IRA, The Troubles, Anglo-Irish Conflict

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1. '71 (2014)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

In 1971, a young and disorientated British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast.

Director: Yann Demange | Stars: Jack O'Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris, Paul Popplewell

Votes: 47,740 | Gross: $1.27M

2. The Informant (1997)

R | 105 min | Drama

A young I.R.A. member is forced to turn informant on his comrades, when he is caught in an assassination attempt on a judge.

Director: Jim McBride | Stars: Anthony Brophy, Cary Elwes, Timothy Dalton, Maria Lennon

Votes: 571

3. Bloody Sunday (2002)

R | 107 min | Drama, History, War

90 Metascore

A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: James Nesbitt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Nicholas Farrell, Allan Gildea

Votes: 22,497 | Gross: $0.77M

4. In the Name of the Father (1993)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama

84 Metascore

A man's coerced confession to an I.R.A. bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Alison Crosbie, Philip King

Votes: 146,991 | Gross: $25.01M

5. The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama, War

82 Metascore

Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Pádraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald

Votes: 43,762 | Gross: $1.83M

6. Michael Collins (1996)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

60 Metascore

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.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts, Ian Hart

Votes: 28,330 | Gross: $11.09M

7. The Rising: 1916

Drama | Announced

To free his people from centuries of oppression, a young polio survivor sacrifices true love to mastermind a secret rebellion against the greatest empire the world has ever known.

Director: Kevin McCann | Stars: Colin Morgan, David O'Hara, Fiona Shaw, Brendan Coyle

8. The Crying Game (1992)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 48,773 | Gross: $62.55M

9. The Gentle Gunman (1952)

Approved | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In 1941, in wartime U.K., two Irish brothers working for the I.R.A. come against their local leader's ruthless methods.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: John Mills, Dirk Bogarde, Robert Beatty, Elizabeth Sellars

Votes: 256

10. The Day They Robbed the Bank of England (1960)

Approved | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In 1901, a group of IRA members decides to rob the Bank of England in order to finance their movement and to embarrass the British government.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Aldo Ray, Elizabeth Sellars, Peter O'Toole, Kieron Moore

Votes: 681

11. Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Drama, History

In 1920s Ireland, I.R.A. members are being lead by the war mongering Dr. Sean Lenihan (James Cagney), as they fight oppressive British forces.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: James Cagney, Don Murray, Dana Wynter, Glynis Johns

Votes: 1,076

12. The Night Fighters (1960)

Not Rated | 90 min | War, Drama, Action

In 1941, the IRA plans a campaign to coincide with the planned German invasion of England. Dermot O'Neill finds it easy to get into the IRA, but can he get out?

Director: Tay Garnett | Stars: Robert Mitchum, Richard Harris, Anne Heywood, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 245

13. This Is the Sea (1997)

R | 100 min | Drama, Romance

Hazel is a Protestant and Malachy a Catholic. Romance between them is threatened by Rohan who wants Malachy to be recruited and fight for the cause and by Hazel's brother Jef, who spies on her meetings.

Director: Mary McGuckian | Stars: Samantha Morton, Ross McDade, Richard Harris, Gabriel Byrne

Votes: 262

14. Harry's Game (1982– )

180 min | Thriller

Harry is an undercover agent for the British army sent to Northern Ireland to infiltrate the IRA and find (and terminate) the assassin of a British Cabinet Minister. Harry is alone, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Ray Lonnen, Benjamin Whitrow, Nicholas Day, Geoffrey Chater

Votes: 349

15. Nothing Personal (1995)

R | 86 min | Drama

A raw depiction of the Belfast, Northern Ireland "troubles" as savage tribal warfare. Set shortly after the 1975 cease fire, this movie focuses on the tribulations of Kenny (James Frain), ... See full summary »

Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan | Stars: Ian Hart, John Lynch, James Frain, Michael Gambon

Votes: 454

16. Hennessy (1975)

PG | 103 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Hennessy is an Irishman who believes in peace, but who has had connections to the I.R.A. After his family is killed, and he plots revenge, setting out to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Rod Steiger, Lee Remick, Richard Johnson, Trevor Howard

Votes: 421

17. Rebellion (2016– )

TV-MA | 258 min | Drama, History, War

Rebellion is a five part serial drama about the birth of modern Ireland. The story is told from the perspectives of a group of fictional characters who live through the political events of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Stars: Michael Ford-FitzGerald, Jaelynne Wallace Ruane, Jordanne Jones, Brian Gleeson

Votes: 2,326

18. The Shore (2011)

Not Rated | 29 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

The story of Joe and Paddy, whose childhood friendship is shattered by the troubles in Northern Ireland. Twenty five years later they are reunited.

Director: Terry George | Stars: Anthony Brophy, Conleth Hill, Packy Lee, Aidan McAteer

Votes: 957

19. Fools of Fortune (1990)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Romance

A Protestant Irish family is caught up in a conflict between Irish Republicans and the British army.

Director: Pat O'Connor | Stars: Iain Glen, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Sean T. McClory, Frankie McCafferty

Votes: 187 | Gross: $0.08M

20. Resurrection Man (1998)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Belfast, in 1970s. Victor Kelly is a young protestant man who hates the Catholics so much that one night he begins to brutally murder them. A reporter soon tries to uncover the murder and ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Evans | Stars: David Williamson, Stuart Townsend, Brenda Fricker, George Shane

Votes: 727

21. The Break (1997)

R | 96 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

Dowd, who's IRA, escapes an Irish prison in a bloody jailbreak, making his way to New York City where he lives alone, avoids Irish hangouts, and works as a dishwasher. When a good deed gets... See full summary »

Director: Robert Dornhelm | Stars: Stephen Rea, Alfred Molina, Rosana Pastor, Brendan Gleeson

Votes: 337

22. Boxed (2002)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

The IRA, when executing an informer, calls on certain 'tame priests' to secretly provide last rites.

Director: Marion Comer | Stars: Tom Murphy, Darragh Kelly, Catherine Cusack, Brendan Mackey

Votes: 46

23. Omagh (2004 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 106 min | Drama

An examination of the aftermath of the 1998 Real IRA bombing that killed 29 people in Omagh, Northern Ireland.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Gerard McSorley, Michèle Forbes, Brenda Fricker, Stuart Graham

Votes: 1,537

24. Forgiveness (III) (2006)

8 min | Short, Drama, History

In 1922, Erskine Childers is facing execution for assisting an armed rebellion against the Irish Free State. In his final hours, he instructs his son Erskine Hamilton Childers, the future President of Ireland, to carry out his final wish.

Director: Barrie Dowdall | Stars: Barry McGovern, Malcolm Adams, Sam McGovern, Conor Delaney

25. Granite & Chalk (2016)

12 min | Short

As Irish rebels prepared to stage the 1916 Easter Rising they were watched. There were two agents reporting to British authorities, revealing where the guns and ammunition were hidden and ... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Hodgins | Stars: Liam Carney, Aoife Duffin

Votes: 5

26. The Outsider (1979)

R | 128 min | Drama, History, Thriller

A young American man joins the IRA in Ireland but soon finds out that he is being used for political purposes and propaganda.

Director: Tony Luraschi | Stars: Craig Wasson, Sterling Hayden, Patricia Quinn, Niall O'Brien

Votes: 159

27. Shadow Dancer (2012)

R | 101 min | Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

Set in 1990s Belfast, an active member of the IRA becomes an informant for MI5 in order to protect her son's welfare.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson, Aidan Gillen

Votes: 11,668 | Gross: $0.10M

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 I.R.A. prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of I.R.A. prisoners as criminals rather than ... See full summary »

Director: Terry George | Stars: Helen Mirren, Fionnula Flanagan, Aidan Gillen, David O'Hara

Votes: 2,423 | Gross: $0.61M

29. Cal (1984)

R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller, Romance

Cal (John Lynch), a young man on the fringes of the I.R.A., falls in love with Marcella (Dame Helen Mirren), a Catholic woman whose husband, a Protestant policeman, was killed one year ... See full summary »

Director: Pat O'Connor | Stars: Helen Mirren, John Lynch, Donal McCann, John Kavanagh

Votes: 1,294

30. Hunger (2008)

Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Stuart Graham, Laine Megaw, Brian Milligan, Liam McMahon

Votes: 62,901 | Gross: $0.15M

31. The Foreigner (I) (2017)

R | 113 min | Action, Thriller

55 Metascore

A humble businessman with a buried past seeks justice when his daughter is killed in an act of terrorism. A cat-and-mouse conflict ensues with a government official, whose past may hold clues to the killers' identities.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Katie Leung, Jackie Chan, Rufus Jones, Mark Tandy

Votes: 88,444 | Gross: $34.39M

32. A Nightingale Falling (2014)

110 min | Drama, History, War

Set in Ireland during the War of Independence, two sisters lives are changed forever as they care for a wounded soldier. What transpires is a tragic love story of a household and its inhabitants, caught in the crucible of dark deep secrets.

Directors: Garret Daly, Martina McGlynn | Stars: Tara Breathnach, Muireann Bird, Gerard McCarthy, Brian Fortune

Votes: 213

33. The Party (II) (2016)

15 min | Short, Drama, War

Belfast 1972. Laurence welcomes his cousin and man-on-the-run Mickey to a party of drinking, dancing and young love. By morning, reality catches up with them.

Director: Andrea Harkin | Stars: Anthony Boyle, Niall McNamee, Eileen O'Higgins, Tara Cush

Votes: 46

34. Trapped (2008)

95 min | Action, Drama, Romance

When Anton O'Neill returns home after five years at sea, he finds that 1970's Ireland is a radically different place to the one he left behind. Northern Ireland is in flames, and civil ... See full summary »

Director: Graham Cantwell | Stars: Gerard McSorley, Anthony Fox, Laura Way, Andy Smith

Votes: 101

35. Divorcing Jack (1998)

Not Rated | 110 min | Thriller, Comedy

Black romantic comedy set around the troubled "peace process" and its effect on a cynical Belfast hack.

Director: David Caffrey | Stars: David Thewlis, Rachel Griffiths, Jason Isaacs, Laura Fraser

Votes: 1,939

36. A Prayer for the Dying (1987)

R | 107 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Martin, an I.R.A. hitman, is seen by a Catholic priest while carrying out a hit. He grows a bond with the priest and his niece. But his past and his former employers put all their lives in danger.

Director: Mike Hodges | Stars: Mickey Rourke, Bob Hoskins, Alan Bates, Sammi Davis

Votes: 4,359 | Gross: $1.43M

37. The Boxer (1997)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

75 Metascore

Young Danny Flynn is released from prison 14 years after "taking the rap" for the IRA and tries to rebuild his life in his old Belfast neighborhood.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Daragh Donnelly, Frank Coughlan

Votes: 17,891 | Gross: $5.80M

38. The Devil's Own (1997)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

53 Metascore

A police officer uncovers the real identity of his house-guest, an I.R.A. terrorist in hiding.

Director: Alan J. Pakula | Stars: Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Margaret Colin, Rubén Blades

Votes: 55,769 | Gross: $42.87M

39. Patriot Games (1992)

R | 117 min | Action, Thriller

64 Metascore

When CIA analyst Jack Ryan interferes with an IRA assassination, a renegade faction targets him and his family for revenge.

Director: Phillip Noyce | Stars: Harrison Ford, Sean Bean, Anne Archer, Patrick Bergin

Votes: 97,589 | Gross: $83.29M

40. The Dawning (1988)

PG | 97 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

An I.R.A. gunman (Sir Anthony Hopkins) on the run from the government. He meets up with an idealistic young woman (Rebecca Pidgeon) and attempts to win her support for his cause.

Director: Robert Knights | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Rebecca Pidgeon, Jean Simmons, Trevor Howard

Votes: 316

41. Patriots (1996)

Not Rated | 83 min | Thriller

A true story of an American woman caught up in the struggle for Irish independence.

Director: Frank Kerr | Stars: Linda Amendola, Mark Newell, Aidan Parkinson, Dermott Petty

Votes: 86

42. Shergar (1999)

95 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Shergar is based on the true story of a champion race horse, allegedly abducted by the I.R.A., then rescued by an orphaned boy.

Director: Dennis C. Lewiston | Stars: Alan Barker, Billy Boyle, Stephen Brennan, Gary Cady

Votes: 401

43. Peacefire (2008)

87 min | Drama

A gritty, urban drama, laced with car-crime, political intrigue and a savagely dark sense of humour.

Director: Macdara Vallely | Stars: John Travers, Gerard Jordan, Sean Roberts, Conor MacNeill

Votes: 36

44. A Quiet Day in Belfast (1974)

88 min | Drama

A brutally realistic drama dealing with the conflict between northern Irish "patriots" and British soldiers.

Director: Milad Bessada | Stars: Barry Foster, Margot Kidder, Sean McCann, Leo Leyden

Votes: 61

45. Hidden Agenda (1990)

R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man's girlfriend, as well as a tough, no nonsense, police detective to find the truth.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Frances McDormand, Brian Cox, Brad Dourif, Mai Zetterling

Votes: 3,333 | Gross: $1.03M

46. My Brother's War (1997)

R | 84 min | Action, Thriller

CIA guy and IRA guy reluctantly tea