16 Best Irish Movies On Netflix (Includes 4 Class Ones You Hopefully Won’t Have Heard Of)

From comedies and thrillers to drama and more

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Howaya! First things first – this is a guide to the best Irish movies on Netflix.

It’s not a guide to the best Irish films ever. 

Unfortunately, many of the greatest films to come out of Ireland, like Waking Ned, aren’t actually on Netflix. 

Now, that being said, when it comes to brilliant Irish movies Netflix still has some that you can stream, and you’ll find the best of the bunch below!

Related read: If you’re not fussed about the films being Irish, hop into our guide to 29 of the best movies on Netflix Ireland

The Best Irish movies on Netflix

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I’ve done my best below to bring together a mix of the best Irish movies Netflix has to offer. Unfortunately, you won’t find old-school favourites, like The Commitments, as it isn’t part of their catalogue.

You will, however, find a heap of movies that you (hopefully) haven’t watched/heard of that’ll keep you gripped from start to finish, like Bad Day For The Cut.

I’ve also whacked in a section that’s packed with the best Irish shows on Netflix. You can expect everything from Derry Girls to the Hardy Bucks, at the end of this guide!

1. Bad Day For The Cut

I’ve watched Bad Day for the Cut twice now and it is hands-down, in my opinion, one of the best Irish movies on Netflix, if not one of the best Irish films ever!

Bad Day for the Cut (released in 2017) was directed by Chris Baugh and stars Nigel O’Neill, Susan Lynch, Józef Pawlowski and Anna Próchniak.

Review scores: The Rotten Tomatoes review score at the time of writing, March 24th, is 92%. IMDB currently have it rated at 6.5/10 (don’t let this put you off!).

In a nutshell: The story follows a quiet farmer who embarks on a bloody journey to avenge his mother’s killer. He quickly uncovers her dark side while battling through Belfast’s murky underworld.

2. Michael Inside (one of the few Irish movies on Netflix with a 100% review score)

Michael Inside is one of the lesser-known Irish movies on Netflix. It was released in 2017 and it was written and directed by Frank Berry.

Review scores: The Rotten Tomatoes review score at the time of writing, March 24th, is 100%. IMDB currently have it rated at 7.1/10.

In a nutshell: The story follows 18-year-old Dubliner Michael McCrea who lives with his grandad in a housing-estate in Dublin.

Michael gets caught with a bag of drugs that he was holding for his friend’s brother and is arrested, charged and sentenced to 3 months in prison.

Once inside, Michael strikes up a friendship with a drug dealer who exposes him to prison life, violence and intimidation.

3. The Young Offenders

The Young Offenders is an Irish comedy that was written and directed by Peter Foott. The movie stars Alex Murphy, Chris Walley, Dominic MacHale, Hilary Rose, Shane Casey and Pascal Scott.

Review scores: The Rotten Tomatoes review score at the time of writing, March 24th, is 100%. IMDB currently have it rated at 7.1/10.

In a nutshell: The story follows two hapless teenagers from Cork as they cycle across Ireland on stolen bikes on a quest to locate a missing bale of cocaine worth €7,000,000.

The movie is set around a real-life event (this was news to me up until ten minutes ago). Back in 2007, Ireland’s biggest ever cocaine seizure took place, with €440,000,000 worth of the power seized.

4. Handsome Devil

Handsome Devil is a brilliant Irish comedy that was directed by John Butler and was released in 2016 at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Review scores: The Rotten Tomatoes review score at the time of writing, March 24th, is 83%. IMDB currently have it rated at 7.1/10.

In a nutshell: The story follows teenager Fionn O’Shea, a student enrolled at a private, rugby-obsessed boys boarding school.

Fionn’s new roommate is the star of the school’s rugby team. The two kick-off an unlikely friendship that’s sneered on and criticised by others. 

5. Black ’47

“Black ’47” refers to one of the most turbulent years of the Great Famine – 1847. It was during this year that Ireland’s population took its most dramatic decline during the Famine.

Review scores: The Rotten Tomatoes review score at the time of writing, March 24th, is 78%. IMDB currently have it rated at 7.8/10.

In a nutshell: The story follows an Irish Ranger who has just returned home after fighting for the British Army during a time when Ireland was rife with disease and mass emigration.

When he arrives home, he discovers that his mother has starved to death and that his brother has been hanged by the English. A quest for revenge begins.

6. Bobby Sands: 66 Days

Bobby Sands: 66 Days is one of many brilliant documentaries on Netflix Ireland. It was released in 2016 and it tells the story of Bobby Sands and the 1981 Irish hunger strikers.

Review scores:The Rotten Tomatoes review score at the time of writing, March 24th, is 87%. IMDB currently have it rated at 7.2/10.

In a nutshell: Bobby Sands: 66 Days offers an insight into the story of the now infamous 66-day hunger strike by Bobby Sands in 1981.

The documentary uses extracts from Sands’s diary and also features clips of testimonies and footage from the time.

7. Sing Street

Sing Street is another of the Irish films on Netflix that people tend to go mad for. It was released in 2016 and it’s a musical comedy-drama that stars Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Aidan Gillen and Jack Reynor.

Review scores: The Rotten Tomatoes review score at the time of writing, March 24th, is 95%. IMDB currently have it rated at 7.9/10.

In a nutshell: The recession of the 80s hit the people of Dublin hard. The story follows Conor, a young lad that’s had to move from a swanky private school to an inner-city state-run education facility.

Conor falls for a mysterious girl and decides that, in order to grab her attention, he’s going to start his own band.

8. Katie (one of the most underrated Irish movies on Netflix)

If you’re looking for an Irish movie on Netflix that’ll give you an immense sense of Irish pride, watch Katie. It’s an incredible documentary that follows the Irish boxer, Katie Taylor.

Review scores: The Rotten Tomatoes review score at the time of writing, March 24th, is 100%. IMDB currently have it rated at 7.7/10.

In a nutshell: Katie had a massive 10-year winning streak along with an Olympic Gold medal in her pocket. Then she suffered a number of personal losses.

The film follows Katie as she works to rebuild her career. Her unwavering dedication, bright personality and immense work ethic make this a great watch.

Looking for more great documentaries to watch on Netflix? You’ll find 14 of the best to binge on right here.

9. Cardboard Gangsters

I’ll be honest – I watched Cardboard Gangsters and thought it was the greatest load of sh*te. That being said, many people loved it, as you’ll see in the reviews below.

The movie was released in 2017 and is set in Darndale, Coolock and across many other corners of Dublin.

Review scores: The Rotten Tomatoes review score at the time of writing, March 24th, is 94%. IMDB currently have it rated at 6.4/10.

In a nutshell: Cardboard Gangsters follows the story of a group of young lads in Darndale who deal drugs for a living. The group sets off on a violent journey to enter the big leagues of the lucrative Dublin drug trade.

The best eh-they’re-only-kinda Irish movies Netflix has to offer

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I define an ‘Irish movie’ as one that’s set in Ireland. If you disagree with that then fair enough.

There’s an absolute clatter of movies on Netflix are widely regarded as ‘Irish movies’, as they feature Irish actors or because they are partly set in Ireland.

Below, you’ll find four of the most popular Irish films on Netflix that are very debatably Irish. Disagree? Let me know in the comments below!

10. In Bruges

In Bruges is black comedy starring Irish actors Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. It’s set, unsurprisingly enough, in Bruge, the capital of West Flanders in northwest Belgium.

Review scores: The Rotten Tomatoes review score at the time of writing, March 24th, is 94%. IMDB currently have it rated at 6.4/10.

In a nutshell: Farrell and Gleeson play two hitmen. Farrell’s character, Ray, is on the back of a job in London that has gone horribly wrong.

Their boss sends them to lay low at a quiet B&B in Bruges. The trip takes a turn when their boss calls with further instructions.

11. P.S. I Love You

P.S. I Love You is based on a book of the same name by Cecelia Ahern, who penned it when she was just 21, in 2004.

Now, if horrific Irish accents trouble you, avoid this one. Whoever gave the OK for Gerard Butler’s Irish accent needs a good kick up the hole.

Review scores: The Rotten Tomatoes review score at the time of writing, March 24th, is 94%. IMDB currently have it rated at 6.4/10.

In a nutshell: Holly and Gerry are happily married. Then tragedy strikes and Gerry passes away. Holly discovers that Gerry has left her letters that she receives at random intervals. One takes her to Ireland.

12. The Foreigner

I saw the trailer for The Foreigner and thought that it looked crap. And then I watched it, one very hungover Saturday, and it was pretty damn good.

This is an action thriller that was released in 2017 and that very randomly stars Jackie Chan. If you’re looking good Irish movies on Netflix that are easy to follow, give this a lash.

Review scores: The Rotten Tomatoes review score at the time of writing, March 24th, is 65%. IMDB currently have it rated at 7/10.

In a nutshell: Quan (played by Jackie Chan) runs a Chinese restaurant in London. When his daughter is killed, he embarks on a mission for revenge.

Quan discovers that the killing is linked to a group in Belfast. He sets off for Ireland and brings a wrath of fury on those responsible. 

13. The Siege of Jadotville

The Siege of Jadotville was released in 2016. It’s a historical war film based on a book titled ‘The Siege at Jadotville: The Irish Army’s Forgotten Battle’. 

Review scores: The Rotten Tomatoes review score at the time of writing, March 24th, is 64%. IMDB currently have it rated at 7.2/10.

In a nutshell: The story revolves around an Irish Army units role in a UN peacekeeping mission in the Congo back in 1961. An Irish commander and his unit battle to fend off a bloody siege by 3,000 Congolese troops. 

Irish shows on Netflix

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We’re going to deviate a little now and take a look at some of the handful of brilliant Irish shows on Netflix.

Now, there aren’t many of them, but Netflix does boast a few solid Irish shows that are well worth binging on.

If you’re in search of a great show and you’re not bothered about whether or not it’s Irish, divie into our guide to the 17 best series on Netflix Ireland.

14. The Hardy Bucks

The Hardy Bucks is one of my favourite Irish shows on Netflix. Now, personally, I preferred the series when the lads were uploading them to YouTube years ago.

The footage was less polished and it felt more natural and funny. If you fancy seeing the old stuff, search for it on YouTube.

Review scores: The Rotten Tomatoes review score at the time of writing, March 24th, is 96%. IMDB currently have it rated at 8.3/10.

In a nutshell:  The show follows the fictional exploits of a group of young lads living in a small village called Castletown in the west of Ireland. If you’re easily offended, give this a miss!

15. Derry Girls

The hilarious Derry Girls was created and written by Lisa McGee and is set in County Derry in Northern Ireland during the 1990s.

Review scores: Derry Girls is one of the best-reviewed Irish shows on Netflix. The Rotten Tomatoes review score at the time of writing, March 24th, is 98%. IMDB currently have it rated at 8.4/10.

In a nutshell: The show follows Erin and her friends as they battle the highs and lows of being teenagers in Derry in the 1990s – a time when violence, armed police and British Army Checkpoints were a way of life.

16. Can’t Cope Won’t Cope

Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope was created by Stefanie Preissner and was released on RTÉ2 back in 2016. I’ll be honest, I’d never heard of this Irish Show, but the trailer above looks decent.

Review scores: The Rotten Tomatoes review score at the time of writing, March 24th, is 50%. IMDB currently have it rated at 7.3/10.

In a nutshell: Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope is a dark comedy-drama about two young wans from Cork that share a house in Dublin City. One is a fund manager (Aisling) and the other is an art student (Danielle). One of the girls spirals out of control and reality comes knocking.

What Irish films on Netflix have we missed?

I was fairly surprised that there were so few Irish films on Netflix. It seems that some get uploaded for a little bit and are then removed not long after.

Have we missed an Irish movie on Netflix that’s worth adding? Let me know in the comments section below!

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