Patch Picks: St. Patrick's Day Edition

This week we look are some great films that bring out the Irish in all of us.

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This week, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we offer some movies that highlight all that Ireland has to offer. So if your plans for this evening don’t include a pint (or more) of Guinness, and you are looking for a more subdued way to celebrate St. Patrick’s, here you go.  

The Quiet Man

This 1952 classic from director John Ford stars John Wayne as a disgraced American boxer who moves to Ireland and falls in love with a local girl played by Maureen O’Hara.

Darby O’Gill and the Little People

Leprechauns and (a pre-James Bond) Sean Connery highlight this 1959 family film from Disney.

My Left Foot

Daniel Day-Lewis won the Academy Award for best actor for his portrayal in this 1989 film of Christy Brown, an Irish artist who was born with cerebral palsy and could only control his left foot.

The Secret of Roan Inish

This 1994 film tells the story of a 10-year-old girl who uncovers a local secret after being sent to live in a sleepy Irish fishing village.

Circle of Friends

Set in Ireland in the 1950s, this romantic drama from 1995 stars Minnie Driver and Chris O'Donnell.

Michael Collins

This 1996 film, starring Liam Neeson and Julia Roberts, tells the tale of the Irish revolutionary leader.

P.S. I Love You

This 2007 tear-jerker drama starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler was partially filmed in County Wicklow, Ireland.

Leap Year

This 2010 romantic comedy stars Amy Adams about a woman who plans to follow an Irish tradition and propose to her boyfriend on Feb. 29.


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