Brooklyn is one of the most popular movies released at the beginning of this year. This is, in no doubt, due to Saoirse (pronounced as Ser-sha, like inertia, for those who are curious) Ronan’s phenomenal acting and Nick Hornby’s screenplay writing. If you were left craving more, check out the list below of movies, T.V. series, and audiobooks that are similar to Brooklyn.
Angela’s Ashes– Based on Frank McCourt’s book of the same name, Angela’s Ashes is the autobiographical story of McCourt and his family as they struggle to build a new life in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. The family decides to return to Ireland after their infant sister passes away. In Ireland, the family is met with even more difficulties than what they faced in America.
Atonement– Although set in 1935 England, Atonement tells a sweeping love story, which is quickly torn to shreds as a jealous sister (portrayed by Saoirse Ronan) constructs a lie that ends in serious consequences. Check out Ian McEwan’s novel, which inspired the movie adaptation.
Ballykissangel– Life is challenging for any priest in a small Irish town, and Father Peter Clifford has just arrived from London with high expectations and no driver’s license.
Monarch of the Glen– Meet handsome Archie MacDonald, a reluctant young Scottish laird torn between his trendy London life and the call of his wild Highland ancestry. Tricked into returning to Scotland by his eccentric father and dotty mother, Archie discovers he is now the Laird of the decaying family estate, Glenbogle.
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín– Eilis Lacey is unable to find a job in Ireland in the years following World War II. An Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor her to live and work in America, so she decides she must go, ultimately leaving her mother and sister behind. She adapts to her new life by working in a department store, and the pain of parting has subsided until she receives devastating news from home that threatens the promise of her future. Check out Tóibín’s other works, such as Nora Webster and The Testament of Mary.
The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor– Although The Girl Who Came Home takes place 40 years prior to the events in Brooklyn, it still tells a similar tale of an Irish immigrant struggling to decide between the comforts of her home and the daunting possibilities America has to offer. Inspired by true events, Gaynor tells the poignant story of a group of Irish emigrants aboard R.M.S. Titanic. A seamless blend of fact and fiction that explores the tragedy’s impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants.
The Dubliners by James Joyce– Go back to Eilis’s homeland, Ireland, and experience the difficulties and great national pride that Eilis, and many others, left behind to start a new life in America. Originally published in 1914, James Joyce’s collection of 15 intertwining short stories depict life, within the middle class, in Ireland at the beginning of the 20th century.