Time Out NY has named its 10 best Irish movies. Ireland has often served as a backdrop for numerous Hollywood productions, but the country has also produced its own cinematic gems that not only showcase picturesque stage sets, but reveal important aspects of Irish culture, history and society.
1. Brooklyn 2015
An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
2. Once (2007)
A vacuum repairman, who moonlights as a street musician and hopes for his big break, meets a Czech immigrant,that is also an aspiring singer-songwriter. The pair decide to collaborate, and the songs that they compose reflect the story of their blossoming love.
3. The Quiet Man (1952)
After accidentally killing an opponent in the ring, boxer Sean Thornton leaves America and returns to his native Ireland to buy his family’s homestead. In doing so, he meets Will Danaher, who long coveted the property and his sister, Mary Kate, who he begins a romance with.
4. The Commitments (1991)
Jimmy Rabbitte, a self-proclaimed promoter, decides to organize an R&B group to fill the musical void in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland. The band comes together but ends up consisting entirely of white musicians who have little experience with the genre.
5. Kisses (2008)
Two kids, Dylan and Kylie, run away from home at Christmas. With a pocketful of Christmas money, the two young friends set out for downtown Dublin, to find Dylan’s brother, but they quickly realize the city streets present their own dangers.
6. In the Name of the Father (1993)
A man’s coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them.
7. Hunger (2008)
Bobby Sands is one of a group of prisoners who first “took to the blanket” with a “dirty protest” in pursuit of their claims for recognition as political prisoners. Sands then became the first one of the group to embark on a hunger strike that was to end in his death.
8. Calvary (2014)
An honest and good-hearted priest receives a death threat from an unknown parishioner. After he is threatened during a confession, the good-natured priest must battle the dark forces closing in around him.
9. Bloody Sunday (2002)
On January 30, 1972, in the Northern Irish town of Derry, a peaceful protest march led by civil rights activist Ivan Cooper turned into a slaughter. Shot as if a documentary, this film follows Ivan throughout the day as it chronicles the events leading up to the horrific incident and the bloodied, confused aftermath that followed.
10. The Crying Game (1992)
Irish Republican Army member Fergus forms an unexpected bond with Jody, a kidnapped British soldier in his custody.Jody makes Fergus promise he’ll visit his girlfriend, Dil in London, and when Fergus flees to the city, he seeks her out.