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17 St. Patrick’s Day Movies to Watch as a Family

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Get ready to put on the most festive green outfit you can find and fill your pots with gold (or cereal bowls with Lucky Charms), because St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! After a day of classroom celebrations at school and other lucky festivities, there’s no better way to end the day with your kiddos than to cozy up and watch a fun-filled movie to keep the St. Paddy’s spirits high.  

From newer releases to vintage classics,  we’ve rounded up the perfect movies to celebrate the occasion that’ll keep the whole family entertained. Grab some snacks, get comfy, and tune in. We know you’ll love ’em all (we’re feeling lucky!). 

17 St. Patrick’s Day Movies to Watch as a Family

1. Riverdance

Where to Stream: Netflix | Rating: Y-7

Inspired by the iconic Irish dancing stage performance Riverdance, this animated movie follows Irish-born Keegan and his Spanish-born friend Moya on a river adventure. But this movie isn’t just about the mythical Irish dancing deer who keep the river flowing, it’s also a heartfelt tale about grief and overcoming loss. Parents might also recognize Pierce Bronsan as the voice of Keegan’s grandfather, the lighthouse keeper and a talented dancer himself.

2. The Luck of The Irish

Where to Stream: Disney+ | Rating: G

This funny and charming Disney Channel Original Movie tells the story of teenage basketball star and cool-kid Kyle Johnson, who finds himself having to battle for his lucky gold charm in order to keep his family from being controlled by an evil leprechaun.

3. Waking Ned Devine

Where to Stream: Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video | Rating: PG

With lovable characters and Irish wit, Waking Ned Devine is a story about community connection and what being “rich” really means (hint: it’s not about money or a pot of gold). Ned Devine passes away from the shock of having a winning lottery ticket in his hand, and now the townsfolk of a rural Irish town must come together in a scheme to transfer his winnings. Equal parts heartwarming and laugh-worthy, this film’s a St. Paddy’s Day classic.

4. Finian’s Rainbow

Where to Stream: Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video | Rating: G

In this musical-comedy, an elderly Irishman named Finian McLonergan moves to the southern United States with his daughter, Sharon, to bury a stolen pot of gold with the mistaken belief that it will grow. However, a leprechaun follows them all the way to America. And is desperate to recover his treasure before the loss of it turns him into a normal human forever.

5. Darby O’Gill and the Little People

Where to Stream: Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ | Rating: G

On his walk home after being fired from his job, Darby O’Gill accidentally slips through a portal to the land of leprechauns and comes face to face with the Leprechaun King, Brian. Once they meet, Darby demands Brian grant him three wishes—and is met with very bittersweet results.

6. The Secret of Kells

Where to Stream: Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video, | Rating: G

Deep in the Irish woods, Cellach prepares a fortress for an impending attack by a Viking war party. And his nephew Brendan, who has no taste for battle whatsoever, isn’t much help. But once the Vikings begin to approach, Brendan is brought to the frontlines to complete a series of magical yet dangerous tasks to save the day. 

7. Wolfwalkers

Where to Stream: Apple TV | Rating: PG

In a time of superstition and magic when wolves are seen as evil and dangerous creatures, a young apprentice hunter, Robyn, comes to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last pack. However, when Robyn saves a wild native girl name Mebh, their friendship leads her to discover the world of the Wolfwalkers, and transforms her into the very thing she came to destroy. The film was nominated for an Oscar in 2021 for Best Animated Feature..

8. Song of the Sea

Where to Stream: Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video | Rating: PG

In this fun fantasy adventure, a young Irish boy discovers that his mute sister is a selkie (a mythological being who can change from a human into a seal), who must find her voice and use it to free certain supernatural creatures from the spell of a Celtic goddess.

9. The Secret of Roan Inish

Where to Stream: Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video | Rating: PG

When Fiona goes to live with her grandparents on the west coast of Ireland, she hears stories about her ancestors being mythical creatures known as selkies, which leads her to believe she may have found her long-lost little brother living by the sea by himself.

10. Leap Year

Where to Stream: Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix | Rating: PG

When another anniversary passes without a marriage proposal from her boyfriend, Anna decides to take matters into her own hands. Knowing the Celtic tradition that allows women to pop the question on February 29th, she plans to follow him to Dublin and asks him to marry her—but fate has other plans, leading her to a new handsome Irishman.

11. P.S. I Love You

Where to Stream: Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video | Rating: PG-13

When Holly Kennedy loses the love of her life, Gerry, to a terminal illness, she’s surprised to learn that he had planned ahead and written her a series of letters to help ease her grief and move forward into her new life. This is definitely a better watch for older kiddos or for an adult date night!

12. Sing Street

Where to Stream: Apple TV | Rating: PG-13

Another movie that’s definitely fit for a watch with older kids, Sing Street tells the story of a boy named Conor who transfers from a private school to a tough public school and decides to start a new band to help adjust to his newfound life.

13. The Quiet Man

Where to Stream: Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video | Rating: Age 9+ (by Common Sense Media)

An old-time 1950’s classic featuring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in their prime, The Quiet Man is one of those charming and silly movies that will entertain the whole family. Sean (Wayne) is a retired boxer who returns to the Irish village where he was born. When he falls in love with a spunky redhead (O’Hara), all kinds of shenanigans unfold.

14. Into the West

Where to Stream: Amazon Prime Video | Rating: PG

Join Ossie and Tito, two Irish brothers who have received a magical white horse from their grandfather. Using this auspicious gift as an sign to leave their troubles behind, they become outlaws and adventure across Ireland. Of course, challenges arise and spirits are tested, but kids will definitely be able to relate to the imaginative forces the boys must tap into along the way.

15. War of the Buttons

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video | Rating: PG

Cross-town rivalries certainly grab many a kiddo’s attention (think The Sandlot or The Outsiders), and this Irish tale of the Ballydowse and Carrickdowse may prove to be no different. Besides being hooked by the battles, kids will resonate with the loyalty and companionship of your sidekicks. In each crew’s quest for victory, is there still friendship and understanding to be found?

16. Circle of Friends

Where to Stream: Apple TV | Rating: PG-13

Minnie Driver makes her acting debut in this romantic comedy set in a university in Dublin in the late 1950s. Don’t let the year mistake you; tween girls will be able to easily relate to the joys of female friendship and the search for “true love” that color this film (watch out, they might even start daydreaming about finding a future Irish beau!). Between its mature themes and bouts of sexually-explicit content, it’s best for ages 13+.

17. A Shine of Rainbows

Where to Stream: Apple TV | Rating: PG

Newly adopted Tomás is brought to a magical island off the coast of Ireland. There, alongside the sunny love of his new mother, Maire, rainbows burst through the rain clouds of adversity that had previously defined his childhood. Between the majestic landscape and her unconditional love, young children get a chance to witness how transformative a parent’s love truly is.

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