St. Patrick’s Day is not just about green beer, Irish music and parades. It’s also a day to enjoy some Irish-themed flicks. I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite movies to watch this time of year. Be sure to share your favorites or highlight some of the films I might have missed in the comments below.
1. The Quiet Man (1950)- Nominated for Best Picture Academy Award, The Quiet Man is a humorous St. Patrick Day favorite about a former prizefighter who returns to his native Ireland and falls in love.
2. Waking Ned Devine (1998) – The residents of a small town in an Irish coastal town lost their friend Ned Devine who died after he discovered he had won the lottery. His friends try to find a way to claim the money and share it... with the whole town. A hillarious comedy perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or any day.
3. Finian’s Rainbow (1968) – In what was Fred Astaire’s last musical, Astaire plays a leprechaun in this American musical film directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
4. Da (1988) – An Irish-American playwright returns home where he encounters his recently deceased father's ghost. Martin Sheen and Barnard Hughes play father and son.
5. Once (2006) – With the Oscar-winning song “Falling Slowly” this is a film that you’ll love watching at any time of year. The story is about a Dublin musician played by Glen Hansard who meets a fellow musician (Marketa Irglova) who helps him write some of his best music to date.
6. The Secret of Kells (2010) – An Oscar nominated animated film that tells the story of a young boy living in Ireland.
7. The Commitments - A talented group of Dublin kids join forces to start a 1960s rhythm'n'blues band. Great performances and music make this a favorite any time of year.
8. An Everlasting Piece (2000) – A comedy with two wig salesman based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
9. Darby O’Gill and The Little People (1959) – A classic Walt Disney film about a Irishman and his battle with leprechauns.
10. The Secret of Roan Inish (1994) - A magical tale of a young Irish girl's search for her baby brother with the help of friendly seals and a mythical sea creature. Based on a classic Celtic folktale.