Entertainment

The Best Irish Movies You Must Watch

Also known as the Emerald Isles for its lush natural landscapes, Ireland provides beauty, rich history, and captivating traditions unique to its culture. It is also known for its wonderful storytelling and regales the world with the fantastic record of its tragic tales of war, famine, and hardships. Dublin, the capital of Ireland, has been named a UNESCO City of Literature in 2010 for its profound written tradition.

ADVERTISEMENT

Artists known worldwide, such as U2, Sinéad O’Connor, and Van Morrison, all hail from Ireland. The Emerald Isle has also provided a beautiful setting for “The Quiet Man,” a movie by John Wayne. In addition, Irish filmmakers have proved their worth by providing the world with Oscar-winning films such as “The Crying Game” and “My Left Foot.”

ADVERTISEMENT

There are many more Irish movies that have the ability to draw you in, provide some comic relief, and capture your attention with drama. So, whether you are watching Irish movies for St. Patrick’s Day, or if you want to enjoy good movies from around the world, the deep and fascinating world of Irish filmmaking will not disappoint!

ADVERTISEMENT

Top Irish Movies to Chill and Enjoy

While watching exciting Hollywood Blockbusters can be a thrill, watching a movie with a smaller budget that deals with relatable issues are equally enjoyable. Here are some of the best Irish movies on Netflix and TV. With different genres included, there is a little something for everyone.

1. The Wind That Shakes the Barley

This Irish film stars Cillian Murphy and is set in 1920s Ireland.

ADVERTISEMENT

Year of Release – 2006

About the Movie

The film is a wartime drama during the struggle for freedom against the British. The story can get rather bloody and bleak as we follow two brothers on their journey to freedom.

ADVERTISEMENT

SOURCE: PINTEREST

2. Song of the Sea

This Oscar-nominated animation will leave you and the kids spellbound. It is one of the most magical Irish movies for kids.

Year of Release –  2014

About the Movie

Irish mythology is fascinating, and this hand-drawn animated film has incorporated it well in this gripping tale. Here, we follow a young pair of Irish siblings: a little boy and his mute sister, who are on a mission to rescue the spirit world.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

SOURCE: PINTEREST

3. The Commitments

Directed by Alan Parker, this film is best watched without the kids.

Year of Release – 1991

ADVERTISEMENT

About the Movie

This film is about a rock band in North Dublin who aim to share their beautiful soul music with the people of Ireland. Put this one on hold for a night without the kids as it has some vulgar humor.

ADVERTISEMENT

SOURCE: PINTEREST

4. The Secret of Kells

Gather up the kids to enjoy this delightful animated film.

Year of Release – 2009

ADVERTISEMENT

About the Movie

This story follows a young Brendan, who travels to the enchanted forest on a quest and encounters some fascinating mythical creatures.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

5. Ondine

Myths of the deep come to life in this drama.

Year of Release – 2009

About the Movie

Divorced and caring for a daughter with failing kidneys, Syracuse rescues women caught in a fishing net. Unfortunately, his daughter believes that she is really a mythological creature, known as a selkie.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

6. Extra Ordinary

If you are in the mood for comedy, this one is a great pick!

Year of Release – 2019

About the Movie 

Rose can see ghosts and needs to overcome her fear to help save a life.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

7. Hunger

A captivating portrayal of what life was like in the Maze Prison in 1981.

Year of Release – 2008

About the Movie

This movie follows the events during the IRA Hunger Strike.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

8. Into the West

The appearance of a white horse is the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime for two brothers.

Year of Release – 1992

About the Movie

This movie takes you on an adventure with two brothers attempting to rescue their horse from a seedy horse breeder.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

9. The Crying Game

This thriller will leave you at the edge of your seat.

Year of Release – 1992

About the Movie

A volunteer Irish Republican Army befriends their British Soldier hostage and is then sucked into a world he was unprepared for.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

10. Sing Street

Set in 1980s Dublin, this popular comedy is a must-watch!

Year of Release – 2016

About the Movie 

In a bid to escape the stress of tense family life and to impress a girl, Conor and his brother start a band.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

11. The Secret Scripture

An older woman staying at an asylum keeps a record of her life.

Year of release –  2017

About the Movie 

Roseanne has lived in an asylum for more than fifty years. She is fiercely attached to her bible, in which she keeps a cryptic record of her young years, where she was involved in a love triangle with a fighter pilot and a priest.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

12. The Boys And Girl from County Clare

This rom-com will hit the spot if you enjoy good music.

Year of Release –  2006

About the Movie 

In the mid-1960s, a group of musicians aims to win the yearly Céilí Music Competition held in Ireland.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

13. The Magdalene Sisters

This is the story of the hardships of life in an asylum.

Year of Release –  2003

About the Movie 

ADVERTISEMENT

Three Irish sisters are sent to live in Magdalene Sisters Asylum for unjust causes. The story follows how they try to keep their spirits up even in their abusive environment.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

14. Once

A musical of the times that follow the adventures of two music lovers.

Year of Release –  2007

About the Movie

A Dublin-based Guy who plays the guitar meets a Czech girl who plays the piano. The Girl and Guy get together to put a demo together for the Guy to take to London. During their time together, sparks fly, and love blooms.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

15. In the Name of the Father

Set during the conflict over Northern Ireland splitting from the UK, this thrilling tale will have your full attention.

Year of Release – 1993

About the Movie

Wrongly accused of playing a part in the Guildford Pub Bombings, a father and son are sent to prison, where they fight to prove their innocence.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

16. My Left Foot

Daniel Day-Lewis does a spectacular job playing the role of Christy Brown in this drama.

Year of Release – 1989

About the Movie 

Christy Brown can only move his left foot. His family is impoverished, but Christy Brown’s spirit is never broken. Through hard work and determination, he becomes a successful writer and artist.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

17. The Guard

This comedy thriller brings two very different people together for a big adventure.

Year of Release – 2011

About the Movie 

An Irish cop hailing from a small town has to work with a duty-bound, no-nonsense FBI Agent as they try to bring down a cocaine-smuggling ring that runs on an international level. When unconventional meets strait-laced, comedy is always forthcoming.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

18. Black 47

This movie is set during the Great Famine in Ireland.

Year of Release –  2018

About the Movie

An Irish ranger abandons his post fighting for the British Army so that he can reunite with the family he left behind. The destruction caused by the famine is much worse than any horror that he has witnessed fighting in the war.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

19. Angela’s Ashes

This film is based on the memoir by Frank McCourt.

Year of Release –  2000

About the Movie 

The story is based on the true events in the Irishman’s life. It captures the struggles and hardships of a family faced with poverty and living in the slums of Limerick.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

20. The Quiet Man

This classic comedy was shot in Ireland and is the story of an Irish American who travels back home to escape his past.

Year of Release –  1952

About the Movie

When Sean moves back from America, he meets and falls for a poor and beautiful Mary Kate. However, her brother does not want them to be together and tries his best to keep them from being together.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

21. Dancing at Lughnasa

This story is based on the play written by Brian Friel and stars Meryl Streep.

Year of Release – 1998

About the Movie

The movie is seen as the son of one of five unmarried sisters in 1936. The film is set in an Irish village and showcases the tradition, social guidelines, and economic difficulties people face.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

22. Bloody Sunday

This film was set during the Irish Civil Rights March in 1972.

Year of Release –  2002

About the Movie 

The movie is made to appear like a documentary and focuses on showing what led to the tragedy when British Soldiers fired on the protesters during the march.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

23. High Spirits

This comedy will leave you in high spirits with its ridiculous schemes that have a twist.

Year of Release – 1988

About the Movie

When a hotelier decides to drum up more business for his ailing hotel, the staff pretends that the hotel is haunted. In a surprising turn of events, it appears that the hotel really is haunted.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

24. The Hole in the Ground

If you enjoy watching horror now and then, this is the perfect pick for you.

Year of Release – 2019

About the Movie 

A single mother and her son move to a peaceful home in the beautiful Irish countryside. Their home is located right next to the woods that contains a huge sinkhole. When she notices a change in her son’s behavior, she fears that he is not really her son but a changeling.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

25. Calvary

A priest is threatened during confession and must now fight against the dark forces that threaten to engulf him.

Year of Release –  2014

About the Movie

When Father James is told that he will be the substitute sacrifice to replace another priest guilty of abusing a child, he must find a way to carry on helping his congregation while also looking for his would-be killer.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

26. Grabbers

This hilarious movie plays with the stereotype of the drunk Irishman.

Year of Release – 2012

About the Movie

Off the coast of Ireland lies an island that aliens invade. The unlikely heroes realize that the only way to survive is to raise their blood alcohol level.

SOURCE: PINTEREST

Having a fun time does not always mean you need to go out and spend a ton of money. Staying home can be just as fun! All you need is a good activity that everyone can enjoy. Everyone loves a good movie night, so with this list of good Irish movies, you will be able to enjoy the creativity and talents of those that hail from the Emerald Isle. All you need is some popcorn, cozy blankets, and your choice of film.

Also Read:

Best Korean Movies of All Time
Fun Movies to Watch with Your Family
Christmas Movies to Watch with Your Family

This post was last modified on July 2, 2021 7:32 pm

Recent Posts

Best Christmas Breakfast Ideas You Must Try This Year

There are many options that you can try to rustle up lovely spreads during breakfast…

November 30, 2021

Why Do Babies Catnap and How to Manage It?

There are very few feelings that can compare to the happiness of becoming a parent.…

November 30, 2021

What Is Twin Telepathy and Does It Exist?

Twin telepathy has been around for a while. But many people don’t know what it…

November 30, 2021

Are Kids More Prone to Cavities at a Certain Age? The Truth About Tooth Decay in Kids

You work so hard to take good care of your preschooler’s teeth, only to find…

November 30, 2021

5 Ways You Can Guarantee Your Child Will Be a Quick Learner

In collaboration with Nestlé Start Healthy Stay Healthy. In a world where exams, tests, deadlines…

November 30, 2021

9 Activities and Games That Can Help Toddlers Improve Logical Reasoning

In collaboration with Nestlé - Start Healthy Stay Healthy. A child’s ability to reason can…

November 30, 2021