Maybe your kids wore green to school and ran around pinching all of their friends who didn’t. Or perhaps you and your sweetie grabbed a cold, green one on the way home. What better way to end a fun-filled day than curling up with your family to watch a good movie? I’ve compiled a quick list of titles for you to stream on Netflix tonight.
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Movies to Watch on Netflix for St. Patrick’s Day
1. The Secret of Kells – When Vikings attack an Irish abbey, the young nephew of an abbott must brave an enchanted forest to complete work on a legendary book.
2. Life’s a Breeze – Life’s A Breeze is a charming comedy that follows a family struggling to stay afloat and together through hard times. The family is turned upside down when Nan’s (Fionnula Flanagan) unemployed slacker son Colm (Pat Shortt), and his niece Emma (Kelly Thornton) make a well-intended attempt to clean out her house and accidentally trash the mattress where she’s been stashing her life savings. Now they must overcome their many differences to lead their family in a race against time to find a lost fortune.
3. Standby – In an Irish airport, a woman waiting standby (Mad Men’s Jessica Paré) for a flight home to the US runs into an old flame. They discover they’re more compatible than ever, but with an ocean between them, is their second chance meant to be?
4. Monarch of the Glen – Now assembled in one collectors set, every episode of the immensely popular BBC series, Monarch of the Glen! Set against spectacular scenery of the Scottish Highlands, this immensely popular, heart-warming drama centers around an ancient castle, a collection of tartan-clad eccentrics and the handsome new master of the impoverished estate. Monarch of the Glen is one of the BBC’s international success stories. From America to Vietnam, fans around the world have fallen in love with the beautiful Scottish countryside and the story of Glenbogle.
5. The Grand Seduction – A small fishing village must procure a local doctor to secure a lucrative business contract. When unlikely candidate and big city doctor Paul Lewis lands in their lap for a trial residence, the townsfolk rally together to charm him into staying. As the doctors time in the village winds to a close, acting mayor Murray French has no choice but to pull out all the stops.
English-language remake of the Sundance Film Festival award-winning film Seducing Doctor Lewis
6. Jack Taylor – Self-destructive, pigheaded, and overfond of the bottle, Jack Taylor (Iain Glen, Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey) is a forty-something ex-cop trying to earn a living as a private detective in his native Galway. Taylor has burned a lot of bridges, but he still has a knack for uncovering ugly truths. In his new trade, Taylor finds evil at every turn: the serial murders of young female factory workers, a vicious vigilante group executing summary justice, and a sadistic nun dubbed “Lucifer” by her former charges.
7. A Long Way Down – In this touching comedy, four strangers decide to end it all on New Year’s Eve. But when they meet by chance on a London rooftop, they agree to halt their plans for six weeks. They soon discover that even accidental families make life worth living.
8. Hinterland – What Wallander is to Sweden and The Killing is to Denmark, Hinterland is to Wales: a dark and harrowing detective drama with compelling characters and suspenseful stories. Filmed on location in the starkly beautiful coastal town of Aberystwyth, this “no-holds-barred gritty thriller” (Western Mail, U.K.) was an immediate hit with viewers and critics, hailed as “groundbreaking” (The Observer, U.K.) and “magnificent” (London Evening Standard, U.K.).
9. Leap Year – Leap Year: When Anna’s four-year anniversary to her boyfriend passes without an engagement ring, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Inspired by an Irish tradition that allows women to propose to men on Leap Day, Anna follows Jeremy to Dublin to propose to him.
10. Midsomer Murders – Welcome to England’s most murderous county…The English village mystery gets a contemporary spin in this hit British television series that has earned a worldwide following. Bucolic settings harbor macabre crimes and eccentric characters that are no match for nice-guy detective Tom Barnaby and his eager assistant, Sergeant Troy.
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11. Five Minutes of Heaven – a startling new thriller inspired by true events: In 1975, 17-year-old Irish-Protestant Alistair Little assassinated 19-year-old Catholic Jim Griffin in his Ulster home. The murder was witnessed by Griffin s 11-year-old brother Joe. Thirty years later, Little (Neeson) has been rehabilitated and released from prison, while Joe Griffin (James Nesbitt of BLOODY SUNDAY and JECKYLL) remains traumatized and bitter. But when a television talk show decides to bring them together for a live on-air reconciliation, two men haunted by one moment must come face-to-face with their own worlds of pain, violence and vengeance.
12. Life’s a Breeze – This story follows a family struggling to stay afloat. Nan’s (Fionnula Flanagan) son Colm (Pat Shortt), and his niece Emma (Kelly Thornton) trash the mattress with her life savings. They must work together as a family to find their lost fortune.
13. Jack Taylor – Jack Taylor is a former cop turned private investigator trying to scratch out a living in his native Galway. Self-destructive and pigheaded, with a talent for getting into trouble, Jack retains few friends from his time in the Irish Police, save for detective Kate Noonan. Aided by Kate and her cousin Darragh, Jack delves into some of the darkest cases of his career, including the crucifixion of a young man, the kidnapping of his old nemesis, and deadly corporate espionage. But when Kate receives devastating news, Jack is torn between helping her through her personal crisis and his willingness to do whatever it takes to crack a case. Inspired by Ken Bruen’s bestselling book series, this action-packed crime noir showcases the rakish allure of its leading man with tantalizing mysteries and a bleak but beautiful setting.
14. Art of Conflict: The Murals of Northern Ireland – The murals of Northern Ireland are an expression of the region’s violent Troubles. ‘The Art of Conflict’ examines these murals through their painters and the people who live there, exploring this unique street art’s impact, purpose, and future.
15. The Fall – A British detective is summoned to Belfast to solve a high-profile murder. She quickly recognizes the signs of a serial killer, but the culprit has already targeted his next victim. Over five engrossing episodes, this psychological thriller follows both the hunter and the hunted as they attempt to outmaneuver each other in “an intriguing game of cat and mouse.”
16. Black Books – Meet Bernard Black, a foul-tempered and eccentric bookshop owner who loves his books but hates his customers. Manny is Bernard’s long-suffering assistant and Fran is the owner of the gift shop next door to Black Books. Black Books explores Manny and Fran’s efforts to ensure Bernard has some contact with the outside world and charts the comical consequences of their efforts.
17. Philomena – Academy Award-Winner Judi Dench stars as Philomena, a woman who alongside a grumpy reporter (Steve Coogan) journeys to America to find the child she put up for adoption so many years ago.
18. The Irish Mob – This documentary crime series charts the rise of the Irish Mob in America, from urban immigrant poverty to political power and wealth.
19. The Irish Pub – The Irish Pub is a eulogy to the greatest institution in Irish society, the pub or more specifically the traditional Irish publicans who run them. The characters in this exceptionally endearing film all run and own pubs that have been in their families for generations and it is through their warmth, wit and wisdom that we gain an insight into the heart and soul of The Irish Pub.
20. Tales of Irish Castles – Tales of Irish Castles is a six part series exploring the great stories, legends and characters associated with the most beautiful, notorious and historical castles across Ireland. Presented by actor Simon Delaney, this series takes the audience on an incredible journey throughout Ireland–where more castles were built than in the rest of the British Isles combined. Tales of Irish Castles documents these magnificent stone structures and the stories contained within their walls, bringing them to life through specially shot re-enactments, archive footage and contributions from Ireland’s leading historians, archaeologists, castle owners and inhabitants.
21. Rebellion – Three young women play vital and conflicting roles in the fight for Ireland’s independence.
Have you seen any of these? What would you add to this list?
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