The Guard: most successful independent Irish film ever

Films don’t get any funnier than this. Dotted throughout are laugh-out-loud moments as Brendan Gleeson perfectly plays an eccentric Irish policeman, with Don Cheadle as his straight-faced FBI sidekick. What makes a good comedy great is the supporting cast, and real effort has gone into making even the smallest parts shine.

The most successful independent Irish film of all time in terms of box-office receipts, this cutting brand of humour might offend those who call themselves ‘politically correct’, but really, they need to just get over themselves.