The IRA and the 'Troubles'

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1. 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: 61,452 | Gross: $0.15M

2. H3 (2001)

88 min | Drama

A moving insight into the 1981 Irish hunger strike in the Maze prison near Belfast.

Director: Les Blair | Stars: Brendan Mackey, Dean Lennox Kelly, Aidan Campbell, Tony Devlin

Votes: 117

3. Art of Conflict (2012)

73 min | Documentary, History, News

The murals of Northern Ireland are an expression of the region's violent Troubles. 'The Art of Conflict' examines these murals through their painters and the people who live there, ... See full summary »

Director: Valeri Vaughn | Stars: Gerry Adams, Danny Devenny, David Ervine, Mark Ervine

Votes: 221

4. Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)

R | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

62 Metascore

The story of former UVF member Alistair Little. Twenty-five years after Little killed Joe Griffen's brother, the media arrange an auspicious meeting between the two.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Liam Neeson, James Nesbitt, Anamaria Marinca, Mark Ryder

Votes: 11,744 | Gross: $0.01M

5. 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: 22,135 | Gross: $0.77M

6. 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, as they fight oppressive British forces.

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

Votes: 1,046

7. Some Mother's Son (1996)

R | 112 min | Drama, History

Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 2,375 | Gross: $0.61M

8. Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

Martin McGartland joins the I.R.A. and feeds information to Britain's Special Branch Agent Fergus.

Director: Kari Skogland | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess, Kevin Zegers, Natalie Press

Votes: 10,388

10. The Enigma of Frank Ryan (2012)

Drama

The life of Frank Ryan (1902- 1944) who was an Irish radical, International Brigade volunteer in Spain, and Nazi collaborator in Berlin.

Director: Desmond Bell | Stars: Barry Barnes, Charles Bousquet, Ricky Crawford, Dara Devaney

11. Who Bombed Birmingham? (1990 TV Movie)

105 min | Crime, Drama

In 1974, a pair of pub bombings rocked Birmingham, England. The terrorist attacks killed dozens of innocent civilians, and wounded many more. But another tragedy took place in their ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Beckham | Stars: Martin Shaw, John Hurt, Roger Allam, John Kavanagh

Votes: 78

12. 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: 709

13. Hush-a-Bye Baby (1990)

72 min | Romance

A pregnant Irish girl tries to contact her boyfriend in British prison but her letters are not allowed through to him because she writes in Irish.

Director: Margo Harkin | Stars: Emer McCourt, Michael Liebmann, Cathy Casey, Julie Marie Reynolds

Votes: 88

14. Silent Grace (2001)

87 min | Drama

Based on true events, this is the story of a young girl who is caught joyriding and ends up sharing a prison cell with a political prisoner, a high ranking IRA woman.

Director: Maeve Murphy | Stars: Orla Brady, Cathleen Bradley, Cara Seymour, Dawn Bradfield

Votes: 47

17. Mother Ireland (1998)

52 min | Documentary

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Director: Anne Crilly

Votes: 18

18. Bloody Sunday: A Derry Diary (2006 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary

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Director: Margo Harkin

Votes: 18

19. The Hunger Strike (2006 TV Movie)

58 min | Documentary

Of all the volatile periods in Northern Ireland's recent history the Hunger Strikes is one of the most impassioned and dramatic. It was a key event in the relationship between the British ... See full summary »

Director: Margo Harkin | Stars: Gerard McSorley, Bik McFarlane, Richard O'Rawe, Bernard Ingham

Votes: 6

20. Shoot to Kill (1990 TV Movie)

222 min | Drama

Dramatised outline of the events leading up to the Stalker Inquiry in the 1980s in Northern Ireland, concerning the killing of suspected terrorists by members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary.

Director: Peter Kosminsky | Stars: Vass Anderson, Rod Arthur, Ray Ashcroft, Susan Baker

Votes: 20

21. Beloved Enemy (1936)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

In 1921, Irish rebels launch an uprising with the aim of creating an Irish republic, independent of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. One of the rebellion's leaders and a ... See full summary »

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Merle Oberon, Brian Aherne, Karen Morley, Henry Stephenson

Votes: 256

22. Dawn Over Ireland (1936)

89 min | Drama, History

Set during the Fenian uprising of 1866, this Irish melodrama presents the saga of a family wrongfully accused of betraying their country. The film spans three generations to the end of the ... See full synopsis »

Director: Thomas Cooper | Stars: Thomas Cooper, Brian O'Sullivan, Eileen Davis, Herbert Martin

Votes: 31

23. No Surrender (1985)

R | 100 min | Comedy

A scheduling mixup means two groups of old-timers have reserved the same bar for a party on the same night. The situation is trickier than expected since the bar is in Liverpool, and one ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Smith | Stars: Michael Angelis, Avis Bunnage, James Ellis, Tom Georgeson

Votes: 304

24. Nothing Personal (1995)

R | 86 min | Drama

A raw depiction of the Belfast 'troubles' as savage tribal warfare. Set shortly after the 1975 cease fire, the film focuses on the tribulations of Kenny, Protestant leader of a group of ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 447

25. Captain Boycott (1947)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, History

In 1880 Ireland, poor farmers rebel against the abuses of their British landlords.

Director: Frank Launder | Stars: Stewart Granger, Kathleen Ryan, Cecil Parker, Mervyn Johns

Votes: 290

26. Odd Man Out (1947)

Not Rated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A wounded Irish nationalist leader attempts to evade police following a failed robbery in Belfast.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: James Mason, Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack, F.J. McCormick

Votes: 8,001

27. Hungry Hill (1947)

92 min | Drama

Story of a feud that has gone on between two Irish families for more than 50 years.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Margaret Lockwood, Dennis Price, Cecil Parker, Dermot Walsh

Votes: 475

28. 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: 238

29. I See a Dark Stranger (1946)

Approved | 98 min | Drama, Thriller, War

A young Irish woman hates England so much she becomes a Nazi spy.

Director: Frank Launder | Stars: Deborah Kerr, Trevor Howard, Raymond Huntley, William G. O'Gorman

Votes: 1,088

31. This Is the Sea (1997)

R | 100 min | Drama, Romance

The film is set in Northern Ireland shortly after 1994 cease-fire. Hazel is a Protestant and Malachy a Catholic. Romance between them is threatened by Rohan (leader in militant underground ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 256

32. In the Name of the Father (1993)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama

84 Metascore

A man's coerced confession to an IRA 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: 142,212 | Gross: $25.01M

33. Bobby Sands: 66 Days (2016)

105 min | Documentary, Biography, History

71 Metascore

In the spring of 1981 Irish Republican Bobby Sands' 66-day hunger strike brought the attention of the world to his cause. Drawing on an Irish Republican tradition of martyrdom, Sands' ... See full summary »

Director: Brendan Byrne | Stars: Gerry Adams, Mario Biaggi, Seán Donlon, Martin McCann

Votes: 453

34. The Truth Commissioner (2016)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

A drama about a truth commissioner appointed to chair a South African style truth commission in Northern Ireland.

Director: Declan Recks | Stars: Roger Allam, Barry Ward, Conleth Hill, Madeleine Mantock

Votes: 163

35. 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: 11,486 | Gross: $0.10M

36. '71 (2014)

R | 99 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

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: 46,283 | Gross: $1.27M

37. Ascendancy (1983)

92 min | Drama

Connie is a member of the British landowning "Ascendancy" in Ireland after WWI. Through a chance friendship with a British soldier, she learns how sheltered she has been, and chooses to ... See full summary »

Director: Edward Bennett | Stars: Julie Covington, Ian Charleson, John Phillips, Susan Engel

Votes: 43

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: 53,938 | Gross: $42.87M

39. No Stone Unturned (2017)

PG | 111 min | Documentary

58 Metascore

An in-depth look at the unsolved 1994 Loughinisland massacre, where six Irishmen were murdered, presumably by a Unionist paramilitary group, while watching the World Cup at the local pub in Loughinisland, Northern Ireland.

Director: Alex Gibney

Votes: 389

40. The Funeral Murders (2018 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

A look back at the tragic series of events that took place during two funerals in Belfast in March 1988.

Director: Vanessa Engle

Votes: 44

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: 85

42. The Disappeared (2013)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary

An investigation into the victims killed and secretly buried by the IRA during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Director: Alison Millar | Stars: Gerry Adams, Bill Clinton, Seamus Heaney, Darragh MacIntyre

Votes: 23

43. The Journey (III) (2016)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama

53 Metascore

During the 2006 Northern Ireland peace talks, Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney) and Democratic Party leader Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall) are forced to travel by car together.

Director: Nick Hamm | Stars: Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, John Hurt, Freddie Highmore

Votes: 1,089

44. A Belfast Story (2013)

99 min | Crime, Drama

In a city left torn by war, when a series of murders awaken dormant memories, many fear the worst. Colm Meaney ("Hell On Wheels", "Layer Cake", "Con Air") and Malcolm Sinclair ("Casino ... See full summary »

Director: Nathan Todd | Stars: Colm Meaney, Malcolm Sinclair, Tommy O'Neill, Paddy Rocks

Votes: 434

45. Maze (2017)

Not Rated | 92 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Inspired by the true events of the infamous 1983 prison breakout of 38 IRA prisoners from HMP, which was to become the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II.

Director: Stephen Burke | Stars: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Barry Ward, Martin McCann, Eileen Walsh

Votes: 2,496 | Gross: $0.02M

46. 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: 17,336 | Gross: $5.80M

47. The Ballymurphy Massacre (2012)

Documentary, Short

Between the 9th and 11th of August 1971 eleven people were killed by the British Army's Parachute regiment. All eleven were unarmed civilians. One of the dead was a parish priest another ... See full summary »

Director: Sean Reynolds

Votes: 5

48. ReMastered: The Miami Showband Massacre (2019 TV Movie)

71 min | Documentary

In 1974, while on the way home from a gig, the apolitical rock group, The Miami Showband, fell into the crosshairs of a Protestant unionist paramilitary group that planted explosives on their bus when it was stopped at a fake checkpoint.

Director: Stuart Sender | Stars: Stephen Travers, Bertie Ahern, Alan Brecknell, Anne Cadwallader

Votes: 639

49. I, Dolours (2018)

82 min | Documentary

Documentary about Dolours Price, one of very few women who rose to the top of the IRA and who was involved in bombings during the Troubles in the 1970s.

Director: Maurice Sweeney | Stars: Lorna Larkin, Lauren Beale, Gail Brady, Frank Cannon

Votes: 99