Now, this is NOT a comprehensive list – this is merely a list of movies and television shows either set in or filmed in Ireland that I’ve watched and enjoyed. Please, feel free to add your own favorites in the comments!
Cliffs of Moher – used in Harry Potter and Princess Bride
- Ballykissangel (TV Series) – Set in a small town in Ireland, great funny series.
- Father Ted (TV Series) – Three priests (a young one in training, a mature one, and an old one in retirement) live on a remote island in the west of Ireland. Silly comedy. Some strong language.
- Waking Ned Devine – An old man wins the lottery – and promptly dies. His friends try to collect his winnings. Hilarious.
- The Secret of Kells – A delightful animated movie about the Book of Kells, an exquisite illuminated gospel from the 8th century – the kids would probably love this, too. Some scary bits (mean Vikings).
- Song of the Sea – An animated movie of Saoirse, a girl who can turn into a seal, who goes on an adventure to free the faeries.
- Leap Year – An American is stuck in the boondocks of Ireland, and tries to make her way to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend on Feb 29th.
- P.S., I Love You – A true tearjerker. A man dies in New York, and his wife is sent on a series of quests by him, via notes written before he died, ending up in Ireland where they met.
- Darby O’Gill and the Little People – Sean Connery sings! Darby O’Gill tries to get the better of the Fairy Folk to save his daughter from dying.
- The Matchmaker – Based on the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, a funny tale with Janeane Garofalo.
Mussendun Temple – the beach below used in Game of Thrones
- The Commitments – A Soul Music group gets together in Dublin
- Into the West – a couple young tinker (gypsy) boys find a mystical white horse
- The Secret of Roan Inish – a movie about Selkies, mystical creatures that are seals in the water, but humans on land.
- The Quiet Man – A classic with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara; a man moves from America to the small town he was born in to reclaim his heritage.
- Circle of Friends – Minnie Driver stars in this tale of young men and women in 1950 Ireland.
- Once – Set in Dublin, story of a pair of musicians learning the ways of the street.
- The Guard – A misfit policeman gets partnered with an uptight FBI agent to investigate drug smugglers
- Philomena – A woman searches for word of her child, taken from her in the Magdalene Laundries.
- Angela’s Ashes – True story of a child growing up in Limerick.
- Ondine – Tale of a water spirit.
- Dancing at Lughnasa – Five sisters in rural Ireland in the 1930s.
Ballintoy Harbour, aka Pyke in Game of Thrones
Gritty/heavy/serious/not for kids:
- My Left Foot (Daniel Day-Lewis plays a Irish painter quadriplegic, 1960s)
- In the Name of the Father (Daniel Day-Lewis, accused of bombing in Northern Ireland, 1970s)
- Michael Collins (Liam Neeson/Alan Rickman) About Ireland’s revolution (1916)
- The Wind that Shakes the Barley – Also Ireland’s revolution (1916)
- Bloody Sunday – Historical drama about the true events that occurred in the beginning of the Troubles in Derry, Northern Ireland (set in 1972).
- Ryan’s Daughter – Story of a woman who has an affair with a WWI British officer. (1916)
- Excalibur – Classic King Arthur tale filmed in Ireland
- Da – Story of a man dealing with his father’s death, with Martin Sheen.
- The Field – A feud about who gets to farm a field results in death and pain. (Spoiler! Sean Bean dies)
- Omagh – Dramatization of the bombing in Omagh in 1998.
- The Crying Game – A British soldier captured by IRA terrorists
Filming locations in Ireland:
- Game of Thrones
- Penny Dreadful
- The Princess Bride
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- The Tudors
- Foyle’s War
- The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
- Your Highness
- Reign of Fire
- Casino Royale (1967)
- The Amazing Race
Don’t miss information on Celtic myth and history, as well as practical travel planning tips, and hidden places, in my travel books.
– Mythical, Magical, Mystical: A Guide to Hidden Ireland
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