St. Patrick’s Day movies are most popular on St. Patrick’s Day. There are some great Irish films and other St. Patrick’s Day movies on Netflix.
13 Best St. Patrick’s Day Movies
These are some of the best Irish movies you can watch to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
A tired American ex-boxer returns to his native hamlet in Ireland to win the hand of a spirited young woman. He is confronted by strict local customs and the woman’s belligerent brother. Set in the verdant Irish countryside, this lively film has beautiful scenery, brilliant repartee, and local charm.
In the remote Irish woods, Cellach (Brendan Gleeson) prepares a fortress for an impending attack by a Viking war party. Unbeknown to Cellach, his young nephew Brendan (Evan McGuire) — who has no taste for battle — works secretly as an apprentice in the scriptorium of the local monastery, learning the ancient art of calligraphy. As the Vikings approach, revered illuminator Aidan (Mick Lally) arrives at the monastery and recruits Brendan to complete a series of dangerous, magical tasks.
Traveling in Ireland, New York reporter Stephen “Fitz” Fitzgerald befriends a leprechaun named Horace by refusing to take his pot of gold. Back home, Fitz takes a job for D.C. Augur, a publisher with political ambitions and the father of his fiancé. Soon, Horace reappears in Fitz’s life, in the guise of a valet, to push him toward a romance with Irish girl Nora and a job that doesn’t compromise his principles.
A 1959 Walt Disney Productions feature film that tells the tale of a wily Irishman and his battle of wits with leprechauns. Starring Albert Sharpe.
The film contains two main stories that eventually intertwine: the first being the story of an American businessman who visits Ireland and encounters magical leprechauns and the second, a story of a pair of star-crossed lovers who happen to be a fairy and a leprechaun, belonging to opposing sides of a magical war. It contains many references to Romeo and Juliet such as two lovers taking poison and feuding clans.
Dan O’Grady steals 100 gold coins from a leprechaun while on vacation in Ireland. The leprechaun follows him home, but Dan locks the murderous midget in a crate, held at bay by a four-leaf clover. Ten years later, J.D. Redding and his daughter, Tory, rent O’Grady’s property for the summer. When their new neighbors accidentally release the leprechaun, he goes on a murderous rampage to reclaim his gold.
Daniel Day-Lewis stars in this superb drama (based on real life) about an Irishman and his fight to overturn his wrongful conviction in an IRA bombing.
Fun-loving Patrick had it easy at his parents’ seaside villa. At 16, he thought he had it made for life–that is, until the day riders kidnapped him to nearby Ireland. Now a slave and shepherd, Patrick faced a bleak and uncertain future.
Luck Of The Irish (2009)
In this Disney movie, a teenager must battle for a gold charm to keep his Irish family from being controlled by an evil leprechaun.
A leprechaun surfaces in Los Angeles to claim a bride, as his previous object of affection was denied to him a thousand years before in Ireland. He kidnaps teenager Bridget, grotesquely murdering anyone who gets in his way. It falls to Bridget’s boyfriend, Cody, to rescue her. Cody enlists the aid of his perpetually tipsy uncle, Morty, who decides to go after the homicidal leprechaun’s pot of gold.
Karen is unaware that decades earlier, townspeople banished a bloodthirsty leprechaun to another dimension after a massacre. She accidentally sets the creature free, and has to convince her father to help send it away again.
Terry Noonan (Sean Penn) returns to Hell’s Kitchen in New York City after a long absence, where his unpredictable childhood friend Jackie Flannery (Gary Oldman) is involved in an Irish crime organization run by older brother Frank (Ed Harris). Terry rekindles an old relationship with Jackie’s sister Kathleen (Robin Wright).
Near the end of the movie, one of the characters watches the St. Patrick’s Day parade alone, several of the other characters are involved in a life-altering bar incident.
Tired of the crime overrunning the streets of Boston, Irish Catholic twin brothers Conne and Murphy are inspired by their faith to cleanse their hometown of evil with their own brand of zealous vigilante justice. As they hunt down and kill one notorious gangster after another, they become controversial folk heroes in the community. But Paul Smecker, an eccentric FBI agent, is fast closing in on their blood-soaked trail.
Between the Canals is an Irish crime film written and directed by Mark O’Connor.
Wrongfully accused of murdering his wife, Richard Kimble escapes from the law in an attempt to find her killer and clear his name. Pursuing him is a team of U.S. marshals led by Deputy Samuel Gerard, a determined detective who will not rest until Richard is captured. As Richard leads the team through a series of intricate chases, he discovers the secrets behind his wife’s death and struggles to expose the killer before it is too late.
Which is your favorite of these St. Patrick’s Day movies?
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