The 15 best movies on TV on Stephen's Day 9 months ago

The 15 best movies on TV on Stephen's Day

Stay on the couch.

It's cold outside and the Christmas blur has you confused as to what day of the week it is. Monday, if you can process that difficult information. But this is no ordinary Monday, now is it?


Why, it's Stephen's Day, of course. Maybe you're out there looking for a bargain. Perhaps you're planning a big night out on the town, away from family drama and depressing leftovers.

Or maybe you're staying put for the day. If that's the case, let's list the 15 best films on the box...

Into the West – TG4 – 4.45pm

Revered Irish drama in which two boys living in a Dublin tower block leave their lives behind and embark on an epic journey with a magical horse.


The Magnificent Seven – BBC Two – 5.30pm

The original, in which an enigmatic loner rounds up a band of gunslingers to help oppressed villagers fend off bandits.

Raiders of the Lost Ark – RTÉ 2 – 5.50pm

Indiana Jones cracks his famous whip for the very first time.


Fast & Furious 8 – ITV2 – 9pm

In which Dominic Toretto is forced to betray those closest to him. A step down from Five, Six, and Seven, but entertaining nonsense all the same.

Wild Rose – RTÉ 2 – 9pm

After being released from prison, Glaswegian singer Rose-Lynn Harlan chases her dreams of being a country music star. Jessie Buckley grabs the spotlight throughout.


1917 – RTÉ One – 9.20pm

Sam Mendes directs this (mostly) shot-in-one-take account of two soldiers tasked with a dangerous mission during World War I. The cinematography is stunning, the performances captivating, the tension at times unbearable.

And while we're in WWI territory, if you've not checked out the recent adaptation of All Quiet on the Western Front, it's on Netflix right now and it's bloody brilliant.

The Notebook – Virgin Media One – 10pm

A tortured love story in which Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams WILL make you cry.


Goodfellas – BBC Two – 10.15pm

Pay your respects to the late Ray Liotta and Paul Sorvino by revisiting Martin Scorsese's peerless gangster masterpiece.

Spider-Man 3 – Sky Showcase – 10.15pm

Look, it's an absolute mess but good lord is it fun to laugh at.

Sing Street – TG4 – 10.50pm

Irish musical drama about a gang of school-aged misfits who start a band in a bid to provide the escapism their lives desperately require. A little uneven, but 'Drive It Like You Stole It' is a BANGER.

The Fog – Legend – 10.55pm

John Carpenter's eerie horror still packs a punch. Stay out of the fog!

Rocky Balboa – ITV4 – 11pm

Rocky is lured out of retirement after a video game simulation suggests he could actually dethrone the current heavyweight boxing champion of the world. He couldn't, could he? Honestly a very respectable entry into the series, and a fine way to cap it off until the excellent Creed came along.

Widows – Film4 – 11.20pm

Star-studded thriller in which a group of widows team up to finish the dangerous heist that killed their husbands.

Seriously, look at this cast – Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson, Daniel Kaluuya, Robert Duvall, Brian Tyree Henry, Garrett Dillahunt, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver, Lukas Haas, and a blink-and-you'll miss him Jon Bernthal. Outrageous!

Stan & Ollie – RTÉ One – 11.30pm

Biography of Laurel and Hardy, featuring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly.

Bullitt – RTÉ 2 – 12.50am

Steve McQueen at his ice-coolest in this classic thriller.