Special Report

Best Movies Set in Ireland

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

8. The Commitments (1991)
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (34,153 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 90% (28,407 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 89% (45 reviews)
> Directed by: Alan Parker

Based on a novel by Roddy Doyle, “The Commitments” is a musical comedy about an unemployed Dublin youth who idolizes 1960s soul musicians and sets out to create a soul band of his own, made up of his working-class friends.

Source: Courtesy of The Weinstein Company

7. Philomena (2013)
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (97,066 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 89% (52,457 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 91% (200 reviews)
> Directed by: Stephen Frears

Based on a heartrending true story, “Philomena” follows an out-of-work journalist who agrees to take on a story about an aging woman’s search for her son, whom she was forced to give up at an Irish convent nearly 50 years earlier.

Source: Courtesy of The Samuel Goldwyn Company

6. The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)
> IMDb user rating: 7.5/10 (8,888 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 87% (7,336 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 96% (45 reviews)
> Directed by: John Sayles

This fantasy adventure film draws upon the folklore of the selkies, seals that can shed their skin and become human. It follows a young girl whose baby brother washed out to sea years earlier and is rumored to be living with the selkies.

Source: Courtesy of Paramount Classics

5. Bloody Sunday (2002)
> IMDb user rating: 7.6/10 (24,834 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 91% (5,000 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 92% (106 reviews)
> Directed by: Paul Greengrass

“Bloody Sunday” is a dramatization of the Bloody Sunday massacre that took place in Derry, Northern Ireland, on Jan. 30, 1972, when British troops fired on unarmed civil rights protestors, killing 13 immediately and wounding another 15.

Source: Courtesy of Republic Pictures

4. The Quiet Man (1952)
> IMDb user rating: 7.8/10 (36,647 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 91% (30,453 votes)
> Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer score: 91% (45 reviews)
> Directed by: John Ford

A romantic comedy-drama starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, “The Quiet Man” follows a retired American boxer who returns to his birthplace in Ireland to buy his old family cottage and homestead, and ends up falling for the younger sister of the man who wants the land for himself.

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