Memorable films depicting "The Troubles."

by yrnej | created - 30 May 2016 | updated - 21 Feb 2017 | Public

"The Troubles" refers to the most recent installment of violence over three decades (1969–1997) between nationalists (mainly self-identified as Irish and/or Roman Catholic) and unionists (mainly self-identified as British and/or Protestant). The term "the Troubles" was previously used to refer to the Irish revolutionary period; it was adopted to refer to the escalating violence in Northern Ireland after 1969. The conflict was the result of discrimination against the nationalist/Catholic minority by the unionist/Protestant majority and the question of Northern Ireland's status within the United Kingdom.

Which of these films depicting the conflict between the Irish and the Brits do you feel is most memorable?

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1. Beloved Enemy (1936)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

In 1921, Irish rebels launch an uprising with the aim of creating an Irish republic, independent of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. One of the rebellion's leaders and a ... See full summary »

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Merle Oberon, Brian Aherne, Karen Morley, Henry Stephenson

Votes: 260

2. Bloody Sunday (2002)

R | 107 min | Drama, History, War

90 Metascore

A dramatization of the Irish civil rights protest march and subsequent massacre by British troops on January 30, 1972.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: James Nesbitt, Tim Pigott-Smith, Nicholas Farrell, Allan Gildea

Votes: 22,438 | Gross: $0.77M

3. The Boxer (1997)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance, Sport

75 Metascore

Young Danny Flynn is released from prison 14 years after "taking the rap" for the IRA and tries to rebuild his life in his old Belfast neighborhood.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Daragh Donnelly, Frank Coughlan

Votes: 17,805 | Gross: $5.80M

4. Cal (1984)

R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller, Romance

Cal (John Lynch), a young man on the fringes of the I.R.A., falls in love with Marcella (Dame Helen Mirren), a Catholic woman whose husband, a Protestant policeman, was killed one year ... See full summary »

Director: Pat O'Connor | Stars: Helen Mirren, John Lynch, Donal McCann, John Kavanagh

Votes: 1,293

5. Captain Boycott (1947)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, History

In 1880 Ireland, poor farmers rebel against the abuses of their British landlords.

Director: Frank Launder | Stars: Stewart Granger, Kathleen Ryan, Cecil Parker, Mervyn Johns

Votes: 298

6. The Crying Game (1992)

R | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

A British soldier kidnapped by IRA terrorists soon befriends one of his captors, who then becomes drawn into the soldier's world.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Forest Whitaker, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 48,571 | Gross: $62.55M

7. Fifty Dead Men Walking (2008)

R | 117 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

57 Metascore

Martin McGartland joins the I.R.A. and feeds information to Britain's Special Branch Agent Fergus.

Director: Kari Skogland | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess, Kevin Zegers, Natalie Press

Votes: 10,534

8. Five Minutes of Heaven (2009)

R | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

62 Metascore

The story of former UVF member Alistair Little. Twenty-five years after Little killed Joe Griffen's brother, the media arrange an auspicious meeting between the two.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Liam Neeson, James Nesbitt, Anamaria Marinca, Mark Ryder

Votes: 11,877 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Good Vibrations (2012)

Not Rated | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Music

A chronicle of Terri Hooley's life, a record-store owner instrumental in developing Belfast's punk-rock scene.

Directors: Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn | Stars: Jodie Whittaker, Liam Cunningham, Killian Scott, Richard Dormer

Votes: 4,518

10. Hunger (2008)

Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Stuart Graham, Laine Megaw, Brian Milligan, Liam McMahon

Votes: 62,710 | Gross: $0.15M

11. Hush-a-Bye Baby (1990)

72 min | Romance

A pregnant Irish girl tries to contact her boyfriend in British prison but her letters are not allowed through to him because she writes in Irish.

Director: Margo Harkin | Stars: Emer McCourt, Michael Liebmann, Cathy Casey, Julie Marie Reynolds

Votes: 89

12. In the Name of the Father (1993)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama

84 Metascore

A man's coerced confession to an IRA bombing he did not commit results in the imprisonment of his father as well. An English lawyer fights to free them.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Alison Crosbie, Philip King

Votes: 146,403 | Gross: $25.01M

13. Michael Collins (1996)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

60 Metascore

Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts, Ian Hart

Votes: 28,233 | Gross: $11.09M

14. Nothing Personal (1995)

R | 86 min | Drama

A raw depiction of the Belfast, Northern Ireland "troubles" as savage tribal warfare. Set shortly after the 1975 cease fire, this movie focuses on the tribulations of Kenny (James Frain), ... See full summary »

Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan | Stars: Ian Hart, John Lynch, James Frain, Michael Gambon

Votes: 454

15. Odd Man Out (1947)

Not Rated | 116 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A wounded Irish nationalist leader attempts to evade police following a failed robbery in Belfast.

Director: Carol Reed | Stars: James Mason, Robert Newton, Cyril Cusack, F.J. McCormick

Votes: 8,272

16. Patriots (1996)

Not Rated | 83 min | Thriller

A true story of an American woman caught up in the struggle for Irish independence.

Director: Frank Kerr | Stars: Linda Amendola, Mark Newell, Aidan Parkinson, Dermott Petty

Votes: 86

17. Resurrection Man (1998)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Belfast, in 1970s. Victor Kelly is a young protestant man who hates the Catholics so much that one night he begins to brutally murder them. A reporter soon tries to uncover the murder and ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Evans | Stars: David Williamson, Stuart Townsend, Brenda Fricker, George Shane

Votes: 722

18. '71 (2014)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

In 1971, a young and disorientated British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast.

Director: Yann Demange | Stars: Jack O'Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris, Paul Popplewell

Votes: 47,500 | Gross: $1.27M

19. Shadow Dancer (2012)

R | 101 min | Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

Set in 1990s Belfast, an active member of the IRA becomes an informant for MI5 in order to protect her son's welfare.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson, Aidan Gillen

Votes: 11,634 | Gross: $0.10M

20. Shake Hands with the Devil (1959)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Drama, History

In 1920s Ireland, I.R.A. members are being lead by the war mongering Dr. Sean Lenihan (James Cagney), as they fight oppressive British forces.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: James Cagney, Don Murray, Dana Wynter, Glynis Johns

Votes: 1,072

21. Some Mother's Son (1996)

R | 112 min | Drama, History

Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in an Irish prison, in which I.R.A. prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of I.R.A. prisoners as criminals rather than ... See full summary »

Director: Terry George | Stars: Helen Mirren, Fionnula Flanagan, Aidan Gillen, David O'Hara

Votes: 2,413 | Gross: $0.61M

22. This Is the Sea (1997)

R | 100 min | Drama, Romance

The film is set in Northern Ireland shortly after 1994 cease-fire. Hazel is a Protestant and Malachy a Catholic. Romance between them is threatened by Rohan (leader in militant underground ... See full summary »

Director: Mary McGuckian | Stars: Samantha Morton, Ross McDade, Richard Harris, Gabriel Byrne

Votes: 261

23. The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama, War

82 Metascore

Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Pádraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald

Votes: 43,590 | Gross: $1.83M



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