29 Best movies on Netflix Ireland Worth Watching Tonight (Irish, Old + New Films)

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So, the weekends coming and the chances are that you’ll find yourself browsing for the best movies to watch on Netflix Ireland at some stage.

If you can’t be arsed spending 40 minutes scrolling away in search of something half-decent to watch, you’re in the right place. 

There’s a heap of deadly movies on Netflix Ireland that you can bang on (if you don’t have Netflix, you can always sign up for a month trial and then cancel #NotAnAd).

You’ll find 29 great movies to watch below. If you’re only looking for Irish movies on Netflix, scroll to the very end of this guide and you’ll find 7 cracking ones there.

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Best movies on Netflix Ireland (Oct 2019)

Below you’ll find some of the best movies on Netflix Ireland as of October 2019. Now, what one person calls great, another could just as easily call shite. 

So I’ve whacked in the reviews from Rotten Tomatoes along with the trailer to let you judge for yourself.

Have a suggestion for a movie that we should add? Pop your recommendation into the comments section at the end of this guide. Make sure to nip into our guide to 38 of the best Irish movies of all time after 😉

1. The Irishman

What it’s all about

The Irishman is an on-screen adaptation of former investigator and writer Charles Brandt’s chronicle of the life of alleged mafia hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran.

Legendary director Martin Scorsese brings together Hollywood heavyweights Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, writer Steven Zaillian, and Al Pacino for a film that’s racking up top-notch reviews online. This has easily been one of the most hyped movies on Netflix Ireland in a while.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

2. The Big Short

What it’s all about

‘In 2008, Wall Street guru Michael Burry realizes that a number of subprime home loans are in danger of defaulting. Burry bets against the housing market by throwing more than $1 billion of his investors’ money into credit default swaps. His actions attract the attention of banker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), hedge-fund specialist Mark Baum (Steve Carell) and other greedy opportunists. Together, these men make a fortune by taking full advantage of the impending economic collapse in America.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

3. Roma

What it’s all about

‘Cleo is one of two domestic workers who help Antonio and Sofía take care of their four children in 1970s Mexico City. Complications soon arise when Antonio suddenly runs away with his mistress and Cleo finds out that she’s pregnant. When Sofía decides to take the kids on vacation, she invites Cleo for a much-needed getaway to clear her mind and bond with the family.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

4. Triple Frontier

What it’s all about

‘Former Special Forces operatives reunite to plan a heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. For the first time in their prestigious careers, these unsung heroes undertake this dangerous mission for themselves instead of the country. But when events take an unexpected turn and threaten to spiral out of control, their skills, their loyalties, and their morals are pushed to a breaking point in an epic battle for survival.’

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

5. Mudbound

What it’s all about

‘Laura McAllan is trying to raise her children on her husband’s Mississippi Delta farm, a place she finds foreign and frightening. In the midst of the family’s struggles, two young men return from the war to work the land. Jamie McAllan, Laura’s brother-in-law, is everything her husband is not – charming and handsome, but he is haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the McAllan farm, now battles the prejudice in the Jim Crow South.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

6. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

What it’s all about

‘The future of civilization rests in the fate of the One Ring, which has been lost for centuries. Powerful forces are unrelenting in their search for it. But fate has placed it in the hands of a young Hobbit named Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), who inherits the Ring and steps into legend. A daunting task lies ahead for Frodo when he becomes the Ringbearer – to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom where it was forged.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

7. Dallas Buyers Club

What it’s all about

‘In mid-1980s Texas, electrician Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) is stunned to learn that he has AIDS. Though told that he has just 30 days left to live, Woodroof refuses to give in to despair. He seeks out alternative therapies and smuggles unapproved drugs into the U.S. from wherever he can find them. Woodroof joins forces with a fellow AIDS patient (Jared Leto) and begins selling the treatments to the growing number of people who can’t wait for the medical establishment to save them.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

8. Bridesmaids

What it’s all about

‘Annie (Kristen Wiig) is a single woman whose own life is a mess, but when she learns that her lifelong best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), is engaged, she has no choice but to serve as the maid of honor. Though lovelorn and almost penniless, Annie, nevertheless, winds her way through the strange and expensive rituals associated with her job as the bride’s go-to gal. Determined to make things perfect, she gamely leads Lillian and the other bridesmaids down the wild road to the wedding.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

9. Sully: Miracle on the Hudson

What it’s all about

‘On Jan. 15, 2009, Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) tries to make an emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River after US Airways Flight 1549 strikes a flock of geese. Miraculously, all of the 155 passengers and crew survive the harrowing ordeal, and Sullenberger becomes a national hero in the eyes of the public and the media. Despite the accolades, the famed pilot now faces an investigation that threatens to destroy his career and reputation.’

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

10. The Hateful Eight

What it’s all about

‘While racing toward the town of Red Rock in post-Civil War Wyoming, bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his fugitive prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh) encounter another bounty hunter (Samuel L. Jackson) and a man who claims to be a sheriff. Hoping to find shelter from a blizzard, the group travels to a stagecoach stopover located on a mountain pass. Greeted there by four strangers, the eight travelers soon learn that they may not make it to their destination after all.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

11. Groundhog Day

What it’s all about

‘A cynical TV weatherman finds himself reliving the same day over and over again when he goes on location to the small town of Punxsutawney to film a report about their annual Groundhog Day. His predicament drives him to distraction, until he sees a way of turning the situation to his advantage.’

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

12. Wild

What it’s all about

‘Driven to the edge by the loss of her beloved mother (Laura Dern), the dissolution of her marriage and a headlong dive into self-destructive behavior, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) makes a decision to halt her downward spiral and put her life back together again. With no outdoors experience, a heavy backpack and little else to go on but her own will, Cheryl sets out alone to hike the Pacific Crest Trail — one of the country’s longest and toughest through-trails.’

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

13. American Psycho

What it’s all about

‘In New York City in 1987, a handsome, young urban professional, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), lives a second life as a gruesome serial killer by night. The cast is filled by the detective (Willem Dafoe), the fiance (Reese Witherspoon), the mistress (Samantha Mathis), the coworker (Jared Leto), and the secretary (Chloë Sevigny). This is a biting, wry comedy examining the elements that make a man a monster.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68% (I watched this recently – it’s brilliant… but a little bit mental!

14. Ali’s Wedding

What it’s all about

‘After a reckless lie, the son of a Muslim cleric finds himself caught between his sense of duty and following his heart. He must follow through with his arranged marriage or be with the girl he truly loves.’

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

15. Gangs of New York

What it’s all about

‘Amsterdam Vallon (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a young Irish immigrant released from prison. He returns to the Five Points seeking revenge against his father’s killer, William Cutting (Daniel Day-Lewis), a powerful anti-immigrant gang leader. He knows that revenge can only be attained by infiltrating Cutting’s inner circle. Amsterdam’s journey becomes a fight for personal survival and to find a place for the Irish people in 1860’s New York.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

16. Moonlight

What it’s all about

‘A look at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him.’

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

17. Hell or High Water

What it’s all about

‘Toby is a divorced father who’s trying to make a better life for his son. His brother Tanner is an ex-convict with a short temper and a loose trigger finger. Together, they plan a series of heists against the bank that’s about to foreclose on their family ranch. Standing in their way is Marcus, a Texas Ranger who’s only weeks away from retirement. As the siblings plot their final robbery, they must also prepare for a showdown with a crafty lawman who’s not ready to ride off into the sunset.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

18. As Good as it Gets

What it’s all about

‘Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) is an obsessive-compulsive writer of romantic fiction who’s rude to everyone he meets, including his gay neighbor Simon (Greg Kinnear), but when he has to look after Simon’s dog, he begins to soften and, if still not completely over his problems, finds he can conduct a relationship with the only waitress (Helen Hunt) at the local diner who’ll serve him.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

19. Locke

What it’s all about

‘A man’s (Tom Hardy) life unravels after he leaves a construction site at a critical time and drives to London to be present for the birth of a child conceived during a one-night stand.’

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

20. 22 July

What it’s all about

‘A dramatisation of Norway’s deadliest terrorist attack, in which a right-wing extremist murders 77 teens at a youth camp in 2011.’

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

21. Goodfellas

What it’s all about

You’ll often hear of Goodfells referred to as one of the best gangster movies of all time. Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas follows the story of a boy who idolised gangsters. He falls in with the local mob and rises through the ranks. The rest is history. This is easily one of the best movies on Netflix Ireland.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

6 of the best Irish movies on Netflix

So, there’s a handful of brilliant Irish movies on Netflix that you can dive into. Here’s six of the best.

1. The Van

What it’s all about

‘Given his experience working with food, it’s hardly surprising that after losing his job at a bakery, Brendan “Bimbo” Reeves (Donal O’Kelly) becomes successful selling fried morsels from a van. He hires Larry (Colm Meaney), his best friend, to help, but having Bimbo for a boss doesn’t improve their relationship. The van is eventually closed down by a health inspector — which Bimbo thinks is because Larry ratted him out over questionable food prep techniques — and their friendship is severed.’

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%… which is pure nonsense. This is a belter of a movie. Trust me.

2. The Commitments

What it’s all about

‘Jimmy Rabbitte (Robert Arkins), a self-proclaimed promoter, decides to organize an R&B group to fill the musical void in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland. The band comes together but ends up consisting entirely of white musicians who have little experience with the genre. Even though their raw talent and lofty aspirations gain the group notoriety, the pitfalls of fame began to tear at their newfound friendships as they prepare for their big show. Based on the novel by Roddy Doyle’.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

3. Bad Day For The Cut (the best movie on Netflix Ireland, in my opinion)

What it’s all about

‘A mild-mannered farmer embarks on a bloody quest to avenge his mother’s murder. He soon discovers her dark past while wading through the criminal underworld of Belfast, Ireland.’

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

4. The Young Offenders

What it’s all about

Two youngfellas from Cork steal bicycles and ride off on a quest to find a missing bale of cocaine worth 7,000,000 euros.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

5. In Bruges

What it’s all about

‘After a job goes tragically wrong in London, hit men Ray and Ken are ordered to lay low at a bed-and-breakfast in Bruges, Belgium, until their boss phones with further instructions. But when he calls, Ken doesn’t like the assignment.’

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

6. Sing Street

What it’s all about

‘It’s 1985 and a Dublin teenager (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) forms a rock ‘n’ roll band to win the heart of an aspiring model (Lucy Boynton).’

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

7. Black ’47

What it’s all about

Black ’47 is set in Ireland during 1847 when the island was in the grip of the Great Famine. The story follows Feeney, an Irish Ranger who has just returned to Ireland after spending time fighting for the British Army. When he returns, he can’t believe the destruction that has been brought by the famine. He quickly learns that his mother has starved to death and his brother has been hanged by the English. The movie follows Feeney’s quest for revenge.

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

The Best Movies on Netflix Ireland – Have your say

And that’s a wrap. If I’ve missed a great Irish movie on Netflix that you think should be added, pop a comment in the section below and we’ll check it out.

If you’ve watched any of the movies above and thought they were shite (Irish slang for bad, for our non-Irish readers), let me know, too.

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