Irish Thriller Movies
The Oscar-winning Liam Neeson is set to star in this thriller about a retired hitman who finds himself dragged back into the game of deadly cat and mouse with three vengeful terrorists. The film will be shot in Clare and Galway.
Monument Ave. shows the hard-bitten underbelly of Boston’s Irish mob. Colm Meaney plays a Whitey Bulger-like gangster, and Famke Janssen is his low-level moll.
Hunger Strike (1981)
In a time when most British films are aesthetically flat and thematically unambitious, Steve McQueen’s debut work offers a bold tonic. He leans heavily on visual filmmaking language, showing rather than telling, and the result is mesmerising and both horrifying and beautiful.
It focuses on the Irish Republican Army prisoner Bobby Sands, who died in 1981 after an eight-month hunger strike demanding political status that the British government never granted. McQueen builds tension patiently with extended wordless takes that captivate the viewer.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (1980)
The Wind That Shakes the Barley depicts the Irish guerilla war and civil war that followed the 1920s Declaration of Independence. Its main characters are IRA members Teddy and Damien, whose lives are interrupted by the ruthless Black and Tan squads sent from England to squelch Ireland’s bid for independence.
The film emphasizes how women are affected by the conflict. They are subject to reprisals that include having their hair crudely sheared.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (1980)
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas is a heart-warming (read: emotionally manipulative) story of a doomed friendship between two pre-teen boys. However, it is riddled with historical inaccuracies – from the tweeness of the name Schmuel to Bruno’s naiveté about Hitler and Auschwitz.
Asa Butterfield gives a strong and convincing performance as Bruno. Vera Farmiga is also excellent as his tight-lipped mother.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (1986)
In 1920s Ireland, Teddy and Damien (Padraic Delaney and Cillian Murphy) are brothers with differing views of the path to Irish independence. When Damien witnesses British soldiers kill a man for not giving them his name, he abandons his plans to pursue medical studies in London and joins the IRA.
Loach and writer Paul Laverty examine the intertwining of class and national struggles in this powerful film. Its significance is still felt today.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (1990)
Stunning cinematography and thought-provoking narrative make this an essential film. Whether you’re a history buff or simply looking for an engaging story, The Wind That Shakes the Barley is sure to leave an impact.
Set in rural 1920s Ireland, this film tells the story of two brothers, Teddy and Damian. Driven by their desire for independence, the men join a volunteer guerrilla army to battle Britain’s ruthless Black and Tan squads.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (1993)
The Wind That Shakes the Barley is a deeply emotional and tragic film. It shows the effects of war on everyone involved, whether they fight or just watch.
It depicts the IRA’s struggle for independence with an emphasis on historical accuracy and a story that will resonate with international audiences. It features powerful performances from Cillian Murphy and Liam Cunningham, as well as a screenplay by Paul Laverty.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (1995)
This film is significant because it illustrates the intertwining of the national and class struggle in an effort to throw off imperialism. Moreover, Loach and Paul Laverty avoid romanticizing the characters’
In 1920s Ireland, pacifist Damien (Cillian Murphy) is forced into the IRA by the brutality of British soldiers known as Black and Tans. The resulting violence tears families apart and pits brothers against each other.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (1998)
The Wind That Shakes the Barley is a powerful drama about Ireland’s struggle for independence. Director Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty resist the temptation to romanticize violence, emphasizing instead the characters’
Cillian Murphy and Orla Fitzgerald give outstanding performances. Although some in Britain have criticized the depiction of Black and Tan brutality, this film is more concerned with the divisions that emerged among Irish revolutionaries.
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (1999)
A chaste love story and plenty of bloodletting mark this movie from director Ken Loach. The film chronicles a pair of Dublin neighbours who go off to fight for the IRA until a truce and Anglo-Irish Treaty come between them. It features excellent performances from Kelly O’Neill and Shane Curry.
Liam Neeson stars as a recently retired assassin who finds himself embroiled in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a trio of terrorists. Co Donegal’s Ciaran Hinds also appears.