Irish history movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant irish history movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, captivating, dramatic, interesting and intense films and TV shows about / with irish history, irish, ira, culture clash, storytelling, politics, mentor, society, death and runaway plots mostly in Drama, Biography and History genres shot in Ireland, UK, USA and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as irish history: Michael Collins (1996), Bloody Sunday (2002), Rebellion (2016), Some Mother's Son (1996), Ryan's Daughter (1970), My Left Foot (1989), The Commitments (1991), The Crying Game (1992), In the Name of the Father (1993), The Boxer (1997).

List of irish history movies

Michael Collins (1996)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Michael Collins plays a crucial role in the establishment of the Irish Free State in the 1920s, but becomes vilified by those hoping to create a completely independent Irish republic.
Style: political, brutal, harsh, intense, factual ...
Plot: politics, war, terrorism, fight, civil war, irish history, fighting the system, irish republican army, british empire, irish, secret service, treason ...
Time: 1920s, 1910s, 20th century, 70s, post world war one
Place: ireland, england, northern ireland, london, israel ...
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Bloody Sunday (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The dramatised story of the Irish civil rights protest march on January 30 1972 which ended in a massacre by British troops.
Style: rough, bleak, political, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: ira, irish republican army, civil rights, rebellion, politics, terrorism, protest, ethnic conflict, fighting the system, state affairs, political unrest, social decay ...
Time: 70s, year 1972, 20th century
Place: ireland, california, england, israel, europe ...
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The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Ireland, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In 1920s Ireland young doctor Damien O'Donovan prepares to depart for a new job in a London hospital. As he says his goodbyes at a friend's farm, British Black and Tans arrive, and a young man is killed. Damien joins his brother Teddy in ...
Style: political, bleak, sexy, brutal, factual ...
Audience: date night
Plot: rebellion, civil war, ira, war, politics, resistance, freedom, irish republican army, injustice, occupation, debate, british army ...
Time: 1920s, post world war one, 20th century, 1910s, 70s
Place: ireland, england, dublin ireland, northern ireland, europe ...
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Rebellion (2016)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Ireland
Duration: 258 min.
TV show
Story: Rebellion is a five part serial drama about the birth of modern Ireland. The story is told from the perspectives of a group of fictional characters who live through the political events of the 1916 Easter Rising.
Style: political
Plot: world war one, irish history, rebellion, ira, anglo irish relations, world war two, resistance, british empire
Time: 1910s
Place: ireland, dublin ireland
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Some Mother's Son (1996)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as prisoners of war. The film focuses on the mothers of two of the ...
Style: political, bleak, sexy, bloody, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, lawyer, terrorist, working class, women, politics, betrayal, british, ira, human spirit, irish history, irish republican army ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century
Place: ireland, northern ireland, england, europe, vatican
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Ryan's Daughter (1970)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 200 min.
Story: World War I seems far away from Ireland's Dingle peninsula when Rosy Ryan Shaughnessy goes horseback riding on the beach with the young English officer. There was a magnetic attraction between them the day he was the only customer in her ...
Style: sentimental, epic, emotional, realistic, touching ...
Plot: world war one, love triangle, village, political unrest, soldier, fall in love, forbidden love, catholic, orgasm, village idiot, couples, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 70s
Place: ireland, california, england, europe
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My Left Foot (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In this true story told through flashbacks, Christy Brown is born with crippling cerebral palsy into a poor, working-class Irish family. Able only to control movement in his left foot and to speak in guttural sounds, he is mistakenly believed to be ...
Style: touching, inspirational, sincere, unusual plot structure, dramatic ...
Plot: disability, cerebral palsy, irish, artist, working class, handicapped, writers, paralysis, art, poet, painter, mental illness ...
Time: 1930s, 80s, 20th century
Place: ireland, canada, england, dublin ireland, europe
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The Commitments (1991)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Jimmy Rabbitte, just a tick out of school, gets a brilliant idea: to put a soul band together in Barrytown, his slum home in north Dublin. First he needs musicians and singers: things slowly start to click when he finds three fine-voiced females ...
Style: feel good, realistic, humorous, affectionate, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: music, musician, rock and roll, working class, irish, singer, friendship, rock, bittersweet, blues, dancing, small town ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, england, europe
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The Crying Game (1992)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Irish Republican Army member Fergus (Stephen Rea) forms an unexpected bond with Jody (Forest Whitaker), a kidnapped British soldier in his custody, despite the warnings of fellow IRA members Jude (Miranda Richardson) and Maguire (Adrian Dunbar). ...
Style: twist ending, suspenseful, surprise ending, psychological, sexy ...
Audience: chick flick, adult
Plot: transsexual, terrorism, tragic love, kidnapping, sexuality, haunted by the past, transvestite, interracial romance, hostage, irish republican army, gender, twists and turns ...
Time: 90s
Place: ireland, northern ireland, london, england, europe
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In the Name of the Father (1993)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. He and his four friends are coerced by British police into confessing their guilt. Gerry's father ...
Style: political, thought provoking, sentimental, touching, dramatic ...
Plot: prison, lawyer, terrorism, terrorist, father son relationship, court, courtroom, justice, irish republican army, politics, legal, bomb ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: ireland, northern ireland, england, london, canada ...
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The Boxer (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Nineteen-year-old Danny Flynn is imprisoned for his involvement with the I.R.A. in Belfast. He leaves behind his family and his sixteen-year-old girlfriend, Maggie Hamill. Fourteen years later, Danny is released from prison and returns to his old ...
Style: dramatic, realistic, thought provoking, bleak, sexy ...
Plot: boxing, sport, love, irish, fight, politics, prison, irish republican army, terrorism, redemption, boxer, martial arts ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ireland, europe, northern ireland, london, poland
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Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: emotional, touching, compassionate, sad, serious ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, ira, injustice, family relations, irish, youth, parents and children, depression, children, society, human nature ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1935
Place: ireland, new york, brooklyn new york city, england, boston ...
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Veronica Guerin (2003)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In this true story, Veronica Guerin is an investigative reporter for an Irish newspaper. As the drug trade begins to bleed into the mainstream, Guerin decides to take on and expose those responsible. Beginning at the bottom with addicts, Guerin then ...
Style: intense, realistic, tense, thought provoking, emotional ...
Plot: journalism, gangsters, investigation, strong female character, murder, justice, corruption, suspense, drug lord, police, drug dealing, heroin ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, europe, amsterdam, new jersey ...
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Omagh (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The movie starts at the 1998 bomb attack by the Real IRA at Omagh, Northern Ireland. The attack killed 31 people. Michael Gallagher one of the relatives of the victims starts an examination to bring the people responsible to court.
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, emotional, uplifting ...
Plot: terrorism, politics, bomb, rebellion, fighting the system, injustice, redemption, uncover truth, human spirit, legal, society, false accusation ...
Time: year 1998
Place: ireland, northern ireland, europe
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Once (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A vacuum repairman moonlights as a street musician and hopes for his big break. One day a Czech immigrant, who earns a living selling flowers, approaches him with the news that she is also an aspiring singer-songwriter. The pair decide to ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, sweet, sincere ...
Audience: date night
Plot: music, musician's life, pianist, street musician, friendship, singer, love, love and romance, recording studio, rock and roll, love story, lifestyle ...
Time: 21st century
Place: ireland, london, dublin ireland, czech republic, europe
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Hunger (2008)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of Bobby Sands, the IRA member who led the 1981 hunger strike in which Republican prisoners tried to win political status. It dramatises events in the Maze prison in the six weeks prior to Sands’ death.
Style: disturbing, bleak, political, sincere, dark ...
Plot: prison, ira, suicide, rebellion, idealism, irish republican army, police brutality, suffering, protest, prison life, prisoner, prison escape ...
Time: 20th century, year 1981, 80s, 70s
Place: ireland, northern ireland, europe, belfast
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Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Based on Martin McGartland's real life story as a informant for the British Police to spy on the IRA. Taking place from 1987-1991, Martin (Jim Sturgess) works his way up the ranks of the IRA, while keeping his informant with the police Fergis ...
Style: factual, brutal, captivating, stylized, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ira, irish republican army, crime gone awry, terrorism, brutality, snitch, secret agents, state affairs, undercover, gangsters, suspense, spy ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century
Place: ireland, canada, middle east, england, europe ...
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Brooklyn (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Canada, Ireland
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In 1950s Ireland and New York, young Ellis Lacey has to choose between two men and two countries.
Style: romantic, sentimental, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, date night
Plot: immigrants, starting over, love and romance, fashion, love triangle, friendship, female protagonist, irish, immigration, love, working class, true love ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1951, year 1952
Place: ireland, brooklyn new york city, new york, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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'71 (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A young British soldier must find his way back to safety after his unit accidentally abandons him during a riot in the streets of Belfast.
Style: serious, suspenseful, political, atmospheric, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, terrorism, war, ira, soldier, irish republican army, military, suspense, british, violence, brutality, wartime ...
Time: 70s, year 1971, 20th century
Place: ireland, england, northern ireland, belfast, london
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Black '47 (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium
Duration: 100 min.
Story: It’s 1847 and Ireland is in the grip of the Great Famine that has ravaged the country for two long years. Feeney, a hardened Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, abandons his post to return home and reunite with his ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, exciting, intense
Plot: poverty, deserter, british colonialism, starvation, manhunt, revenge, hunger, firing squad, oppression, injustice, brutality, death ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, victorian era
Place: ireland
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The Treaty (1991)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Ireland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: How the Anglo-Irish Treaty between the unrecognised Irish Republic, represented by Michael Collins, and the British government was concluded after high-stakes negotiations in 1921.
Plot: politics, negotiation, hunting, war, convention, irish history, independence
Place: ireland, northern ireland
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Jimmy's Hall (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: In the 1930s political activist Jimmy Gralton is deported from Ireland during the 'Red Scare'.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, touching, inspirational ...
Plot: society, fighting the system, deportation, ambition, rebellion, rebelliousness, idealism, human spirit, priest, social relations, injustice, dance school ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, year 1932
Place: ireland, new york
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Against the Wind (1978)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Australia
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: Mary Mulvane, an 18 year old Irish girl, is transported to New South Wales for seven years for doing little else than protecting her own property. She must endure the horror of transport to Australia, and years of anxiety as a convict. Mary, her ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, emotional, gloomy
Plot: sailing, courage, youth, society, love and romance, master and servant, politics, coming of age, human spirit, hopes, state affairs, power relations ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1790s, 1810s
Place: australia, new south wales, ireland
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Charlie (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland
TV show
Story: The political and personal life of Charlie Haughey during his time in office.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: political leader, rise and fall, ambition, political intrigue, politics, head of state, state affairs, rivalry, unfulfillment, politician, irish history
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: ireland
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Fools of Fortune (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A Protestant Irish family is caught up in a conflict between Irish Republicans and the British army.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: ira, anglo irish relations, murder, estate, couples, revolution, family relations, political unrest, alcohol abuse, family life, fall in love, vengeance ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: ireland, europe
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