St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect reason to learn more about Irish culture, and movies are an easy way to do it. So stay in for the holiday, and watch movies about Ireland, set in Ireland or starring Irish actors.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with classic movies about Irish culture. Even in black and white, the green isle looks pretty majestic.
The Quiet Man: John Ford’s “The Quiet Man” was made in 1952 with John Wayne and Irish actress Maureen O’Hara, but this classic barely got made. The story of a boxer who moves to Ireland and falls in love still resonates, and despite Hollywood’s disbelief it became a huge success.
Barry Lyndon: Another epic director decided to depict Irish culture in 1975. Stanley Kubrick’s “Barry Lyndon” is a long film, but it’s rich in storytelling. The epic details the rise and fall of an Irishman during the 19th century. Visually rich, the film won Oscars for design, art direction and cinematography.
Newer filmmakers have continued to keep Irish culture a focus of films. Don’t miss out on new classics that are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.
The Brothers McMullen: “The Brothers McMullen” became a surprise Irish indie hit in 1995, earning widespread critical acclaim for this tale of three brothers living in New York.
Gangs of New York: Released in 2002 with a star-studded cast, “Gangs of New York” is a gritty Scorsese film about historical gang activity in New York. It takes a look at Irish American culture in one part of the country, but this one’s not for kids.
- The Secret of Roan Inish: True Irish culture is rich in folklore, and “The Secret of Roan Inish” paid homage to that in 1994. This movie tells the story of Fiona, and it’s full of mythology that’s true to the country.
To get a real taste of Irish culture, watch films based on stories from Irish authors.
Angela’s Ashes: “Angela’s Ashes” is an autobiographical story made into a film in 1996 about life in the country during the ’30s and ’40s. The movie is based on the book of the same name by Frank McCourt, an Irish author.
The Commitments: Roddy Doyle is one of the most-loved Irish authors, and movie buffs can see his work in “The Commitments,” an adaptation of his story. This 1991 musical is a fun movie about a great Dublin band.
The Secret of Kells: “The Secret of Kells,” made in 2009, is a visually stunning movie that depicts medieval Ireland. The film brings the history of the culture to life, and mixes mythology seamlessly into the story.
Enjoy Irish films on St. Patrick’s Day to truly celebrate the culture of the holiday.