Sunday 18 August 2019

Top fifty Irish films you must see

Liam Neeson starring as Michael Collins.
Liam Neeson starring as Michael Collins.

Ruth Cawley

Call yourself a movie buff? Here is the ultimate list of Irish films to see before you die.

1. Michael Collins (1996) –  starring Liam Neeson & featuring Julia Roberts, Aiden Quinn and Alan Rickman, written and directed by Neil Jordan.

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Liam Neeson as Michael Collins

2.The Colleen Bawn (1911) – starring Gene Gauntier & JP McGowan, directed by Sidney Olcott, originally written by Irish playwright Dion Boucicault.

3.Irish Destiny (1926) – written by Isaac Eppel, directed by George Dewhurst, actors Brian Magowan & Paddy Dunne Cullinan, made for the 10th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

4.Cruiskeen Lawn (1922) – director John McDonagh and actor Tom Moran.

5.Waking Ned Devine (1998) – starring Ian Bannen & Fionnuala Flanagan, director Kirk Jones.

6.Once – starring Glen Hansard of The Frames & Marketa Irglova. 

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Glen Hansard in John Carney's Once

7.The Crying Game – director Neil Jordan, starring Stephen Rea and Forest Whitaker. 

8.The Snapper (1993) – starring Colm Meaney and Tina Kellegher, writer Roddy Doyle.

9.The Van (1996) – 3rd in The Barrytown Trilogy by Roddy Doyle, directed by Stephen Frears, starring Colm Meaney & Donal O’Kelly.

10.Intermission – starring Cillian Murphy & Colin Farrell.

11.In the Name of the Father – starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

12.The Field (1990) – director Jim Sheridan, actor Richard Harris.

13.My Left Foot (1989) – director Jim Sheridan, actors Daniel Day-Lewis & Brenda Fricker.

14.The Quiet Man (1952) – starring John Wayne & Maureen O’Hara, director John Ford.

15.The Commitments (1991) – written by Roddy Doyle, screenplay adapted by Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais & Doyle himself, starring Robert Arkins. 

16.Bloody Sunday – The Bourne Supremacy director Paul Greengrass.

17.In America (2002) – starring Samantha Morton, Paddy Considine & Djimon Hounsau, Jim Sheridan directing, written by Jim Sheridan & daughters Naomi and Kirsten Sheridan.

18.Angela’s Ashes (1999) – directed/co-written by Alan Parker, based on memoir by Frank McCourt, starring Emma Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen, Ciaran Owens & Michael Legge. 

19.The Boxer (1997) – director Jim Sheridan, starring Daniel Day-Lewis.

20.Matchmaker (1997) – starring Janeane Garofalo.

21.Veronica Guerin (2003) – starring Cate Blanchett, from Joel Schumacher, cameo appearance by Colin Farrell.

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The film Veronica Guerin.

22.The General (1998) – Excalibur and Deliverance director John Boorman, starring Brendan Gleeson, Adrian Dunbar & Jon Voight.

23.The Flight of the Doves (1971) – novel by Walter Macken, film written by Frank Gabrielson & Ralph Nelson, starring Ron Moody and Jack Wild. 

24.Into the West (1992) – written by Jim Sheridan, directed by Mike Newell, starring Ciarán Fitzgerald, Rúaidhrí Conroy & David Kelly.

25.The Playboys (1992) – director Gillies MacKinnon, starring Albert Finney, Aidan Quinn & Robin Wright, script written by My Left Foot Shane Connaughton. 

26.The Devil’s Own (1997) – director Alan J, Pakula, starring Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, Rubén Blades, Natascha McElhone, Julia Stiles & Treat Williams.

27.Kisses (2008) – director Lance Daly, starring Kelly O’Neill and Shane Curry.

28.Some Mother’s Son (1996) – written/directed by Terry George, co-written by Jim Sheridan, based on a true story, starring Helen Mirren, Fionnuala Flanagan & John Lynch.

29.Da (1998) – based on Hugh Leonard’s Tony award-winning play, starring Martin Sheen, Barnard Hughes, William Hickey & Karl Hayden, director Matt Clarke..

30.War of the Buttons (1994) – director John Roberts, written by Collin Welland, based on a French novel by Louis Pergaud.

31.Hear My Song (1991) – directed by actor Peter Chelsom, starring Adrian Dunbar, James Nesbitt, Ned Beatty & Shirley Anne Field.

32.The Emerald Isle (1949) – director Seymour Kneitel, writer Isadore Klein.

33.Adam & Paul (2004) – director Leonard Abrahamson, starring Tom Murphy, Mark O’Halloran, Gavin Dowdall & Luke Keeler.

34.Accelerator (2000) – director Vinny Murphy, starring Stuart Sinclair Blyth, Gavin Kelty, Aisling O’Neill & Sorcha Gleadhill.

35.An Everlasting Peace (2000) – director Barry Levinson, starring Barry McEvoy, Brían F. O’Byrne, Anna Friel & Pauline McLynn. 

36.Angel (1982) – director Neil Jordan, starring Veronica Quilligan, Stephen  Rea, Alan Devlin & Peter Caffrey.

37.Anton (2008) – director Graham Cantwell, starring Gerard McSorley, Anthony Fox, Laura Way & Andy Smith.

38.About Adam (2000)- director Gerard Stembridge, starring Stuart Townsend, Kate Hudson, Tommy Tiernan & Frances O’Connor.

39.Blind Fight (2003) – director John Furse, starring Bassem Breish, Mohamad Chamas, Brian Devlin & Stephen Don.

40.Borstal Boy (2000) – director Peter Sheridan, starring Shawn Hatosy, Danny Dyer, Eamon Glancy & Ian McElhinney.

41.Breakfast on Pluto (2005)- director Neil Jordan, starring Cillian Murphy, Morgan Jones, Eva Birthistle & Liam Neeson.

42.Calvary (2014) – director John Michael McDonagh, starring Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly & Aidan Gillen.

43.Cherrybomb (2009) – director Lisa Barros D’Sa & Glenn Leyburn, starring Rupert Grint, Robert Sheehan, James Nesbitt & Niamh Quinn. 

44.Cal (1984)- director Pat O’Connor, starring Helen Mirren, John Lynch, Donal McCann & John Kavanagh. 

45.Crush Proof (1998) – director Paul Tickell, starring Darren Healy, Viviana Verveen, Jeff O’Toole & Mark Dunne.

46.Divorcing Jack (1998) – director David Caffrey, starring David Thewlis, Rachel Griffiths, Jason Isaacs & Laura Fraser.

47.Disco Pigs (2001) – director Kristen Sheridan, starring Elaine Cassidy, Cillian Murphy, Sarah Gallagher & Charles Bark.

48.Eat the Peach (1986) – director Peter Ormrod, starring Stephen Brennan, Eamon Morrissey, Catherine Byrne & Niall Toibin.

49.Eureka Street (1999) – director Adrian Shergold, starring Dervla Kirwan, Vincent Reagan, Mark Benton & Elizabeth Rohm.

50.48 Angels (2007) – director Marion Comer, starring Shane Brolly, John Travers, Ciaran Flynn & Darragh Kelly.

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