Friday, October 19, 2012

World Cinema Guide: Ireland (39 Greatest Films 1929-2005)

When I say ‘greatest’ in the title above I mean ‘most critically acclaimed, based on a consensus of opinion’ and for details of how I established that - and why this list only goes up to 2005 - please see ‘World Cinema Guide: Introduction’. 

In the alphabetical table of contents at the right you will also find similar lists for other countries: World Cinema Guide China, World Cinema Guide France, World Cinema Guide Germany etc

Note that within this list there is in effect a ‘best of the best’ list: the most critically acclaimed 10-20% of films from this country are marked with a *.

This list covers just the Republic of Ireland

1968 Rocky Road to Dublin (Peter Lennon)
1978 On a Paving Stone Mounted (Thaddeus O'Sullivan)
1978 Poitin (Bob Quinn)
1981 Traveller (Joe Comerford)
1982 Angel (Neil Jordan)
1984 Ann Devlin (Pat Murphy)
1984 My Left Foot* (Jim Sheridan)
1986 The Fantasist (Robin Hardy)
1987 Reefer and the Model (Joe Comerford)
1990 The Field* (Jim Sheridan)
1990 The Miracle (Neil Jordan)
1991 December Bride (Thaddeus O'Sullivan)
1991 The Commitments* (Alan Parker)
1993 In the Name of the Father* (Jim Sheridan)
1994 A Man of No Importance (Suri Krishnamma)
1994 The Bishop's Story (Bob Quinn)
1995 Circle of Friends (Pat O'Connor)
1995 Guiltrip (Gerard Stembridge)
1995 Nothing Personal (Thaddeus O'Sullivan)
1996 Last of the High Kings (David Keating)
1996 Michael Collins* (Neil Jordan)
1996 Some Mother's Son (Terry George)
1996 The Disappearance of Finbar (Sue Clayton)
1996 The Van (Stephen Frears)
1997 The Boxer* (Jim Sheridan)
1997 The Butcher Boy* (Neil Jordan)
1998 Southpaw (Liam McGrath)
1998 The General* (John Boorman)
1998 Waking Ned (Kirk Jones)
1999 Angela's Ashes* (Alan Parker)
1999 I Could Read the Sky (Nicola Bruce)
2000 When Brendan Met Trudy (Kieron J. Walsh)
2002 In America* (Jim Sheridan)
2002 The Magdalene Sisters* (Peter Mullan)
2003 Cowboys and Angels (David Gleeson)
2003 Intermission* (John Crowley)
2003 Song for Raggy Boy* (Aisling Walsh)
2004 Adam and Paul* (Lenny Abrahamson)
2005 The Mighty Celt (Pearse Elliott)


  1. Some watchable films here, but its not a list that would bode well for Irish cinema, is it.

  2. I guess not- Irish actors have probably done their best work abroad. PS I have a few other posts about Irish cinema under the 'Ireland on Film' label at the right.