As a movie lover, I'm glad to see this question in the Community. :D
With century-old castles, ancient tombs and breathtaking landscapes, the emerald island was chosen to shoot scenes from several films.
One of my favourites, Braveheart
, directed and co-produced by Mel Gibson and released in 1995, had many scenes filmed in Ireland. If you visit County Meath, you can step back in history and feel like William Wallace himself. Trim Castle was converted in York City, and the Bective Abbey, a Cistercian abbey founded in 1147 on the River Boyne, is also featured on the screen.
For the more romantic souls, the film P.S. I Love You
, offers incredible landscapes and is a great choice to follow in the footsteps of Holly Kennedy (Hilary Swank), a widow who takes a trip to the land of her late husband, Gerry (Gerard Butler).
If you watched this film, you surely remember the scene where they sing "Galway Girl".
Well, this scene was filmed at Whelan's pub on Wexford Street in Dublin, a traditional Irish pub to enjoy live music. However, large parts of the film's scenes were shot in County Wicklow. No wonder, with stunning mountain scenery and green fields, it was at Sally Gap, located in the heart of Wicklow Mountains National Park, where Holly and Gerry first met. :kiss:
Wicklow has also served as a location for many blockbuster movies, such as Vikings, the Tudors, Excalibur, Reign of Fire, The Count of Monte Christo, and many others.
Another movie on the list is Leap Year
, which depicts the journey of Anna Brady (Amy Adams) who decides to travel to Dublin to propose to her boyfriend. Much of the film was filmed on the Aran Islands, a group of three islands located off the west coast of Ireland. The end of the film was shot in Dún Aonghasa, Inishmore, which sits on the edge of a 100-meter-high cliff that provides spectacular views of the rugged Irish coastline.
Oh, and before I forget the film Saving Private Ryan
, with Tom Hanks and Matt Damon, had some scenes shot in County Wexford. The D-Day scenes were shot on the white sandy beach of Curracloe and Ballinesker.
I could go on with the list, as many other movies had been filmed in Ireland, but without a doubt the ones listed above are my favourites and many of the scenes transport me to the island. Well, being a good cinephile, I can't wait to read more suggestions from the Community, so I can add it on my list and watch it over the weekend! Does anyone have more suggestions? :)