Irish Movies on Netflix

Waking Ned Devine


Today has been a lazy day. It is freezing here in New Jersey and I have a big pot of Guinness Stew cooking on the stove (recipe to follow). It smells wonderful and is the perfect food on a day like today. I am going to curl up on the sofa with the family and watch a movie. This got me thinking, which Irish movies does Netflix have to offer?  I did my research and this is the list I came up with:

  • About Him – A deceptive lad courts all three sisters in a tight- knit Irish family and none of them have any idea in this romantic comedy.
  • Agnes Browne – Agnes must fend for herself and her seven children when her husband dies. Fortunately her best friend is there to lend support and laughter.
  • Alarm – A young journalist Molly buys the home of her dreams in the suburbs. Although she is recovering from an old trauma, Molly feels secure, especially with her new boyfriend, Mal until a string of burglaries triggers her mental instability.
  • Citadel – Months after a gang of feral children attack and kill his pregnant wife, agoraphobic young father Tommy is left to raise their daughter on his own. But his persistent visions of his late wife’s attackers propel his phobia to menacing new heights.
  • The Dead – Gabriel Conroy and wife Greta attend a Christmas dinner with friends at the home of his spinster aunts, an evening which results in an epiphany for both of them.
  • Dead Bodies – When self-absorbed couple Tommy (Andrew Scott) and Jean (Katy Davis) decide to give their rocky romance one more shot, a deadly event changes Tommy’s life forever.
  • Death of a Superhero – Sick of chemo, since it hasn’t cured his leukemia, 15-year-old Irish lad Daniel is full of fear, anger and worry. Concerned about dying a virgin, he’s sent to a therapist whose compassionate yet pragmatic attitude helps him face his fears.
  • The Fall (TV Series) – A murder in Belfast is unsolved, and DSI Stella Gibson is brought in to solve the case and catch the killer.
  • The Field – Set in 1930’s Western Ireland, a peasant and a wealthy Irish American battle over land.
  • Five Minutes of Heaven – Five Minutes of Heaven is a story inspired by two extraordinary lives, which explores the challenges of coming to terms with Northern Ireland’s troubled past.
  • Happy Ever Afters – Two couples getting married on the same day and host their receptions in the same hotel set the stage in this comedy.
  • How About You – This film is based on a short story by Irish author Maeve Binchy. When the manager of a retirement home goes away for the holidays, four mischievous residents turn the place upside down.
  • In the Name of the Father – This biopic  examines Irishman Gerry Conlon, who was wrongfully sentenced to life in prison for an IRA terrorist attack that killed four people.
  • Into the West – Two Irish brothers embark on a daring rescue to save their beloved white stallion from an unethical horse breeder.
  • Jack Taylor (TV Series) – Irish television series based on the novels of Ken Bruen.  Set in Galway, Jack Taylor, a former officer with the Garda
    Síochána  (national police) unwillingly becomes a private investigator after leaving the service.
  • Jig – This documentary goes behind the scenes at the fiercely competitive 40th Irish World Dancing Championships.
  • Night Train – An ageing ex-con with a passion for trains is released from jail in Ireland and moves in with a middle-aged woman and her mother. Whilst tentatively striking up a relationship with his lonely landlady, the timid train lover finds unfinished business from his previous career is coming back to haunt him.
  • Nora – Author James choice falls for passionate Nora Barnacle and they move to Italy. Joyce later returns to Ireland and they begin an erotic correspondence.
  • Omagh – After the 1998 IRA Battle in Omagh, Northern Ireland, the bereaved father of a victim battles for an explanation.
  • Ondine – The story of an Irish fisherman who discovers a woman in his fishing net who he believes to be a Selke (a water nymph).
  • The Runway – The citizens of Ireland’s County Cork come to the aid of a South American pilot who has crash landed in their town,
  • Secret of the Kells – Animated film in which Vikings attack an Irish abbey and the young nephew of an abbot must brave the enchanted forest to complete work on a legendary book.
  • Shadow Dancer – Collette, a single mother and career IRA terrorist, is captured after an abortive bombing in London and faces an excruciating ultimatum.
  • Shrooms – 3 couples go to Ireland woods to collect magic mushrooms and trip out. On their way they meet some strange inhabitants of the woods and it doesn’t take long until a creepy story is being told at the campfire which might be more than just a story.
  • The Snapper – In this comedy,Sharon Curley is a 20-year-old living with her parents and many brothers and sisters. When she gets herself pregnant and refuses to name the father, she becomes the talk of the town.
  • Stella Days In mid-1950s Ireland, a parish priest, in an attempt to raise funds for his church and merge his passion for film with his faith, opens a small cinema in his community, provoking conflict with the bishop and the parishioners.
  • Tara Road – Based on Maeve Binchy’s novel, Marilyn, a grieving American mother, meets Ria, an Irish wife recently dumped by her husband. Through a chance phone call, the two agree to swap houses for the summer and strive to find strength and healing amid new surroundings.
  • Wake Wood – After losing their only child, Alice, in a vicious dog attack, two grieving parents relocate to a small town where — to their horror and fascination — they discover a pagan ritual that will grant them three more days with their deceased daughter.
  • Waking Ned Devine – When a lottery winner dies of shock, his fellow townsfolk attempt to claim the money.
  • Waveriders – Documentarian Joel Conroy traces the Irish origins of surfing, focusing largely on George Freeth, an Irishman of Hawaiian descent who is credited with popularizing the sport in the early 20th century.
  • The Wind that Shakes the Barley – As political tensions brew in early 1920s Ireland, brothers Damien and Teddy abandon their civilian lives and take up arms to liberate their country from the oppressive “Black and Tan” squads of Britain.

There you have it, a list of Irish movies on Netflix. If you have any to add please do so in the comments section below. Enjoy one tonight!

6 Responses to Irish Movies on Netflix

  1. Noreen says:

    How about the stew recipe?

  2. CLD says:

    This is too cool. A whole list of irish films in one place. The irish are some of the best writers and artists in the world!
    I’m loving this blog more and more. Keep it coming.
    Go raibh maith agat!

  3. David Denevan says:

    Thanks from California Irishman. Sitting here cooking cabbage and brisket drinking my Guinness and wishing there was an Irish movie to watch. Saw your very timely post. David

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