Best Movies by Farr
Going My Way Poster
Released Runtime Category
1944 126 Family, Musicals
Director Language
Leo McCarey English
Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Marjorie Reynolds

Going My Way

Watch it on:

What's it About

When easygoing Catholic priest Father O'Malley (Crosby) arrives at St. Dominics, a rundown church heavily in debt, he faces a disillusioned congregation and the decidedly downbeat attitude of its elder curate, Father Fitzgibbon (Fitzgerald). Through the magic of song and positive thinking, OMalley raises spirits all around and ultimately rescues the beleaguered parish.

Why we love it

Though not focused on Christmas, McCareys Going My Way exudes holiday spirit and was a smashing box-office success in its day. Crosby, a staunch Catholic himself, is pure gold as Father OMalley, a young priest who injects hope and purpose into a fading congregation, while Fitzgerald creates the perfect counterpoint playing his crusty superior. Both actors won Oscars, as did the film, thanks to writer-director McCareys assured direction. Moving rather than maudlin, Going My Way is a sentimental favorite.

Up Next

Going Places

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"