An Irish Education for Rachelby fiona-gavin | created - 07 Jun 2012 | updated - 29 Jun 2012 | Public
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1. The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)
Not Rated | 127 min | Drama, War
Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces.
Votes: 43,028 | Gross: $1.83M
Great accents, great landscape, Cillian Murphy. What more could you want?
Screen Two (1985–2002)
R | 91 min | Drama
Set in Ireland, Sharon Curley is a 20 year old living with her parents and many brothers and sisters. When she gets herself pregnant and refuses to name the father, she becomes the talk of ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,400 | Gross: $3.32M
oh, Jesus, weren't the 80s awful altogether.
3. The Commitments (1991)
R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
When Jimmy Rabbitte wants to start a band, he has open auditions at his house.
Votes: 30,267 | Gross: $14.92M
ditto. Two parts of a trilogy, actually, based on books by Roddy Doyle of Paddy Clarke, Ha, Ha, Ha fame
4. My Name Is Yu Ming (2003)
13 min | Comedy, Short
Is there a place in the world for Yu Ming? He's a clerk at a convenience store in China, bored with his life. At a library, he spins a globe and stops it with his finger, which turns out to... See full summary »
Might be hard to find. Youtube? Indeed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qA0a62wmd1A
5. Intermission (2003)
R | 105 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A variety of losers in Dublin have harrowingly farcical intersecting stories of love, greed and violence.
Votes: 14,734 | Gross: $0.90M
Very entertaining, good plot twists, full of sharp Dublin humor.
6. The Field (1990)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Thriller
When a field (which has been farmed by the McCabe family for generations) goes up for auction, the patriarch of the McCabe family will stop at nothing to prevent a rich American from buying it.
Votes: 5,157 | Gross: $1.41M
If you wanna understand rural Ireland this is an absolute must. Based on a hugely successful film that was based on events in... County Kerry!
7. The Crying Game (1992)
R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.
Votes: 48,030 | Gross: $62.55M
Test: Name the applicable Father Ted Quote.
9. Rory O'Shea Was Here (2004)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama
When the kinetic Rory moves into his room in the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, his effect on the home is immediate. Most telling is his friendship with Michael, a young man with cerebral palsy and nearly unintelligible speech. Somehow, Rory understands Michael, and encourages him to experience life outside the confines of home.
Votes: 13,708 | Gross: $0.02M
10. In America (2002)
PG-13 | 105 min | Drama
A family of Irish immigrants adjust to life on the mean streets of Hell's Kitchen while also grieving the death of a child.
Votes: 39,284 | Gross: $15.54M
Sad but uplifting tale of a family coming to terms with loss and making a new start. The two sisters are brilliant, and I absolute love the lead, Paddy Considine. Despite my intro, not at all lacking humour.
12. Perrier's Bounty (2009)
R | 88 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A gangster named Perrier looks to exact his revenge on a trio of fugitives responsible for the accidental death of one of his cronies.
Votes: 6,078 | Gross: $0.00M
Not essential but entertaining.
13. Killing Bono (2011)
R | 114 min | Comedy, Music
Two brothers attempt to become global rock stars but can only look on as old school friends U2 become the biggest band in the world.
14. In the Name of the Father (1993)
R | 133 min | Biography, Drama
A man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them.
Votes: 144,302 | Gross: $25.01M
I haven't actually seen this but apparently it amazeballs.
Watched it last night. Sob. Really brilliantly done though, great pace, dialogue and acting.
15. The Magdalene Sisters (2002)
R | 114 min | Drama
Three young Irish women struggle to maintain their spirits while they endure dehumanizing abuse as inmates of a Magdalene Sisters Asylum.
Votes: 24,904 | Gross: $4.89M
Made for TV, not brilliantly made but interesting subject matter.
16. The Secret of Kells (2009)
Not Rated | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
A young boy in a remote medieval outpost under siege from barbarian raids is beckoned to adventure when a celebrated master illuminator arrives with an ancient book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers.
Votes: 28,766 | Gross: $0.69M
Gorgeous animation, slightly *beep* story, music by...KILA!
17. The Guard (2011)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller
An unorthodox Irish policeman with a confrontational personality is partnered with an up-tight F.B.I. agent to investigate an international drug-smuggling ring.
Votes: 76,098 | Gross: $5.36M
Bit of craic.
18. Angela's Ashes (1999)
R | 145 min | Drama
Based on the best-selling autobiography by Irish expatriate Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the ... See full summary »
Votes: 19,298 | Gross: $13.04M
Oh, Jaysus, weren't the forties awful altogether.
A playwright's life begins to mingle with the fictional characters he has created.
CAN'T FREAKIN WAIT!!!
20. War of the Buttons (1994)
PG | 94 min | Adventure, Drama, Family
The children of Ballydowse & Carrickdowse engage in battles in which they cut off the buttons, shoe-laces, belts and braces of their captured opponents. This gets their opponents in trouble... See full summary »
Votes: 3,800 | Gross: $0.01M
Based on an early 20th Century French short story but the most retro Ireland movie ever. Fan feckin tastic!!! Strongly recommend.
21. In Bruges (2008)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.
Votes: 368,695 | Gross: $7.76M
Other people like it.
22. A Film with Me in It (2008)
89 min | Comedy, Thriller
A broke, jobless actor and a broke, jobless screenwriter set out to make a movie and then find that life starts imitating art.
Again, not essential viewing but a nice (very black) comedy
23. Stella Days (2011)
TV-14 | 100 min | Drama
A small town cinema in rural Ireland becomes the setting for a dramatic struggle between faith and passion, Rome and Hollywood and a man and his conscience.
Haven't seen this yet but it did well at Festivals.
24. Parked (III) (2010)
94 min | Drama
Fred Daly returns to Ireland with nowhere to live but his car. Then dope-smoking 21-year-old Cathal parks beside him, and brightens up his lonely world. Encouraged by Cathal, Fred meets ... See full summary »
25. Adam & Paul (2004)
83 min | Comedy, Drama
2 heroin addicts negotiate their way through Dublin's city centre, encountering friends and family as they search for their next fix.
Speaking of black humor
26. Into the West (1992)
PG | 97 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Grandpa Ward gives a horse he found to his grandchildren, who keep it in their tower-block flat in Dublin. The horse is stolen from them, and the two young boys set out to find it and flee on it.
Votes: 2,539 | Gross: $4.79M
Absolutely essential. It's a horse, Tayto, it's a horse! Learn about travelers!
27. Hunger (2008)
Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Drama
Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike.
Votes: 62,123 | Gross: $0.15M
No craic, very intense, but beautifully made. Again, very interesting subject matter.
28. Some Mother's Son (1996)
R | 112 min | Drama, History
Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in an Irish prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,395 | Gross: $0.61M
More of a traditional style docu drama about Bobby Sands and the Hunger Strikers.
29. The Butcher Boy (1997)
R | 110 min | Comedy, Drama
The antisocial son of an alcoholic father and a bipolar mother grows up in 1960s Ireland.
Votes: 8,750 | Gross: $1.82M
30. Michael Collins (1996)
R | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War.
Votes: 27,972 | Gross: $11.09M
not forgetting the Big Fella
31. The General (1998)
R | 124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The real-life story of Dublin folk hero and criminal Martin Cahill, who pulled off two daring robberies in Ireland with his team, but attracted unwanted attention from the police, the I.R.A., the U.V.F., and members of his own team.
Votes: 7,657 | Gross: $1.21M
32. Garage (2007)
85 min | Drama
A tragicomedy set in the world of gas stations in rural Ireland, where over-diligent employee of the garage searches for intimacy during the course of a life-changing summer.
A surprise for the nation when ridiculous "comedy" actor Pat Short starred in this poignant indie comment on loneliness and isolation in the countryside. Painful to watch in parts.
33. Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)
Approved | 93 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
A wily old codger matches wits with the King of the Leprechauns and helps play matchmaker for his daughter and the strapping lad who has replaced him as caretaker.
Fantastic. Genius. Trippy horse psychedelics! A mad leprechaun King messing with the humans just for the craic of it! Full blown Irish dancing hoolie session in the Hall of the Little People! THE BEST SPECIAL AFFECTS OF THE 20th CENTURY!!!
34. Disco Pigs (2001)
TV-MA | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
A twisted rite of passage.
Cillian Murphy, in his first big role, stars in really quirky love story.
35. The Last of the High Kings (1996)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Drama
It is 1977, Dublin rocks to the music of Thin Lizzy and the world is stunned by the death of Elvis Presley. Frankie, caught between acne and adulthood, has just completed his final exams in... See full summary »