Whether you celebrate St Patrick’s Day or not, you can’t escape the hype and news headlines around this holiday. The traditional way to celebrate this day is by wearing a sea of green and drinking as much as possible. However, this St Patrick’s Day falls on a Thursday, which means for most of us, we are expected in work bright and early the next day.

To help you celebrate an alcohol free St Paddy’s day and ensure you can function in work without the world’s biggest hangover, we’ve put together a list of the top 6 films to watch, as voted for by UK movie lovers.

1. The Quiet Man (1952)

John Wayne plays an American-Irishman who travels back to his home in Ireland to claim his family’s land. Once he’s there, he falls in love with Mary-Kate and starts a feud with her brother over her dowry.

2. The Commitments (1991)

Set in Dublin, Jimmy Rabbitte is sick of hearing the same music and wants to introduce soul music into his irish community. The film follows his journey to create Dublin’s first soul band and charts their rise and fall.

3. Leprechaun (1993)

Starring a very young Jennifer Anniston and Warwick Davis, Leprechaun is a cheesy, cult classic horror film. It follows Warwick Davis as an evil and sadistic Leprechaun, killing his way to find his pot of gold.

4. P.S I Love You (2007)

A classic American rom-com starring Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler and Jeffrey Dean-Morgan. A widow receives a letter and instructions from her recently deceased husband leading her back to his home of Ireland. The continuous letters teach her even more about her husband’s past and help her work through her grief, helping her move forward with her life.

5. In The Name Of The Father (1993)

This Daniel Day Lewis lead film, follows the real life events of the Guilford bombings by the IRA. It follows Day-Lewis as Gerry Conlan, fighting to clear his name and free his family members, who have also been wrongly convicted of the bombings.

6. Michael Collins (1996)

The film our survey participants named number one on their lists. Michael Collins is a patriotic biopic around the Irish revolutionary, Michael Collins, played by Liam Neeson. This film documents Michael Collins life and charts the ups and downs of his fight for Irish independence.

No matter what kind of movie you love to sit back and relax with, there’s an Irish/Ireland based film to help you celebrate this St Patrick’s Day.

Survey conducted by Smartmobile Casino.

photo credit: St Patrick’s day Parade San Francisco 2015 via photopin (license)

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds, an avid blogger and photographer. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UKs Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham