Time Out NY named its 10 best Irish movies of all time at the start of this year. From John Ford’s well-loved 1952 classic "The Quiet Man" starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara to last year’s critically-acclaimed, Oscar-nominated hit "Brooklyn," directed by John Crowley and starring Saoirse Ronan, these films “capture the glory and grit of the Emerald Isle and its people.”
Here are the films that made the list. Do you agree? Share your thoughts in the comment section.
1. Brooklyn (2015)
Saoirse Ronan is romantically conflicted in this Oscar-nominated Irish immigrant drama set in the 1950s. John Crowley directs a gorgeous and heart-breaking adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s 2009 novel.
2. Once (2007)
Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová star in this musical romance, which inspired a Broadway hit and whose tune “Falling Slowly” won the Oscar for Best Original Song.
3. The Quiet Man (1952)
John Ford’s 1952 romantic comedy, starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, is a beloved film classic.
4. The Commitments (1991)
Alan Parker directs this comedy-drama, adapted from Roddy Doyle’s 1987 novel of the same name, about working class kids from Dublin’s Northside who form a soul band.
5. Kisses (2008)
Two working class Irish pre-teens head to Dublin in this film written and directed by Lance Daly.
6. In the Name of the Father (1993)
Pete Postlethwaite and Daniel Day-Lewis star as father and son Gerry and Giuseppe Conlon, who were wrongly convicted of the 1974 IRA Guilford pub bombings. The film is directed by Jim Sheridan, who previously worked with Day-Lewis in the Oscar-winning "My Left Foot."
7. Hunger (2008)
Michael Fassbender gives an astounding performance as Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen’s grueling dramatization of the last six weeks of the IRA hunger striker’s life.
8. Calvary (2014)
John Michael McDonagh wrote and directed this black comedy starring Brendan Gleeson as Father James, who is targeted for murder by a mysterious voice in the confession box. Father James must pay for the crimes of another man, but he is given seven days to put his affairs in order.
9. Bloody Sunday (2002)
Paul Greengrass’s historical recreation dramatizes the events of Jan 30, 1972, when British soldiers killed 13 unarmed Irish protesters. James Nesbitt plays civil rights activist Ivan Cooper.
10. The Crying Game (1992)
Neil Jordan’s psychological thriller, starring Stephen Rea as an IRA member, Forest Whitaker as his prisoner, and Jaye Davidson as Jody’s lover, received six Academy Award nominations, winning for Best Original Screenplay.