Best new Irish Movies in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best Irish movies of 2018 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Lenny Abrahamson, John Crowley & John Michael McDonagh Ireland {Republic}'s biggest directors?

Ireland might be a small country, but its national cinema is pretty great nontheless. Check out below which recent Irish movies we liked the best.

The amount of people worldwide who claim to be of Irish descent is amazing. Have you ever read an actors’ bio on which doesn’t state he or she is Irish? Americans are fascinated with Irish people and the mark they left on modern history and popular culture. Hollywood produced a notable amount of ‘Irish-themed’ classics: Scorsese’s violent paddy mob films Gangs of New York and The Departed, Troy Duffy’s one hit wonder Boondock Saints and the abysmal P.S. I Love You to name a few. But what about the Emerald Isle’s own film industry? Almost the entire Game of Thrones cast is Irish, so they sure have to offer something. What follows is a list of my favorite Irish movies of 2010 to 2015. And when I say Irish, I really mean Irish. So no American Irish-themed films in this one.

New Irish movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018

  • The Widow

    DIRECTOR: Neil Jordan
    CAST: Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Isabelle Huppert

    Ireland's most famous director Neil Jordan ('The Crying Game', 'Breakfast on Pluto') returns with 'The Widow', a star-studded psychological thriller about a young woman (Chloe Grace Moretz) who befriends an aging widow (Isabelle Huppert). Unbeknownst to her. this widow hasn't exactly the best intentions... Read more

    RATING: 86/100

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Best Irish movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 Irish movies

  • The Drummer and the Keeper

    DIRECTOR: Nick Kelly
    CAST: Niamh Algar, Andrew Carroll Peter Coonan

    An uplifting and quirky comedy about the unlikely friendship between two very unusual 17-year old boys. Gabriel is a manic-depressive drummer and Christopher is diagnosed with the Aspers Syndrome. Read more

    RATING: /100

    RELEASE DATE: September 8th, 2017

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  • Pilgrimage

    DIRECTOR: Brendan Muldowney
    CAST: Tom Holland Jon Bernthal Richard Armitage

    A visually striking, medieval thriller by filmmaker Brendan Muldowney about a group of Irish monks on their way to Rome to deliver a holy relic. Along the way, tensions within the group begin to rise. Read more

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: August 11th, 2017

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Best Irish movies on Netflix or DVD in 2018

2010's best rated Irish movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • Calvary

    DIRECTOR: John Michael McDonagh
    CAST: Brendan Gleeson Chris O'Dowd Kelly Reilly

    2011’s The Guard was probably our favorite Irish film of the decade so far, so expectations for McDonagh’s next project were high. Again Brendan Gleeson was casted as its lead and again McDonagh succeeds in creating a world that is very Irish and very absurd at the same time. Calvary tells the story of an unconventional Catholic priest who receives a death threat by a parishioner (whom he knows very well, but the viewer doesn’t get to know who it is until the final scene). Instead of trying to prevent his attacker, he decides to take a risk and meets him at a given place and time. Read more

    RATING: 74/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 19th, 2014

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  • The Guard

    DIRECTOR: John Michael McDonagh
    CAST: Brendan Gleeson Don Cheadle Mark Strong

    It’s not too hard to imagine why The Guard is the most (domestically and internationally) acclaimed and best Irish film of the 2010’s. It’s brilliant. Brendan Gleeson, probably Irelands’ best known actor these days, is the concerned Guard Gerry Boyle, a police officer in a remote coastal village. When his village happens to be the target of a group of drug traffickers, Gerry is forced to cooperate with a strait-laced FBI agent. This appears to be a problem, as Gerry’s working methods are quite unorthodox. Director McDonagh’s brother is Martin McDonagh, who directed In Bruges. They seem to share a splendid sense of dark, violent humor. Read more

    RATING: 73/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 20th, 2011

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  • Good Vibrations

    DIRECTOR: Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn
    CAST: Jodie Whittaker Richard Dormer Liam Cunningham

    The Irish answer to 24 Hour Party People, Michael Winterbottoms’ brilliant film on the rise and fall of Factory Records. Good Vibrations deals with the rise of a refreshingly un-political punk rock scene in Belfast, a city which was deeply religious and politically divided. At the heart of the punk movement is the idealistic Terri Hooley, who’s trying the best he can to run a record company/shop amidst the Troubles’ darkest days. Hugely entertaining and an important account of one modern day Europe’s bloodiest histories as well. Read more

    RATING: 72/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 29th, 2013

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  • A Dark Song

    DIRECTOR: Liam Gavin
    CAST: Mark Huberman Susan Loughnane Steve Oram

    A very promising low budget horror debut by Irish director/writer Liam Gavin. A Dark Song tells the story of a young woman mourning the death of her son. She teams up with Joseph, an eccentric occult expert/alcoholic misanthrope in an isolated cottage, in hopes of getting some signals from her murdered son. As they proceed with their experiments, the tension between them rises. Read more

    RATING: 70/100

    RELEASE DATE: July 8th, 2016

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  • The Secret Scripture

    DIRECTOR: Jim Sheridan
    CAST: Rooney Mara Theo James Aidan Turner

    Sebastian Barry's beloved novel 'The Secret Sculpture' is finally made into a motion picture, and by none other than Irish stalwart director Jim Sheridan (In the Name of the Father, My Left Foot). Read more

    RATING: 69/100

    RELEASE DATE: December 10th, 2016

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  • Parked

    DIRECTOR: Darragh Byrne
    CAST: Colin Morgan Colm Meaney Milka Ahlroth

    A fresh take on the bromance film, Parked deals with Fred, a colorless forty-something Irishman who has lost everything and is therefore forced to live in his car. At his parking spot, he soon gets to know Cathal, a dope-smoking 21-year-old with a positive attitude who appears to be his ‘neighbor’. At first, Fred is reluctant towards Cathal. As they grow closer however, the influence of these two outsiders on each other will change their lives. Read more

    RATING: 69/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 30th, 2012

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  • Run and Jump

    DIRECTOR: Steph Green
    CAST: Maxine Peake Edward MacLiam Will Forte

    This small and sympathetic film didn’t get as much exposure as it deserved, which is why it can’t be absent on this list. Run & Jump is the story of a family dealing with a father whose character isn’t quite the same after he suffered stroke. His wife is determined to take him back home and tries to get everything back to normal. An American doctor is staying with the family to study the father’s behavior and possible improvements, which of course only makes things more complicated as he falls in love with the mother. Read more

    RATING: 63/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 24th, 2014

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  • What Richard Did

    DIRECTOR: Lenny Abrahamson
    CAST: Jack Reynor Fionn Walton Gavin Drea

    Director Lenny Abrahamson received quite some praise for his debut Adam and Paul in 2004, which was a touching and funny film about two Dubliner dope heads. What Richard Did is something entirely different. A solid drama about a promising teenager who is in the wrong fight at the wrong time, with all the disastrous consequences. Really well acted and with an ending that avoids the clichés. Nothing groundbreaking going on here, but it’s definitely worth watching. Read more

    RATING: 63/100

    RELEASE DATE: May 10th, 2013

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  • The Eclipse

    DIRECTOR: Conor McPherson
    CAST: Ciarán Hinds Iben Hjejle Aidan Quinn

    A somewhat odd story of a widower coming to terms with himself. Odd in the sense that the film is both a horror film and a typical, subtle European family drama. It works on both sides, however. Ciarán Hinds (it’s never hard to feel sorry for that guy) plays the widower who volunteers at an annual literature festival. His life is turned upside down when he becomes romantically involved with an attending writer. At the same time he’s suffering from horrible visions. Everything might be connected… Read more

    RATING: 62/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 24th, 2009

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