To steal from An Gadai’s music thread, what about films? They could be Irish, about the Irish, or have a cute Irishman in 'em!
Here’s a few of mine-
The Irish in Ireland & England-
The Commitments, an Alan Parker/Roddy Doyle film about young musicians in Dublin. Say it with me- “I’m black and I’m proud!”
Waking Ned Devine- great fun, and the most shocking nude scene ever!
The Irish in Ireland & England (subset, the Troubles)-
Cal, starring John Lynch & Helen Mirren. A young man on the fringe of the IRA falls for the Catholic widow of a Protestant policeman.
Some Mother’s Son, a fictionalized account of the 1981 prison hunger strike led by Bobby Sands. The cast is great- Helen Mirren, Fionnula Flanagan, Ciaran Hinds, John Lynch (small part but worth it) and a bunch of other talented people.
The Crying Game- yeah, I know that the film is infamous for the “big reveal” but it’s also a good little IRA kidnap & revenge film from Neal Jordan, who makes great atmospheric movies.
Michael Collins, another Neal Jordan film, about the failure of the 1916 Easter Rising and the subsequent formation of the Irish Free State. Stars Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Alan Rickman and Stephen Rea (and unfortunately, Julia Roberts). Flawed but worth a look.
In The Name of The Father, from Gerry Conlon’s book, about the family wrongly accused in the Guilford pub bombing and their lawyer’s struggle to free them & clear their names. Daniel Day Lewis did a very good job, amply supported by Emma Thompson, Pete Postlethwaite, John Lynch & Tom Wilkinson, among others.
The Irish in America-
The Brothers McMullen, an early tour de force from Edward Burns.
Far and Away- okay, now, stop that snickering in the back. It’s not that bad.
Gangs of New York- the 1860’s persecution of Irish immigrants by descendants of British and Dutch immigrants. Fantastic work by Daniel Day Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio and Liam Neeson, and surprisingly good work by Cameron Diaz.
If I Should Fall From Grace- the Shane MacGowan Story- stunning look at Ireland’s drunken poet.
Out of Ireland, tracing the growth and evolution of Irish music.
Please feel free to share your list!