7 Irish Movies To Stream This St. Patrick's Day

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Hotels in Dublin are completely booked. The streets of Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan are clogged with green-clad tourists. Towns around America are clearing Main Street for a parade. Yep, it’s St. Patrick’s Day once again. While St. Patty's Day is certain to become a raging Friday night, there ways to celebrate Irish culture that don’t involve downing a Guinness.
An island with a reputation for storytelling, Ireland has produced some of English literature's finest writers and English cinema's finest films. Each of these movies explores a different aspect of Irish history and way of life. If you can't explore the Emerald Isle's rolling hills and craggy shores in person, at least you can stream it.
So, abandon the Guinesss, since Bailey’s is the more appropriate drink for watching movies anyway. Here are the fully streamable Irish movies we’ll be watching from the comfort of our couch.
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Brooklyn (2015)

Based on the novel by Irish writer Colm Tóibín, this Oscar-nominated film tells the story of Eilis, a young woman who leaves County Wexford for the cold, hard streets of Brooklyn. She begins a romance with a young Italian man, and finds herself torn between her Irish past and a potential New York future. Portraying the isolation, difficulties, and small triumphs of the immigrant experience, Brooklyn is more relevant for more reasons than St. Patrick’s day.

Streaming on HBO Go
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Frank (2014)

Recently, Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson has been in just about everything, from Black Mirror to Brooklyn to The Revenant. But we guarantee you’ve never seen him in anything like Frank, a critically acclaimed and off-beat film from Irish director Lenny Abrahamson. In this movie, Jon (Gleeson) joins an avant-garde pop band helmed by a man named Frank, who constantly wears a large, cartoon-ish head.

Streaming on Netflix
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The Young Offenders (2016)

Hailing from the inner city of Cork, Ireland, best friends Conor and Jack are cut from the same cloth. They act the same, they dress the same, and have the same ne’er-do-well attitude. So, of course, when the boys hear that a boat carrying 61 bales of cocaine has capsized off the coast of West Cork, they hop on their bikes to find a missing bale and make a spot of cash. This critically acclaimed film (100% on Rotten Tomatoes, people) is inspired by the true story of the largest cocaine seizure in Ireland, which happened in 2007.

Streaming on Netflix
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Sing Street (2016)

Calling all Once fans: Boy, have we got the movie for you. Once, the movie about an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant who fall in love while creating an album, is beloved for its naturalistic acting and beautiful original songs. Director John Carney brings the same magic to Sing Street, a coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old Dubliner in the 1980s. Conor escapes his parents’ relationship and money issues by starting a pretty darn awesome band with his classmates. With its '80s-inspired music videos and triumphant concert sequences, the film boasts irresistible charm and incredible music.

Streaming on Netflix
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The Secret of Kells (2009)

Feeling something a little more whimsical? Check out The Book of Kells, a gorgeously animated film that was nominated for a Best Animated Feature Academy Award. Brendan’s a young boy who lives in the Abbey of Kells, a remote medieval outpost. Brendan’s life gets a whole lot more interesting when a mysterious wizard comes to the Abbey bearing an ancient (and unfinished) book of spells. Brendan joins the wizard on his adventure to finish his book.

Streaming on Netflix
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The Irish Pub (2013)

Fancy a drink after all? The Irish Pub is a tribute to a long-held Irish tradition. That’s right — ye olde watering hole. This charming, laid-back documentary shines a spotlight on some unique characters who run pubs in Ireland. In many instances, these pubs have been passed down through generations. Tune in for a bit of long-held warmth and wisdom.

Streaming on Netflix
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Leap Year (2010)

Granted, this romantic comedy is technically an American film. That technicality aside, Leap Year showcases some of Ireland’s most stunning scenery, from Dublin to Galway and all the emerald countryside in between. In the movie, Anna Brady (Amy Adams) chooses February 29 to propose to her boyfriend in Dublin. Her ring-popping plans go awry after she falls under the spell of Declan O’Callaghan’s (Matthew Goode) Irish brogue.

Streaming on Netflix

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