Special Report

Best Movies Set in Ireland

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18. I Went Down (1997)
> IMDb user rating: 6.9/10 (2,094 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 86% (755 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 84% (19 reviews)
> Directed by: Paddy Breathnach

This action comedy concerns an unlucky ex-con who tries to do the right thing, only to end up deeper and deeper in a twisted mob scheme with a brutal partner and an incessantly talkative hostage.

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17. The Dead (1987)
> IMDb user rating: 7.2/10 (8,153 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 77% (2,500 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 93% (29 reviews)
> Directed by: John Huston

An adaptation of a lengthy James Joyce short story, “The Dead” takes place in Dublin at the turn of the 20th century and focuses on a married couple as they attend a Christmas party and learn a thing or two about themselves and each other.

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16. Calvary (2014)
> IMDb user rating: 7.4/10 (59,423 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 80% (10,000 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 89% (173 reviews)
> Directed by: John Michael McDonagh

Father James is the head of a small parish, and a pious man who aims to serve his community. His life, however, begins to unravel when a man who was abused by a priest as a child threatens to kill him.

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15. The Crying Game (1992)
> IMDb user rating: 7.3/10 (53,518 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 78% (31,869 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 94% (66 reviews)
> Directed by: Neil Jordan

In an exploration of race, gender, and patriotism, “The Crying Game” follows a rogue IRA operative whose life veers wildly off track when he befriends a captive British soldier and promises to take care of the soldier’s girlfriend in London.

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14. The Informer (1935)
> IMDb user rating: 7.4/10 (6,183 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 77% (1,085 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 94% (16 reviews)
> Directed by: John Ford

Set in Dublin just after the Irish War of Independence, “The Informer” tells the story of a destitute and disgraced Irish Republican who informs on his former comrade for a small reward in hopes of escaping to America with his girlfriend.

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