9 essential Irish films available to watch on Netflix now

9 essential Irish films available to watch on Netflix now

Netflix subscribers are spoilt for choice these days with a wealth of film and TV content available at the touch of a button.

But with hundreds of titles to choose from, sometimes picking that perfect movie can be a time consuming and occasionally frustrating process in itself.

Thankfully help is at hand, with The Irish Post separating the wheat from the chaff to bring you nine of the best Irish films available to watch on Netflix right now.

9. Killing Bono

Inspired by the real-life story of Neil and Ivan McCormick, two brothers who tried to make it as musicians but ended up playing second fiddle to their school friends' band U2, Killing Bono is Ireland's answer to Almost Famous, offering up a warm and often comedic look back at the '80s music scene.

8. Cardboard Gangsters

One of only a handful of films to score a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, Cardboard Gangsters centres on a young group of Dubliners in pursuit of a glorified gangster lifestyle. A box office smash in Ireland, the film also features a standout performance from John Connors, who co-wrote the script and took home the IFTA for Best Actor for his efforts.

7. The Siege of Jadotville

Jamie Dornan shakes off any lingering memories of Fifty Shades with this powerful drama based on the often-overlooked role the Irish army played in the UN peacekeeping mission sent to the Congo in September 1961. Praised for its realistic depiction of the conflict, The Siege of Jadotville won three Irish Film & Television Awards, including best director.

6. Philomena

Dame Judi Dench earned widespread acclaim and the Irish Film & Television Award for Best International Actress for her work on Philomena. It tells the story of one woman's search for the son that was taken away from her, decades earlier, after she became pregnant in her teens and was forced to live in a convent. Funny and emotional in equal measure.

5. Bad Day For The Cut

The current trend for revenge thrillers heads to Northern Ireland for this tale about a mild-mannered farmer who embarks on a bloody mission for retribution after his elderly mother is murdered. That only tells half the story though, with Nigel O'Neill's Donal uncovering some unpleasant home truths during his descent into the Belfast criminal underworld.

4. Waking Ned

An oldie but a goodie, Kirk Jones' comedy centres around the residents of a small town in Ireland, who attempt to claim the jackpot won by a local lottery winner after he dies of shock. Also starring James Nesbitt, the film drew favourable comparisons with The Full Monty upon release back in 1998.

3. Sing Street

John Carney's coming-of-age tale about a boy growing up in 1980s Dublin who starts a band in an attempt to escape his strained family life and impress a mysterious girl he likes was a hit with critics and audiences alike. Though the likes of Aidan Gillen and Maria Doyle Kennedy do some sterling work, it's the film's young cast that really steals the show.

2. The Young Offenders

This under-the-radar Irish comedy about two teenage boys who go in search of a missing bale of cocaine worth 7 million euro has garnered a cult following since its release, with the BBC even commissioning a TV series. Boasting a raft of quotable one liners and plenty of charm to boot, it's well worth seeking out.

1. In Bruges

Martin McDonagh has garnered awards and critical plaudits for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri but it's his first film, In Bruges, that put the writer and director on the map. Starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as a pair of Irish hitman on a stop-off in Belgium following a job gone wrong in Dublin, to say any more on the plot would give away too much.