Best Irish Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best Irish Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: touching, realistic, feel good, visually appealing, melancholic and interesting. Plot: runaway, storytelling, mentor, friendship, irish, culture clash, suprisingly clever, dialogue, childhood and drinking. Genre: Drama, Comedy and Romance. Country: Ireland, UK and USA.
Best Irish Movies
Best Irish Movies
TOP Movies: Brooklyn (2015), Leap Year (2010), Wolfwalkers (2020), Once (2007), The Favourite (2018), The Guard (2011), Sing Street (2016), Room (2015), My Left Foot (1989), The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017), Hunger (2008), Handsome Devil (2016), Maudie (2016), Epic (2013), The Young Offenders (2016), Calvary (2014), In the Name of the Father (1993), Frank (2014), The Secret Scripture (2016), The Magdalene Sisters (2002).

List of Best Movies

 7.5
 134K
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: sentimental, touching, romantic, realistic, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: immigrants, starting over, love triangle, love and romance, working class, homesickness, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, love affair, true love, friendship, female protagonist, marriage proposal ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 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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 6.5
 99K
Leap Year (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 100 min.
Story: When yet another anniversary passes without a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Anna decides to take action. Aware of a Celtic tradition that allows women to pop the question on Feb. 29, she plans to follow her lover to Dublin and ask him to ...
Style: sweet, touching, sentimental, funny, sexy ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: fall in love, love and romance, couples, initially antagonists, irish, road trip, countryside, proposal, love affair, love triangle, opposites attract, nothing goes right ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: ireland, europe, wales, boston, usa ...
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 8.1
 23K
Wolfwalkers (2020)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Ireland, UK, Luxembourg, France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In a time of superstition and magic, when wolves are seen as demonic and nature an evil to be tamed, a young apprentice hunter comes to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last pack. But when she saves a wild native girl, their friendship leads ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, emotional, sentimental, stylized
Plot: friendship, lone wolves, celtic, father daughter relationship, wolf, folklore, family relations, happy ending, hunter, good versus evil, legends and myths, human animal relationship ...
Time: 1600s, 17th century
Place: ireland
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 7.8
 112K
Once (2007)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Ireland
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: sentimental, touching, sincere, captivating, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: musician's life, music, pianist, street musician, friendship, singer, recording studio, romance, unfulfilled love, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, london, europe, czech republic
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 7.5
 180K
The Favourite (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
Style: factual, based on true events, emotional, cynical, melancholic ...
Plot: lesbian, queen, rivalry, period piece, aristocracy, lgbt, british history, queen of england, ambitious woman, rise and fall, british royal family, duchess ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: britain, england
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Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Cheese-loving eccentric Wallace and his cunning canine pal, Gromit, investigate a mystery in Nick Park's animated adventure, in which the lovable inventor and his intrepid pup run a business ridding the town of garden pests. Using only humane ...
Style: witty, humorous, feel good, not serious, claymation ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: dog, rabbit, experiment gone awry, love triangle, monster, competition, rivalry, transformation, garden, disorder, inventions and discoveries, ambition ...
Place: england, europe, yorkshire, northern england
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 7.3
 83K
The Guard (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Ireland
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two policemen must join forces to take on an international drug- smuggling gang - one, an unorthodox Irish policeman and the other, a straitlaced FBI agent. Sergeant Gerry Boyle is an eccentric small-town cop with a confrontational and crass ...
Style: humorous, talky, semi serious, philosophical, enigmatic ...
Plot: drug dealing, blackmail, police investigation, small town, fbi, drug smuggling, crime, crimes, smuggling, law enforcement, partners against crime, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: ireland, europe, boston
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 7.9
 87K
Sing Street (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A boy growing up in Dublin during the 1980s escapes his strained family life by starting a band to impress the mysterious girl he likes.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, lyrical, sweet ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: music band, musician's life, friendship, singing, youth, teenage life, music, school, singer, family, coming of age, love ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1985
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, london, england
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 8.1
 384K
Room (2015)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Jack is a young boy of 5 years old who has lived all his life in one room. He believes everything within it are the only real things in the world. But what will happen when his Ma suddenly tells him that there are other things outside of Room?
Style: sentimental, heartbreaking, emotional, touching, intense ...
Plot: kidnapping, mother son relationship, locked in a room, isolation, child born of rape, captive, escape, imprisonment, rescue, carpet, skylight, survival ...
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 7.9
 70K
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: sincere, captivating, uplifting, biting, thought provoking ...
Plot: handicapped, cerebral palsy, poet, disability, irish, human spirit, courage, working class, paralysis, artist, family relations, painting ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1930s
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
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The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Dr. Steven Murphy is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon who presides over a spotless household with his wife and two children. Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin, a fatherless teen who insinuates himself into the ...
Style: suspense, tense, suspenseful, rough, captivating ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, surgeon, blackmail, paralysis, hospital, revenge, brutality, cruelty, obsession, teenage boy, psychopath, desperation ...
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 7.5
 68K
Hunger (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
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, sincere, rough, serious ...
Plot: prisoner, prison, ira, suffering, hunger, prison life, protest, humiliation, police brutality, dying, fighting the system, idealism ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1981, 70s
Place: northern ireland, ireland, europe, belfast
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 7.1
 12K
Handsome Devil (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Ireland
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A music-mad 16-year-old outcast at a rugby-mad boarding school forms an unlikely friendship with his dashing new roommate.
Style: gay cinema, thought provoking, touching, captivating, disturbing
Plot: gay teenager, gay, gay crush, homosexuality, gay slur, friendship between men, team, outcast, friendship, misfit, school, rivalry ...
Place: ireland
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 7.6
 17K
Maudie (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, Ireland
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family ...
Style: touching, based on true events, sincere, emotional, disturbing
Plot: disability, happiness, painter, talent, painting, husband wife relationship, art, marriage, housekeeper, novel, romance, female director ...
Time: 20th century
Place: canada, nova scotia
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 6.7
 101K
Epic (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world -- and ours.
Style: exciting, feel good, stylized, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: imaginary kingdom, imaginary, good versus evil, adventure, teenage life, friendship, save the kingdom, young heroes, protector, talking animals, in the woods, queen ...
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The Young Offenders (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Ireland
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Two teenage boys cycle 160 km on stolen bikes pursued by police to find a missing bale of cocaine worth 7 million euro. Set around the real event of Ireland's biggest cocaine seizure in 2007 of 440 million euro.
Style: light, humorous, tense, absurd
Plot: friendship, road trip, teenager, juvenile delinquent, police, irish, drugs, drunkenness, teenage protagonist, cocaine, friendship between men, male friendship ...
Time: 2000s, year 2007
Place: ireland
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 7.4
 57K
Calvary (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After he is threatened during a confession, a good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.
Style: meditative, bleak, captivating, atmospheric, cynical ...
Plot: clergy, confession, death threat, priest, painting, human nature, small town life, social relations, goodhearted, small town, recovering alcoholic, catholic church ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, 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: emotional, realistic, thought provoking, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: prison, bomb, trial, court, irish, torture, rebellion, lawyer, suprisingly clever, terrorist, courtroom, terrorism ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, england, europe, london, scotland ...
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 7.0
 76K
Frank (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A young wannabe musician who discovers he has bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.
Style: tragicomedy, touching, semi serious, melancholic, lyrical ...
Plot: music, music band, mental illness, suicide, identity, musician, strange person, eccentricity, creativity, deadpan, loneliness, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, usa, britain, austin texas
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The Secret Scripture (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Ireland
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The hidden memoir of an elderly woman confined to a mental hospital reveals the history of her passionate yet tortured life, and of the religious and political upheavals in Ireland during the 1920s and 30s.
Style: touching, realistic, compassionate, psychological, emotional
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: diary, mental institution, tragic love, destiny, life is a bitch, female protagonist, injustice, mental illness, false accusation, irish, world war two, psychotherapist ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: ireland
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The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Four women are given into the custody of the Magdalene sisterhood asylum to correct their sinful behavior: Crispina and Rose have given birth to a premarital child, Margaret got raped by her cousin and the orphan Bernadette had been repeatedly ...
Style: bleak, brutal, suspense, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: convent, nun, sexual harassment, punishment, sin, life is a bitch, society, sexual abuse, violence against women, human spirit, mercilessness, corporal punishment ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1964
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland, latin america
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 6.8
 73K
What If (2013)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Canada, Ireland
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Wallace, a medical school dropout, has been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan, seems to be finding the perfect partner, Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that ...
Style: romantic, touching, talky, sweet, funny ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: platonic, friendship, couple relations, romance, twentysomething life, fall in love, love, cheating, long distance relationship, love story, destiny, happy ending ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada, ireland, taiwan, toronto ontario canada, dublin ireland ...
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 7.6
 24K
Bloody Sunday (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 107 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: bleak, rough, captivating, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: civil rights, ira, state affairs, political unrest, fighting the system, conflict, protest, life is a bitch, social problems, social decay, society, irish ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: ireland, northern ireland, europe, england, california ...
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 6.0
 30K
Greta (2018)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A young woman returns an elderly widow’s lost purse, leading to an unlikely relationship between the two — until the young woman discovers her elder might not be all that she seems.
Style: captivating, suspenseful, tense, psychological, disturbing ...
Plot: obsessive love, trapped, obsession, female villain, stalker, kidnapping, held captive, older woman younger woman relationship, trap, roommate, father daughter relationship, nightmare ...
Place: paris france, france, new york, usa, united states
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 7.0
 59K
Becoming Jane (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen and her romance with a young Irishman.
Style: romantic, emotional, touching, intellectual, sweet ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: jane austen, writer's life, unfulfilled love, love and romance, love, prejudice, romance, poverty, family relations, social differences, society, family ...
Time: 18th century, future, 1790s, 19th century
Place: england, europe, ireland, london
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The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: Ireland, Canada
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In 1843, Dickens was a literary rock star, but struggling financially after the slow sales of his previous novel, Martin Chuzzlewit. Seized with the vision of a story that would fire the hearts of humanity, Dickens pitched his publishers A Christmas ...
Style: thought provoking, feel good, humorous, captivating
Plot: christmas, book, victorian england, father son relationship, publisher, debt, poverty, charles dickens, inspiration, sleeping, writing, friend ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, year 1943
Place: new york, turkey, london
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Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In the 1970s, a foundling lad, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age by leaving his Irish town for London, in part to look for his mother and in part because his trans-gender nature is beyond the town's understanding.
Style: surreal, touching, sentimental, sincere, serious ...
Plot: transvestism, gender bending, gay slur, irish, dysfunctional family, self discovery, gay, small town life, hopes, family disapproval, social relations, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s
Place: ireland, england, europe, london, big ben london
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A Date for Mad Mary (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Ireland
Duration: 82 min.
Story: "Mad" Mary McArdle returns to Drogheda after a short spell in prison for something she'd rather forget. Back home, everything and everyone has changed. Her best friend, Charlene, is about to get married and Mary is maid of honor. When ...
Plot: dating, wedding, female friendship, bridesmaid, best friend, nightclub, women's prison, coming of age, prison, candle, photograph, video camera ...
Place: ireland
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 6.2
 15K
A Dark Song (2016)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A determined young woman and a damaged occultist risk their lives and souls to perform a dangerous ritual that will grant them what they want.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, suspense, disturbing, british horror
Plot: occult, black magic, ritual, angel, supernatural, loss of son, demon, isolated house, loss of child, mansion, ghosts, female protagonist ...
Place: wales
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 6.8
 20K
Ondine (2009)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: Ireland, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An Irish fisherman discovers a woman in his fishing net believing her to be a mermaid.
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, sweet, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: irish, mermaid, small town, redemption, small town life, stranger, hopes, love and romance, mysterious character, life is a bitch, loner, fish ...
Place: ireland, europe, new jersey
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