St. Patrick’s Day is usually celebrated with large gatherings, parties and parades. But St. Patrick’s Day 2020 may look a little different this year as many are self-isolating and practicing social distance amid the coronavirus outbreak.
But if you don’t want to let the St. Patrick’s Day holiday pass by and would still like to celebrate Ireland and Irish culture, here are the Irish and Irish American movies you can stream on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Irish Movies to Stream on Netflix
- The Crying Game
- The Young Offenders
- Cardboard Gangsters
Irish director Neil Jordan’s The Crying Game (1993) tells the story of a British soldier who is captured by the IRA and makes friends with one of his captors. The Crying Game has a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Young Offenders (2016) is an Irish comedy film about two teenagers, Conor and Jock, who steal bicycles and embark on a quest to find €7 million worth of cocaine, and the movie has a rating on Rotten Tomatoes of 100 percent. Additionally, two seasons of The Young Offenders spin-off sitcom have aired, with the third airing in 2020.
Cardboard Gangsters (2017) is a movie about a group of young men who seek money and power while trying to take over the drug trade in Darndale, Dublin. Cardboard Gangsters has a rating of 94 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
Irish Movies to Stream on Amazon Prime
- Black ’47 (SHOWTIME on Amazon)
- Song of the Sea (STARZ on Amazon)
- The Hole in the Ground
- The Irish Pub
Black ’47 (2018) is a historical drama set during the Great Famine that sees an Irish Ranger abandon his fight against the British Army to return home to his family. Black ’47 features Northern Irish actor Stephen Rea and Irish actor Barry Keoghan and has a 78 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Families should watch Song of the Sea (2014), an Irish animated fantasy film about Celtic folklore and how a young Irish boy discovers that his sister is a selkie. The movie has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 99 percent.
Horror fans will enjoy the Irish movie The Hole in the Ground (2019), which is about a young boy who disappears in the woods, only to return with increasingly disturbing behavior. The Hole in the Ground has an 84 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Irish Pub (2013) is a documentary about the traditional Irish pub and has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 100 percent.
Irish Movies Available to Rent or Buy
- Brooklyn is a 2015 movie starring Saoirse Ronan about a young Irish woman who travels to New York in the 1950s. (YouTube, Google Play, Fandango Now, Vudu, Microsoft, iTunes, DirectTV)
- The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) is a movie starring Cillian Murphy, set in the Irish War of Independence, and tells the story of two brothers fighting side-by-side. (Amazon, Microsoft and iTunes)
- Intermission (2003) is an Irish black comedy film set in Dublin and starring Irish actors Coin Farrell and Cillian Murphy. (Amazon)
- The Commitments (1991) is a musical comedy-drama film about an unemployed Dublin man who forms a jazz band made up of Irish working-class people. (YouTube, Google Play, Fandango Now, Vudu, Microsoft, iTunes, Redbox)
- In the Name of the Father is a 1993 movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis as an Irish man wrongly sentenced to life in prison after the IRA bombing of 1974. (YouTube, Google Play, Fandango Now, Vudu, Microsoft, iTunes, Redbox)
- Once (2007) is a romantic musical drama film about a street musician and a Czech immigrant who meet in Dublin and record music together. (YouTube, Google Play, Fandango Now, iTunes, Vudu)
- Sing Street is a 2016 movie about a boy who starts a band in 1980s Dublin. (Amazon, iTunes, Microsoft)
- Ondine (2009) is a romantic drama directed by Neil Jordan that explores the Celtic mythology of the selkie. (Amazon, Vudu, iTunes, Microsoft)
- A Date for Mad Mary (2016) is a romantic drama about a woman named Mary who tries to find a date for her best friend’s wedding after leaving prison. (YouTube, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu)
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