Neil Jordan


Neil Patrick Jordan (February 25, 1950) is an Irish film director, screenwriter, novelist and short-story writer. His first feature film was Angel (1982), a tale of a musician caught up in The Troubles played by Stephen Rea who has subsequently appeared in almost all of Jordan’s films to date. Other films in the 1980s include The Company of Wolves (1984), with Sarah Patterson, Angela Lansbury, Rea, and David Warner; Mona Lisa (1986), with Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, and Michael Caine; High Spirits (1988), with Steve Guttenberg, Daryl Hannah, Beverly D’Angelo, Liam Neeson and Peter O’Toole; and We’re No Angels (1989), with Robert De Niro, Sean Penn, and Demi Moore.

Notable films in the 90s include The Crying Game (1992), with Rea, Miranda Richardson, Jaye Davidson, Adrian Dunbar, Ralph Brown and Forest Whitaker; Interview with the Vampire (1994), with Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater, and Antonio Banderas; Michael Collins (1996), with Neeson, Aiden Quinn, Alan Rickman, Ian Hart, and Julia Roberts; The End of the Affair (1999), with Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore, and Jason Isaacs; and In Dreams (1999), with Anette Benning and Robert Downey Jr..

Films of the 2000s include The Good Thief (2002), with Nick Nolte; Breakfast on Pluto (2005), with Cillian Murphy, Rea, Brendan Gleeson, and Neeson; The Brave One (2007), with Jodie Foster, Naveen Andrews, Terrence Howard, Nicky Katt, Zoë Kravitz, Mary Steenburgen, and Luis Da Silva; Ondine (2009), with Colin Farrell and Alicja Bachleda; Byzantium (2012), with Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley, and Jonny Lee Miller; and Greta (2018), with Isabelle Huppert, Chloë Grace Moretz, Maika Monroe, Colm Feore, and Rea.

Jordan has won several awards during his career. His first book, Night in Tunisia, won a Somerset Maugham Award and the Guardian Fiction Prize in 1979. He won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Crying Game (1992). He has also won three Irish Film and Television Awards, as well as the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival for The Butcher Boy (1997).

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • Angel (1982)
  • The Company of Wolves (1984)
  • Mona Lisa (1986)
  • High Spirits (1988)
  • We’re No Angels (1989)
  • The Miracle (1991)
  • The Crying Game (1992)
  • Interview with the Vampire (1994)
  • Michael Collins (1996)
  • The Butcher Boy (1997)
  • The End of the Affair (1999)
  • In Dreams (1999)
  • Not I (2000)
  • The Good Thief (2002)
  • Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
  • The Brave One (2007)
  • Ondine (2009)
  • Byzantium (2012)
  • Greta (2018)