In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and the celebration of everything green, here’s a list of some Irish-inspired movies that will get you into the spirit of the holiday or the spirit of simply having a good time.
THE QUIET MAN (1952)
John Wayne stars as Sean Thornton, a retired Irish-American boxer who returns to his home country to reclaim his family’s farm. Along the way, he falls in love with fiery Mary Kate Danaher (Maureen O’Hara) and discovers the lush beauty of the Irish countryside.
GANGS OF NEW YORK (2002)
Director Martin Scorsese (“Hugo”) masterfully weaves together a tale of violence and love in “Gangs of New York.” Actors Leonardo DiCaprio (“J. Edgar”), Daniel Day Lewis (“There Will Be Blood), and Cameron Diaz (“The Green Hornet”) star in this mid-19th century film about the territorial war between the Natives (those born in the United States) and the recently arrived Irish-Catholic immigrants.
A modern day musical featuring musicians Glen Hansard and Market Irglove (now “The Swell Season”) as a busker and housecleaner, respectively, who meet through their mutual love of music. Over one week in Dublin, these two musicians record songs that reflect their own love story.
THE COMMITMENTS (1991)
Based on the novel of the same name, “The Commitments” is a comedy-drama about a group of young Irish men who fall in love with American soul music and assemble a band in order to bring that music to Ireland.
BOONDOCK SAINTS (1999)
Irish-American twins, played by Norman Reedus (“The Walking Dead”) and Sean Patrick Flannery (“Saw 3D”) take it upon themselves to rid Boston of any evil men – gangsters, mobsters and the like – while trying to evade an FBI agent played by Willem Dafoe (“Spiderman”).
BONUS: THE HANGOVER (2009)
Not exactly Irish-inspired, but a great film to get you into the spirit of celebrating. Starring Bradley Cooper (“The A-Team”), Ed Helms (“The Office”), and Zach Galifianakis (“The Muppets”), this raunchy comedy centers around three groomsmen who lose the groom during their bachelor party, and must retrace their steps in order to find him.
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