No.5 The Crying Game (1994)
Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Forest Whitaker
This movie is a huge cult favorite and one that people talked about for years. It’s kind of a trippy ride and most people neglected the Irish themes in it, instead focusing on one scene that made straight men uncomfortable.
What it’s about: An unlikely kind of friendship develops between Fergus, an Irish Republican Army volunteer, and Jody, a kidnapped British soldier lured into an IRA trap by Jude, another IRA member. When the hostage-taking ends up going horribly wrong, Fergus escapes and heads to London, where he seeks out Jody’s lover, a hairdresser named Dil. Fergus adopts the name “Jimmy” and gets a job as a day laborer. He also starts seeing Dil, who knows nothing about Fergus’ IRA background. But there are some things about Dil that Fergus doesn’t know, either…
No.4 Maniac Cop (1988)
Director: William Lustig
Starring: Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Laurene Landon
This movie has nothing to do with the Irish, except that one scene has a Saint Patrick’s Day parade in it. That’s it, and it’s a classicflick with Bruce Campbell.
What it’s about: Innocent people are being brutally murdered on the streets of New York City by a uniformed police officer. As the death toll rises and City Hall attempts a cover-up, Frank McCrae heads the investigation. A young cop, Jack Forrest, finds himself under arrest as the chief suspect, having been the victim of a set-up by the real killer and a mysterious woman phone-caller. Forrest, his girlfriend Theresa, and McCrae set out to solve the puzzle before the Maniac Cop can strike again.
No.3 The Devil’s Own (1997)
Director: Alan J. Pakula
Starring: Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt, Margaret Colin
Fake Irish accents prevail in this one. This movie had a split response, but we thoroughly enjoyed this crime.
What it’s about: A thriller about an IRA gunman who draws an American family into the crossfire of terrorism. Frankie McGuire is one of the IRA’s deadliest assassins. But when he is sent to the U.S. to buy weapons, Frankie is housed with the family of Tom O’Meara, a New York cop who knows nothing about Frankie’s real identity. Their surprising friendship, and Tom’s growing suspicions, force Frankie to choose between the promise of peace or a lifetime of murder.
No2. The Boondock Saints (1999)
Director: Troy Duffy
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus
Vigilante justice and, yup, that’s Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead.
What it’s about: Two Irish brothers accidentally kill mafia thugs. They turned themselves in and were released as heroes. They then see it as a calling by God and start knocking off mafia gang members one by one. Willem Dafoe plays the detective trying to figure out the killings, but the closer he gets to catching the Irish brothers, the more he thinks the brothers are doing the right thing.
No.1 28 Days Later (2002)
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston
We’re including this one for two simple reasons, it’s an awesome movie and Cillian Murphy is Irish.
What it’s about: Animal activists invade a laboratory with the intention of releasing chimpanzees that are undergoing experimentation, infected by a virus — a virus that causes rage. The naive activists ignore the pleas of a scientist to keep the cages locked, with disastrous results. Twenty-eight days later, our protagonist, Jim, wakes up from a coma, alone, in an abandoned hospital. He begins to seek out anyone else to find London is deserted, apparently without a living soul. After finding a church, which had become inhabited by-like humans intent on his demise, he runs for his life. Selena and Mark rescue him from the horde and bring him up to date on the mass carnage and horror as all of London tore itself apart. This is a tale of survival and ultimately, heroics, with nice subtext about mankind’s savage nature.
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