There is something about a romance set in Ireland. It’s atmospheric and pretty and sometimes, even somewhat haunting. As we are in March and nearing the 17th, it’s time to look at some of these movies set in the beauty that is Ireland. Let’s discover some of the Irish romance movies out there.
Like anything we put together we strive to find a variety of genres to mix things up. Plus, we know we all like something different! If you think an important title is missing from below, check out our 2020 list of Irish romance or even our 2021 list of favorite Irish characters. Now let’s have fun.
IRISH ROMANCE MOVIES
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1: THE ABDUCTION CLUB
As is true of other of these titles today, this is one I haven’t seen in years. I cannot remember when or how I saw it but do seem to recall it’s a fun time. It has a kind of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers concept. Find digitally on iTunes to rent or buy
Content: Pretty sure this one has some adult content
Joanna Garcia stars as a woman who travels to Ireland for work only to find more than she expects. Downton Abbey’s Allen Leech co-stars. Find digitally on Amazon Video or with a Hallmark Movies Now add on
Content: standard TV-G Hallmark fare
3: CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
I’ve never seen any part of this film so adding it is more of a risk than not. However as it’s virtually impossible to easily find I’ll add it anyway because it has Chris O’Donnell and Minnie Driver as two of the characters trying to navigate life in college. This one is readily available anywhere or in any format. Sometimes you can find low quality versions on Youtube.
Content: This one rates PG-13
Part of the Hallmark Hall of Fame collection, this 1930s period drama is quite charming. At least I remember it this way. It’s been years since I’ve seen this story of a man who tries to win the heart of a girl who seems out of reach. Find the film digitally with a Hallmark Movies Now add on16 (MORE!) IRISH ROMANCE MOVIES YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT #IRISHMOVIES #MINNIEDRIVER GOODMOVIES #PERIODDRAMA #ROMANCE #ROMANCEMOVIES #STPATRICKSDAY #STPATTYSDAY Click To Tweet
Spoiler alert, this one is not a romance… but it’s good nonetheless. It has Pierce Bronson playing a father looking for the court to return custody of his children. It also is based on a true story which makes it even better. Find digitally on Amazon Video currently with Prime
Content: this one rated PG for some thematic elements and is more of an adult story just because of the plot
6: FALLING FOR A DANCER
A period drama I’ve never seen, this one is one I did skip through part of through the snippets you can find on Youtube. It looks gorgeous and features Colin Farrell. It follows a woman who finds herself in need of marrying when she falls pregnant only to later fall in love with someone who isn’t her husband. Shop the film on DVD through Amazon
Content: no idea of the content here, but I did see an “adult situations” tag and the U.K DVD rating is ’15’ which normally indicates some more serious adult content.
7: FAR AND AWAY
Pretty sure I saw this one years ago featuring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise. The film takes the characters to American where they are Irish immigrants looking for new beginnings. Find digitally on Amazon Video
Content: the film is PG-13
8: FINDING YOU
Based on the novel There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones, the story follows a girl in the aftermath of grief and her journey, one that takes her to Ireland! This one has tons of solid Amazon reviews, too. Find digitally on Amazon Video currently with Prime
Content: this one is PG for some thematic elements
9: FOOLS OF FORTUNE
From the director of Circle of Friends, I think this is a film that’s also virtually impossible to find. However we love to read about pretty films regardless and this follows an Irish protestant family during the 1800s caught up in a conflict.
10: LOVE, ROSIE
This title is all kinds of adult, but it’s also sweet if you look beneath the content. The story spans a number of years following the journey of two would-be sweethearts. The bulk of this film from what I read (it’s been too long since I’ve seen it) takes place in England but much of it films in Ireland, so… we’ll roll with it and include it because of the pretty scenery. Lily Collins stars in the adaptation from Cecilia Ahern. Find digitally on Amazon Video or with a Starz add on
Content: this one rates R for adult content like conversation about sex, there is also several f-words and other commonplace profanity.
11: MAD ABOUT MAMBO
Featuring a young Kerri Russell, this one is about a soccer player who ends up taking dance lessons and falls for his partner. Naturally, it sounds like a kind of original Step Up type concept and I’m here for it. Find on DVD with Amazon or at publication find it free on the Roku Channel
Content: the film is PG-13
A kind of sequel to Gone with the Wind, this is one of those super dramatic television miniseries that builds of the original’s drama. It’s entertaining if you’ve not seen it, but isn’t something I consider a favorite. Find digitally on Amazon Video
Content: This one contains more than one adult situation and sex scene. The series if I remember is a TV-14 rating.16 (MORE!)IRISH ROMANCE MOVIES YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT #IRELAND #MOVIES #IRISHMOVIES #ROMANCEMOVIES #DANIELRADFLIFFE #ROMANCE Click To Tweet
13: SING STREET
Never did see this one but it made the promotional spot rounds when it was new. It’s about a boy trying to impress the girl he crushes on. Plus Amazon has a really good review average for this one Find digitally on Amazon Video currently with IMDb TV
Content: the film is PG-13
14: TARA ROAD
Cannot remember if I’ve seen this one or if I’ve just watched the trailer one too many times. It’s a house swap scenario that features Andie MacDowell in one of the lead roles. Shop the DVD on Amazon
Content: the film is PG
A quirky and quite unusual film, Anna Friel stars in this playing a woman who lets a man assume her child is his only for her entire life to fall apart. I was surprised by how well I did enjoy this, but also it has some flaws with the character that it never improves. Find digitally on Amazon Video currently free with IMDb TV
16: WHAT IF
I’ve talked about this one a lot and my memory is that it’s actually a British film over Irish, but my memory is not always right plus my research keeps tagging this as Irish, so… It’s got Daniel Radcliffe as the lead in what really does end up being a charming story about best friends finding true love. Find digitally on Amazon Video currently with Prime
Content: this one is PG-13 and includes sexual references and crude comments (conversation about wanting to “shag” someone; references to anatomy). There is a skinny dipping scene (backside nudity), and two people give permission for the other to “look.” There’s profanity like sh*t, b*stard, etc., and there may be an f-word.
Which of these have you seen? Do like any of them? Are any among your favorite titles? Would you watch any? Comment all your comments below – and I will make every effort to respond promptly. As always, super grateful to anyone who comments. Thanks!
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