If you think there aren’t many good St. Patrick’s Day family movies, you’re just not looking in the right spot! While there may not be a ton of movies that revolve specifically around the holiday, you’ll find plenty of great movies with an Irish theme to watch together. Whether you choose a historical adventure that shows the plight of the Irish when they first arrived to the US or a whimsical fantasy featuring the iconic leprechauns, your family will love snuggling up to these great St. Patrick’s Day family movies!
Related: St. Patrick’s Day Decoration Ideas
Our Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Family Movies
Far and Away
Far and Away is a 1992 romantic adventure drama movie starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, along with other cast members including Thomas Gibson, Robert Prosky and Barbara Babcock. The movie takes place in the 1890’s, Cruise and Kidman play Irish immigrants who are in search of making a better life for themselves in the United States.
Waking Ned Devine
Waking Ned Devine is a 1998 comedy film that stars Ian Bannen, David Kelly and Fionnula Flanagan. The movie takes place in Ireland and tells the story of a lottery winner who suddenly dies and the folks in his town try to claim his money. This one is best for watching with your teens and older children.
The Secret of Kells
The Secret of Kells is a 2009 animated fantasy movie starring Evan McGuire, Brendan Gleeson, Mick Lally, Paul Young, Christen Mooney and Michael McGrath. The movie tells the story of a young boy growing up in the Kells Monastery in Ireland, under his uncle’s strict supervision. The young boy secretly takes on the task of learning calligraphy while the uncle prepares for a Viking invasion.
Leapin’ Leprechauns is a 1995 children’s action fantasy film that stars John Bluthal, Grant Cramer, Sharon Lee Jones, Gregory Smith and Erica Nicole Hess. It is the story of a group of Leprechauns and an Irish elder on a mission to stop the building of a theme park on their land.
More great St. Patrick’s Day Family Movies
A few more awesome family movies to watch on St. Patrick’s Day include:
- The Secret of Roan Inish
- The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns
- Finian’s Rainbow
- Luck of the Irish
- Darby O’Gill and the Little People
Have fun watching these St. Patrick’s Day family movies together! As an extra special treat, whip up our St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes with a Secret Healthier Twist to enjoy during the movie!
21 thoughts on “9 Fabulous St. Patrick’s Day Family Movies for All Ages”
What about John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara in “The Quiet Man”, a classic with gorgeous scenery, or “Leap Year” with Amy Adams? I personally found Finian’s Rainbow highly overrated and super boring!
I didn’t know there were any St. Patricks family movies. What an interesting list, thanks for sharing!
Oh, I never thought of movies around St. Patricks. Good list, will check those first two out!
I’ve never seen any of these movies. I’ll have to check them out!
I remember watching Far and Away! That’s such a great movie, and a great pick for St. Patrick’s Day!
I married an Irishman so we have to have a movie marathon in March.
Luck of the Irish is one of my favorite movies! Wow, what a great idea for a post! I didn’t realize there were that many St. Patrick’s Day movies!
I’ve never even thought about doing St. Patrick’s day movies, but it’s a great idea! Def something to have on during the week!
Great list! I love a good holiday movie.
What an interesting selection I haven’t seen any but now i’m curious plus it’s a great theme for a house party
I can’t like the Disney Channel movie Luck of the Irish is one of our favorites. It has lassiter from Pysch in it and it just makes it so much better.
Oh my goodness! I haven’t seen Far and Away in ages! I think I am going to have to look for that one, it was one of my favorites
I haven’t heard of any of these movies! Thank you for sharing them. Would love to watch some of them with my hubby
I have never thought about watching movies on ST Patrick Day before as I have never celebrated it before. My friend is Irish though so I might convince to have a day together .
Darby O’gill and the Little People is one of my favorite childhood movies. I can’t remember the last time I’ve watched it. Great idea to spend St. Patty’s Day watching movies.
My family is Irish and we always look forward to St. Patrick’s Day! My grandmother makes a Bailey’s chocolate cheesecake that is absolutely to die for. Thinking about it just gets me excited for the holiday!
Darby and the little people is one of my favorites. And I LOVE the cupcake…. if only I could get the littles to eat the kiwi?
When I think of St Patty Day movies those super creepy leprechaun movies come to mind! LOL. Thanks for the list of non-creepy movies :)
I’ve never actually heard of any of these films, but they look fun! I will try Far and Away :) thanks!
I can’t even think of one St Patrick’s Day movie. I haven’t seen any of these though, so I am adding The Secret of Kells to our watch list.
I love movies around St. Patrick’s Day since my mother is part Irish. This is a great list of films.