One of the easiest ways to start an argument is to announce the best Irish movies of all time.
I thought about putting my own personal list together of the best Irish movies but I wanted to be fair and get everyone’s vote on the best.
So to find the best Irish movies of all time
- I did this survey on the blog
- I created this poll on our Facebook group
- And I asked everyone on my weekly dose of Irish email list to vote for their favourite movie
All in all, there were thousands of votes.
And the results are in!
These are the best Irish movies of all time as voted by you. They are in order as to what movie got the most votes.
I have also included the movie trailers for each of these Irish movies.
Now before I get to the list. Please keep in mind that this is a collection of votes and the results will probably be different from your personal opinion.
That said if you haven’t watched some of these Irish movies head over to Netflix or Amazon wherever you can watch them.
They are in this list for a reason. They are not just great Irish movies but great movies for anyone to watch.
Okay, enough talk let’s get to the top 10 Irish movies
10. Best Irish Movie: The Snapper(1993)
With a score of over 97% on Rotten tomatoes, there is no wonder this made it into the best Irish movies top ten.
Released in 1993, don’t let the fact that this Irish movie is over 30 years old make you miss this classic.
Colm Meaney plays a particularly entertaining role. The story is about an independent young Irishwoman, unmarried and pregnant, who refuses to tell her family and friends the identity of her baby’s father.
A true classic!
9. Best Irish Movie: Ryan’s Daughter(1970)
Ryan’s daughter is essentially about an epic drama of love and scandal set in a small village on the West Coast of Ireland during World War One.
Trapped in a loveless marriage to a schoolteacher, Rosy Ryan embarks on a passionate affair with a British soldier, but the village idiot unwittingly proves the undoing of the couple.
Again don’t let the fact that this is an older movie put you off. It is another classic that has stood the test of time.
8. Best Irish movie: The Field(1990)
This is about when a field (which has been farmed by the McCabe family for generations) goes up for auction, the patriarch of the McCabe family will stop at nothing to prevent a rich American from buying it.
This movie always reminds me of my school days. In secondary school in Cork, this was the movie of choice for many teachers to showcase this epic film.
When I was watching this in school I just thought it was another one of those old Irish movies and had no interest but it is only when I look back that I realise what a great Irish movie it actually is.
This would be much higher on my personal list of the best Irish movies but again that is a bit biased.
If you have not watched this yet I highly recommend giving it a watch. This is a good movie for St Patrick’s day.
7. Best Irish movie: Angela’s Ashes(1999)
This is another classic Irish movie. Based on the best-selling autobiography by Irish expatriate 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.
If you have not seen this movie before I suggest reading the book before watching it. Angela’s Ashes is a gentle movie about love, suffering, striving, and eventually, triumphing.
There are no explosions, no aliens, no car crashes, no easy answers.
The acting is uniformly excellent with Robert Carlyle’s performance as Malachy McCourt especially outstanding. Beautifully photographed, funny and devastating by turns, Angela’s Ashes is an experience to be treasured.
6. Best Irish movie: Waking Ned Devine(1998)
I have to admit that I actually didn’t see this movie prior to making this list. I found it to be a very quirky comedy.
A very entertaining movie about what would likely unfold if someone in a small Irish village won the lottery.
Jackie O’Shea lives in a quiet little village, which is beset by the kind of gossip normal in such communities.
When he finds that the lottery has been won by someone in the village, Jackie is obsessed by finding who the winner is.
After a lengthy process of elimination, Jackie concludes that his friend Ned must be the winner.
5. Best Irish movie: My Left Foot(1989)
This movie actually had no official trailer. Well, at least none that is publically available. So I found this brilliant fan-made trailer which does a great job of showcasing the Irish movie.
Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the best actors of our time and one of my favourites. It is amazing how much he throws himself in each of the characters he plays making them real.
Jim Sheridan’s “My Left Foot” is a riveting, unsentimental bio-drama about Christy Brown, the man who was born with cerebral palsy in a Dublin slum; who became an artist and a writer and who found a love of his life.
4. Best Irish Movie: In the Name Of The Father(1993)
Another Daniel Day-Lewis classic. 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.
This is not just one of the best Irish movies of all time it is one of the best movies ever made.
While this movie was released in 1993 it still is very relevant today. It feels like it could have been made tomorrow.
If you haven’t seen this movie be sure to watch. It is a true story and one that will stay with you for a long time.
3. Best Irish movies: The Commitments(1991)
Decades after its release, Alan Parker’s joyous film is still filled with musical excitement, memorable characters, hilarious comedy, and a heartfelt portrayal of working-class Dublin.
If you are looking for a great comedy to watch this St Patrick’s day I would highly recommend it!
This movie doesn’t have expensive movie stars but this group of unknowns light up the screen.
This is a feel-good film that does not rely on any of the conventional feel-good plot devices.
There are no group hugs, no plot conveniences, no trite happy endings.
Just a shrewdly observed and wittily captured human story about people who dream of making it out of their dreary world. And isn’t that something we can all relate to?
2. Best Irish movies: The Wind That Shakes the Barley(2006)
1. The best Irish movie of all time! The Quiet Man(1952)
Love it or hate it this is the best Irish movie as voted by you. It received double the number of votes to any other Irish movie on this list.
It is an iconic movie that has a large number of people who dislike it and love it.
Say what you will, This movie is probably one the most-watched Irish movies every St Patrick’s Day!
Will you be watching this movie on St Patrick’s day?
Other worth mentions for the best Irish movies:
- The Magdalene Sisters
- Bloody Sunday
- The Boondock Saints
- Into the West
- The Guard
- The Boxer
- Black ’47
- The Siege of Jadotville
- War of the Buttons
- Song for a Raggy Boy
- The Young Offenders