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: weird, touching, humorous, realistic, feel good and dramatic. Plot: storytelling, culture clash, mentor, dialogue, runaway, friendship, family relations, irish, childhood and father son relationship. Genre: Drama, Comedy and Romance. Country: Ireland, UK and USA.
Best Irish Movies
Best Irish Movies
TOP Movies: Once (2007), Brooklyn (2015), Wolfwalkers (2020), Sing Street (2016), Veronica Guerin (2003), My Left Foot (1989), Hunger (2008), Holidays (2016), Maudie (2016), Frank (2014), Calvary (2014), Man About Dog (2004), Arthur Christmas (2011), In the Name of the Father (1993), Flushed Away (2006), The Young Offenders (2016), The BFG (1989), What If (2013), The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017), Becoming Jane (2007).

List of Best Movies

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, emotional, sentimental, sincere, sexy ...
Audience: date night
Plot: music, musician's life, romance, pianist, street musician, friendship, recording studio, love, singer, artists and showbiz, lifestyle, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland, london, dublin ireland, czech republic, 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, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: immigrants, starting over, love and romance, love triangle, female protagonist, friendship, irish, immigration, working class, true love, homesickness, fashion ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, year 1952, year 1951
Place: ireland, brooklyn new york city, new york, coney island brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city ...
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Wolfwalkers (2020)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Ireland, 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: atmospheric, emotional, touching, stylized, sentimental ...
Audience: kids, date night
Plot: friendship, folklore, wolf, courage, father daughter relationship, peril, celtic, teamwork, legends and myths, family relations, good versus evil, human animal relationship ...
Time: 17th century
Place: ireland
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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, feel good, lyrical, depressing ...
Audience: teens, kids, date night, girls' night, teen drama
Plot: friendship, youth, music band, musician's life, teenager, school, rock and roll, dream girl, adolescence, bullying, coming of age, teenage life ...
Time: 80s, future, 20th century, year 1985
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, london, england
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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: suspense, intense, tense, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, gangsters, strong female character, murder, investigation, crimes, justice, corruption, drug lord, police, drug dealing, heroin ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: ireland, dublin ireland, europe, amsterdam, new jersey ...
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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: inspirational, touching, sincere, unusual plot structure, sentimental ...
Plot: disability, cerebral palsy, handicapped, paralysis, irish, artist, writers, working class, poet, art, painter, loneliness ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 80s
Place: ireland, europe, dublin ireland
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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, political, sincere, bleak, dark ...
Plot: prison, ira, prisoner, idealism, irish republican army, police brutality, suffering, protest, prison life, male nudity, prison escape, character study ...
Time: 20th century, year 1981, 80s, 70s
Place: ireland, northern ireland, europe, belfast
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Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas (2015)
Genre: Animation, Short, Comedy, Family
Country: UK
Duration: 28 min.
Story: In The Farmer's Llamas the wily sheep bluffs his dim-witted farmer master into bidding for three llamas at a county fair. Once they show up at the farm, however, they cause such chaotic destructive mayhem that Shaun has to carefully remove them ...
Style: feel good, humorous, not serious, light, captivating ...
Audience: kids
Plot: farmer, countryside, sheep, adventure, animal life, friends, adventurer, friendship, pets, goofy hero, farm, escapades ...
Time: contemporary
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Holidays (2016)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An anthology feature film that puts a uniquely dark and original spin on some of the most iconic and beloved holidays of all time by challenging our folklore, traditions and assumptions.
Style: suspense, psychological, dark, slasher, tense ...
Plot: christmas, halloween, pregnancy, monster, snake, torture, coach, holiday, female killer, valentine's day, murder, easter bunny ...
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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: sincere, touching, disturbing, emotional, romantic
Plot: disability, painter, happiness, talent, aunt niece relationship, snow, dog, painting, husband wife relationship, romance, artist, marriage ...
Time: 20th century
Place: canada, nova scotia, nova scotia, canada
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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: civil war, ira, rebellion, war, politics, resistance, freedom, irish republican army, injustice, occupation, debate, traitor ...
Time: 1920s, post world war one, 1910s, 20th century, 70s
Place: ireland, england, dublin ireland, northern ireland, europe ...
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Frank (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
Country: Ireland, UK
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: melancholic, surreal, lyrical, tragicomedy, semi serious ...
Plot: music band, suicide, music, mental illness, identity, eccentricity, musician, creativity, loneliness, character study, deadpan, depression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, usa, britain, austin texas
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Calvary (2014)
Genre: Crime, 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, atmospheric, cynical, psychological, depressing ...
Plot: death threat, priest, catholic church, clergy, murder, confession, character study, existentialism, catholic, child molestation, human nature, small town life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland, europe
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Man About Dog (2004)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Three pedigree chumps learn that every underdog has its day in this freewheeling Irish comedy. In hock to the tune of £50,000 to a Belfast bookie and saddled with a dopey greyhound that wouldn't run if its backside was on fire, the likely lads ...
Style: humorous, realistic, semi serious, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ambition, gambling, disorder, bookies, buddies, crimes, dishonesty, friendship between men, dog, road trip, down on your luck, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
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Arthur Christmas (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Each Christmas, Santa and his vast army of highly trained elves produce gifts and distribute them around the world in one night. However, when one of 600 million children to receive a gift from Santa on Christmas Eve is missed, it is deemed ...
Style: stylized, humorous, colourful, touching, exciting ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, preschoolers
Plot: christmas, holiday, santa claus, adventure, redemption, family, race against time, escapades, runaway, magic, good versus evil, christmas eve ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tanzania, idaho, toronto ontario canada, cuba, england ...
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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, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: prison, lawyer, terrorist, father son relationship, courtroom, irish republican army, justice, terrorism, legal, politics, bomb, court ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s
Place: ireland, england, northern ireland, london, europe ...
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Flushed Away (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: London high-society mouse, Roddy is flushed down the toilet by Sid, a common sewer rat. Hang on for a madcap adventure deep in the sewer bowels of Ratropolis, where Roddy meets the resourceful Rita, the rodent-hating Toad and his faithful thugs, ...
Style: funny, entertaining, stylized, exciting, witty ...
Audience: kids, family outing, girls' night, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: boat, rat, talking animals, sewer, animals, rivalry, fish out of water, disorder, lifestyle change, lifestyle, escape, friendship ...
Time: year 2006, 2000s, contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england, buckingham palace, tower bridge london, london
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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, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenager, friendship, cocaine, juvenile delinquent, police, road trip, irish, drugs, drunkenness, adventure, crimes, escapades ...
Time: 2000s, year 2007
Place: ireland
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The BFG (1989)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Sophie is snatched from her orphanage early one morning by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), whom she witnesses engaged in mysterious activities. She is soon put at ease, as she learns that BFG's job is to collect, catalog and deliver pleasant ...
Style: exciting, humorous, stylized, semi serious, 2d animation ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: giant, orphanage, dream, nightmare, cannibalism, childhood, orphan, child protagonist, air force, general, surrealism, rat ...
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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, sweet, funny, talky, touching ...
Audience: date night, teens, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, love, romance, couple relations, happy ending, platonic, love story, destiny, best friends in love, wedding, life philosophy, loneliness ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland, canada, taiwan, london, dublin ireland ...
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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: motivational, feel good, thought provoking, humorous, captivating ...
Plot: christmas, victorian england, writers, father son relationship, debt, publisher, inspiration, charles dickens, poverty, writer's block, friend, sleeping ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, future, year 1943
Place: england, london, turkey, new york
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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, touching, emotional, sweet, factual ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: writer's life, love and romance, family, unfulfilled love, love, prejudice, romance, women, beautiful scenery, social differences, society, poverty ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, victorian era, 50s, future ...
Place: england, ireland, london, europe
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The Green Knight (2021)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada, Ireland
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A fantasy re-telling of the medieval tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
Style: fairy tale, surreal, heroic, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: myth, medieval, king arthur, ghost, creature, fear, decapitation, arthurian legend, characters in danger, warrior, knight, showdown ...
Time: middle ages
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Bloody Sunday (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Ireland
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, politics, protest, terrorism, rebellion, ethnic conflict, fighting the system, state affairs, political unrest, society ...
Time: 70s, year 1972, 20th century
Place: ireland, california, england, israel, europe ...
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Match Point (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Luxembourg
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Match Point is Woody Allen’s satire of the British High Society and the ambition of a young tennis instructor to enter into it. Yet when he must decide between two women - one assuring him his place in high society, and the other that would bring ...
Style: tense, talky, psychological, cerebral, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: love triangle, infidelity, lust, adultery, seduction, couples, fatal attraction, destructive relationship, love and romance, sexy woman, passionate interest, twists and turns ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, england, new york, ireland, europe
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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: psychological, suspenseful, suspense, captivating, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, trapped, female villain, held captive, obsessive love, murder, obsession, stalker, trap, stalking, roommate, older woman younger woman relationship ...
Place: usa, new york, paris france, france
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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 ...
Style: queer cinema
Plot: wedding, dating, best friend, lgbt, women's prison, lgbtq, coming of age, lesbian, lesbian love, women, sexuality, nightclub ...
Place: ireland
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The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them.
Audience: kids
Plot: friendship, island, brother sister relationship, loneliness, old woman, violinist, nudity (full frontal - brief), friendship between men, police officer, violin, food, pub ...
Place: ireland
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All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 (1996)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Charlie and Itchy return to Earth to find Gabriel's Horn, but along the way meet up with a young boy named David, who ran away from home.
Style: humorous, light, melancholic, scary, clever ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: dog, love, talking animals, family, adventure, runaway, animals, afterlife, multiple storylines, mentor, lone hero, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century
Place: san francisco, usa, california
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Chicken Run (2000)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Having been hopelessly repressed and facing eventual certain death at the British chicken farm where they are held, Rocky the american rooster and Ginger the chicken decide to rebel against the evil Mr. and Mrs. Tweedy, the farm's owners. Rocky ...
Style: light, witty, humorous, funny, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: freedom, escape, chicken, escape attempt, bird, adventure, animal protagonist, family, prison, talking animals, anthropomorphic animal, runaway ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, post world war two
Place: england, yorkshire, europe, northern england, united kingdom
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