The Best Films to Watch for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is fun for everyone. Drink whiskey, wear green, partake in eating Irish cuisine; If you’re celebrating at home, you can also watch movies that are everything-Irish theme. Take these festive films into consideration this St. Paddy’s Day.



This is a no-brainer. Classic Jennifer Aniston running from a homicidal leprechaun who can only be stopped with a four-leaf clover. Just maybe don’t let the kids watch. “Leprechaun” will be shown on Syfy at 4:00 P.M. Central on St. Patrick’s Day.

Boondock Saints

A perfect balance of violence and comedy, “Boondock Saints” follows Irish twins serving vigilante justice to the gangsters of Boston. The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus stars along with Sean Patrick Flanery. Plus, Willem Dafoe plays a funny FBI agent who is chasing the two.

“The Luck of the Irish”

A Disney Channel original movie, this is a perfect choice if you have kids, or if you’re in your late 20’s and are feeling nostalgic.

“The Quiet Man”

This is the quintessential movie that shows John Wayne’s ability to do romance. It, of course, has burly ruggedness and a bit of humor. If that isn’t enough, Maureen O’Hara plays Wayne’s wife.

“Gangs of New York”

This is a historical fiction film by Martin Scorsese about the violence that broke out in the “Five Points”, NYC 1862.   (You can read our review of Gangs of New York.)

The Secret of Roan Inish“The Secret of Roan Inish”

This is a more obscure, but completely underrated independent film, about 10-year-old Fiona who is trying to uncover the truth about a local legend.  Living with her grandparents in a small fishing village, Fiona first learns about the Selkie.  Was her baby brother raised by the seals?  And who is the delightful little boy who inhabits the Isle of Roan Inish? Written and directed by John Sayles.

“Finian’s Rainbow”

A whimsical musical from the 1960’s, “Finian’s Rainbow” tells the story of Finian, (Fred Astaire), and his escapades with a leprechaun after finding a pot of gold. You can watch “Finian’s Rainbow” on TCM at 10:30 A.M. Central, on St. Patrick’s Day. TCM is showing a myriad of great classic movies appropriate for the holiday, that I suggest you set your DVR to record!

Finally, although the entire movie is not set in Ireland, if you are a fan of “P.S. I Love You”, I suggest you use this holiday as an excuse to watch it!