25 of the Best Irish Movies of All Time


With The Van, you’re invited to conclude a delightful St. Paddy’s Day triple feature with films based on the works of writer Roddy Doyle (The Commitments, The Snapper, and then this one). The novels on which the films are based are sequels to each other, but the movies are mostly only related in theme and tone, so they don’t need to be watched in any particular order.

This one involves a couple of mates (Colm Meaney and Donal O’Kelly) who open a fish-and-chips food truck (well, van) in the wake of the general excitement surrounding Ireland’s surprisingly good showing at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Soon, though, it all begins to complicate their friendship, forcing the two to choose between business success and their relationships.

Where to stream: Digital rental