Susan Granger on Stage & Screen

"The Quiet Man." Andrei Nekrassov/Adobe Stock

Movies for St. Patrick’s Day

After you’ve enjoyed your green bagel, pint of Guinness, corned beef and cabbage or shepherd’s pie, why not conclude St. Patrick’s Day with a good Irish movie, perhaps one you’ve never seen before or are yearning to see again? So many of them are streaming these days … no blarney.

“The Banshees of Inisherin”

“The Banshees of Inisherin” (2022): Oscar-nominated Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson are at odds in this tragicomedy about a friendship gone sour … on HBO MAX, Apple TV, Amazon, YouTube, Vudu.

“The Wonder” (2022): Based on Emma Donoghue’s novel, it features Florence Pugh as an English nurse sent to rural Ireland to investigate claims of a miracle … on Netflix.

“The Wind That Shakes the Barley” (2006): Cilllian Murphy stars in this saga of two brothers revolving around the Irish resistance to British rule during the War of Independence (1919-21) and how the divisive Treaty of 1921 split the country … on Amazon Prime, HBO Max and Netflix.

“Philomena” (2013): Nominated for four Oscars, it stars Judi Dench as an Irish unwed mother who was forced to give up her baby for adoption. Years later, she teams up with a London-based journalist (Steve Coogan) to find out what happened to her son … on Netflix, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play.

“In the Name of the Father” (1993): Daniel Day-Lewis stars in Jim Sheridan’s adaptation of the true story of the ‘Guildford Four,’ four men who were falsely accused of the 1974 Guildford pub bombings; it was nominated for seven Academy Awards … on Netflix, Prime Video, Apple TV, iTunes, Vudu.

“The Commitments”

“The Commitments” (1991): There’s music galore in this delightful Dublin-set tale, starring Robert Arkins, Johnny Murphy and Angelina Ball … on Prime Video, Apple TV, iTunes, Vudu.

“The Secret of Roan Inish” (1995): Based on Celtic folklore and set in a tiny fishing village near Donegal, John Sayles’ charming cultural identity tale evokes the legend of the ‘selkies,’ who are part seal/part human and can live on land … on Prime Video, Vudu, Apple TV, Redbox.

“Bloody Sunday” (2002): This drama recalls the tragic events of January 30, 1972, when 14 innocent civilians were wounded by the British Army following a civil rights protest in Derry … on Amazon Prime.

“Waking Ned Devine” (1998): Two mates from a tiny Irish village conspire to collect the winnings from a multi-million-dollar Irish National Lottery ticket that belonged to their late friend, Nate Devine … on Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and Google Play.

“Michael Collins” (1996): A historical drama with Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn and Stephen Rae … on Amazon Prime, Redbox, Apple TV, iTunes, Vudu.


“Evelyn” (2002): Set in 1953, this emotional story focuses on the life of Desmond Doyle, embodied by Pierce Brosnan, who is abandoned by his wife as the Irish courts dictate that their children be placed in Church-controlled orphanages … on Amazon Prime.

“The Guard” (2011): Don Cheadle is a no-nonsense FBI agent working with Brendan Gleeson, a bumbling Irish police officer, as they attempt to foil a criminal gang operating in Ireland … on Netflix.

“Once” (2007): With familiar songs and lyrics, romance blooms on the streets of Dublin as a street busker and a Czech immigrant begin a relationship that irrevocably changes both their worlds … on Netflix, Amazon, iTunes.

“Wild Mountain Thyme” (2020): Jamie Dornan and Emily Blunt play childhood friends/neighbors deciding what to do with their land as their parents age … on Amazon, iTunes.

“The Quiet Man” (1952): John Ford’s flamboyant romantic comedy with John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara and Barry Fitzgerald … on Prime Video, Paramount Plus, Apple TV, Vudu, Roku.

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures. Her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M.

As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O’Brien, and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with highest honors in journalism.

During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie and drama critic, syndicating her reviews and articles around the world, including Video Librarian. She has appeared on American Movie Classics and Turner Classic Movies. In 2017, her book 150 Timeless Movies was published by Hannacroix Creek Books.

Her website is Follow her on Twitter @susangranger.

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