List of Irish films

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This is chronology of films produced in Ireland:

1910s[edit]

Year Title Director Actors Genre Comments
1910 A Lad from Old Ireland Sidney Olcott Sidney Olcott and Gene Gauntier Drama
1911 The Colleen Bawn Sidney Olcott Gene Gauntier and JP McGowan costume drama
1911 Rory O'More Sidney Olcott Jack J Clark and Gene Gauntier rebel drama
1914 For Ireland's Sake Sidney Olcott Gene Gauntier and Jack J Clark rebel drama
1914 Ireland a Nation Walter MacNamara Barry O'Brien, P J Bourke, Fred O'Donovan, Barney Magee rebel drama
1915 Regeneration Raoul Walsh Rockcliffe Fellowes, Anna Q Nilsson, William SheerCarl Harbaugh, James Marcus Irish immigrant drama
1916 O'Neil of the Glen Fred O'Donovan J M Kerrigan, Brian Magowan, Nora Clancy romance
1917 When Love Came To Gavin Burke Fred O'Donovan Fred O'Donovan, Nora Clancy, Oonah Halpin, Brian Magowan, Valentine Roberts melodrama
1918 Knocknagow Fred O'Donovan Brian Magowan, Fred O'Donovan, Arthur Shields, Brenda Burke, Kathleen Murphy, Cyril Cusack melodrama

1920s[edit]

Year Title Director Actors Genre Comments
1920 Willy Reilly and his Colleen Bawn John McDonagh Brian Magowan (Willy Reilly)George Nesbit, Jim Plant historical drama Second major film of the Film Company of Ireland
1920 In the Days of St Patrick Norman Whitten Ira Ellen, Vernon Whitten, Gilbert Green, Alice Cardinall, Dermot McCarthy historical drama
1922 Cruiskeen Lawn John McDonagh Tom Moran
1922 Casey's Millions John McDonagh Barrett MacDonnell, Chris Sylvester, Jimmy O'Dea
1926 Blarney Rodney Malcolmson Comedy
1926 Irish Destiny George Dewhurst Brian Magowan Paddy Dunne Cullinan war love story set in the Irish War of Independence; includes footage of actual fighting

1930s[edit]

Year Title Director Actors Genre Comments
1936 Luck of the Irish Donovan Pedelty Richard Hayward
1936 Irish and Proud of It Donovan Pedelty Richard Hayward musical
1937 Kathleen Mavourneen Norman Lee Sally O'Neil Romance
1937 Rose of Tralee Oswald Mitchell Kathleen O'Regan Musical
1938 The Dawn Thomas Cooper Brian O'Sullivan war historical film about the Irish War of Independence
1938 Men of Ireland Richard Bird Brian O'Sullivan Drama

1940s[edit]

Year Title Director Actors Genre Comments
1948 My Hands Are Clay Lionel Tomlinson Bernardette Leahy Drama
1949 You Can't Fool an Irishman Alfred Travers Tommy Duggan comedy

1950s[edit]

Year Title Director Actors Genre Comments
1951 The Hills of Ireland Harry Dugan Pat O'Brien (narrator) documentary travelogue
1951 Return to Glennascaul Hilton Edwards Orson Welles horror/ short
1952 The Quiet Man John Ford John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara and Barry Fitzgerald comedy
1953 Fintona Housing Discrimination documentary short
1957 Pretty Polly Tony Inglis Noel Purcell short
1957 Professor Tim Henry Cass Bill Foley
1957 The Rising of the Moon John Ford Tyrone Power, Jimmy O'Dea comedy/ drama Three vignettes based on short stories illustration rural Irish life
1959 Home Is the Hero Fielder Cook Walter Macken drama romance Entered into the 9th Berlin International Film Festival
1959 Mise Éire George Morrison Liam Budhlaeir (narrator) Documentary Chronicles the 1916 Easter Rising
1959 Shake Hands with the Devil Michael Anderson James Cagney historical drama Portrays the Irish War of Independence
1959 Broth of a Boy George Pollock Barry Fitzgerald comedy
1959 This Other Eden Muriel Box Audrey Dalton drama
1959 Darby O'Gill and the Little People Robert Stevenson Sean Connery, Jimmy O'Dea children's

1960s[edit]

Year Title Director Actors Genre Comments
1963 Dementia 13 Francis Ford Coppola Luana Anders, Patrick Magee Horror Produced by Roger Corman
1967 Rocky Road to Dublin Peter Lennon Documentary Shown at Cannes festival, shunned in Ireland
1967 Ulysses Joseph Strick Barbara Jefford, Milo O'Shea, Maurice Roëves, T. P. McKenna Drama Adaptation of James Joyce's novel, Ulysses
1969 Sinful Davey John Huston John Hurt, Pamela Franklin, Nigel Davenport Drama, Comedy

1970s[edit]

Year Title Director Actors Genre Comments
1970 Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx Waris Hussein Gene Wilder, Margot Kidder Comedy
1970 Ryan's Daughter David Lean Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, John Mills and Christopher Jones Drama
1971 Flight of the Doves Ralph Nelson Ron Moody, Jack Wild, Dana Children's Based on a novel by Walter Macken
1972 Images Robert Altman Susannah York, Rene Auberjonois Drama
1974 Zardoz John Boorman Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling Science Fiction
1975 Barry Lyndon Stanley Kubrick Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee and Leonard Rossiter Drama
1977 Poitín Bob Quinn Niall Toibin Drama
1977 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Joseph Strick Bosco Hogan, T.P. McKenna, John Gielgud, Rosaleen Linehan, Maureen Potter, Niall Buggy, Bryan Murray, Drama Adaptation of the novel by James Joyce

1980s[edit]

Year Title Director Actors Genre Comments
1981 Excalibur John Boorman Nigel Terry, Helen Mirren, Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson Drama
1982 The Ballroom of Romance Pat O'Connor Brenda Fricker Drama
1983 Attracta Kieron Hickey
1984 The Country Girls Desmond Davis Sam Neill, Niall Tóibín
1984 Anne Devlin Pat Murphy Entered into the 14th Moscow International Film Festival
1984 Cal Pat O'Connor Helen Mirren, John Lynch Drama Helen Mirren won the award for best actress at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival
1985 Lamb Colin Gregg Liam Neeson, Hugh O'Connor Ian Bannen
1986 Rawhead Rex George Pavlou David Dukes, Niall Toibin Donal McCann Horror Screenplay by Clive Barker
1987 The Dead John Huston Anjelica Huston Donal McCann Drama
1988 Taffin Francis Megahy Pierce Brosnan, Ray McAnally Thriller
Da Matt Clark Martin Sheen, Barnard Hughes Comedy-drama
Reefer and the Model Joe Comerford Ian McElhinney, Carol Scanlan, Sean Lawlor, Ray McBride Drama Nominated in three categories at the European Film Awards
1989 My Left Foot Jim Sheridan Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker

1990s[edit]

Year Title Director Actors Genre Comments
1990 The Field Jim Sheridan Richard Harris, Brenda Fricker Drama
1991 The Commitments Alan Parker Colm Meaney Comedy
December Bride Thaddeus O'Sullivan Saskia Reeves, Donal McCann, Ciarán Hinds Drama
1992 Into the West Mike Newell Gabriel Byrne, Ciarán Fitzgerald, Rúaidhrí Conroy Family, Adventure
1993 In the Name of the Father Jim Sheridan Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Emma Thompson Drama Won the Golden Bear at Berlin
The Snapper Stephen Frears Colm Meaney Comedy-Drama Straight to TV release
1994 A Man of No Importance Suri Krishnamma Albert Finney, Brenda Fricker, Michael Gambon Comedy drama
War of the Buttons John Roberts Gregg Fitzgerald, Gerard Kearney and Darragh Naughton Drama
1995 Circle of Friends Pat O'Connor Minnie Driver, Chris O'Donnell Romance
1996 The Boy from Mercury Martin Duffy Rita Tushingham, Tom Courtenay Drama
The Disappearance of Finbar Sue Clayton Jonathan Rhys Meyers Mystery
Michael Collins Neil Jordan Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn and Alan Rickman Historical drama
The Van Stephen Frears Colm Meaney Comedy-Drama Entered into 1996 Cannes Film Festival
Space Truckers Stuart Gordon Dennis Hopper, George Wendt, Debi Mazar, Stephen Dorff Science Fiction Comedy
1997 The Butcher Boy Neil Jordan Eamonn Owens, Seán McGinley and Peter Gowen Comedy, Drama Entered into the 48th Berlin International Film Festival
The Boxer Jim Sheridan Entered into the 48th Berlin International Film Festival
My Dinner with Oswald Paul Duane Short subject
This Is the Sea Mary McGuckian Samantha Morton, Gabriel Byrne Drama
The Matchmaker Mark Joffe Janeane Garofalo, David O'Hara, Milo O'Shea Comedy
1998 I Went Down Paddy Breathnach Peter McDonald, Brendan Gleeson Comedy
The General John Boorman Brendan Gleeson, Adrian Dunbar and Jon Voight Crime/Drama
1999 Angela's Ashes Alan Parker Emily Watson, Robert Carlyle, Joe Breen and Ciaran Owens Drama

2000s[edit]

Year Title Director Actors Genre Comments
2000 About Adam Gerard Stembridge Stuart Townsend, Tommy Tiernan and Kate Hudson Comedy, Romance
Ordinary Decent Criminal Thaddeus O'Sullivan Kevin Spacey, Linda Fiorentino and Peter Mullin Comedy, Crime
Flick (2000 film) Fintan Connolly David Murray, Isabelle Menke, David Wilmot and Gerard Mannix Flynn Crime
2001 Mapmaker Johnny Gogan Brían F. O'Byrne, Susan Lynch and Brendan Coyle Action, Thriller
On the Nose David Caffrey Dan Aykroyd, Robbie Coltrane and Brenda Blethyn Comedy
When Brendan Met Trudy Kieron J. Walsh Peter McDonald, Flora Montgomery Comedy, Romance
Disco Pigs Kirsten Sheridan Elaine Cassidy, Cillian Murphy and Brían F. O'Byrne Drama
2002 Bloody Sunday Paul Greengrass James Nesbitt, Allan Gildea and Gerard Crossan Historical drama
Sunday Jimmy McGovern Ciarán McMenamin, Eva Birthistle and Barry Mullan Historical drama
The Magdalene Sisters Peter Mullan Anne-Marie Duff, Nora Jane Noone and Geraldine McEwan Drama
Reign of Fire Rob Bowman Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey and Izabella Scorupco Fantasy
2003 The Actors Conor McPherson Michael Caine, Dylan Moran and Michael Gambon Comedy
Song for a Raggy Boy Aisling Walsh Aidan Quinn, Iain Glen and Marc Warren Drama
Bloom Sean Walsh Stephen Rea, Angeline Ball, Hugh O'Connor Drama Based on James Joyce's novel, Ulysses
2004 Adam & Paul Lenny Abrahamson Tom Murphy, Mark O'Halloran Comedy, Drama
Dead Meat Connor McMahon Marian Araujo, Eoin Whelan Horror Zombie
Man About Dog Paddy Breathnach Allen Leech, Seán McGinley, Ciaran Nolan and Pat Shortt Comedy
Inside I'm Dancing Damien O'Donnell James McAvoy, Steven Robertson, Romola Garai and Brenda Fricker Comedy
Omagh Pete Travis Gerard McSorley, Brenda Fricker Drama/ True Life
2005 Boy Eats Girl Stephen Bradley Samantha Mumba Horror
Breakfast on Pluto Neil Jordan Cillian Murphy, Stephen Rea, Brendan Gleeson and Liam Neeson Comedy, Drama
Trouble With Sex Fintan Connolly Aidan Gillen, Renée Weldon and Gerard Mannix Flynn Drama
2006 The Wind That Shakes the Barley Ken Loach Cillian Murphy, Orla Fitzgerald Drama, War
Johnny Was Mark Hammond Vinnie Jones, Patrick Bergin and Eriq La Salle Action, Crime
Once John Carney Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová Musical
2008 Kisses Lance Daly Kelly O'Neill, Shane Curry Drama
A Film with Me in It Ian Fitzgibbon Mark Doherty, Dylan Moran, Amy Huberman, Keith Allen Dark Comedy
2009 Steamin' + Dreamin': The Grandmaster Cash Story Shaun O' Connor Con Doyle, Conor Stanley, Joe Kiely, Tommy Tiernan Comedy
Eamon Margaret Corkery Robert Donnelly, Amy Kirwan, Darren Healy Comedy, romance
His & Hers Ken Wardrop Documentary
Holy Water Tom Reeve John Lynch, Cornelius Clarke, Lochlainn O'Mearain Comedy
The Secret of Kells Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey Brendan Gleeson, Evan McGuire, Mick Lally Animation
Happy Ever Afters Stephen Burke Sally Hawkins, Tom Riley Drama

2010s[edit]

Year Title Director Actors Genre Comments
2010 Parked Darragh Byrne Colm Meaney, Colin Morgan Drama
2010 One Hundred Mornings Conor Horgan Ciarán McMenamin Drama Post-apocalyptic
2011 The Guard John Michael McDonagh Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, Mark Strong Comedy
2012 Grabbers Jon Wright Richard Coyle, Ruth Bradley, Russell Tovey Sci-fi
2012 What Richard Did Lenny Abrahamson Jack Reynor, Roisin Murphy, Lars Mikkelsen, Lorraine Pilkington Drama Film of the year 2012
2012 When Ali Came to Ireland Ross Whitaker Muhammad Ali, Alvin Lewis, Cathal O'Shannon Documentary Describes Muhammad Ali's first visit to Ireland in July 1972, and his fight there against Al Lewis.
2012 Eliot & Me Fintan Connolly Ella Connolly, Renée Weldon, David Wilmot and Gerard Mannix Flynn Family
2012 King Of The Travellers Mark O'Conner Michael Collins, John Connors, Peter Coonan and Carla McGlynn
2013 The Hardy Bucks Movie Mike Cockayne Martin Malony, Owen Colgan, Chris Tordoff, Peter Cassidy & Tom Kilgallon Comedy
2013 A Belfast Story Nathan Todd Colm Meaney, Malcolm Sinclair & Tommy O'Neill Crime, Drama
2014 The Gift

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