Ireland is the kind of place that simply gives itself over to movies in so many ways that picking a spot must be kind of difficult at times since a lot of the Emerald Isle is simply beautiful to look upon. Even the cities have a certain charm that can’t be denied and are magical in a way that is easy to see. While nearly every place in the world has its own inherent beauty and charm that can make it a special place for anyone Ireland is the kind of place that people tend to become breathless just looking at in some regards. You can almost feel the history that’s taken place in the land and the majesty that it affords any picture that uses it as a means of adding another impressive layer of depth to its story.
It’s the kind of place you almost want to go visit once you watch a movie that shows even a hint of its beauty.
5. The Princess Bride
Remember the Cliffs of Insanity? Those were actually the Cliffs of Moher, another wonderful feature that Ireland has to offer and a truly photogenic as well as impressive natural structure. Just imagine having to climb this sheer face without a rope. There are those that would do it no doubt but in the movie it likely seems a lot easier because, well, movie magic.
This movie was filmed entirely in Ireland and is still a cult classic today. Many people remember watching this as a child or an adolescent and being completely blown away by the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. This legend has been a favorite for years and has been tied in some way to the British Isles and all its surroundings ever since it was first conceived.
3. Far and Away
A great deal of this film was shot in Montana but the cast and crew did make their way to Dublin for the last part of it. While the interior scenes were shot in a studio the images of Boston were taken from the city of Dublin. So it did in fact have some Irish influence to it during filming but not as much as the movie would have you believe.
2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
For the scene in which Dumbledore and Harry are seen to appear facing a sheer cliff upon which the waves are currently breaking the filmmakers went back to the Cliffs of Moher in order to once again use their majesty and forceful presence to show just how impressive they really are. It does tend to set the mood and bring the scene together in a way that is both ominous and very impressive.
1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Skellig Michael island off the coast of County Kerry served as a great location for the world of Ahch-To, where Jedi Master Luke Skywalker sought exile. In fact this location was so perfect that people could easily imagine that it was another world since it looked so absolutely alien in stature that some folks had to do their research to see if it actually existed somewhere in the world. Otherwise that would have been a lot of green-screening.
Ireland is simply a wondrous place.