Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with these 9 Irish-centric films

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

What better way to celebrate the popular Irish holiday than to watch a couple of amazing Irish-centric films. Once you get back from that St. Patrick's Day parade you're attending or after you down a few Guinness pints with your friends, come back and check out these incredibly movies perfect for celebrating the big day.

Check out the list below for our favorite movies about Ireland, St. Patrick's Day and Irish and Irish-American people:

The Quiet Man (1952): John Wayne plays a boxer who goes back to his native Ireland to settle down, but a dispute over property and family leads to an iconic fist fight with a rival.

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The Commitments (1991): This dramedy is a classic Irish film that follows a group of Dublin citizens who form a R&B group and have to grapple with fame's effect on their relationships.

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Far and Away (1992): Remember when Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were an item? This film about Irish immigrants in 1890s America will make you nostalgic in a number of ways.

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Boston reigns supreme as the country's most Irish-American city, with the highest percentage of people of Irish descent, according to findings from the U.S. Census Bureau. So, it probably comes as no surprise that Beantown hosts the country's third-largest St. Patrick's Day parade, drawing about 1 million spectators annually. Apart from the annual parade, Boston features an array of St. Paddy's Day events, including an Irish film festival and a six-day concert series with Dropkick Murphys, a local Irish punk band.

Savannah, Georgia

While Savannah may not be the first destination to come to mind when mapping out your St. Patrick's Day plans, annual traditions like dyeing the water green in Forsyth Park's fountain and tailgating before the historic parade help make the city one of the country's most popular places to celebrate the holiday.

New London, Wisconsin

For those looking to enjoy a St. Patrick's Day experience unlike any other, a visit to New London is a must. Situated about 40 miles west of Green Bay, Wisconsin, this quaint city stands out thanks in part to its quirky St. Paddy's Day festivities, which include leprechauns changing the city signs to read "New Dublin" and locals putting on an Irish funeral parody, complete with a mock funeral procession, an antique hearse and coffin theatrics.


The Windy City's annual dyeing of the Chicago River has become one of the world's most recognized St. Patrick's Day traditions. The annual ritual dates back to 1961 when Stephen Bailey, the manager of Chicago's local plumbers union, saw a plumber's white overalls stained the perfect shade of green while pouring dye into the river to detect sanitation leaks. After making this discovery, Bailey suggested using the dye for future St. Paddy's Day celebrations. Childhood friend and former Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley agreed, sparking an annual tradition that continues to this day. In fact, this practice is so celebrated that the city's river dye formula is a closely guarded secret.

Hot Springs, Arkansas

One unique St. Paddy's Day parade takes place in Hot Springs. Featuring amusing attractions like Irish Elvis impersonators, a kissing contest with the Arkansas Blarney Stone and the world's largest inflatable leprechaun, Hot Springs' annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade draws 30,000 visitors, even though the parade procession only travels a mere 98 feet.

North Kansas City, Missouri

Though North Kansas City's annual celebration goes by the name of Snake Saturday (in honor of an Irish legend about St. Patrick driving pagans, or snakes, out of Ireland), no snakes are involved. Instead, revelers participate in a variety of St. Patrick's Day activities, including a charity cook-off, a lad and lassie contest for kids and a two-day carnival.

New York City

It may not come as a shock that America's most populous city also hosts the country's largest St. Patrick's Day celebration. Skip the crowds at New York's hours-long parade in favor of an authentic dose of Irish culture at the Irish Arts Center's Annual St. Patrick's Open Day, which offers everything from tin whistle and tap-dancing lessons to face painting and Gaelic football.

O'Neill, Nebraska

Home to the world's largest shamrock, the small city of O'Neill doubles in size come mid-March. Once you've gotten your fill of the town's massive painted shamrock, enjoy some of O'Neill's unconventional St. Patrick's Day events, such as a dodgeball tournament and a hypnosis show.

Enterprise, Alabama

For a condensed version of a traditional St. Patrick's Day parade, head to Enterprise in southeast Alabama. Each year, this small Southern town puts on a celebration billed as the world's smallest St. Patrick's Day parade, which features only one participant who dances and sings along the parade route.


The Boondock Saints (1999): This American thriller follows Irish Catholic twin brothers on their quest to dispel violence and crime from Boston by killing off its population of criminals.

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In the Name of the Father (1993): The Academy Award-nominated thriller follows Daniel Day-Lewis as he plays a man from Belfast who is imprisoned for a pub bombing that he has nothing to do with.

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The Luck of the Irish (2001): This Disney Channel Original Movie follows a high-schooler on his quest to save his family from being controlled by an evil leprechaun. It's a must-watch for any millennial on St. Paddy's Day.

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The Departed (2006): The 2006 Best Picture winner follows an Irish mob boss played by Jack Nicholson who plants a mole in the police. It's an explosive movie that everyone needs to see -- one of Martin Scorsese's best films.

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Once (2007): The film that produced the Academy Award-winning song "Falling Slowly" is based in Dublin, Ireland and follows a pair of struggling musicians.

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Brooklyn (2015): This Academy Award-nominated film follows a young Irish immigrant (played masterfully by Saoirse Ronan) in the 1950s as she navigates love, loss and a foreign culture.

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Gwyneth Paltrow wore a sparkly bright green Elie Saab gown to the 2011 Bambi Award ceremony in Germany.

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Sofia Vergara sported a plunging green Herve Leroux dress to the 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards. 

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Angelina Jolie stunned in emerald Versace at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

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Kate Middleton looked lovely as ever in a green Catherine Walker dress on an outing in Australia.

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Julianne Moore looked like a mermaid in Givenchy at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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Lupita Nyong'o dazzled in a flowing Gucci gown at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival.

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Emily Blunt rocked an Oscar de la Renta gown at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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Amy Adams was seen out and about in New York City in a Max Mara dress on December 15, 2014.

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Emma Stone sported a plunging chiffon Valentino gown at the opening ceremony of the 71st Venice Film Festival.


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