The Best Movies Set in Ireland

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15. Good Vibrations (2013)
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (5,198 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 82% (500 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 94% (36 reviews)
> Directed by: Lisa Barros D’Sa & Glenn Leyburn

This historical biopic tells the true story of Terri Hooley (played by Richard Dormer), who opened a record store in Belfast in the midst of The Troubles. Empowered by his radical politics and pure love of music, Hooley helps usher in a local punk movement. Writing for The Australian, critic Eddie Cockrell called it “a film that is determined to live up to its title.”

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14. Hunger (2008)
> IMDb user rating: 7.5/10 (70,340 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 83% (50,000 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 90% (133 reviews)
> Directed by: Steve McQueen

The feature directorial debut from Steve McQueen documents the real-life 1981 Maze Prison hunger strike from multiple perspectives. German-born, Irish-raised actor Michael Fassbender plays IRA prisoner Bobby Sands, who leads the strike in an effort to gain recognized political status for himself and others.

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13. ’71 (2014)
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (56,286 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 81% (10,000 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (140 reviews)
> Directed by: Yann Demange

This historical action thriller, which takes place in Belfast during the early years of The Troubles, kicks off with a deadly street riot. Accidentally abandoned by his unit, a British soldier (Jack O’Connell) must survive the night as he navigates hostile terrain.

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12. Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959)
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (7,713 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 77% (9,527 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 100% (15 reviews)
> Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Walt Disney Studios produced this fantasy adventure, based on a series of Irish stories by writer Herminie Templeton Kavanagh. Follow wily codger Darby O’Gill (Albert Sharpe) as he chases leprechauns and attempts to ward off an evil banshee spirit.

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11. The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (157,465 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 75% (500 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (344 reviews)
> Directed by: Martin McDonagh

Director Martin McDonagh’s latest dramedy reteams him with “In Bruges” stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. Set on the fictional isle of Inisherin in 1923, it chronicles the fallout between two lifelong friends (Farrell and Gleeson). Just beneath the narrative veneer is a complex allegory about the Irish Civil War. It won nine Oscar nominations at this year’s Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor (for two different performers), and Best Supporting Actress – but didn’t take any statuettes home.

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