The Top Ten Irish Movies this St Patrick’s Day

The Top Ten Irish Movies this St Patrick’s Day

We may not be able to have the Paddy’s day celebrations we are used to, but we have put together a movie list that is sure to be a great way to keep your household entertained.

Here are our top ten best movies to keep you feeling green. 


1)     Wolfwalkers (2020)

Made by the acclaimed Irish animation studio: Cartoon Saloon. This movie is set in the 1650s, in the county of Kilkenny under an oppressive English rule. As a young apprentice hunter follows her father into the woods, she discovers the rumours of the townsfolk are true, there are wolf walkers! This is a beautiful heartfelt cartoon for all those animation lovers out there! 


2)     Wild Mountain Thyme (2020)

By writer-director John Patrick Shanley, the plot follows Rosemary Muldoon (Emily Blunt) who wants to win the heart of her neighbour Anthony Reilly (Jamie Dornan). The neighbours are drawn apart due to the conflict over what to do with the land they inherit as their parent’s age. 


3)     The Irish Man (2019)

Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran is a man with a lot on his mind. The former labor union high official and hitman, learned to kill serving in Italy during the Second World War. The movie follows him as he looks back on his life and the hits that defined his mob career. In particular, the part he claims to have played in the disappearance of his life-long friend, Jimmy Hoffa, the former president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, who mysteriously vanished in late July 1975 at the age of 62.


4)     Sing Street (2016)

A coming-of-age tale and underdog story, set in Dublin in the 1980s about a teenager Conor Lawler (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) starts a band to impress… well, obviously, a girl! Their journey takes many routes, involving a lot of highs and lows, this movie is perfect for anyone who likes comedy and feel-good movies. 


5)     Brooklyn (2015)

Saorise Ronan stars as an Irish immigrant in 1950s New York City by director John Crowley. Ronan plays an Irishwoman who leaves her small town to start a new life in New York. She falls in love with an Italian immigrant whom she desperately falls in love with. She is torn between her life in New York and Ireland. 


6)     Odine (2010)

Colin Farrel plays a recovering alcoholic fisherman who catches a woman in his net (Odine).  He takes an emotional journey with his daughter to find out if this woman is a mermaid or an accident? It truly is a mystery!


7)     The Secret of Kells (2010)

A computer-generated animation by Pixar about a boy named Brendan- a young man in medieval Ireland- who befriends a fairy and goes on a magical quest to fight evil. This is for any viewers that are interested in pure magic! 


8)     Hunger (2008) 

Based on a 1981 hunger strike in a prison in Northern Ireland. A very moving film by Steve McQueen, which is not for the  faint-hearted. It stars Michael Fassbender who lost a shocking 40 pounds for the role. 


9)     The Wind that Shakes The Barley (2006)

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival the movie is set in the 1920s during the formation of the Republic Army. Damien (Cillian Murphy) drops his career to be a doctor, having witnessing the repression, joins the IRA. The conflict causes a division between Damien and his brother. This is the ultimate war drama film! 


10)   Far and Away (1992) 

No movie list is complete without a good throwback movie! Starring the beautiful Tom Cruise- who plays a young Irish man- leaves Emerald Isle with his landlord’s daughter (Nicole Kidman) to pursue a life in Oklahoma during the 1890s. I mean who doesn’t want to see this gorgeous couple run away together? 

 

There you have it, the best St. Patrick’s Day movies! Make sure you use Celestial Cinema home edition to watch your honorary St. Patrick’s Day films. Remember to send your opinions of the best St. Patrick’s Day movies are and send photos of your movie set up to @ccinemauk.