Top Irish Movies

If going to the pub isn’t quite your cup of tea, but you would still like to participate in
St. Patrick’s Day festivities, we'd like to suggest an Irish-themed dinner and movie?
We’ve pulled together some of our Golden Globe nominated/winning Irish movies for your reading pleasure below!

So, after you’ve sat down to a hearty Irish supper and poured yourself a drink, cue up one of these films for an instant transport across the pond!

thequietman.jpg 1) The Quiet Man (1952) - A beloved classic starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. This romantic drama from director John Ford tells the story of Sean Thornton, a retired American boxer who relocates to Ireland to reclaim his family's farm, and Mary Kate Danaher, the fiery Irishwoman he falls in love with. Though its portrayal of Ireland may be a bit outdated, the film is a genuine tribute to Eire, and both an American and Irish favorite.



1953 Golden Globes nominees:

-Best Director: John Ford
-Best Motion Picture Score: Victor Young
finiansrainbow2.jpg 2) Finian's Rainbow (1968) - A mysterious Irishman, Finian, and
his beautiful daughter Sharon, arrive one day in Rainbow Valley,
a small Southern town of tobacco sharecroppers in the mythical
state of Missitucky.



1969 Golden Globes nominees:

-Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy: Petula Clark
-Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy: Fred Astaire
-Best Supporting Actress: Barbara Hancock
- Most Promising Newcomer Female: Barbara Hancock
ryansdaughter.jpg 3) Ryan's Daughter (1970) - Set in the wake of the 1916 Easter Rising, a married woman in a small Irish village has an affair with a troubled British officer

1971 Golden Globe winner:
-Best Supporting Actor: John Mills

1971 Golden Globe nominees:
-Best Motion Picture Actress – Drama: Sarah Miles
-Best Supporting Actor: Trevor Howard.

barrylyndon.jpg 4) Barry Lyndon (1975) - An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's position in 18th Century aristocracy.

1976 Golden Globe nominees:
-Best Motion Picture – Drama
-Best Director – Motion Picture: Stanley Kubrick

myleftfoot.jpg 5) My Left Foot (1989) - A true story about an Irishman who overcomes his disability to become an amazing painter, poet and writer. Another film from Jim Sheridan, it documents the extraordinary life of Christy Brown (Daniel Day-Lewis), a working class Irishman born with crippling cerebral palsy. With the encouragement of his mother, played by Brenda Fricker, Christy learns to write and draw with his only functional limb - his left foot. Both Day-Lewis and Fricker won Academy Awards for their roles.

1990 Golden Globe nominees :
-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis
-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Brenda Fricker

thefield.jpg 6) The Field (1990) - A story about an Irishman's love of his land from director Jim Sheridan. Bull McCabe (played by Richard Harris, who was nominated for an Oscar for the role) is a farmer in Ireland's rural west. When his field is threatened to be sold to an outsider, Bull will do anything in his power to stop it from happening. An unforgettable film about the conflict between "old" and "new" Ireland.

1991 Golden Globe nominee:
-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Richard Harris

hearmysong.jpg 7) Hear My Song(1991) - Micky O’Neill runs a London nightclub that is going under. When he attempts to book Irish tenor Josef Locke, he finds that he’ll have to return to Ireland in order to bring Locke back to
England himself.

1992 Golden Globe nominee:
-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Ned Beatty

thecommitments.jpg 8) The Commitments (1991) - Legendary Irish film about a group of down-and-out Dubliners who form a soul band. Jimmy Rabbitte has dreams of creating the ultimate soul group, and succeeds in bringing together a bunch of talented, eclectic characters. But eventually personalities clash, and the survival of the band is threatened. This adaptation of the Roddy Doyle novel featured a relatively unknown cast at the time, but was welcomed with critical acclaim and a successful box office run.

1992 Golden Globe nominee:

-Best Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical

thesnapper.jpg 9) The Crying Game (1992) - The controversial film that put Irish director/screenwriter Neil Jordan on the map. Set in rural Ireland and bustling London, IRA member Fergus (Stephen Rea) develops a friendship with his captive, Jody (Forest Whittaker), and the kidnapping goes horribly wrong. Fergus then flees to London, where he seeks out Jody's girlfriend, Dil. An intense and thorny plot ensues.

1993 Golden Globe nominee:

-Best Motion Picture – Drama

thecryinggame.jpg 10) The Snapper (1993) - Endearing Roddy Doyle novel-turned-screenplay. An unwed 20-year-old named Sharon Curly shakes up a working class Irish community when she becomes pregnant and refuses to name the father. Though full of quick wit and sarcastic banter, the dramedy has its touching, "family values" moments. Starring Colm Meaney and Tina Kellegher.

1994 Golden Globe nominee:

-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy/Musical: Colm Meaney

inthenameofthefather.jpg 11) In the Name of the Father (1993) - Oscar-nominated film based on the real-life experiences of Gerry Conlon, the alleged leader of the Guildford Four. Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Conlon, a Belfast man wrongly imprisoned for the 1974 IRA bombing of a pub in the U.K. Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, In the Name of the Father shows one man's 15-year struggle for his innocence and for truth.

1994 Golden Globe nominees:
-Best Motion Picture – Drama
-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis
-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Emma Thompson
-Best Original Song – Motion Picture: Bono, Gavin Friday, Maurice Seezer for the song “(You Made Me the) Thief of Your Heart”

michaelcollins.jpg 12) Michael Collins (1996) - 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.

1997 Golden Globe nominees:
-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Liam Neeson
-Best Original Score – Motion Picture: Elliot Goldenthal

theboxer.jpg 13) The Boxer (1997) - Daniel Day-Lewis plays Danny Flynn, a boxer who’s just been released from prison and is determined to get his life back on track. When he discovers explosives in the gymnasium he’s setting up, he finds himself up against a callous IRA lieutenant.

1998 Golden Globe nominees:
-Best Motion Picture – Drama
-Best Director – Motion Picture: Jim Sheridan
-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis

angelasashes.jpg 14) Angela's Ashes (1999) - 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 opens with
the family in Brooklyn, but following the death of one of Frankie's siblings, they return home, only to find the situation there even worse. Prejudice against Frankie's Northern Irish father makes his search for employment in the Republic difficult despite his having fought for the IRA, and when he does find money, he spends the money on drink.

2000 Golden Globe nominees:
-Best Original Score - Motion Picture: John Williams

in_america.jpg 15) In America (2002) - An Irish immigrant family adjusts to life in the United States.

2004 Golden Globe nominees:
-Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Jim Sheridan, Naomi Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan
-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Bono, Gavin Friday, and Maurice Seezer for the song “Time Enough For Tears”

veronicaguerin.jpg 16) Veronica Guerin (2003) - An Irish journalist is assassinated by drug dealers she wrote about in a series of stories.

2004 Golden Globe nominees:
-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama: Cate Blanchett

philomena.jpg 17) Philomena (2013) - The story of an Irish woman's search for the son she was forced to give up for adoption.

2014 Golden Globe nominees:
-Best Motion Picture – Drama
-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama: Judi Dench
-Best Screenplay – Motion Picture: Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope