Hands down, the best Irish movie ever made was The Commitments. It had soul, it had passion, it had MUSIC! The early 90’s movie (can we call it a classic yet?) won BAFTA’s for best film and best director and it produced one of the greatest soundtracks of all time.
While this is an excellent movie to celebrate with on St. Patrick’s day it probably should not be what you screen for the family while you munch on yummy green food.
Luckily there any many Irish movies that are perfect for kids. These movies have heart, silliness, luck, and some even have tap your feet music. Find a movie and start a new tradition!
As a bonus I have included some of my favorite Irish films that I know you will love (after the kids are in bed, of course)!
The Ultimate List of Irish films:
7 Irish Films For Everyone 1 of 15
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1. Darby O'Gill and the Little People
Darby O'Gill wants nothing more than to find a pot of gold but the King of the Leprechauns won't let that happen. This film seriously withstands the test of time. It was one of my Mom's favorite movies when it came out and I loved watching it with her when I was a kid. I'll be showing it to my almost four year old for the first time this year.
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2. Luck of the Irish
This film premiered on the Disney channel twelve years ago. The movie tells the tale of just your average, every day teenager who discovers that he is actually 1/2 leprechaun.
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3. The Gnome-Mobile
If your family is fan of Mary Poppins they will immediately recognize the same sibling duo in The Gnome-Mobile. The story is about two children and their lumber tycoon Grandfather that suddenly find themselves helping a gnome find a bride. (history note: This was one of the last films personally produced by Walt Disney)
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4. The Secret of Roan Inish
Fiona is a young girl that moves to a small fishing village to live with her grandparents. The movie weaves in classic Irish lore of "selkies" (seals that can shed their skin and are human). Fiona becomes certain that her younger brother who had gone missing is actually being raised by the selkies.
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5. The Secret of Kells
This is the story of Brendan, a 12 year old Irish boy, who fights Vikings so that the Book of Kells (a magical illustration of the Bible) can be completed and protected.
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6. A Shine of Rainbows
Eight year old TomÃ¡s has it rough being bullied and mocked at the orphanige where he lives. He is thrilled to be suddenly adopted by a kind and loving woman and her not so kind and loving husband. The movie quickly reminds us that love conquers all.
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7 Irish Films for Grownups 9 of 15The kids in bed? High Five! Now check out these awesome Irish films just for grownups.
The Commitments 10 of 15
Waking Ned Devine 11 of 15
In the Name of the Father 12 of 15
Angela’s Ashes 13 of 15
Once 14 of 15
The Matchmaker 15 of 15