The 10 worst Irish movies of all time, RANKED

Not all Irish movies made are great, and some are just plain awful to watch. Bear with us as we list the ten worst Irish movies of all time, ranked.

The 10 worst Irish movies of all time, RANKED

Irish movies such as Michael Collins, In The Name of The Father, The Magdalene Sisters or My Left Foot, to name but few, give us the impression that all Irish movies are great. Sure, we have many stories to tell of times past, both good and bad, but don’t be fooled, this doesn’t mean that every Irish movie depicting an Irish story is worth watching.

There are endless Irish movies, some dramatic, some romantic and some comedic, that are worth watching, once, twice or even three times, but on the flip side, there are plenty of terrible productions that we will forever regret spending our precious time watching.

Let’s take a look at the ten worst Irish movies of all time, in the hopes that we spare you the wasted time.

10. PS I Love You (2007) – not as good as the popular book

PS I Love You (2007) – not as good as the popular book
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Sure, if you’ve read the book, which was quite captivating, then you’ll probably assume the movie will be just as good. Sadly not! We get the heartfelt storyline of the movie, but Gerard Butler’s Irish accent, if you can call it that, was just downright embarrassing, so much so that he even apologised for it.

9. Finian’s Rainbow (1968) – one of the worst Irish movies of all time

Finian’s Rainbow (1968) – one of the worst Irish movies of all time
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The plot sees an Irish man and his daughter steal a pot of gold from a leprechaun, and emigrate to the US. Fred Astaire stars in this ghastly musical, which is without doubt one of the worst Irish movies of all time.  

8. The Jackal (1997) – questionable Irish accents

The Jackal (1997) – questionable Irish accents
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This Irish film stars Richard Gere and Bruce Willis – how bad can it be? Well, the plot is not the worst, but it features a very questionable accent by Mr Gere, so bad that we’re not even sure if it’s supposed to be Irish or what, but we had to add it to this list.

7. Holy Water/Hard Times (2013) – a poor Irish comedy

Holy Water is a poor Irish comedy that features the city of Amsterdam.

This poor Irish comedy tells the story of a group of men who hijack a truck that contains Viagra, in the hope of making a quick buck selling it in Amsterdam. However, they end up hiding it in a well and sit back, and watch while the locals drink the water.

6. Shrooms (2007) – a predictable storyline

Shrooms (2007) – a predictable storyline
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This budget-slasher movie is based around a group of friends who visit Ireland from the US, and experience a bad trip while on mushrooms in the Irish countryside, along with their English guide.

The plot, which should be rather captivating, just isn’t, and turns out to be rather predictable the entire way through the film. Not one of Ireland’s best movies, that’s for sure.

5. Far and Away (1992) – couldn’t be saved by its star-studded cast

Tom Cruise in the ‘Far and Away’ movie. Credit: @tomcruise_scrapbook / Instagram

Starring high profile actors Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, you would assume this would be a hit, but you’d be terribly mistaken. The accents alone are one of the worst aspects of the movie. Why does a fake Irish accent always sound so ridiculous?

4. Leap Year (2010) – doesn’t do the country any justice

Leap Year depicts Ireland as a very conservative and old-fashioned country.
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Of course this had to be on the list of the worst Irish movies of alltime. Anyone who has seen this movie will surely have cringed once or twice, maybe even more. It depicts Ireland as being a terribly old-fashioned country and doesn’t do the country justice in the slightest. Give this a miss!

3. Dead Meat (2004) – low budget, low quality Irish movie

Dead Meat (2004) – low budget, low quality Irish movie
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Set in Co. Leitrim, this is an extremely low budget movie, so low, in fact, that they used their own vehicles and recruited extras from the pub. It is set around flesh eating zombie and a mutant strain of mad cow disease. Can’t be that bad can it?

2. High Spirits (1988) – best not to bother your time with this one

High Spirits (1988) – best not to bother your time with this one
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You may have hope for this movie, seeing as it stars Liam Neeson, one of our best exports, but you’d be wrong. This movie received many negative reviews, holds a 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and saw Daryl Hannah nominated for worst supporting actress. Don’t bother with this one!

1. Fatal Deviation (1998) – Ireland’s last full-length martial arts movie?

Fatal Deviation (1998) – Ireland’s last full-length martial arts movie?
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Set in Trim, Co. Meath, this low budget movie is Ireland’s first full-length martial arts movie, and surely the last? This movie went straight to video at the time, and has been dubbed the worst movie ever made. Look out for Boyzone’s Mikey Graham, although we doubt he has put this on his CV!

So, there you have it, the 10 worst Irish movies of all time, ranked! Now you can think twice before sitting down to watch one of these, and save yourself the bother.

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Jade Poleon is a free spirit with a love for the world and her homeland, Ireland. Jade started travelling in 2007 and since then has travelled to every continent and over 90 countries, qualified as a yoga teacher in India, hiked the Himalayas, walked 900km across Spain, and is about to embark on a trip through Portugal in her camper van. Travel is her number-one passion, and she has a soft spot for hiking, food, and jaw-dropping scenery, all of which can be found right here on our stunning Emerald Isle.