Exploring Ireland in movies might be not your ideal form of getting to know the county. But it’s certainly one of the best ways to meet the island when you’re not traveling. Moreover, with the amount of movies filmed in Ireland, you’ll stay occupied for quite a while.
Ireland in Movies: The Best Movies Filmed in Ireland to Watch when you’re not Traveling
Years ago watching movies was one of my favorite pastimes. It’s not hard to guess that adventures to faraway places, comedies, and stories based on cultural aspects were the best fit for my taste. They still are. The only difference is that I don’t spend that much time watching movies any longer. However, after my trip to the Emerald Isle and following recommendations from some Irish folks, I was eager to further explore Ireland in movies. Even though I spend more time traveling through the pages of books now, nothing can replace a good movie. It’s especially true when traveling has to be put on hold.
With that being said, let’s dive deeper into movies filmed in Ireland. This beautiful island became highlight of my travels last year, and I highly recommend to visit it one day. Meanwhile, though, explore Ireland in movies and prepare for your actual island adventures hopefully in near future. Here’re some of the best movies filmed in Ireland to ignite your wanderlust.
Travel to Ireland in Movies
1. Scarlett (1994)
Scarlett was one of my first trips to Ireland in movies. Based on the 1991 book by Alexandra Ripley, the six-hour television miniseries takes you to Western Europe and South Carolina and shows Scarlett O’Hara’s numerous attempts to reclaim her ex-husband Rhett Butler. As I mentioned, the movie wasn’t entirely filmed in Ireland. However, it depicts enough Irish landscapes and customs to considered it one of your visual travels to the country.
2. Becoming Jane (2007)
Unlike Scarlett, Becoming Jane was entirely film in Dublin and some countryside of Ireland. It tells you about early life of the British author Jane Austen. Against her parents wishes, Jane becomes involved with struggling lawyer Tom Lefroy. Love story these two young people share greatly influences Janes’ future career as a novelist.
3. Black ’47 (2018)
No movie gives you greater look at the 19th-century Ireland than Black ’47. Filled with horrors caused by starvation, plague, and disease, the film shows daily struggles Irish people had to go through at that time. Black ’47 is by far one of the most accurate illustrations of Ireland and its history you can find in movies. In fact, one Dublin tour guide recommended me to watch this movie to learn more about Ireland of those days.
4. Vikings (2013)
Another historical drama, Vikings, received high recommendations from another Irish guide I met in Dublin. Filmed primarily outside Dublin in Ireland, the movie transports you to a harsh, brutal, and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking who yearns to explore new world.
5. The Princess Bride (1987)
Love is powerful, love conquest all. This is the main idea of The Princess Bride. And while the plot of the movie reminds you of the greatest human values, filming locations transfer you to the most beautiful places in Ireland.
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Even Harry Potter couldn’t stay away from the breathtaking scenery of Ireland. In fact, Ireland never looked as mysterious in movies as in that Horcrux scene in the cave in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
7. Laws of Attraction (2004)
Audrey Woods and Daniel Rafferty, main characters of the movie Laws of Attraction, are rival divorce lawyers. Both of them are very successful, smart, persistent, and complete opposites. And as the laws of attraction declare, the opposites attracts…
Many scenes including stunning castle in the movie were filmed in Dublin and Wicklow County in Ireland. While the rest of the movie takes place in New York City, those Irish landscapes are what makes you want to rewatch the film again and again.
8. The Medallion (2003)
Ireland looks very different in action movies especially those where Jackie Chan plays the role of main character. Thus, along with some stunning sceneries from Ireland, China, Thailand, The Medallion includes lots of action, fighting, and mystery.
9. Leap Year (2010)
After my trip to Ireland, I couldn’t wait to go back to this incredible country. But since it wasn’t possible, I focused on exploring Ireland in movies. Leap Year was the first picture I watched at that time. Filmed in many regions of Ireland, this romantic comedy goes far beyond mere landscapes of the country. It dives deeper into Irish culture including its many superstitions, customs, and traditions.
10. P.S. I Love You (2007)
Another beautiful love story, P.S. I Love You, was filmed in New York City and County Wicklow, Ireland. And similar to Laws of Attraction, Ireland bestows its healing power upon the main character, Holly. It helps the woman to move forward after her husband dies. Traveling to Ireland in such beautiful movies further strengthen your love to the country, its people, and culture.