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St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are likely to look a lot different this year. Even with loosened restrictions on movie theaters, indoor dining, and other places frequented before the pandemic, bars have yet to return to their full glory, and if you’re the type to stay home, a movie marathon is a low-key way to spend the holiday.
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we rounded up a collection of films that are streaming now on Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Hulu, and HBO Max. If you’re not already signed up with one (or more) of these streaming platforms, they all offer subscriptions at affordable prices. For example, Disney+ and Hulu have a bundle deal giving you access to both platforms (and ESPN+) for just $13.99 a month.
If you’re not interested in bundling services, Disney+ offers subscriptions at $7.99 a month, or $79.99 a year (starting March 26). A Hulu subscription will run you $5.99 a month with ads, or $13.99 without ads (Hulu has yearly subscriptions as well, starting at $59.99 a year). Another good option is HBO Max, which costs $14.99 a month after a 14-day free trial. The subscription lets you stream tons of shows and movies, plus original content, and every Warner Bros. film scheduled for release this year.
Amazon Prime is probably the most inclusive subscription among the streaming giants. For $12.99 a month, subscribers get access to thousands of films and shows in the Amazon Prime Video library in addition to other channels, such as IMDbTV, and free two-day shipping on Amazon orders. For those pondering a live television subscription SlingTV has plans starting at $25 for your first month, and serves sports, news, and entertainment with over 30 channels, tens of thousands of shows, movies on-demand, and DVR storage.
Because St. Patrick’s Day is just as good a day as any to check out a few fun films, we’ve rounded up some of the best movies to stream. But don’t worry, they’re not all drenched in the holiday theme. Whether you’re spending the day alone, or getting together with a small group, the films on this list will make you laugh and maybe even cry, while clutching a bottle of Guinness beer.
From comedies to crime thrillers, to dramas that will pull at your heartstrings, see below for our list of films to stream on St. Patrick’s Day.
If you’re looking for a classic comedy, “Waking Ned Devine” is definitely worth a stream. The Kirk Jones-directed film is about a pair of elderly scammers from a small Irish village who hatch a plan to steal a dead man’s lottery winnings, and his identity. The film is streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime.
When a real estate stager doesn’t get the proposal she was hoping for, she takes matters into her own hands — literally. This romantic comedy centers around an Irish tradition that says men can’t turn down a woman’s marriage proposal on leap day. So of course, protagonists Anna Brady (Amy Adams) travels to Ireland to pop the question to her boyfriend of four years. “Leap Year” is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. You can also own the Blu-ray of DVD.
Adapted from the play “Outside Mullingar,” this romantic drama, directed by John Patrick Shanel, is fairly new among the selection of films. Released in 2020, “Wild Mountain Thyme” is about the conflicts that arise in an Irish family when the patriarch opts to give the family farm to an American nephew instead of his own son. The film stars Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan, and it’s currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
A crime film may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of St. Patrick’s Day, but you’ll want to make an exception for “The Departed.” Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning thriller stars Leonardo DiCaprio as an undercover Boston cop who infiltrates a notorious Irish mob. The cast includes, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, and Martin Sheen. “The Departed” is streaming on Amazon Prime, Netflix, and HBO Max.
Okay, so maybe this one is a little on the nose as far as the St. Patrick theme goes. “The Luck of the Irish” is a cheesy, but family-friendly, movie for fans of the Disney Channel era – circa 20 years ago. The coming of age comedy is about a teenager named, Kyle (Ryan Merriman), who finds out that he’s half-leprechaun on his mother’s side. Kyle sets off to reclaim a stolen charm only to learn that his luck lies within. “The Luck of the Irish” is streaming on Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video.
Judy Dench stars as Philomena, an Irish mother embarking on a journey to America in search of her long-lost son. The 2013 film follows the friendship that Philomena forges with the political journalist (played by Steve Coogan) that decides to cover her story, and helps track down her son. A favorite of moviegoers and critics, “Philomena” earned Academy Award nods for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actress (Dench). The movie is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.