Published Thursday, 27 September 2012
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It was a close call but The Guard finally topped the shortlist, with 34.6% of you choosing John Michael McDonagh's 2011 comedy.
December Bride, directed in 1990 by Thaddeus O'Sullivan, placed second on 33.8%.
The winning movie will now be screened at the Queen's Film Theatre in Belfast on Friday 26 October, as part of the 50th Belfast Festival.
UTV's resident movie critic Brian Henry Martin, who selected the five films to go forward to the public vote at www.u.tv/bestirishfilm, described The Guard as "the funniest Irish film ever".
He said: "The Guard is certainly the most successful Irish comedy ever, after taking the box office by storm in 2011. This is a no nonsense, all guns blazing comic blast from first-time Writer / Director John Michael McDonagh.
Not for the faint hearted, the writing is razor sharp, the jokes cut to the bone and the central performance from Brendan Gleeson as the unorthodox Sergeant Gerry Boyle is joyous."
Brian Henry Martin
The final results for the five films were: Once (2006), directed by John Carney gained 6.5% of the vote, My Left Foot (1989) directed by Jim Sheridan had 12.3%, Angel (1982) directed by Neil Jordan received 12.8%, December Bride (1990) directed by Thaddeus O'Sullivan secured second place with 33.8% whilst The Guard (2011) directed by John Michael McDonagh celebrated first place with 34.6%.
Brian continued: "Five films from four different decades that were innovative and captured our hearts and imaginations. There was great debate online and in the end it was very close indeed but we have a worthy winner."
Commenting on the winning film Susan Picken, Head of QFT stated: "We had a great response to this initiative with over 1,200 people voting online.
"It was a tough choice between five fantastic films all representing something a little different in terms of Irish film-making. Our winning film, The Guard, deserves its success - it's a brilliant example of great Irish talent, wit and storytelling.
"A hugely entertaining film that is a joy to watch."