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1. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

8.5
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An Atlantic City politician plays both sides of the law by conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.

Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 163,098

2. Gangs of New York (2002)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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72 Metascore

In 1862, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 380,961 | Gross: $77.81M

3. The Commuter (I) (2018)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller

6.3
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56 Metascore

An Insurance Salesman/Ex-Cop is caught up in a criminal conspiracy during his daily commute home.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Liam Neeson, Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Jonathan Banks

Votes: 89,891 | Gross: $36.34M

4. Brooklyn (2015)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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88 Metascore

An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Director: John Crowley | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 120,543 | Gross: $38.32M

5. Never Grow Old (2019)

R | 100 min | Drama, Western

5.8
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65 Metascore

An Irish undertaker profits when outlaws take over a peaceful American frontier town, but his family comes under threat as the death toll rises.

Director: Ivan Kavanagh | Stars: Emile Hirsch, John Cusack, Déborah François, Molly McCann

Votes: 1,943

6. An American Tail (1986)

G | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

6.9
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38 Metascore

While emigrating to the United States, a young Russian mouse gets separated from his family and must relocate them while trying to survive in a new country.

Director: Don Bluth | Stars: Dom DeLuise, Christopher Plummer, Erica Yohn, Nehemiah Persoff

Votes: 46,055 | Gross: $47.48M

7. Ned Kelly (2003)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.5
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56 Metascore

An innocent man becomes one of the most wanted criminals the world has ever known.

Director: Gregor Jordan | Stars: Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Naomi Watts

Votes: 24,618 | Gross: $0.07M

8. In America (2002)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

7.7
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76 Metascore

A family of Irish immigrants adjust to life on the mean streets of Hell's Kitchen while also grieving the death of a child.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Paddy Considine, Samantha Morton, Djimon Hounsou, Sarah Bolger

Votes: 39,373 | Gross: $15.54M

9. Burke and Hare (2010)

R | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, History

6.2
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46 Metascore

A black comedy about two nineteenth century grave robbers, who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Bill Bailey, Tom Wilkinson, Michael Smiley, Tim Curry

Votes: 18,706 | Gross: $0.00M

10. The Molly Maguires (1970)

M | 124 min | Drama, History

6.9
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62 Metascore

In the Pennsylvanian coal mines of 1876, a group of Irish immigrant workers begin to retaliate against the cruelty of their work environment.

Director: Martin Ritt | Stars: Sean Connery, Richard Harris, Samantha Eggar, Frank Finlay

Votes: 3,090

11. Irene (1940)

Approved | 101 min | Comedy, Musical, Romance

6.4
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Sent by her employers on an errand to the home of the wealthy Mrs. Vincent, Irene O'Dare meets Don, a friend of Bob, Mrs. Vincent's son. Attracted to Irene, Don decides to invest some money... See full summary »

Director: Herbert Wilcox | Stars: Anna Neagle, Ray Milland, Roland Young, Alan Marshal

Votes: 506

12. Claire Dolan (1998)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama

6.8
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56 Metascore

A high-priced call girl, shocked by her mother's death, decides to get out of the business and have a baby. The steps that she takes to free herself from her pimp and find a father for the baby are the central story of this movie.

Director: Lodge Kerrigan | Stars: Katrin Cartlidge, Vincent D'Onofrio, Colm Meaney, Patrick Husted

Votes: 1,207 | Gross: $0.01M

13. The Luck of Ginger Coffey (1964)

100 min | Drama

6.9
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An out-of-work Irish immigrant in Montreal remains hopeful that his luck is about to change but his disillusioned family grow tired of his pigheadedness and instability.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Robert Shaw, Mary Ure, Liam Redmond, Tom Harvey

Votes: 184

14. The Mighty McGurk (1947)

Passed | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.3
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"Slag" McGurk, a former boxing champ living on memories of glories past, spends his days and nights as a bouncer/braggert/boozer at Glenson's saloon. But when "Slag" stumbles upon a young ... See full summary »

Director: John Waters | Stars: Wallace Beery, Dean Stockwell, Edward Arnold, Aline MacMahon

Votes: 165

15. Devil's Harvest (1942)

52 min | Drama

3.9
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An investigator goes after the people who are corrupting the nation's youth by spreading the weed of Satan--MARIJUANA!!!

Director: Ray Test | Stars: June Doyle, Leo Anthony, George Graham, Ben Barlow

Votes: 37

16. 2by4 (1998)

90 min | Drama, Romance

5.1
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Johnnie feels a lot of pressure lately. He's the foreman on his uncle's construction crew, and money seems to be going astray. His girlfriend begins pressuring him for more of a commitment ... See full summary »

Director: Jimmy Smallhorne | Stars: Jimmy Smallhorne, Chris O'Neill, Bradley Fitts, Holyoke Joe

Votes: 241 | Gross: $0.02M

17. Bells of San Fernando (1947)

Passed | 75 min | Drama, History, Western

5.3
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Mendoza ruthlessly controls the valley of San Fernando and his men guard the only entrance. When Mendoza announces he will marry Michael's girl friend Maria, Michael plans an escape. He ... See full summary »

Director: Terry O. Morse | Stars: Donald Woods, Gloria Warren, Byron Foulger, Shirley O'Hara

Votes: 50

18. Men at Lunch (2012)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Mystery

6.3
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53 Metascore

The story of "Lunch atop a Skyscraper," the iconic photograph taken during the construction of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

Director: Seán Ó Cualáin | Stars: Fionnula Flanagan, Peter Quinn, Ric Burns, Christine Roussel

Votes: 317 | Gross: $0.00M

19. Black Pool (2019)

85 min | Thriller

6.6
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A gripping thriller about a revenge-fueled, cat-and-mouse game of imprisonment and interrogation between two Irish immigrants whose mysterious shared past sets them on a collision course with violence.

Director: Dustin Morrow | Stars: Tom Walton, Amber Stonebraker, Todd Van Voris, Kailey Rhodes

Votes: 11

20. The Ghosts of Duffy's Cut (2006)

52 min | Documentary

8.1
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A group of researchers spend nearly seven years trying to uncover the mystery of what happened to a group of 57 Irish immigrants along "Duffy's Cut", a portion of the bustling Pennsylvania railroad.

Directors: Ruan Magan, Stephen Rooke | Stars: Eric Gordon, Frank Watson, William Watson, Victoria Emerick

Votes: 11

21. I Could Read the Sky (1999)

86 min | Drama

6.3
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The film tells of the memories and feeling of loss of an Irish immigrant who eventually winds up doing construction work in the anonymous cities of England.

Director: Nichola Bruce | Stars: Dermot Healy, Stephen Rea, Brendan Coyle, Maria Doyle Kennedy

Votes: 56

22. On a Paving Stone Mounted (1978)

96 min | Drama

8.4
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Director: Thaddeus O'Sullivan | Stars: Annie Balfour, Paul Bennett, Gabriel Byrne, Peter Caffrey

Votes: 9

23. Irish Hearts (1927)

Passed | 60 min | Comedy

2.6
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Sheila, a feisty Irish girl, loves Emmett, a somewhat shady Irish boy. When Emmett goes to America, Sheila and her father follow and join him. However, when he loses his job, Sheila is ... See full summary »

Director: Byron Haskin | Stars: May McAvoy, Jason Robards Sr., Warner Richmond, Kathleen Key

Votes: 12

24. Alex Higgins: The People's Champion (2010 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Biography, Sport

7.6
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The rise and fall of the former world snooker champion, Alex Higgins.

Director: Jason Bernard | Stars: James Nesbitt, Bill Borrows, Ann Brown, Steve Davis

Votes: 24

25. Medicine Fiddle (1992)

Documentary, History, Music

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Director: Michael Loukinen | Star: Lawrence 'Teddy Boy' Houle

26. Secrets of the Underground (2017– )
Episode: America's Buried Massacre (2017)

TV-PG | 43 min | Documentary

8.4
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What caused the deaths of 57 Irish railroad workers in 1832 Pennsylvania at a place called Duffy's Cut. And then, we look at Mountain Lake in Virginia that has mysteriously lost most of it's water.

Stars: Rob Nelson, Tim Bechtel, Janet Monge, Ron Smith

Votes: 10

27. Secrets of the Dead (2000– )
Episode: Death on the Railroad (2013)

TV-PG | 54 min | Documentary, History, Mystery

7.3
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Has the 150-year-old mystery behind the deaths of 57 Irish immigrants who came to Pennsylvania to work on the railroad finally been resolved?

Director: Keith Farrell | Stars: Jamie Lloyd Belton, Colin Farrell, Sophie Merry, Frank Watson

Votes: 27

28. The Campbells (1986–1990)
Episode: Duty Bound

Adventure, Drama, Family

Pat Harmon, the blacksmith, is kidnapped by the wife of an escaped convict to remove her husband's shackles. While tracking the convict, Neil Campbell runs into Will Forrester and enlists his help. Pat starts to bond with his kidnappers.

Director: Malcolm Stoddard | Stars: Malcolm Stoddard, Amber Lea Weston, Eric Richards, Cedric Smith

29. Murder, Mystery and My Family (2018– )
Episode: Episode #2.9 (2019)

44 min | Documentary, Crime, History

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The barristers re-examine the violent attack on an Irish Catholic man by a rival gang in Darlington in 1875. They uncover a case of revenge, murder, secret societies and a deathbed accusation.

Directors: James Brailsford, Simon Cooper | Stars: Tony Hirst, Sasha Wass, Jeremy Dein, David Radford

30. Filthy Cities (2011)
Episode: Industrial New York (2011)

Documentary

7.4
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In the 19th century New York City experience a flood immigrants which, coupled with parasites, disease and political corruption, created one of the most hazardous living environments in ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Robbins | Stars: Dan Snow, Roger Horowitz, Peter Mintun, Jim Pynn

Votes: 17

31. Amazing Stories (1985–1987)
Episode: One for the Road (1986)

Not Rated | 25 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.6
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In 1934, a couple of South Bronx barflies try to kill drunk Mike Malloy for his insurance money and find they're tangling with much more than they bargained for.

Director: Thomas Carter | Stars: James Cromwell, Geoffrey Lewis, Joe Pantoliano, Al Ruscio

Votes: 192

32. Penny Dreadful (2014–2016)
Episode: Séance (2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

8.4
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Vanessa and Sir Malcolm encounter the mysteriously beautiful Dorian Gray at a party. Things take a turn, however, when renowned medium Madame Kali hosts a séance. Meanwhile, Ethan befriends Ms. Brona Croft, a young Irish immigrant.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Rory Kinnear

Votes: 2,996

33. The Big Valley (1965–1969)
Episode: The Brawlers (1965)

TV-PG | 60 min | Western

8.3
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The Barkleys find themselves butting heads with a group of Irish settlers who have inadvertently illegally settled on Barkley land due to a fraudulent sale they were duped into.

Director: Joseph Pevney | Stars: Richard Long, Peter Breck, Lee Majors, Linda Evans

Votes: 65

34. Murder, She Wrote (1984–1996)
Episode: To the Last Will I Grapple with Thee (1992)

TV-PG | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.3
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Jessica tackles the mystery of a man who apparently migrated from Ireland to New York for the sole purpose of taking revenge on an old friend of hers, but is killed himself.

Director: Walter Grauman | Stars: Angela Lansbury, Cameron Dye, Cliff Gorman, George Hearn

Votes: 135

35. Waking the Dead (2000–2011)
Episode: Wren Boys: Part 1 (2007)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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Davy, a young boy is drowned in concrete, is it suicide, accident, or murder?

Director: Tim Fywell | Stars: Trevor Eve, Sue Johnston, Tara Fitzgerald, Wil Johnson

Votes: 106



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