8 St. Patrick’s Day Movies to Watch

St. Patrick’s Day is observed on the 17th of March every year and is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated by the catholic church, the Anglican church, Lutherans and the Eastern orthodox church and of course by the Irish and some more all over the world. Although it is the day observed as the day St. Patrick was killed, it is also a day to think of the time Christianity came to Ireland and is also a celebration of the Irish culture and traditions. Along with the ubiquitous drinks, we can also watch movies, especially Irish ones to get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day. Here is a list of movies that are either Irish, have Irish characters or something Irish in them that we can enjoy watching on St.Patrick’s Day.

The Quiet Man

The Quiet Man

1. The Quiet Man

Directed by John Ford, The Quiet Man is a classic made in 1952 starring John Wayne and Irish Actress Maureen O’Hara. Although it barely got made, the movie about a boxer who moves to Ireland and falls in love went on to become a huge success.

Barry Lyndon

Barry Lyndon

2. Barry Lyndon

Stanley Kubrick’s epic and rather long film about the rise and fall of an Irish man during the 19th century is a visually rich film and won three Oscars. This movie made in 1975 is a virtual treasure trove of the Irish Psyche.

The Brothers McMullen

The Brothers McMullen

3. The Brothers McMullen

This Indie film made in 1995 became a surprise hit and is about the lives of three brothers living in New York.

Gangs of New York

Gangs of New York

4. Gangs of New York

A brilliant movie of Scorsese, this movie has a huge star cast that deals with the historical gang activity in New York City. As griping as the movie is, if you are planning on a movie night with the kids, then this is a movie you should not opt for as it is pretty violent and can be disturbing for the kids.

The Secret of Roan Inish

The Secret of Roan Inish

5. The Secret of Roan Inish

This movie pays homage to the Irish culture that is rich in Folklore. This movie tells the story of Fiona and is filled with mythology.

Angela’s Ashes

Angela’s Ashes

6. Angela’s Ashes

This is an Irish Movie, something that would take you real close to the Irish. It was made after a book of the same name and brings to life, life in Ireland in the 30’s and 40’s.

The Commitments

The Commitments

7. The Commitments

This move follows a band and is predictably a musical. This is filled with great music and a delight to watch and hear. Definitely a movie to be enjoyed on St. Patrick’s Day.

The Secret of Kells

The Secret of Kells

8. The Secret of Kells

Another Irish Movie that mixes the contemporary with the mythological quite seamlessly. It is a visual treat and a great movie to watch on a projector.

  • The Quiet Man
  • Barry Lyndon
  • The Brothers McMullen
  • Gangs of New York
  • The Secret of Roan Inish
  • Angela’s Ashes
  • The Commitments
  • The Secret of Kells

Grab a few beers or a few shots of whiskey with a few friends, pop some popcorn and catch one or few of these movies to enjoy the Irish culture, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and also brush up your knowledge about a land rich in culture and tradition.

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