Movies to watch on St. Patrick's Day!
Amazon Prime all have movies with St. Patrick's Day as a theme or integral part! Put the fire on,
open a Guiness or a glass of Irish whiskey, cozy up on the sofa
with your lass and get your hgreen on!.
We've broken the movies into genres:
Irish and St. Patrick historical documentaries
History of St. Patrick's Day"
This film shows
how Irish immigrants in America transformed a religious festival
into a celebration of all things Irish, and how St. Patrick's
Day became a nationwide phenomenon.
"Celebrating the Green: The History of St. Patricks Day"
From the History Channel
"The Magdalene Sisters"
in mid 1900's Ireland in which young women who become pregnant
are locked away and put to work in laundries as virtual
Patrick: Apostle Of Ireland" ( 2008 )
documentary is free t watch if you have an Amazon Prime
Who was the real Saint Patrick
of Ireland? This movie followss the true story behind the
legends and inspects the life of the real man who lived in the
5th century. Includes interviews with scholars and reenactments
of Saint Patrick's life. Starring: David Kidd, Alan Harper,
"St. Patrick: The Irish Legend"
This is the
first feature-length docu-drama film about St. Patrick and all
of his efforts towards liberating Ireland.
Bergin, Luke Griffin
Family, Children's and Animated films
'Darby O'Gill and
the Little People' (1959)
This is a cute and
entertaining movie from Disney about a poor aging
Irishman (Sean Connery in his pre-Bond days) who meets the king of
the leprechauns and tries to con him out of his gold. It's
actually pretty good for a 50's family movie..
Captured the King of the Leprechauns" (1959)
Thiks is an other very entertaining and cute film with behind
the scenes of Darby O'Gill and the Little People, starring: Walt
Disney, Pat O'Brien, Albert Sharpe. Great film for
children under age 13 for St. Patrick's Day.
'The Secret of Kells' (2010)
says "Magic, fantasy, and Celtic mythology come together in a
riot of color and detail that dazzle the eyes in a sweeping
story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity
through dark times. In a remote medieval outpost of Ireland,
young Brendan embarks on a new life of adventure when a
celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands
carrying a book brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help
complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest
fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted
forest where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets
the falry Aisling, a mysterious young wolf-girl, who helps him
along the way. But with the barbarians closing in, will Brendan
s determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and
show that enlightenment is the best fortification against evil?"
Dramas with an Irish theme
“The Quiet Man” (1952)
A retired American boxer, played by John Wayne, moves to Ireland
in the 1920s to reclaim his family’s farm. He falls in love with
an Irishwoman (Maureen O’Hara) and is confronted by strict local
customs and the woman's belligerent brother. .
- “The Commitments”
The 1991 classic Irish dramedy
adapted from Roddy Doyle’s novel of the same name follows
working class Dubliners who form an American-style soul band.
Despite its relatively unknown cast, Alan Parker’s film was met
with critical acclaim and box office success. It also put actor
Colm Meaney on the map.
"The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day" (2009)
The MacManus brothers are living a quiet life in Ireland with
their father, but when they learn their beloved priest has been
killed by mob forces, the duo return to Boston to bring justice
to those responsible.
Starring: Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman
Reedus, Billy Connolly
- "The Crying Game" (1992)
An IRA man Fergus
(Stephen Rea) escapes to London, but is followed by what he did
in Ireland; Intense...
"The Bells of St. Mary's" (1945)
At a big city
Catholic school, Father O'Malley and Sister Benedict are a
priest and a nun who, despite their good-natured rivalry, try to
save their school from being shut down. Very
Irish-American themes the movie is commonly associated with the
Christmas season, due to a scene involving a Christmas pageant
at the school.
Starring: Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman. .
The inspirational tale of two kindred
spirits who find each other on the bustling streets of Dublin.
One is a street musician who lacks the confidence to perform his
Starring: Glen Hansard, Markéta Irglová
"Gangs Of New York" (2003)
Cameron Diaz, and Daniel Day- Lewis star in this tale of
vengeance and survival! As waves of immigrants swell the
population of New York, corruption thrives in lower Manhattan's
Five Points section. Young Irish immigrant Amsterdam returns
seeking revenge against the rival gang leader who killed his
father. But Amsterdam's personal vendetta becomes part of the
See below for both streaming and dvd options from Amazon!