5 Irish-Themed Movies for St. Patrick’s Day

Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis stand next to each other in a crowd in Gangs of New York

Leonardo DiCaprio and Daniel Day-Lewis in Gangs of New York | Miramax

It’s that time of year again to wear green, celebrate, and maybe even find a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Sure, the last part is a bit of a stretch, but many Americans every year look forward to St. Patrick’s Day with the upmost anticipation. Originally a religious feast for the patron saint of Ireland, St. Paddy’s is a day full of parades, festivals, good food, and good drinks. But if you’re thinking about staying in on March 17 or just want to wind down after a night of partying, why not give a nod to the day of green by watching an Irish film? Here are five movies with Irish themes.

1. Gangs of New York, 2002

Staring Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cameron Diaz, Gangs of New York is a movie set in mid-19th century New York; it follows the bloody rivalry between Irish immigrants and Americans. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film was nominated for numerous awards, even earning a Best Picture nod at the Oscars. If you’re looking for a bit of “history” with impressive performances, this film will do.