favorites – so let loose in the comments section!

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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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