Special Report

Best Movies Set in Ireland

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28. Ryan’s Daughter (1970)
> IMDb user rating: 7.4/10 (9,900 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 73% (2,500 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 50% (18 reviews)
> Directed by: David Lean

An epic romance set during the tumultuous period before the Irish War of Independence, “Ryan’s Daughter” follows a young married Irish woman who is bored with life in her small nationalist village and starts an affair with a British officer, despite the political environment that surrounds her.

27. Angela’s Ashes (1999)
> IMDb user rating: 7.3/10 (21,347 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 81% (22,699 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 51% (86 reviews)
> Directed by: Alan Parker

Based on the best-selling memoir of the same name by Frank McCourt, this biographical drama follows a Brooklyn family of Irish immigrants who return to Ireland during the Great Depression, only to be met with more squalor, as the children begin to die and their dejected father spends his only earnings on alcohol.

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26. The Playboys (1992)
> IMDb user rating: 6.3/10 (1,206 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 54% (1,021 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 92% (24 reviews)
> Directed by: Gillies MacKinnon

Set in 1950s Ireland, “The Playboys” is about a beautiful and strong-willed young woman in a quaint Irish village who has a child out of wedlock, refuses to marry any of her suitors, and falls in love with a performer whose traveling dramatic troupe stirs up the town.

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25. The Foreigner (2017)
> IMDb user rating: 7.0/10 (108,142 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 72% (16,373 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 66% (126 reviews)
> Directed by: Martin Campbell

An action thriller starring Jackie Chan, “The Foreigner” follows a London-based Chinese restaurant owner and former soldier who takes the law into his own hands, traveling to Northern Ireland, when his teenage daughter is killed in a terrorist bombing claimed by an Irish republican organization.

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24. Circle of Friends (1995)
> IMDb user rating: 6.6/10 (8,377 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 73% (16,827 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 78% (36 reviews)
> Directed by: Pat O’Connor

Set in Dublin in the 1950s, “Circle of Friends” follows two young women from a small town in Ireland who are starting their first year at university. Love, mistakes, and heartache ensue as they reconnect with their beautiful childhood friend, Nan, and meet a handsome med student.

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