Best Irish Crime Dramas

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1. Road to Perdition (2002)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

A mob enforcer's son witnesses a murder, forcing him and his father to take to the road, and his father down a path of redemption and revenge.

Director: Sam Mendes | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tyler Hoechlin, Rob Maxey, Liam Aiken

Votes: 234,762 | Gross: $104.45M

2. Kill the Irishman (2011)

R | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

50 Metascore

The true story of Danny Greene, a tough Irish thug working for mobsters in Cleveland during the 1970's.

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh | Stars: Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken, Vincent D'Onofrio, Val Kilmer

Votes: 43,610 | Gross: $1.19M

3. The Departed (2006)

R | 151 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

An undercover cop and a mole in the police attempt to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg

Votes: 1,121,945 | Gross: $132.38M

4. Gangs of New York (2002)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama

72 Metascore

In 1862, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 385,751 | Gross: $77.81M

5. Ash Wednesday (2002)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama

40 Metascore

Ash Wednesday is set in the Manhattan of the early 1980's and is about a pair of Irish-American brothers (Burns and Wood) who become embroiled in a conflict with the Irish Mob.

Director: Edward Burns | Stars: Brian Burns, Vincent Rubino, James Michael Cummings, Elijah Wood

Votes: 2,843 | Gross: $0.00M

6. Love/Hate (2010–2014)

51 min | Crime, Drama

The story of the organized crime scene of Dublin is revealed, centered on Darren, who wants to stay out of trouble but ends up returning to his old habits and his old gang.

Stars: Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Killian Scott, Aoibhinn McGinnity, Charlie Murphy

Votes: 5,792

7. Ordinary Decent Criminal (2000)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Crime

Brilliant, flamboyant master criminal Michael Lynch is more interested in his image and his posterity than the actual profit from his ill-gotten gains.

Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan | Stars: Kevin Spacey, Linda Fiorentino, Peter Mullan, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 13,056

8. The Black Donnellys (2007– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

Four young Irish brothers are caught up in New York's underworld of organized crime.

Stars: Jonathan Tucker, Tom Guiry, Olivia Wilde, Billy Lush

Votes: 13,436

9. Copper (2012–2013)

TV-MA | 42 min | Action, Drama

Set in the Five Points neighborhood of New York City in the 1860s, focusing on a rugged young Irish cop who is forced to navigate his unruly and dangerous immigrant neighborhood while ... See full summary »

Stars: Tom Weston-Jones, Kyle Schmid, Anastasia Griffith, Ato Essandoh

Votes: 10,022

10. I Went Down (1997)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

69 Metascore

Fresh out of prison, Git rescues a former best friend (now living with Git's girlfriend) from a beating at the hands of loan sharks. He's now in trouble with the mob boss, Tom French, who ... See full summary »

Director: Paddy Breathnach | Stars: Brendan Gleeson, Peter McDonald, Antoine Byrne, David Wilmot

Votes: 1,935 | Gross: $0.41M

11. The Outfit (1993)

R | 92 min | Crime, Action, Thriller

A renegade FBI agent sparks an explosive mob war between gangster crime lords Legs Diamond and Dutch Schultz.

Director: J. Christian Ingvordsen | Stars: Lance Henriksen, Martin Kove, Billy Drago, Rick Washburn

Votes: 108

12. The Courier (1988)

R | 85 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

When a courier at the D-Day Courier Service mistakenly finds a pile of money in his regular delivery, he does some digging only to discover that the messenger company is a front for a drug ... See full summary »

Directors: Frank Deasy, Joe Lee | Stars: Padraig O'Loinsigh, Cait O'Riordan, Gabriel Byrne, Ian Bannen

Votes: 100

13. Trojan Eddie (1996)

105 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Eddie, a small town ex-con, discovers he has talent for selling anything and everything. Eddie sees a way to rise above the low life by setting up on his own. What he didn't bargain for, was the murder and mayhem along the way.

Director: Gillies MacKinnon | Stars: Stephen Rea, Richard Harris, Stuart Townsend, Aislín McGuckin

Votes: 253

14. Veronica Guerin (2003)

R | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

An Irish journalist writes a series of stories about drug dealers.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Colin Farrell, Brenda Fricker, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 18,504 | Gross: $1.57M

15. Vicious Circle (1999 TV Movie)

105 min | Crime, Drama

Criminal Martin Cahill gets in trouble when a major robbery succeeds. He aims for more trouble when he tries to do a large art robbery.

Director: David Blair | Stars: Ken Stott, Gerard McSorley, Andrew Connolly, John Kavanagh

Votes: 73

16. Black Mass (2015)

R | 123 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

68 Metascore

The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.

Director: Scott Cooper | Stars: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton

Votes: 160,690 | Gross: $62.58M

17. When the Sky Falls (2000)

R | 107 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Irish crime-investigating reporter Sinead Hamilton invades the Irish underworld and attempts to expose the illegitimate activities that she has found. Hampered by the system, a police ... See full summary »

Director: John Mackenzie | Stars: Joan Allen, Patrick Bergin, Liam Cunningham, Kevin McNally

Votes: 665

18. Peaky Blinders (2013– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England; centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby.

Stars: Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory, Sophie Rundle

Votes: 263,526

19. Disco Pigs (2001)

TV-MA | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Pig and Runt - born on the same day, in the same hospital, moments apart. Twins, all but by blood. Inseparable from birth, they are almost telepathic. They are also partners in crime, with ... See full summary »

Director: Kirsten Sheridan | Stars: Elaine Cassidy, Cillian Murphy, Sarah Gallagher, Charles Bark

Votes: 4,165

20. Sweety Barrett (1998)

TV-14 | 92 min | Crime, Drama

Sweety Barret is a big man with a gentle nature, who is not exactly known for his brain power. He loses his job with a travelling circus and is stranded in an Irish village, where he gets caught up in a local vendetta.

Director: Stephen Bradley | Stars: Brendan O'Carroll, Brendan Gleeson, Tony Rohr, Andrew Scott

Votes: 187

21. Savage (II) (2009)

88 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

An exploration of masculinity and violence. A story of obsession and revenge, as a man tries to come to terms with a brutal, random attack and its consequences.

Director: Brendan Muldowney | Stars: Darren Healy, Nora-Jane Noone, Gerry Shanahan, Brian Fortune

Votes: 687

22. Murphy's Law (2003–2007)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

As a maverick cop with a dark past, DS Tommy Murphy fails a psychiatric assessment but is given one last chance by his boss and given a dangerous undercover assignment.

Stars: James Nesbitt, Del Synnott, Claudia Harrison, Mark Benton

Votes: 1,021

23. The Boondock Saints (1999)

R | 108 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

44 Metascore

Two Irish Catholic brothers become vigilantes and wipe out Boston's criminal underworld in the name of God.

Director: Troy Duffy | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, David Della Rocco

Votes: 221,192 | Gross: $0.03M

24. 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

25. Monument Ave. (1998)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

A small-time hoodlum is divided between his conscience and loyalty to his boss when his cousin is murdered.

Director: Ted Demme | Stars: Denis Leary, Ian Hart, Jason Barry, Lenny Clarke

Votes: 1,517 | Gross: $0.33M

26. Hit the Dutchman (1992)

R | 116 min | Crime, Drama

Arthur Flegenheimer is a thief recently released from prison who is recruited by noted hood Jack "Legs" Diamond. Flegenheimer changes his name to Dutch Schultz and, thanks to his brutal and... See full summary »

Director: Menahem Golan | Stars: Bruce Nozick, Jack Conley, Sally Kirkland, Jennifer Pusheck

Votes: 150

27. Mad Dog Coll (1992)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

New York City is torn apart by an all-out mafia war. With brother Peter at his side, Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll blasts his way from streetfighter to kingpin in the dangerous world of organized crime.

Directors: Greydon Clark, Ken Stein | Stars: Christopher Bradley, Bruce Nozick, Rachel York, Jeff Griggs

Votes: 80

28. The Irishman (2019)

R | 209 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

A mob hitman recalls his friend Jimmy Hoffa.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel

Votes: 247,813

29. The Front Line (2006)

93 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An African immigrant bank security guard turns the tables on Dublin's nastiest criminals when they force him to be the "inside man" on a bank robbery

Director: David Gleeson | Stars: Eriq Ebouaney, Gerard McSorley, James Frain, Fatou N'Diaye

Votes: 959

30. City on a Hill (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

In 1990s Boston, an assistant district attorney and a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran work together to take on a case that grows to involve, and ultimately subvert, the entire criminal justice system of Boston.

Stars: Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge, Jonathan Tucker, Mark O'Brien

Votes: 5,126

31. Once Upon a Time in Dublin (2009)

97 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

The violent story of Jay and Jonnie Linski, two Polish-Irish brothers who try to come to terms with the brutal murder of their youngest sibling, Danny. The story follows the terrible ... See full summary »

Director: Jason Figgis | Stars: Emmett J Scanlan, Eoin Macken, Bill Fellows, Karl Hayden

Votes: 40



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