In the Name of the Father (Photo Universal Pictures) Michael Collins (Photo Warner Bros.) The Guard (Sony Pictures Classics)
In the Name of the Father (Photo Universal Pictures) Michael Collins (Photo Warner Bros.) The Guard (Sony Pictures Classics)

After you’ve enjoyed your green bagel, pint of Guinness, corned beef & cabbage or shepherd’s pie, why not conclude St. Patrick’s Day with a good Irish movie, perhaps one you’ve never seen before or are yearning to see again? So many of them are streaming these days….no blarney.

“The Banshees of Inisherin” (2022): Oscar-nominated Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson are at odds in this tragicomedy about a friendship gone sour…on HBO MAX, Apple TV, Prime Video, YouTube, Vudu.

“The Wonder” (2022): Based on Emma Donoghue’s novel, it features Florence Pugh as an English nurse sent to rural Ireland to investigate claims of a miracle…on Netflix.

“The Wind That Shakes the Barley” (2006): Cilllian Murphy stars in this saga of two brothers revolving around the Irish resistance to British rule during the War of Independence (1919-21) and how the divisive Treaty of 1921 split the country…on Prime Video, HBO Max & Netflix.

“Philomena” (2013): Nominated for four Oscars, it stars Judi Dench as an Irish unwed mother who was forced to give up her baby for adoption. Years later, she teams up with a London-based journalist (Steve Coogan) to find out what happened to her son…on Netflix, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play.

“In the Name of the Father” (1993): Daniel Day-Lewis stars in Jim Sheridan’s adaptation of the true story of the ‘Guildford Four,’ four men who were falsely accused of the 1974 Guildford pub bombings; it was nominated for seven Academy Awards…on Netflix, Prime Video, Apple TV, iTunes, Vudu.

“The Commitments” (1991): There’s music galore in this delightful Dublin-set tale, starring Robert Arkins, Johnny Murphy and Angelina Ball…on Prime Video, Apple TV, iTunes, Vudu.

“The Secret of Roan Inish” (1995): Based on Celtic folklore and set in a tiny fishing village near Donegal, John Sayles’ charming cultural identity tale evokes the legend of the ‘selkies,’ who are part seal/part human and can live on land…on Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV, Redbox.

“Bloody Sunday” (2002): This drama recalls the tragic events of January 30, 1972, when 14 innocent civilians were wounded by the British Army following a civil rights protest in Derry…on Prime Video.

“Waking Ned Devine” (1998): Two mates from a tiny Irish village conspire to collect the winnings from a multi-million-dollar Irish National Lottery ticket that belonged to their late friend, Nate Devine…on  Prime Video, iTunes, Vudu & Google Play.

“Michael Collins” (1996): A historical drama with Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn and Stephen Rae…on  Prime Video, Redbox, Apple TV, iTunes, Vudu.

“Evelyn” (2002): Set in 1953, this emotional story focuses on the life of Desmond Doyle, embodied by Pierce Brosnan, who is abandoned by his wife as the Irish courts dictate that their children be placed in Church-controlled orphanages…on  Prime Video.

“The Guard” (2011): Don Cheadle is a no-nonsense FBI agent working with Brendan Gleeson, a bumbling Irish police officer, as they attempt to foil a criminal gang operating in Ireland…on Netflix.

“Once” (2007): With familiar songs and lyrics, romance blooms on the streets of Dublin as a street busker and a Czech immigrant begin a relationship that irrevocably changes both their worlds…on Netflix,  Prime Video, iTunes.

“Wild Mountain Thyme” (2020); Jamie Dornan and Emily Blunt play childhood friends/neighbors deciding what to do with their land as their parents age…on  Prime Video, iTunes.

“The Quiet Man” (1952): John Ford’s flamboyant romantic comedy with John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara and Barry Fitzgerald…on Prime Video, Paramount Plus, Apple TV, Vudu, Roku.

Westport resident Susan Granger grew up in Hollywood, studied journalism with Pierre Salinger at Mills College, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with highest honors in journalism. In addition to writing for newspapers and magazines, she has been on radio/television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic for many years. See all her reviews at