List of Irish films

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This is chronology of films produced in Ireland:


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 J. P. McGowan costume drama An Australian version of the original play was also produced in 1911, by Gaston Mervale
Rory O'More Sidney Olcott Jack J. Clark and Gene Gauntier rebel drama
1914 For Ireland's Sake Sidney Olcott Gene Gauntier, Jack J. Clark and Sidney Olcott rebel drama
Ireland a Nation Walter MacNamara Barry O'Brien, P J Bourke, Fred O'Donovan, Barney Magee rebel drama
1915 Regeneration Raoul Walsh Rockliffe Fellowes, Anna Q. Nilsson, Carl Harbaugh, James A. Marcus Irish immigrant drama Often cited as one of the first full length gangster films
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


Year Title Director Actors Genre Comments
1920 Willy Reilly and his Colleen Bawn John McDonagh Brian Magowan, George Nesbit, Jim Plant historical drama Second major film of the Film Company of Ireland
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
Casey's Millions John McDonagh Barrett MacDonnell, Chris Sylvester, Jimmy O'Dea Comedy
1925 Blarney Marcel De Sano Ralph Graves, Paulette Duval, Renée Adorée 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


Year Title Director Actors Genre Comments
1936 The Luck of the Irish Donovan Pedelty Richard Hayward, Niall MacGinnis, Kay Walsh
Irish and Proud of It Donovan Pedelty Richard Hayward, Dinah Sheridan and Liam Gaffney musical comedy
1937 Kathleen Mavourneen Norman Lee Sally O'Neil, Tom Burke, Jack Daly and Sara Allgood Musical drama also known as Kathleen
Rose of Tralee Oswald Mitchell Binkie Stuart, Kathleen O'Regan and Fred Conyngham Musical
1938 The Dawn Thomas Cooper Brian O'Sullivan war historical film about the Irish War of Independence
Men of Ireland Richard Bird Brian O'Sullivan Drama


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


Year Title Director Actors Genre Comments
1951 The Hills of Ireland Harry Dugan Pat O'Brien (narrator) documentary travelogue
Return to Glennascaul Hilton Edwards Orson Welles horror/ short also known as Orson Welles' Ghost Story
1952 The Quiet Man John Ford John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara and Barry Fitzgerald comedy
1953 Fintona, A Study of Housing Discrimination documentary short Irish Government-sponsored film alleging anti-Catholic housing discrimination in Fintona, Co.Tyrone. The first 3 minutes of this film is voiceover with no moving images.
1957 Pretty Polly Tony Inglis Noel Purcell short
Professor Tim Henry Cass Bill Foley
The Rising of the Moon John Ford Tyrone Power (narrator), Cyril Cusack, Noel Purcell and Denis O'Dea comedy/ drama Three vignettes based on short stories illustrating rural Irish life: The Majesty of the Law, A Minute's Wait and 1921
1959 Home Is the Hero Fielder Cook Walter Macken drama romance Entered into the 9th Berlin International Film Festival
Mise Éire George Morrison Liam Budhlaeir (narrator) Documentary Chronicles the 1916 Easter Rising. It was the first feature length Irish language film.
Shake Hands with the Devil Michael Anderson James Cagney, Don Murray, Dana Wynter and Glynis Johns historical drama Portrays the Irish War of Independence
Broth of a Boy George Pollock Barry Fitzgerald, June Thorburn, Eddie Golden and Godfrey Quigley comedy
This Other Eden Muriel Box Audrey Dalton, Leslie Phillips, Niall MacGinnis and Geoffrey Golden Comedy-drama
Darby O'Gill and the Little People Robert Stevenson Albert Sharpe, Janet Munro, Sean Connery and Jimmy O'Dea children's


Year Title Director Actors Genre Comments
1963 Dementia 13 Francis Ford Coppola William Campbell, Luana Anders, Patrick Magee Horror-thriller also known as The Haunted and the Hunted. Produced by Roger Corman
1967 Rocky Road to Dublin Peter Lennon Seán Ó Faoláin, Conor Cruise O'Brien, John Huston and Father Michael Cleary Documentary Shown at Cannes festival, shunned in Ireland
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, Fionnula Flanagan and Anjelica Huston Drama, Comedy


Year Title Director Actors Genre Comments
1970 Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx Waris Hussein Gene Wilder, Margot Kidder Comedy
Ryan's Daughter David Lean Robert Mitchum, Trevor Howard, Christopher Jones, John Mills and Sarah Miles 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, René Auberjonois, Marcel Bozzuffi, Hugh Millais and Cathryn Harrison Psychological Thriller
1974 Zardoz John Boorman Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling and Sara Kestelman Science Fiction
1975 Barry Lyndon Stanley Kubrick Ryan O'Neal, Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee and Leonard Rossiter Drama
1977 Poitín Bob Quinn Cyril Cusack, Donal McCann and Niall Toibin Drama
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


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, John Kavanagh, Cyril Cusack, Bríd Brennan, Mick Lally and Joe Pilkington Drama
1983 Attracta Kieran Hickey Wendy Hiller, Kate Thompson, John Kavanagh and Joe McPartland drama
1984 The Country Girls Desmond Davis Sam Neill, Niall Tóibín Based on the 1960 Edna O'Brien novel of the same name, which was banned in Ireland.
Anne Devlin Pat Murphy Brid Brennan and Bosco Hogan drama Entered into the 14th Moscow International Film Festival
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 drama
1986 Rawhead Rex George Pavlou David Dukes, Kelly Piper, Niall Toibin, Cora Venus Lunny and Donal McCann Horror Screenplay by Clive Barker
1987 The Dead John Huston Anjelica Huston and Donal McCann Drama The last film that Huston directed, released posthumously. Adapted from the short story The Dead by James Joyce
1988 Taffin Francis Megahy Pierce Brosnan, Ray McAnally and Alison Doody Thriller
Da Matt Clark Martin Sheen, Barnard Hughes and William Hickey Comedy-drama Written by Irish playwright and journalist Hugh Leonard, adapted from his play Da.
Reefer and the Model Joe Comerford Ian McElhinney, Carol Scanlan, Sean Lawlor and Ray McBride Drama Nominated in three categories at the European Film Awards
1989 My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown Jim Sheridan Daniel Day-Lewis, Brenda Fricker, Ray McAnally and Fiona Shaw biography-drama Day-Lewis won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and Fricker won for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The film was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture in the 62nd Academy Awards


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
Ailsa Paddy Breathnach Brendan Coyle, Andrea Irvine, Juliette Gruber Drama
1995 Circle of Friends Pat O'Connor Minnie Driver, Chris O'Donnell Romance
The Long Way Home Paddy Breathnach Niall O'Brien and Phelim Drew Drama
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
November Afternoon John Carney and Tom Hall Michael McElhatton, Jayne Snow, Mark Doherty and Tristan Gribbin Drama
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 Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Brian Cox Entered into the 48th Berlin International Film Festival
This Is the Sea Mary McGuckian Samantha Morton, Gabriel Byrne Drama
The Matchmaker Mark Joffe Janeane Garofalo, David O'Hara, Milo O'Shea Comedy
I Went Down Paddy Breathnach Peter McDonald, Brendan Gleeson Comedy
1998 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


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
Borstal Boy Peter Sheridan Shawn Hatosy, Danny Dyer, Lee Ingleby and Michael York Romantic Drama
Flick Fintan Connolly David Murray, Isabelle Menke, David Wilmot and Gerard Mannix Flynn Crime
Saltwater Conor McPherson Peter McDonald, Brian Cox and Brendan Gleeson Comedy-Drama
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
Yu Ming Is Ainm Dom Daniel O'Hara Diyu Daniel Wu, Frank Kelly Comedy-drama Short film shot largely in the Irish language
Bloom Sean Walsh Stephen Rea, Angeline Ball, Hugh O'Connor Drama Based on James Joyce's novel, Ulysses
Intermission John Crowley Colin Farrell, Colm Meaney and Cillian Murphy Drama
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
Mickybo and Me Terry Loane John Joe McNeill, Niall Wright, Julie Walters, Ciarán Hinds and Adrian Dunbar Comedy-drama
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
Spin the Bottle Ian Fitzgibbon Michael McElhatton, Peter McDonald Comedy
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
2007 Shrooms Paddy Breathnach Lindsey Haun, Max Kasch Horror
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
Five Minutes of Heaven Oliver Hirschbiegel Liam Neeson, James Nesbitt Drama Grand Jury Prize nominated, 2009 Sundance Film Festival
Eamon Margaret Corkery Robert Donnelly, Amy Kirwan, Darren Healy Comedy, romance
His & Hers Ken Wardrop Documentary
The Eclipse Conor McPherson Ciarán Hinds, Iben Hjejle and Aidan Quinn Drama
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
Perrier's Bounty Ian Fitzgibbon Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson and Jim Broadbent Crime Comedy


Year Title Director Actors Genre Comments
2010 Parked Darragh Byrne Colm Meaney, Colin Morgan Drama
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
Shadow Dancer James Marsh Andrea Riseborough, Clive Owen, Gillian Anderson, Aidan Gillen, Domhnall Gleeson Drama Spy drama set in Belfast during the Troubles. Premièred at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival
What Richard Did Lenny Abrahamson Jack Reynor, Roisin Murphy, Lars Mikkelsen, Lorraine Pilkington Drama Film of the year 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.
Eliot & Me Fintan Connolly Ella Connolly, Renée Weldon, David Wilmot and Gerard Mannix Flynn Family
King of the Travellers Mark O'Conner Michael Collins, John Connors, Peter Coonan and Carla McGlynn
2013 A Belfast Story Nathan Todd Colm Meaney, Malcolm Sinclair & Tommy O'Neill Crime, Drama
The Hardy Bucks Movie Mike Cockayne Martin Malony, Owen Colgan, Chris Tordoff, Peter Cassidy & Tom Kilgallon Comedy
How to Be Happy Michael Rob Costine, Mark Gaster Brian Gleeson, Gemma-Leah Devereux Comedy
The Irish Pub Alex Fegan Paul Gartlan, Liam Ahern & Ray Blackwell Documentary
The Stag John Butler Andrew Scott, Hugh O'Conor, Peter McDonald & Brian Gleeson Comedy
2014 From the Dark Conor McMahon Niamh Algar, Stephen Cromwell, Ged Murray Horror
The Gift Tom Collins Michelle Beamish, Ciarán Charles, John Finn Drama, Thriller
The Guarantee Ian Power David Murray, Gary Lydon, Orla Fitzgerald, Morgan C. Jones, Peter Coonan Drama Film about the Irish banking crisis.
2015 My Name is Emily
Night People Gerard Lough Michael Parle, Jack Dean Shepherd, Claire Blennerhassett Horror / Science Fiction
2016 I Am Not a Serial Killer Billy O'Brien Laura Fraser, Max Records, Christopher Lloyd Thriller Based on the American novel of the same name
Ellie Dean Mullen Drama [1]
Sing Street John Carney Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Jack Reynor, Aidan Gillen Musical comedy-drama
Handsome Devil John Butler

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  1. ^ "Ellie (2016)". IMDb. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 

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