8 Delightful Movies Set in Ireland ...

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Movies set in Ireland have no set genre; there are comedies, dramas, romances, and action movies. Regardless of their plot or point, however, they are almost universally beautiful, with the spirit of the country shining through the dialect, the characterizations, the landscape, and the scenery. I recently read the book which inspired one of the Irish movies on this list, which in turn inspired me to write about the topic. My family is heavily Irish on my mother’s side so I’ve always been interested in the country and culture, and I’ve always dreamed of visiting. Until then, I watch all the films in Ireland I can, and I’m looking forward to sharing some of my favorites and hearing some of yours!

1. Circle of Friends (1995)

This is one of my favorite movies set in Ireland, and the book on which it’s based is the one I was just talking about.

The novel is a lot different from the movie, but the film has its own merits.

For instance, the backdrop of Dublin is gorgeous, especially the university scenes, and I adore Benny’s village.

The movie also introduced the world to Minnie Driver and highlighted a girl who isn’t conventionally beautiful ending up with the guy – even if that’s not quite the way the book portrayed things.

2. Angela’s Ashes (1999)

You can’t talk about Irish movies without discussing Angela’s Ashes, which made a splash in both its literary and its cinematic forms.

Frank McCourt portrayed a grim, depressing world, one many people have never experienced – until reading the book or seeing the movie made by it.

At that point we can all feel like we experienced Limerick as it once was.2

3. Veronica Guerin (2003)

Okay, I’m just realizing that not all of these movies are specifically «delightful,» but they are incredibly good.

This one is incredibly illuminating, terribly moving, and extraordinarily tragic as well.2

The story of Veronica Guerin is sad and intriguing, and Cate Blanchett’s portrayal helps to reveal a lot about the journalist and her heartbreaking demise.

Michael Collins (1996)
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