It's St. Patrick's Day and if you don't have plans or simply want to stay in tonight, here are five great Irish-themed movies to watch in celebration of the holiday.
There are plenty of Christmas and Halloween movies to choose from on those respective holidays, but what about St. Patrick's Day? Unfortunately, there are very few films that center specifically around March 17, but there are many movies with Irish themes, some of which take place specifically in Ireland.
Netflix, Amazon and many other streaming services have Irish movies available in their database for you to check out. Let's narrow it down to the five best movies you can watch in honor of St. Patrick's Day.
The Secret of Kells (2009)
Animated fantasy film The Secret of Kells takes place in the legendary Monastery of Kells in Ireland. Young Brendan eavesdrops on monks discussing the unfinished book of Kells, which purports to turn darkness into light. He finds the creator of this book and helps him complete it and "illuminate" it to life. The film, which was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, is available to stream on Netflix now.
In Bruges (2008)
In Bruges tells the tale of two Irish hitmen, played by Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson, who are asked to lay low in Bruges, Belgium after an innocent man is killed during their latest hit. The dark comedy, written by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, resulted in a Golden Globe win for Farrell. Check out In Bruges on Netflix now.
Waking Ned Devine (1998)
An Irishman named Ned Devine wins the Irish National Lottery and subsequently dies of shock in Waking Ned Devine. Only close friends of his are aware of Ned's sudden death, so as the lottery official come to award him, they scheme to collect the money themselves. Waking Ned Devine is available to stream now on Amazon Prime.
Run & Jump (2014)
Will Forte stars in this small indie drama from 2013, Run & Jump. The film centers on Forte's character, a doctor, traveling to Ireland to observe a 38-year-old man who has a stroke that changes his personality completely. He then forms a bond with the man's wife that goes deeper than it should. Check out Run & Jump on Netflix here.
My Left Foot (1989)
My Left Foot tells the incredible story of Christy Brown, an Irish native born with cerebral palsy who is only able to control his left foot. He then becomes a writer and artist, using only his left foot to make his creations. The film landed Daniel Day-Lewis his first Oscar, in addition to Brenda Fricker for playing his mother. Find My Left Foot on Amazon Prime here.